Just home again from a shoot not long ago. I’m not gonna do anything more for today. No more today. Now, I just want to relax and do nothing. I may continue to watch LOST or just see something else. But one thing for certain, I will not work on my screenplay today. I will tomorrow instead. I have bought the ink for my printing machine, to print out my script once it’s done. Then, I will read through it and make some adjustment. I will correct everything by hand on paper. Then, I will write everything nicely and correctly on the computer when I am happy with the revision.
And if I decided to turn it into a movie myself I would, definitely, only hire female film crew to support women working in Film & TV. But the cast will be a mixture of men & women. I can’t just use all-female cast in a feature film if I want to get as many audiences to go see my film as possible – in some rare occasions, maybe. It’s possible for a short film to have all-female cast. But it’s ok, in both short and feature film, if the film crew are all female since they work behind the camera. I will make a promise that I am going to use only female film crew for my upcoming filmmaking project.
I just got home from a Time’s Up meeting group. It was good to finally attend the meeting. I was supposed to be attending the previous meeting last year as well. But I had to be on set, so I missed the meeting. We talked about many useful things, for example:
- How to increase the number of female writers and directors in production companies
- How agents can play a vital part in it
- Equal payments for all
- How to get help with sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse, and so on, in the workplace
- The #4PercentChallenge
- And more
So, I’m glad, I could attend the meeting this time, to talk about these topics and how we can get our messages across and be heard. It’s exactly what I need right now. It’s really helpful when you are serious about your work and get to meet like-minded people, to share the experience, knowledge, and support each other. There are lots of different groups from Time’s Up, including sub-groups. So, there are some other groups that I may join next time.
Today’s the day that I will complete my feature-length drama screenplay, finally. I already know where I’m going with it regarding the climax and the end. So, I don’t have to ponder about it that much. Therefore, 10 more pages today for the climax and the resolution/realization or Act 3 will not take me that long to write. What a relief. I am totally done with it. I so look forward to revising it soon. Then, I will start selling it or looking for a producer or just producing the movie myself. So, I have plan A, B, C, and so on, for this script. It’s good to have thought about what I am gonna do with it before I even start writing it. Then I know precisely where and how to go after my goals once the screenplay is complete. And that’s when the fun part begins after the script is done, ready to be seen and read by potential agents, buyers, producers, actors, studios, etc. Can’t wait!
After this blog post, I will go out again for another meeting/networking. I don’t know when I will be home again, to continue to work on the last bit of my screenplay. But that shouldn’t take long. I have already finished the major part of it. Now, I can just take it easy.
I stood up around 5:30am this morning and began to work on my script straight away. I couldn’t wait to complete my screenplay as soon as possible, so I started working on it as soon as the sun came up. Now, I have written to around page 90. Not so many pages left now before I can type FADE OUT, at long last. I have a few meetings today. But as soon as I am home again, I will try to finish the screenplay today! I only need about 10-15 more pages now. And that will be about 100 pages or more of the whole script. And that’s it. No more.
Because, when I revise it there may be something I will amplify or delete. But, I’m pretty sure, I will add more details to most of the scenes since I just write quickly and only the key elements are on the script. But even only that, the screenplay contains about 90 pages already. If I then, actually, developed some scenes in further detail it would then be more than 100 pages or so, or, it might add up to exactly 120 pages. So, if I only managed to write 10 more pages today, then it’s ok. I will not work more on it. I will then continue with the next phase which is the rewriting. I just have to move on quickly now if I want to complete my screenplay asap. There’s no time for a lengthy piece of work if it’s not that necessary. Getting it done is more essential.
One of the inspiring stories that keeps motivating me to continue to write to reach my goal is J.K. Rowling story how she became one of the most influential authors in the modern world. I just one day accidentally saw a film biography about her on a telly, Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story. And I was impressed how she started. And at that time, she even had a small baby to take care, her daughter, and many other obstacles. Anyway, she managed to fulfill her dream as a writer in such a short period of time. I don’t have a small kid to look after. I don’t even have a partner (cry). So, I have all that time to write. Therefore, I have no excuse not to succeed.
It’s a great story that can inspire anyone. If you don’t get inspired by this story then I don’t know what to say. I think, if you really fight hard for it the magic will happen – soon or later. So, every time I am feeling stuck and feeling like I am going nowhere, I will look for inspiring stories like this to keep me going. It does, actually, help. If the people who were in the worse situations than me could succeed then why I couldn’t? It’s only because I didn’t work hard enough. Period.
Anyway, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Everything takes time and patience. I just have to be patient, as long as I continue to be enthusiastic about what I do and want to achieve, one day it will come. I also like Estee Lauder’s quote: “You’ve got to work hard, you’ve got to stick to it and you’ve got to believe in what you’re doing.”
Today, I have written about 10 more pages of my drama screenplay. So, I am at around page 80 or something now. I will take a break and watch a good film. Then, if I’m not too tired I will continue to write about 10 pages more. Or, I could even finish the whole script tonight, which I would need about 20 more pages. So, the movie would be around 1h 50m – almost 2 hours. And 20-page more is not unrealistic to complete in one day – either today or tomorrow and that’s it – since I do write about 10 pages or so every day anyway.
After the first draft, I also have to go through the revision process. So, I will need some more days for that as well. Consequently, I will give it another week or maybe 3-4 more days to really finalize my screenplay. Then I’m done!
I have written my drama screenplay to page 70 or something today, which is good. I stood up around 7:30am and just worked constantly on it. That’s a lot of hours. I have never spent that many hours, writing. I am very happy that I have made it to page 70 or so today. That’s a big achievement for me today. My goal is getting closer and closer. I need to write 20-50 pages more, then I am done with my script. I could write just 20-30 pages more if I wanted my movie to be about 90 minutes long. Or, if I wanted it to be around 2 hours long then I would have to write about 50 pages more or a little less.
Now, it’s a relaxing time. I will continue to watch LOST the TV series. Then, I will prepare the dinner ready for the entertainment which is spaghetti with meatballs – one of my favorite dishes.
It’s Friday, finally. I really hope, I can finish my screenplay this week. I have been working on it for some time now. It’s time I finished it. So this week, I must work harder to finalize it, at long last. I have written to around page 50 now. So, I am halfway through. It’s not too shabby, after all. I am making some progress. Now I will see if I can write another 50-page or 60-page this weekend, including today. Again, it depends on how long I want my screenplay to be.
My script may look perfunctory now, nothing of importance. As some writers and actors have given me feedback that my screenplay is too literary, which I really appreciated their contributions. But because, I just want to make to the FADE OUT as soon as possible. Everything else can be corrected, afterward. So, for the time being, I won’t be speculating too much about my writing style, grammar, and so on. It is more important for me that I complete my script as quickly as I possibly can for the moment. I have a good, true story to tell. And I must tell it fast since it could help launch my career as a writer & director, which is something I really want to be as well apart from being an actor.
The screenplay will anglicize all locations and characters, to make it easier to make into a movie since the true event happened in Thailand. And I can’t go make movie in Thailand due to limited budget. So to simplify it I must film it here in UK, using actors and locations here instead. And I will hire any actors, partly because to keep the cost down, and partly because to give aspiring actors the opportunity to be seen and noticed.
I want to help people who have strong, genuine interest in Film & TV the chance to perform and show their talents to the world. So, I may hire actors that are not on Spotlight as well. There are talented actors out there that are not on Spotlight, yet. Many of them don’t even have agencies to represent them either. It could be because they don’t have enough credits, yet. Well, people have to start from somewhere. Getting credits can be tough, especially when you’re just starting out or you don’t have an agent that believes in you to push you to auditions.
I want to believe in people. So, my upcoming filmmaking project will involve as many people as possible in all aspects of filmmaking and from different levels.
I began to work on my drama screenplay as soon as I got up. It’s getting more entertaining now. I have now started on part 2 of Act 2, which is more exciting than part 1. In fact, the whole script is gradually getting more and more thrilling toward the end. So, it’s gonna be a total roller-coaster ride. I promise! I really want to finish the script asap. Because, I have a good feeling that it’s going to be good and unique. But, I have lots to do this week still. I have to go out of the door in a minute. Then when I get home I want to tidy up my studio. I hadn’t been home much for the past 2-3 weeks. And the days I was home, I spent on working on my screenplay. Every day and every minute counts. But after my studio is clean, I will continue to work on my screenplay straight away. Today is only Wednesday. So hopefully, I will be able to complete the script this week. I must do whatever I can to finish it asap. Because, this screenplay will be an important work that will, perhaps, launch my career as a writer & director as well – if I’m gonna make the movie myself from my script. That’s why I really pour my heart & soul into it. Fingers crossed!
I have lots to catch up today because I had been busy for the past 3 weeks or something like that, so today is Monday I suddenly have a lot to do. I had even had 3 different meetings today already. I just got home and had my late lunch. And my home looks quite messy. Because, I only came home to sleep for the past 2-3 weeks. I want to clean my studio today. But I’m too tired for that now. I will spend the rest of the day working on my screenplay. Tomorrow, I will clean my studio.
I wanted to write to page 50 or so yesterday. But I was too tired to continue. But I made it to page 40 which is still good. Today, I will see how many pages I can write. But at least, if I could make it to the middle of my script that would be good. My drama screenplay is looking good so far. Therefore, I want to finish the whole script as fast as I can because I know it’s going to be a good screenplay.
And if I couldn’t sell it or find a producer for it I would, definitely, make the movie myself and become a producer myself as well. So again, I write, produce, direct, and play one of the main characters, too. The same as my first short action/drama/romance film Instant Risk which I wrote, produced, directed, shot, edited, and played the lead actress as well. I may even edit the movie myself again this time. But I don’t want to think about that too much right now. Just one thing at a time.
I also plan to make a short film soon. And I will take a scene from my drama screenplay for my short film. So, if I decide to turn my drama script into a movie myself I can use the short film to pitch for funding. And this time, I will hire a DOP to shoot the film for me. I may edit the film myself, though. It’s going to be an exciting short drama film. Because, the feature-length screenplay is good.
I try to keep myself away from people that thrive on schadenfreude at all costs, which is one of the things that keeps me being positive and outgoing at all time. So, it does help. Being around negative people all the time can really have a bad impact on me. And I don’t want that no more. So, by staying away from negative people I feel so relief. And that the world is a beautiful place to live and everything is possible. I want to treat people with respect the way I want to be treated myself.
I have now written my screenplay to page 40. I need to write 10 more pages or something like that. Then, I will have finished part 1 of Act 2 of my script. When I focus more on writing without any distraction I tend to achieve what I want to achieve. Now, I need to take a little break, have some snack, then I am ready to continue to write 10 more pages. After that, I will go to bed. My mission is then accomplished for today.