• Lifestyle,  Music,  Video Post

    Music Festival

    Festival time is just right around the corner. When I say festival, I don’t mean film festival, I mean music festival. I loved going to music festivals when I was younger. So, this year, I will try to go to music festivals again after a long break. I think, last time I went to music festival was in 1,999 or 2,000 when I still lived in Denmark. The year when the disaster took place in which about 9 or 10 people died during Pearl Jam concert at Roskilde Festival in 2,000. Or maybe I went to the festival the year before that. I just can’t quite remember. Anyway, we attended various concerts while we were at the festival. And I must say, Marilyn Manson’s show was out of this world. It’s one of my favourites. I am not a total fan of his music. Maybe a few songs. But his performance was phenomenal and entertaining.

    But then something horrible and unexpected occured. What happened was that my friend was a devoted fan of Marilyn Manson. So she dragged me to the front of the stage, so that she could see him clearly. Everything looked good so far. But as soon as Marilyn Manson walked onstage, everybody was rushed to the front. And I am a tiny person. So human current pushed me far back into the middle of the audience, separating me from my friend who was still at the front of the stage. But only because she clasped the railing in front of the stage tightly, to save herself. But she’s also very tall and stronger than me. I could then feel my body was rapidly going down and down, and could barely see the sky because lots of people just jumping over me heading to the front of the stage. Just before something went horribly wrong, I could feel a hand grabbed my hand and pulled me through the mass and out of that madness. It was a big guy. I don’t quite remember if he was a security staff or just one of the concertgoers. But he saved my life definitely. The situation was exactly similar to what happened during Pearl Jam concert at Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2,000. And if he didn’t haul me out of that huge crowd, I am almost certain that I would not survive.

    After that life and death experience, I never return to the music festival again. This year, I am going to do it.

  • BTO,  Health & Beauty,  News

    VFX Makeup Artist

    I have everybody applied for all positions that I have advertised looking for film crew for my horror short “Blood Group O” but VFX makeup artist? Why nobody applies? I can see, there’s a lack of it in film industry. There are some, of course. But not as many as normal makeup artist, DOP, photographer, runner, AD, sound recordist, editor, and so on. Because, if there are as many as other crew members, sure someone would have applied. But, I get zero application so far. But I get lots of applications from everybody else. So I consider, maybe I will just take a VFX makeup artist class and do it myself. Maybe it’s easier. Waiting for some to apply could take me ages for that to happen. If I took the (VFX) makeup artist course from the beginning when I first posted the ad, which was about a few weeks ago, I might have completed it by now and be able to apply the VFX makeup myself. Then, there are fewer crew members to hire. I’m also an amateur photographer. So, learning how to apply makeup professionally could also benefit me. Because, I could also apply the makeup for the models myself. So I might enrol myself in (VFX) makeup course. I am going to shoot my film soon. But, I might postpone the filming date until I have completed the makeup course. I have been working in film & TV for the past 15 years and know, there are plenty of jobs within film industry alone. So, it creates lots of work in various sections, departments, and many more – both working on the film set itself and in the office. But many may not realise that. I forget that myself. But when I started searching for film crew not long ago, I could see that I just look for film crew for my 5-minute short film, but I need almost 10 crew members, and maybe more. And when I work on set myself, I can see there’s an army of film crew working on an actual feature film. So, there’s a lot of jobs just for 1 movie to be made. And surprisingly, the payment is quite good, compared to traditional jobs. And one of the best parts of it is that, you do not need high education to be able to do most of these jobs. So, it’s very easy for anyone to get hired as long as they have the right skills, hard working, ambitious, passionate about what they do, and so on.

    I took some photos of this girl, Grace, when I tried to teach myself to become a photographer in 2017.
  • Film,  News

    Movie Pitch

    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.

    Soho
  • Food,  Health & Beauty

    Cereal

    I just have cereal for breakfast today. It’s one of the quickest early meals. It’s like eating a bunch of grapes, a few bananas, an apple, and other fruits for breakfast instead of traditional breakfast. It’s quick and healthy. Cereal tastes good when I don’t have it too often. I have not had it for breakfast like maybe a few years or longer than that. When it comes to breakfast, I rarely think about cereal. I don’t really feel like having it for breakfast. It’s just not my cup of tea. I don’t know why when it is a vital breakfast. You can even have it as dessert, just add a lump of sugar. But some cereal is already sweet. So maybe you don’t have to, which is better when you eliminate sugar intake to the minimum. Cereal has many benefits. So if I had it daily or often, it would help keep my state of health in top form, combined it with healthy diet and regular exercise, of course. Speaking of workout, I am going to start going to the gym and resuming my dancing and martial arts classes soon.

    Cereal for breakfast for a change.
  • Adventure,  Lifestyle

    I Love Monday

    Monday again. A start of the week. Some people don’t like Monday, mostly 9-5 people. But I like Monday. I just can’t wait to get going, to start creating something, and similar. I look forward to a busy week ahead already. I just love being busy and have something to do. It just makes me feel alive. Even when I have a day off, I will go somewhere anyway, such as a market, a beach if it’s warm. Only at the moment that I don’t really go anywhere because I’m working on my drama screenplay constantly, trying to get it done as soon as possible. Then, my horror short film project as well. But once I have finished both of them, I will celebrate by going on vacation for a short while. Maybe just for two weeks’ holiday or a weekend break. It will, definitely, be somewhere in Europe. Maybe Copenhagen 🙂

    I usually find my source of inspiration for my films and screenplays from real life events, my own experience, something that happened to someone I know, and so on. I think because I know the stories very well, and therefore can tell them in a way that is more unique and believable. And that’s why I so look forward to finishing my drama script because it’s also based on a true story, just like my horror short “Blood Group O.” I just can’t wait to make movies from interesting stories. I also get a sense of achievement as I write my own manuscripts and make my own movies. It’s just a wonderful feeling to have created a piece of work or art since you’re so passionate about what you do. Money is not really a matter of concern for most artistes, I think. All they wanted to do is just to do what they love. I think that’s pretty much it. That’s exactly what I also did when I performed for free at Theatre Deli not long ago. After I was done with the show and the audience seemed to be entertained by it and gave me a big applause, that was the height of joy for me. It was a real reward than money. I just love to entertain. And I will never cease to do what I love.

    Selfies of the day.
  • Entertainment,  Film,  Video Post

    I Love Animals And Nature

    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.

    If you watched this movie and didn’t cry, then I don’t know what to say.

  • Health & Beauty

    Wisdom Tooth

    I just got home not long ago. I don’t feel like working on my screenplay today. I just can’t be bothered, too tired. I went to hospital this afternoon to have my wisdom tooth extracted. But then, the dentist said it could be risky because it’s very close to the nerve. What he would do was that he would have to cut my gum off and split my tooth into pieces in order to take the wisdom tooth out without it affecting the nerve. So, he wouldn’t remove the tooth in one go. Then he would sew the gum back into its place. So I could have it pulled out if I wanted to. But, if it didn’t cause any pain why should I bother since it could damage my nerve for good? That what the dentist at the hospital suggested. So I didn’t have my wisdom tooth uprooted anyway. I must then keep an eye on it and take good care of my teeth. If my wisdom tooth did cause some pain in the future I could always have it detached.

    So I just spent my day at the hospital for nothing. But it’s good to know how dangerous it could be. The dentist said, it’s not a high-risk procedure in terms of life or death. It’s just that, if it’s gonna have an effect on my nerve it would just make my mouth on that side, where I have my wisdom tooth taken out, go numb forever. Maybe about 70% – 90% of it. So, it’s my choice whether or not I decide to get rid of my wisdom tooth. It’s not that it’s gonna happen. Maybe 1 in 100 persons or something like that. So I chose not to do anything with it for now since I have had it for years and it doesn’t really give me any trouble.

  • Film,  Music,  News,  Video Post

    Script Revision

    I have revised my drama script to page 20 today. I will not do more for today. I will continue with the assessment tomorrow for 10-20 more pages. Then, I will have rewritten about 40 pages so far. During the weekend, I will try to finish the rest which is about 60-80 pages left. So, 30 pages on Sat. and 30 pages on Sun. All together will be about 100 pages screenplay. Well, if I aim to have only 100 pages. If I want 120 pages manuscript, then I may have to do the rewrite about 40 pages on Sat. and 40 pages on Sun. as well. I think, it looks more manageable now when I break it down into small chunks for each day to complete it. 40 Pages each day is achievable since I already wrote the script. This is just to correct the grammar and add or subtract something. 3 More days, then my screenplay is completely done!

    If I didn’t win any competitions, then I would make the movie myself. I am almost certain about that. Yes, I plan to send my drama screenplay to various contests. But since I want to, perhaps, make the movie myself, so it doesn’t matter that much if I win or not. The story is personal to me. I will therefore most likely to make the movie myself. I just want to send it to competitions, just to try because I have never sent a script to win a prize before. So, it could be interesting. I think it would be a good experience regardless. So why not? Then, in the meantime, I have time to run around and make my horror short “Blood Group O.”

    After I have got the drama screenplay out of the way, I will start practising my film pitch for fund to make the feature film after the short film. This is going to be fun, pitching for fund. I have never done it before. So, I have to be well-prepared. But I have been talking about my film concept almost daily and to practically everybody I have met. So, hopefully, doing the pitching shouldn’t be that challenging for me 🙂

  • Food

    Coffee And Cake

    Just got home not long ago. I was a little hungry. But I didn’t want to cook a proper meal since it was quite late in the afternoon already. So if I ate something now I might get hungry just before bedtime. So I decided to have a cheesecake and a cup of coffee instead. Then I can have dinner later. Cheesecake is my favourite of all cakes because it is not too sweet. That’s why I rarely eat dessert since all desserts tend to be rather sweet. But I find cheesecake quite ok. Now, I can wait to make dinner around 8pm or something.

    I really have to try to complete my drama screenplay this week. I will continue to work on it today and see how much I can get it done. If I could finish it today, then it’s good. If not, I have to carry on with it this weekend. I might even turn off my mobile phone and internet this weekend if I could not finish my drama script today. I must do whatever I can to bring my screenplay to an end quick. Because, every day, I spend most of my time answering emails, phone calls, and the like, without having created anything of important. So if I’m still not done with the screenplay yet, then this weekend I ought to find a way to finish the revision of my manuscript FAST. I can’t go on and edit it forever. And it’s just in the way – something unfinished which annoys me. Because, I really like the story. So therefore, I want to finish it. I don’t want to put it on hold. This script must materialise. That’s it.

    Enjoyed the afternoon with cheesecake and a cup of coffee.
  • Food

    Steak And wine

    Today, I felt like having a steak for dinner with a glass of red wine. So I did. I don’t eat steak that often. Just once in a while, to give myself a reward for the hard work I have done. The same with wine. I don’t even remember when was the last time I drank wine? So today, it’s a special day that I decided to have a steak for dinner and a glass of red wine. But even though it’s not a significant day, I just felt like it anyway. It just came to my mind all of the sudden on my way back home that I needed to give myself a gift today, which could be a good food, a new item of clothes, or anything that I could give myself as a small present – some form of renewal. It could even be a box of chocolate. Just anything that brings me joy – big or small.

    The steak was good, so the wine. Of course, since I don’t have it every day it tastes extra delicious. Now, I may watch a good film or just go to bed early. I have lots to do tomorrow. Two things for certain are that 1) I have to plan for the making of my horror short “Blood Group O” 2) I have to finish my drama screenplay. And then, there are lots of many other tasks and projects that need to be done as well. I can’t thank myself enough for getting rid of television. If I still have it today, then I think it would take me even longer time to reach my goals. I don’t even miss it a day. I get used to a home without a TV already. Even though if I do have a telly now, but I still think I won’t be able to relax and enjoy the entertainment on it anyway when I have a lot on my mind. When I have made my dreams come true I can stay in a nice, bigger place, have a TV, and all the things that I don’t really need. But because I have money to buy them. That’s all.

    A steak dish and red wine for dinner.
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