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.
I like mystery/sci-fi movies. Something that questions about our existence on earth, past & future, and the like. Do we live in a parallel universe? Does time travel exist? Are we alone? And so on. It would take years and years to find the answers to that. Anyway, it is fun to be curious and search for the answers about something we may never discover the truth. And here’s a list of movies that reflect my curiosity:
- The Time Traveler’s Wife
- I Am Legend
- Blade Runner
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- The Fifth Element
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Planet of the Apes
And the TV series “LOST” which I still don’t understand. But it’s many years ago that I saw it – just some of the episodes. I think I have to rewatch it 🙂
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.
Another video of mine doing unarmed fight choreography. I just love martial arts. I remember when I was young attending junior high school, stick-fighting stage combat class was one of my favorites. When I left middle school I also left stick-fighting – never to return. Maybe, I should start acquiring the skill again. It’s my way of getting some exercise since I don’t like going to the gym and learning new skills, which could be useful for my acting career or self-defence as well.
I love music and fashion, especially rock ‘n’ roll. So I dress according to the music I like which is rock music, of course. I like to combine second-hand and new clothes together, to create a unique look that truly expresses myself. So sometimes, I like going to Camden, Brick Lane, Portobello Road Market, and the like, to look for vintage clothing. But it’s not only vintage clothes I am looking for, also jewellery, furniture, knick-knacks, for instance. But the main items I like to buy from the flea markets are vintage clothes and jewels since I can wear them together. I don’t really go that much up in other things to decorate my studio. They will just stay there to collect dust.
Everything else are from TopShop, except the leopard jumper is vintage which I bought it just for £5. It’s one of my favorite items that I wear a lot.
And today since morning, the weather was like spring or summer already with some sunshine. And that’s why I began to think about summer fashion. I always love summertime which means it’s soon time for me to visit vintage markets around London. But, I am still waiting for winter. I want to see snow. I saw snow a few weeks ago. But, it’s just for one day. I think. And that was it. That’s winter here in UK. And the spring is just right around the corner. It’s good, though. Then I can wear beautiful spring or summer clothes – both bohemian and rock chick look.
I love this bag from TopShop.
I finally clean up my studio today. But not quite. I just clean the bathroom. I don’t want to spend too much time cleaning when I can wash half of it then another half I will do it tomorrow instead, so that I can spend the rest of the day to write 10 more pages. So today, I only scrub the bathroom. Tomorrow, I will hoover the studio and polish the kitchen as well. Then, I’m all set! There’s not much to clean in my studio, actually. So, it is good for me when I don’t have to wipe a huge apartment or house. But if I did live in a big apartment or house it would mean I could afford a maid. Although I live in a studio, but it does have everything as a normal apartment has: A living room with a wall bed, a terrace, a bathroom, an open kitchen, for instance. So, it is easy to manage for a single person like me. And it is in a quiet place far from traffic and all the noises. Everything is just perfect for me for the time being.
Just finished cleaning my bathroom.
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!
Time for me to take time off. I have been working on my screenplay all day long. I have written to around page 50 now. I haven’t got that far with it as expected. Because, I have a bad habit of stopping and analysing each scene which slows down my work flow. So I have to refrain myself from doing that. I have to concentrate on making it to the end first – no matter what. Then I can always come back and revise it. Now, I will take a break and see a good movie. After I finish watching a movie, I will continue to work on my script. I have my ice cream ready for the movie. I hope, I may be able to write 10 more pages tonight. Then, I will have written 60 pages so far. And that’s about halfway already. It depends on how long I want my screenplay to be – about 100 or 120 pages? I just write and write. So, my script may seem boring now. It’s not that entertaining. And that’s the purpose of it. I just want to finish it first. I don’t care how uninteresting or absurd it may be. Making it to the end is my main goal for the time being. So, I don’t care about other elements for now. I just want to be able to type FADE OUT asap!
I love chocolate ice cream.
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.