Director Simon's Thoughts on the Astounding Success of Phase 5!
It’s nearly a week now since the end of the last Kaleidoscope Man crowd-funding campaign and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
I feel so humbled by the support and encouragement you've all shown me on my film. I've dreamed of making an exciting, spectacular and moving movie like this ever since I was about 14 years old (I'm 49 now!) and I really can’t express in words just how much your support has meant to me. I'm realising as you get older how important it is to fulfil your dreams and ambitions, even when they seem like unreachable mountains that would normally seem impossible to achieve.
I think the reason it’s taken me this long to get this far is because you don’t just ‘knock out’ something like this. I always knew I wanted to make a movie that was as moving and exciting as Star Wars, but didn't know exactly what this movie in my head was going to be. I first came up with the initial idea for Kaleidoscope Man in 1999 but it wasn't until around 2010 that I had the script that I knew was ‘the one!’ So, that alone took over 10 years. Then there was getting it financed….
But I have tried to pin point what it is I really want to achieve from doing this and I think, at long last I've come up with an answer. I see it as doing my bit for humanity. You see, I hadn't really realised it until this week. As human beings, we all in some way contribute to the progression of our species. You may contribute by feeding us, clothing us, transporting us, provide heating for us etc etc. But in all of us, the love and need to tell and hear stories is vital to our soul.
Put simply, I'm hoping this movie will in some way, feed the soul, not just when you see the final movie, but in the journey we are now all part of. There is so much in the story that I have wanted to say to the world, my feelings, passions and wisdom that I have picked up in my life. I hope it will move and inspire everyone as much as it has for me.
So thank you so much again, I sincerely can’t believe how lucky I am to have your very kind, dedicated and generous support. I hope by helping me on my journey it will keep your own dreams and passions alive. As the great George McFly said in Back to the Future, “If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything!”