I just had a big bowl of pho for my late night meal. I just got home not long ago and was very hungry because I only eat one meal a day. Well, almost just one meal per day. So today, I only had a small piece of pie for breakfast and a cup of coffee. That’s it. Then, for lunch, I had a piece of cookie. So when I got home I made a big bowl of pho with some pork and lots of vegetables, mainly beansprouts. I love beansprouts! The noodle soup was tasty. But everything you make it yourself always tastes delicious.
Now that I’ve got something to eat, I will watch a movie. I think I will continue to see Beautiful Boy tonight till the end. I am halfway through it. So I can just finish watching it tonight. I don’t know how it’s gonna end. Well, I must see the movie to find out. But as I said in my previous post that I feel the film is quite nondescript, so I am not so sure if I will be able to finish it. I will give it a go for about 5-10 minutes. Then, if I still find it boring, I will stop watching it and find something else that is more entertaining to watch or just read a book instead. I will not work on my drama screenplay tonight. I will tomorrow, as soon as I get up. My brain doesn’t function so well at night no more. In the morning, my brain and mind will be more crystal clear. Then, I can continue to work on my script.
I started watching Beautiful Boy film not long ago. But I couldn’t finish watching it because I felt the movie was too monotonous. But, it’s a good film. I think. I just have to be patient and see it till the end. I think maybe because I am used to watching movies that have me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Or, there’s something about the plot that is so emotional, intrigue, unexpected, shocked, and similar. But Beautiful Boy is more of a family drama that emphasises the importance of support the family gives to each other in good and bad times, which is a good thing. I also am a fan of Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell. I think they are talented actors.
My drama spec script is also about drug abuse. But the story is completely different than this film. So it’s good for me to see similar films, to see how it’s being made, how entertaining and educational they are, and many other things. I think I will try to finish watching Beautiful Boy this weekend, if I have time to do so. But it is more important for me that I try to complete the revision of my drama screenplay as soon as possible, so that I can move on. I really have to focus now, if I want this drama spec script to take shape.
I was focusing on revising my drama screenplay “Lost Son,” then the lights suddenly went out not long ago. I couldn’t edit my script when there’s so little light since it’s not good for my eyes. I must then watch a film instead. I have always wanted to see “Blade Runner 2049.” So I must take this opportunity to watch it. But I’m not sure if I could watch it till the end tonight. I have to get up early tomorrow to do lots of things, and to continue to rewrite my drama manuscript. This film is very long, by the way. So I’m not sure if I could manage to finish it tonight. I will begin to watch it, anyway. Then I will see how far I can go.
I love sci-fi movies besides horror and comedy, and sometimes drama and romance. I just like watching good films. That’s all. I have seen lots of sci-fi films. I even consider making sci-fi films in the future myself. I have a strong interest in science, computer games (although I don’t play games that much since I’m not that young no more), past & future, time travel, mystery, and the like. I think, it’s quite interesting how we utilise our imagination to the fullest extent to visualize how it would be like if there is another world like us, another dimension, another galaxy, another life, etc. Or maybe, there is heaven & hell even. The possibilities are endless when we don’t really know whether the things we envision actually exist or not. It just remains a mystery for years to come or, perhaps, for eternity.
That’s why the unknown just fascinates me to some degree. Do we never get to know the answers? How long do we have to wait and do the research until we unlock the truth? Or maybe, it is best that way that we know nothing about the things we don’t know.
I rarely go to Notting Hill. But today, I had something to do around the area, so I just walked around Portobello Road Market for a short while. Then I saw this shop (photo below) that was the same shop used in the film Notting Hill, which Hugh Grant was the owner of it in the film. I then needed to take a photo of it. It’s now a gift shop. Or, maybe it’s always a gift shop and they just changed it into a bookstore in the film. I don’t know. Anyway, it’s the first time that I noticed this shop in Portobello Road. Maybe because I usually go to Portobello Road during the weekends when it’s busy and there’s a lot of stalls and people. So, you can’t really see this shop. Today is Tuesday, so it’s quiet in Portobello Road, therefore I saw this shop for the first time. It felt quite special when I walked past the shop since I could recognise it from the film Notting Hill. The film is a classic. You can watch it again and again. I think.
I have seen this film once The Hunger many years ago. It was very good. It’s also an 80s vampire film from 1983, matching the era of my own short horror/romance film “Blood Type O” and with similar genre. The film was stylistically made – very sophisticated. The colour grading, the editing, the tone & style, the pacing, the music, the plot, and everything was in perfect harmony. I think, I will watch it again tonight. Luckily, I have only watched it once. So I can barely remember it. I just know it’s a unique story and sad. So to watch it again is like seeing it for the very first time, which is good because then it’s more entertaining when you can’t quite recall the whole film. I am making an 80s horror film. So why not watch a good horror film from that decade? I have wanted to re-watch the film for a very long time. Now, it’s a good timing to do so.
If you like David Bowie and vampire films and, of course, your love of the 80s, then you should check this film out. Enjoy!
Just did another filming yesterday. It’s a sci-fi (horror) film. It was fun being turned into a corpse in the end. The SFX makeup artists really did a great job. They actually made me look dead. I got scared of myself when I saw the photos after transformation. After that, we had a wrap party somewhere in Soho. I made some new connections with other filmmakers, which was good. This is what it’s all about: If you are a filmmaker, having connections with other filmmakers is very useful. All in all, working in entertainment industry connection is the key if you’re serious about your work, of course.
I tried not to tell people that I’m also a filmmaker since I didn’t want to offend anyone. Because, some might think I’m just a movie extra, which I’m not (I used to, but not anymore), since the role I played yesterday wasn’t a speaking role. But the reason why I took the job anyway because I like sci-fi/horror films. I also like the work of the screenwriter of this project. Well, I will be more selective next time when accepting the acting jobs because it really affects how people perceive me, according to speaking or not speaking role that I have, how long screen time I have, for instance.
So when I told them I’m an actress, writer, producer, and a director as well, I could see some didn’t like it by walking away, pretending they had to go to the loo and some were just turning around to talk to someone else, which I found quite unprofessional. But even before I told them what I do, some were not so keen to talk to me or even shake hands since they might think I am just an extra. So, there’s no need to waste their time talking to me. I have learned my lesson here. But it’s in my nature since I’m an outgoing and friendly person. I like to tell people what I do because I am proud of what I do and to share my passion with like-minded people. I shall keep a low profile next time.
I think, I will go to bed early today. And I have a LONG manuscript to read again for a new film project that I will be part of. Again, it’s not my film. I’m just one of the actors. My character isn’t that long. But I will need to read the whole script anyway, to fully understand the plot: What is exactly about? Then I can act accordingly. This is a very long screenplay, almost 300 pages. But it’s a very unique project with amazing filmmakers in it – both known and aspiring. So I need to be fresh and energetic to read it. My mind has to be crystal clear. So going to bed early today, and getting up early tomorrow morning, and beginning to read it right away, would be a good idea.
I may do some research about the story as well, to really get to know the whole essence of it. As an actor & filmmaker, I like to be completely engaged and committed to the project that I am in. There’s no point working on a project, but you are not passionate or care enough about it. I get so excited every time I have to start on a new work and read a new script. I just do – no matter big or small roles. For me, every single performance is an opportunity.
I also have to stand up early anyway to resume my search for the film crew. I have set some dates for the shoot quite a good distance from now. So I think, I have given myself plenty of time to look for film crew. I feel very confident now that I have enough time to prepare for the filming of my horror short “Blood Group O.” I also have to start the crowdfunding project soon, to turn it into a feature film. This short film is just a pitch for fund to make the feature film. I have also talked to various people about the plot of my film. Some are very interested, and some are not so sure if it is something for them. But I completely understand.
This is the nature of this business. Not all have to like the same thing. For me, it’s important that I find the people who are truly passionate about the story of the film and about what they do. Then, they can give themselves 100% – or more even. I’m not the only one who experiences this kind of situation in which some people might not quite understand the plot of your film. I think many directors and writers, botn famous and not so famous, do experience similar thing. So it’s nothing new.
I am now a Spotlight member. I have been busy still looking for crew members for my upcoming horror short “Blood Group O.” Then, I also have lots of self-tape auditions to make. And yesterday, I had also just finished filming a short film as an actress. But it’s not my film. I am also an actor. So I do work on film sets as well as an actor on top of making my own films. The short film I was filming yesterday, I played a maid with an Asian accent. So, I really look forward to seeing the film once it is complete. It will also be sent to film festivals. So once I get all the info and screening dates, I will let you know 🙂
By the way, the house we were filming yesterday, the owner is also Danish. She’s very nice. So it was a coincidence. I started talking Danish with her. And some people scratched their heads because I look Asian, but I speak Danish?! I don’t really speak Danish with nobody. But yesterday, all of the sudden I had to converse in Danish and I could talk Danish as if I still speak the language daily. She was surprised when I told her I rarely speak Danish to anyone here in UK. I think, it’s just in the back of my head. It just comes out naturally whenever I have to speak Danish despite I haven’t spoken the language for years.
I also have to finish my screenplay. But for the time being, I think, I will focus on the search for film crew members first. I really want to bring this project to life. So for now, I will spend my energy to make this horror short “Blood Group O.” I’m getting there. There are now only two crew members that I still need: A DOP and a (SFX) makeup artist. I have everybody else in place. So I have to find these two crew members asap, so that I can start shooting the film. I am just so busy with lots of things at the minute. So I don’t actively seek them. Now, I will need to be more serious if I want this horror short to be made as soon as possible.
Below is the dog on the film set yesterday. She also worked on the set in one of the scenes. She’s so cute and very good. She did a good job. She just did what they wanted her to do in one take. That’s it.
Home again after a movie pitch or a script pitch. It’s not an actual pitch which I had to pitch in front of film producers or studio executives, to make them buy my script or hire me to write a screenplay. It’s more like a test or a practice, to train myself to pitch in front of people and become good at it. So today, I did the pitch before other new writers like me, professional screenwriters who have excellent track records and have their screenplays made into films and TV series, and so on, for them to give me some constructive feedback. It was a really valuable experience, indeed. Now I know how to pitch effectively and get people to care about my screenplays. I wasn’t nervous at all. I am a performer, after all. So, standing in front of lots of people alone and doing the talk or presentation isn’t an issue for me. The real trick is: How to make them to like my story or how to engage them in just 90 seconds, so that they get excited about my script and want to know more. At first, when I did practise at home, I thought to myself: I can’t do it in 90 seconds because it’s just too quick. I trained and trained at home. And I couldn’t make it in 90 seconds. But when I actually stood there doing the pitching for real, I could finish it in 90 seconds anyway, or almost, with all the key points being delivered. So, I surprised myself. I just did it without speculating too much whether or not I could complete the pitch within 90 seconds. When I got rid of my own fear, I was no longer anxious about how I was going to deliver the pitch interestingly in merely 90 seconds. I think, your own fear is your worst enemy. So today, I did learn a lot about how to pitch successfully and how to prepare myself for the pitch.
I have edited my drama screenplay to page 45 today. I will take a break now and watch a good film: HACHI: A Dog’s Tale (2009). I saw it just once about 3-4 years ago and I cried a lot. I don’t want to watch it again for the second time because I will cry a lot again. That’s for sure. It’s such an emotional and sad movies, which is also based on a true story that happened in Japan. I love dog and animals in general, including nature. So, the movie really touches me deeply. And tonight, I feel brave enough to watch it again. Then, after the movie, I might continue to revise the drama script until I finish it. I have rewritten it to page 45. So, it’s about 45-50 pages more, then I am completely done with it, finally. If I didn’t feel like to continue with the revision tonight, then I must do it as soon as I get up tomorrow morning. Because, I also have to meet the DOP for my short horror film “Blood Group O” tomorrow afternoon, to discuss how we will go about shooting the film. If I could then get the drama manuscript done before I leave that would be good. Then, when I get back home again, I have to practise my script pitch as well. And that’s why I want to completely finish my drama screenplay first, and as soon as I can. If I didn’t finalise it today, tomorrow I must. It’s the last day tomorrow. And that’s it. I might carry on for 15 more pages tonight. Then I would have rescripted it to page 60. Then, it’s only about 40 pages left for me to rework. All together will make exactly 100 pages manuscript, which is equivalent to 1h 40m drama feature film.