We had the chance to talk to one of the co-producers of Asia A Eric Baird about what attracted him towards Asia A, what advice wants to give to upcoming filmmakers and his upcoming projects.
Hi Eric, how are you doing?
I’m doing great. Thanks for asking.
Congratulations on Asia A. How did the collaboration between you and director Andrew Reid start?
Thanks so much. We are thrilled with the continued success of ASIA A. The collaboration between Andrew and I began when Andrew asked me to read an early draft of the script. We had a few meetings where we discussed the story and how to approach it. Ultimately that led to me suggesting that I come on as a producer.
What was your reaction when you first heard the incredible story of Andrew?
Interestingly, I learned Andrew’s story in pieces. I had gotten a broad strokes explanation prior to working on ASIA A and got to learn the more intimate details of it once we began collaborating. I was and still am very impressed with the journey and commitment Andrew has. And I think the same kind of passion he had to walk again and recover bled through to the pages of this script. So my reaction to the script was very strong and like I said before, I offered to join the project before he even asked me to.
What was the thing that attracted you to making this film?
There were a few things that attracted me to ASIA A. First, the story is full of depth and authenticity. Andrew drew from his personal and other’s experience to come up with the concept and it really shone through. Second, I have a minor physical disability that allowed me to connect with the themes and characters on a deep personal level. In fact, I had written a similar piece when I was younger.
How long, from start to finish, did it take to make Asia A?
ASIA A took just over a year to make. More specifically the building of the set and shooting of the film took about a week and a half.
What do you hope people will take away with them after seeing the film?
I hope ASIA A inspires people. Whether that comes in the form of trying to understand the struggles of others or learning that success is not measured by what you can’t do but by what you can. And I also hope that they can approach even the most difficult situations with some levity.
What advice would you give to filmmakers and producers who also want to work in film?
For filmmakers, in general, I would say work on making things every day. Write, shoot, direct, whatever your passion, and work towards it every single day. And for producers, in particular, learn about every aspect of the process, build your network, and never settle for the bare minimum.
Just one more question: Do you already have more upcoming projects?
Currently, I’m working to get another project off the ground, which I would be directing. And I’m also writing and building some pitches for some upcoming opportunities.
Liselotte Vanophem, Just Celebrity Magazine’s Film and Celebrity Reporter