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 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.
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.
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 have just finished making a selftape presentation for my agent to send to casting directors. It’s just a standard selftape that includes my name, age, height, hands, full body, and a 1-minute monologue. I just took a monologue from my horror screenplay which I am going to use this monologue in my upcoming short horror film as well “Final Day,” to make a short film out of it to pitch for fund for my feature film “The Existence.” Next week, I’m going to start looking for cast & crew. Yes, finally, I’m going to make the short film. But I’m also working on my drama screenplay simultaneously. My drama film is not listed anywhere because I plan to send the script to screenplay competitions only. And I am not allowed to make a film out of it, yet. So, that drama filmmaking project will be put on hold for a while. If I don’t win the contest, I will, definitely, make the movie myself. That’s the plan.
Tonight, I will continue to work on my drama screenplay as much as I can, to really finish it. But although I am not finished with it yet, I have to start filming my short film anyway. If I waited for my drama script to complete first before I could do anything else, I could be waiting for very long time. Who knows. There may be things that I have to change again and again. So I must start working on the making of my horror short film “Final Day” at the same time, to actually create something along the way. I don’t want to waste my time no more on just one project when I, probably, can do another project alongside it. This horror short film doesn’t take long time to shoot anyway. It’s just one scene. It might take just a day to film. So if I had all cast & crew ready next week, I could be finishing my short horror film the week after.
Good morning! Finally, Sunday is here. I like Sunday. I don’t know why. It just feels different than the other days of the week. It’s a day that tells you to relax, have a day off, and do whatever you like. It may apply to lots of people who work 9-5, but not me. I work 7 days a week and at different times. Anyway, I think the reason why I like Sunday is because I always connect it to Sunday in Denmark because all the shops are closed on Sundays in Denmark, so that people will use the opportunity to have an actual break and spend some quality time with the family, loved one, friends, etc. I guess, that’s the idea. And I used to think that it is the same for the rest of Europe. So when I first moved to UK when it’s Sunday and I wanted to go out and buy something, but then I realised it’s Sunday, so there’s no use of going out since all the shops will be closed anyway. So I never actually went out to buy anything on Sundays when I first moved to UK. After some time, I found out it’s not the same as in Denmark. Here, all the shops operate as usual 7 days a week. But even now, on Sundays, I sometimes still have the feeling about all the shops are closed in UK as well.
After this blog post, I will get busy with lots of tasks that I have to do. And that’s why I work 7 days a week. I will continue to work on my drama screenplay, to really finish it as soon as possible. Then I have some self tapes I have to make and send. I also have to start looking for cast & crew for my short horror film “Final Day,” which I may change the title. I can see, I will spend this whole Sunday for all my plans. But doing what I love is the most important thing. When I am done with all my small goals, I can relax and reward myself later.
Malaria has never got much attention until now. Thanks to the campaign Malaria Must Die launched very recently by David Beckham. I just stumble upon the clip of the campaign on Instagram today, actually. Now I realise that my filmmaking project about Malaria disease back in early 2018 is worth making. I started planning to make the film about Malaria “The Existence” (which is based on a true story by the way) back in March 2018, after I was done making my first short action/romance film “Instant Risk,” which will be made into one short film and one feature film. But I have yet to start the production of the film anyway. Well, I was, actually, about to start making the movie as soon as I had the idea last year, which I hoped to begin with the short film version first to pitch for fund for the feature film. Subsequently, I started writing the screenplay and all that. But then I saw a drama screenplay competition that I wanted to send it to. So I decided to postpone the production of my horror/sci-fi film about Malaria disease. Unfortunately, I couldn’t meet the deadline for the drama script. So I must continue to finish writing the drama screenplay regardless since I am almost done with it. There’s no way of going back now.
I aim to complete the drama script very soon. I was done with it already. But then I wanted to make sure, it is perfect because I prepared to send it to competitions. So I have to rewrite it again and again, until I am totally happy with it. I will work on it one last week which is this week. Then, I will send it to screenplay contests. And then I can begin to make my horror/sci-fi film about Malaria “The Existence,” which I may skip the short film version and start making the feature film right away. It’s a low-budget film anyway. So I do not need to make a short film version to pitch for fund. I will work harder to finish the revision of my drama screenplay as soon as possible, so that I can start filming my horror/sci-fi film about Malaria “The Existence” straight away.
Most of my movies are about something educational and therefore useful for the society. As you can see my horror/sci-fi film “The Existence” is about fighting and stopping the Malaria and making people become aware of the deadly disease, about being strong and brave – mentally and physically. And my drama film, which I’m still working on the script, is about something totally opposite. I cannot reveal that much for now. I want this drama script to be kept under wraps for a while, until the film is being made.
I am so excited about both films – the drama film (with no title yet) and the horror film “The Existence.” I can’t wait to begin to produce them soon. Every day, I jump out of my bed with a lot of enthusiasm for both my filmmaking projects, which I start preparing for the filming of the horror film now. And that’s why I have not blogged much recently. I just devote all my time for my upcoming movies. It’s something I love doing. I visualise the films in my head daily, how they will start, unfold, and end. The more I can see the movies clearly in my mind, the better I can translate the visual aspects of them into the screenplays. Writing about 120 pages of a movie manuscript seems easy enough. But when you think of what you have to put into it to create a good screenplay, it’s not as straightforward as you may think. That’s why I take extra time to write an entertaining, captivating script as much as I can. A good movie made of a good screenplay, after all.
I have been very busy lately. That’s why I don’t blog that often as I used to. I am preparing for the making of my short film if I cannot sell my script, to pitch for the fund for the feature film. So every day counts. I spend each day doing the research, re-reading my screenplay, rewriting scenes and dialogues, making plans, and many more. And plus, I have many other things to do, too, than just organising my filmmaking project. I have put a lot of work and time into my upcoming drama film. I have therefore reached the point of no return. From now on, I can only move forwards. I have to make it no matter what – either sell the script or make the film myself. But something good has to come out of the screenplay. I will not just write a script and think nobody will care about, then just forget the whole thing and go do something else.
Since I have been busy with lots of things recently, today I will just relax and watch a good film. But after the film, I may begin to look at my screenplay again. I’m just so excited that I enjoy working on it every time. There’s not a day that I think: Maybe this project is too difficult, I can’t do it anymore, I will find something else less challenging to do instead. On the other hand, I just get up each morning looking forward to continuing to work on my screenplay and my filmmaking project because I’m very positive about it. Also when I visualise the day I have successfully made the film or have sold the script, I just can’t wait to get there FAST. And that’s what keeps me going, never giving up.