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Alchemista - Katz Ueno

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Never Give Up

That's what I'm telling everybody, and to myself.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I lost 20LB in a month!

Yeaaaah. I lost 20LB in a month.

I'm getting close to free Vegas trip!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Life in Houston is not bad... actually fantasic!

First of all, I didn't want to come to Houston.

"I am a filmmaker, and I have no chance if I moved to Houston."

When I realized that I had no choice but to take a job offer in Houston. I was kinda depressed.

Last Aug, I went to Houston to visit my new business partner.

I hated it.

He was very nice. And I didn't know if I can survive in Houston.

He took me to some sightseeing spot, and some famouse steak restaurant and mexican restaurant to eat.

I didn't like it.

I didn't come to Houston for sightseeing.
I came to Houston to find the way for my future.

After two days of my first stay in Houston, I was using wireless access from leasing office of my business partner's apartment at night.

I met one security guard of the apartment.

I asked him, "do you like Houston?"

He said "Yeah, I like it."

After a while, I was chatting with the security guard about my situation and he told me how he ended up being a security guard in my partner's apartment.

He convinced me to work here in Houston.

I've never said that I don't want to work with my business partner. I do want to work with him.

We've been working together for 4 years. And I've been working with his publishing company since the day ONE he started the company.

And I want him to be successful.
But I was not convinced to move down here in Houston.

But one word from the secuiry guard... "I like it here"

I made up my mind.

It's not filmmaking job. But I need to do what I'm supposed to do for my future. And most of all, there is a guy who likes Houston.

This time... my 2nd visit to Houston.

I hung out with one of my friend from Cafe Balcony who moved down to Houston two months ago.

I asked him to do some research for me to find a good bar and good coffee shop.

He did it.

He took me to different clubs and bars, and brought me to the good coffee shop (but nothing better than Cafe Balcony though).

First night. He took me to Asian Fusion fast food place. I liked it. And he took me to coffee shop and three different clubs.

I had fun.

Tonight, we hang out again. He took me to different copffee shop, which esporesso was almost as good as Cafe Balcony.

And we went to Asian Fusion restaurant that we went two days ago again to eat and hang out with the owner of the restaurant.

My friend told me that soon after he started talking to the owner, they become the best friends.

And he was right. Soon after the owner and I started talking. I was ablt to tell right away that "He is the MAN." - the man you can trust.

We hang out at the bar and just talking about stuff. And we agree every single stuff that we talk. And he becomes my brother.

I was right. When the security guard told me that he liked Houston, I decided to stay on.

It was unfortunete that I had to come down here to work. But hey, without this opportunity, I was not able to hang out with my friend from LA, and meet with this guy.

When I make a decision, I never regret. Even though it turned out to be the longer route.... I don't care. I'm getting something much more worth anyway.

4 years ago, I'd never considered myself to be in Houston. Now I love it and I want to come back as much as possible!!!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Weekend at San Diego

I drove San Diego two days in a row!

First day, Thursday, Oct 12th, I went there for tech check of Asian Stories (Book 3) But the projectionist was not available. So pretty much I worked all day at Kinko's to take care of other film festivals that we got accept. And then I had to drive back because I had to pick up some equipment.

Second Day, Friday Oct 13rg, I drove back again for the screening. Even though San Diego Asian Film Festival staff was kinda reluctant to give us a min to check our film, I push them to make a room for the tech check.

I know they were really busy taking care of other films, but this is the destiny of video projection.... you really have to spend time to check the color and audio unlike film... I'm sorry and thank you very much to San Diego Asian Film Festival staff... they are doing excellent job!

People said that digital projection is easy... NO WAY... It's much more difficult than film projection since all the color correction and audio was pretty much done at the lab.

Anyway, we had a blast. Everybody at the screening in San Diego Asian Film Festival loved our movie.

Well.. we'll continue for Hawaii film festival.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The greatest project ever - "LOSE WEIGHT OR PAY FOR VEGAS!"

Well.. many people have told me that I've gained a lot of weight since I came to LA.
So when I was chatting with one of my friends from Cafe Balcony, we came up with the greatest event ever!.


Here how it works. Mika (my competitor) and I will have a house party at Mika's house this Sunday. (You are welcome to come and join us, but bring your own food and drinks).

Then at this weekend.. Oct 15th, we'll measure our weight. And I try to lose 10KG (22LBS), and Mika is gonna try to lose 7KG (15LBS) before Apr 15th.

Whoever loses has to pay the travel and one-night hotel expense in Vegas!

So come and cerebrate our greatest challenge ever this Sunday night. Contact me for the details!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Festival Runs

I just realized that October will be very very very very busy month.

The four film have been accepted to six film festivals!!!

Oh man. I'm tired of updating my web site So I won't list the film festivals here. But please check my web site for the detail info.

It's craaaazy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Moving to Burbank

I just finished moving our office from El Monte to Burbank.
A lot of stuff is happening around me too quick!

I need a break.
I'll be off Santa Barbara tomorrow for location sound gig for two days....

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Screening at SONY tonight

Tonight, we will screen Asian Stories (Book 3) at SONY's Burt Lancaster Theater. It's private screening. So nobody can come unless you are invited. But I went to the theater... It's crazily awesome!

The theater is also used for music recording and sound mixing for SONY's feature films. So it is also equipped with ProTools HD system.

Oh man, I wish I could mix Asian Stories at that theater.

Sunday, May 14, 2006



Asian Stories (Book 3) has received Audience Award from VC Film Fest 2006.

I was very thrilled that my first-time feature editig work was recognized by the audience.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

First All-Nighter at the new office

First all nighter at the office today... working for

Asian Stories (Book III)

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Re-cutting Asian Stories (Book 3) [web]
I'm in the middle of a slump.
I cannot just think of right.

So, I'm wasting my time writing this.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Project Updates

Currently working for

Asian Stories (Book 3) [web]
This is Asian American Romantic comedy. I'm working as editor and sound designer.

Now Available at iFilm

Toe to Toe [
worked as DP, re-recording sound mixer now available online