Just finished revising my short horror film script “Blood Group O.” Tomorrow, I will continue my search for film crew again. Now that my screenplay is ready and I have the cast ready as well. I will get quite busy now because it’s possible that I may end up having to shoot 2 scenes – instead of one. I will see how it goes. If it’s too much and difficult in terms of location, equipment, and the like, I will just film only one scene and end there. I will work with the planning of my short film project constantly from now on. I want to get this short film made asap. And I want to get it right this time around. It will be of good quality this time. I have learned my lesson from my first short. My second short, I will organise everything and every detail with care. I feel great now since I have got the script out of the way. For me, the manuscript is the most crucial part of the filmmaking. I think. Because, it’s the bedrock of a film. Therefore, I focus on writing a good script first. Then, once I have completed it, I can move on to the next steps: Looking for cast & crew, and the actual filming can then begin.
And now, I am happy with the script, I can then move on. It’s such a relief. Finishing a screenplay is not easy. And that’s why for me, it’s the most tricky part of the filmmaking.
I love the beach, sand, sun, sea, blue sky, etc. I just love nature and travel. Now summer is here. When I have time I may hop on a train and go somewhere new. I love water and beach. So I may end up somewhere that has something to do with the beach and ocean again. Like last year, I spontaneously went to Brighton beach last spring. It’s still quite chill, though. So I didn’t walk around that much. I also wore summer clothes. I didn’t realise the weather out there close to the water would be more cold than in the city in London. This year, I will be more prepared. Maybe I will go to Kent beach or somewhere different, now that I have been to Brighton beach. There are many other beaches waiting to be explored.
I am making some changes to my short horror film manuscript. Because, I finished writing it last year and forgot all about it since I decided to work on a feature-length drama screenplay – and not to film the short horror film anyway at that time. Now I want to start shooting the horror short film, finally. I then have to go through it again, in case something needs to be modified. I can see, it does require some moderation. Because, I want to take two actors out: The lead actor who plays the protagonist’s boyfriend and the supporting artiste who plays the protagonist’s sister. It’s very difficult to find the right actors in such a short amount of time since I plan to shoot the film this weekend or next week already. I must therefore eliminate those two characters. So only the protagonist, which I will be playing this character, and the doctor roles left. And that can only be good. Then I use less actors. It’s a low-budget short film, after all. I do not need too many characters/actors anyway. I must revise the script tonight, to take some scenes out and see if it still makes sense. Then, when I am happy with it I will send it to the actor to prepare for the filming. After that, I will continue my search for the film crew. I have now my cast ready. What left is the film crew. Then I will arrange the filming date, afterwards. Then, the moment of truth: The actual filming that takes place. I can’t wait! But it’s just for one day. And then the post-production. Then my film is ready to be submitted to film festivals!
On my way home today, I was about to buy beer or wine. But then I remembered that I told myself to revise the short horror film script “Blood Group O” tonight when I got home. So I didn’t buy the liquor. I have to refrain myself from alcohol while I’m working on my screenplay. Even just a glass of wine. I just can’t concentrate when I drink. And when I get up I have headache and feel weird. So no alcohol. Thank you! Only when I go out and have to socialise, then I will drink a glass or two of wine or beer. But not when I’m working. Although I’m a writer working from home, I still treat it as a normal job like working in an actual office or workplace. And when you are at work you don’t drink alcohol, right? After this blog post, I will begin to edit my horror film screenplay straight away.
I have just re-edited my self tape presentation. I think, it’s good to have one in which I introduce myself by saying my name, height, and age, and plus doing a monologue and a full body shot: Front, sides, and back. I don’t really use monologues from others. If I want to do a self tape, I often use my own monologue or dialogue from my own screenplay. It’s also a way of testing out my own writing skill, how it would sound if I did say the dialogue or monologue out loud. Speaking of writing, I feel like continuing to work on my drama script tonight. I might.
Another busy day. I am trying to gather cast & crew ready for the shoot of my short film as soon as possible. I’m getting there. I plan to shoot this weekend. But then, it’s Easter. Most people won’t be available this weekend, and, perhaps, the beginning of next week as well. I might have to start filming at the end of next week instead. In the meantime, I’m still looking for cast & crew continuously. It’s a hard work trying to assemble all people, even though it’s just a short film. What if it’s a feature film? So it’s good that I’m preparing myself for a feature film project by making short films. You can only learn by doing and creating things.
I’m so excited with my short horror film project “Blood Group O” that I’m constantly sorting through applications, replying, watching their showreels, reading their CVs, and so on. I read every submission and see every reel. It also gives me a good experience and knowledge in terms of how you market yourself effectively as an actor. After going through all the actors’ profiles on Spotlight, Mandy, Shooting People, and the like, I see some actors do know how to promote themselves and some not. Or some who are not, maybe because they are not serious enough.
As a casting director for my own short film, I do want to see that actors have showreels or voice reels, but showreel is preferable since I can see how you act in front of a camera, your facial expressions, emotions, interactions with other actors, and many more. So, showreel is a must if you’re a serious actor and want to be seen as such. Headshot is also as important as showreel, including full figure photo. All in all, there should be about 5 photos on your acting profile showing different photos in different expressions, outfits, postures, etc. But of course, two main images are essential: One headshot and one full body. Some have a long list of stage performances, short films, commercials, have been to drama schools and all that. But, there is not even a single showreel to be seen on their profiles?! It’s not a normal 9-5 job application, which a CV with a long list of experience is enough. It’s an acting job. And what do people associate acting with: Motion picture, or, a visual presentation/moving picture showing them that you can act or do some acting.
I will take a break now before I start going through the applications again.
I have been busy all day today and yesterday as well since I started working on my short filmmaking project about a few days ago, sorting through submissions, responding to applications, planning the filming, and so on. I really hope, I can begin to shoot by the end of this week. My filmmaking project looks more real now. It will be made this week. That’s for sure. I have a good feeling about it. I had already written the script for it last year before I decided to put this horror film project on hold, to start writing a drama script to send to screenplay competition instead. It never went to the contest since I could not meet the deadline. Not that because I am a bad writer, and that I cannot work within a restricted time frame. I spontaneously decided to work on the drama screenplay when it was only about a week before the finishing date, which was too little. No one could do that. Now I have learned my lesson.
But, I didn’t start writing the drama screenplay for nothing. I am now almost done with it, which turns out to be a good screenplay. I think. Now, it’s ready to be sent to new screenplay competitions. This time, I have plenty of time. Anyway, the screenplay is almost done. So I don’t need to spend too much time on it no more. And that’s why I choose to start filming my short horror film “Blood Group O” straight away since I am now free to work on a new project.
Now, I will watch a good film. I have been working too much lately. I need to clear my mind with some entertainment. Take a break from my project for a while. Recharge my energy. Even though I work with films and screenplays constantly, but when I want to relax I always turn to films because I love watching movies. And that’s why I want to be a filmmaker. I’ve always been fascinated by good stories, which transport me to new worlds, away from reality and chaos, even just for a short moment in time. So, being a filmmaker just seems like the perfect career choice for me.
Calling all London actors and film crew! This is a very good opportunity to be in my upcoming horror short film “Blood Group O” because the film will be sent to various film festivals. I am planning to shoot the film very soon. Probably by the end of this week, as soon as I have all cast & crew ready. The film will take only one day to shoot since it’s just one scene. So it won’t take much of anyone’s time. Food provided, IMDb credit, a copy of the footage for your showreel, and you will be seen and get lots of exposure since the film will be submitted to several film festivals.
The cast & crew I am looking for are:
- Male Main Character – speaking role (playing age 30-40) – to play the boyfriend of the protagonist which is me.
- Female Southeast Asian Supporting – speaking role (playing age 25-30) – to play my younger sister and is a very emotional scene, so you must be able to play an emotional role.
- Doctor – speaking role (any gender and ethnicity playing age 25-60) – to play a nightdoctor for a home visit.
- And various positions for film crew.
If you fit the brief and would like to be part of this exciting project, please send in your recent headshot, photo, CV, and showreel to email@example.com ASAP!
I have now changed the title of my short horror film to “Blood Group O” because the film is about the need of blood group O, for her to survive the malaria disease. So I think this new title will suit it better. I am now looking for cast & crew. I have started posting the jobs for cast & crew on Shooting People. So, if you’re interested in being part of either as actor or film crew please do not hesitate to apply. I plan to start shooting the short film at the end of this week, or as soon as I have all cast & crew in place. But it will be asap! The film will then be sent to some major film festivals around the world. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity not to be missed for everyone working on the project. This is your chance of gaining an incredible exposure and being noticed, if you are serious about your career in film industry. This short film will also be used to pitch for fund to make a feature film. So if we work well together, there is a possibility that I will use the same cast & crew again for the feature film.
And this time, I will focus on making a quality film. Since it will be submitted to various film festivals, so everything about it has to be good. My previous short action/romance film “Instant Risk“, I didn’t send to that many festivals – just a few – because I knew it wasn’t that good. It’s my first short film, after all. But now, since I have learned a lot from my first short, I will aim to make a better film this time. And if I’m happy with its quality, acting, and all that, I will send to more festivals.
Again, please feel free to apply as actor or film crew here
You can also send me your recent headshot, CV, and showreel directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to working with you soon!
Today, I can review a little bit about the story behind my true story horror/sci-fi film “The Existence.” The story is about my big sister. She got malaria when she was about 13-15 years old. And I was about 10 years old. I remember, I was at the hospital almost every day curious and afraid: What will happen to her when the doctor tells my mother she needs blood transfusion urgently because she has only 48 hours left, and it can only be blood group O to match hers. The hospital and technology were not that good at that time in the early 80’s. So the hospital also lacked this blood itself. And that’s why my mother’s and our family’s job was to go find blood classification O asap, to save my sister’s life.
And blood type O wasn’t easy to find. It may be the same now as well since it’s a very special and rare blood class. Others who have other blood species can receive blood category O, but not the other way around; if you have this blood variety, you can only receive the same kind of blood. And that’s why my family went panicking. And you can imagine how would it feel like in the early of 1980 when your daughter/sister is dying, and you have one vital GOAL that her life or death depends on: To get blood family O for her blood transfusion within TWO DAYS, otherwise……
So, it’s a very exciting story and it is true. And that’s why nobody tells this story better than I do because I have a personal attachment to it. And today, I will start looking for the cast & crew for the short film version of it “Final Day.” I’m so excited to begin to shoot my second short film very soon. I might start filming this week already. The sooner I have gathered the cast & crew ready, the quicker I can start the making of the film.
I love this scene from Moonstruck movie because the dialogue is so clever and good. The scene after they left the opera. Especially when Nicolas Cage says to Cher:
We are here to ruin ourselves, and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die.
The dialogue is just so fantastic and well written. I think, I agree. And I think most people would confess, too. Writing is my passion. So when I see amazing dialogues I admire them and try to write as good dialogues/monologues as much as I can. I don’t only watch movies for my own entertainment, but also to study from others who have mastered the art of writing before me. Good movies with good plots and dialogues is what keeps me watching the movies till the end, even though I am tired. I have watched lots of films unfinished because I get bored after the first 10 minutes or so. I have tried to see one film that won lots of awards very recently, but after one hour into the film nothing much happened I gave up. I don’t care what it wins or doesn’t win, if it doesn’t hook me in the first 10 minutes I will not waste my time on that film. And one hour is way too much. But I kept watching that movie for one hour because I was curious why it won lots of prizes? But maybe the rest of the movie was good if I kept watching till the end. And that’s why the first 10-minute is so imperative, if you want people to finish seeing your work of art. The movie may be good after 10 minutes or one hour, which is a shame if the audience no longer cares to watch till the end, to see how good the movie is.