High Concept Screenplays

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I believe my screenplays are both high concept: Blood Type O (Short script. But I’ve also already written its feature-length first draft. It just needs to be revised first.) and a feature-length drama screenplay about a rebellious young man, which I keep it to myself for the time being. The reason I think they are high concept because they are original since they are based on true stories. But also because they hit most of the points that make them high concept which are:

  • Original premises: Both of my screenplays have unique premises since they are based on true events.
  • Creative twist endings: Both of my screenplays have surprise endings.
  • Appeal to almost everyone – young and adult – since they have universal themes. For example, “Blood Type O” embodies the themes of death, fear, survival, confinement, escape, and love. Then my feature-length drama screenplay personalises family & social issues, hope, revenge, coming of age, for instance.
  • They are not necessarily high-budget films: Both of my scripts are intentionally written to be made with low budgets because I, possibly, will make the films myself.
  • They have box-office potential, although they are not high-budget films.
  • They are not automatically character driven stories. “Blood Type O” is plot driven story, which many horror movies are plot driven stories. But my feature-length drama script is a character driven story.
  • Can be pitched in one sentence: Blood Type O – a London woman has contracted a severe malaria and is dying, unless she gets blood type O for exchange transfusion within 24 hours. Lost Son (the title for my feature-length drama manuscript for now) – a rebellious small town young man whose life is turned upside-down by his dominating father.
  • Blood Type O uses a ticking clock plot device, which is 24 hours for the short film and 48 hours for the feature film.
  • And many more.

So I am pretty certain that my screenplays are, probably, high concept. That’s why I write, direct, and act in the films myself as well, to really have a full control of the directions of the films. I just like writing screenplays with high concepts, basically just to surprise and challenge myself how I am going to come up with a shocking twist. But the twist endings in these 2 screenplays (the horror and the drama), which I am working on now, are true. They are not something that I make up, just to create surprise endings.

I read a lot of screenplays. I also print out my own scripts to read and analyse before I make the revisions and rewrite them. I have therefore lots of manuscripts stacking up around my flat.

The Danish House of Cake

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I was in and around Chinatown the other day and saw the Danish House of Cake or “Lagkagehuset” near Chinatown and Covent Garden, which is always packed every time I pass by. It just opened very recently. So I had to take some photos of it. I have seen the rise of Danish restaurants and eateries in London in recent years. I think maybe the style is different, of course. Just the whole package that draws people in, perhaps: The atmosphere, the decoration, the food, the culture, and so on. Although Denmark is a very small country compared to Britain, but I liked living in Denmark. It’s just so peaceful in so many ways.

Now I will watch a good film again. I just got home not long ago from filming. I don’t know what to see. Maybe I will watch a comedy or something scary. There are not that many good comedy films. I think. On the contrary, there are plenty of thrilling horror movies. But today, I think I prefer to see something funny – just to chill out, relax, and have some laugh.

The Danish House of Cake.
Danish pastry.
Covent Garden.
But nothing compares to Asian food. I walked past the Danish House of Cake just to buy Asian food in Chinatown instead.

Movie Poster

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Yesterday, I started creating the very first movie poster for my upcoming horror short “Blood Type O.” I also have lots of applications from cast & crew that I have to catch up on. Then, I have some self-tape auditions that I have to do and send as well for my acting career. I also have to be on set and work. So I’m getting really busy for the time being. But this film “Blood Type O” is something I want to get made so badly and as soon as possible. So even though I am very busy with so many things at the minute, I must find time to make this film. It’s based on a true story, by the way. Since I have so many applications that I have to go through, I will have to postpone the filming till next month instead. I just want to find the right people to work with. If this film is going to gain lots of attention, which I hope, I am also going to make a feature film out of it and the name of it is “The Existence.”

I already plan its feature film version ahead. I have done the outline, and now I’m in the process of working on the treatment. I might already have written the treatment and the first draft. I am working on 4-5 different screenplays at the moment. So I can’t quite remember if I have already written its feature film script? I must go through all the manuscripts I have written, to be sure. Anyhow, if I am going to turn it into a feature film, I am likely to use the same cast & crew again. And that’s why I select people with care, who I really like to work with, since it could turn out to be a long collaboration.

This horror short is just a pitch for fund to make a feature film. As soon as I have completed the film, I will start raising fund through crowdfunding and sending it to film festivals to get noticed. It will be an exciting, challenging project. There’s a lot to do to get this film made. But I enjoy it. I love what I do. I pour my heart & soul into it. So I don’t see it as something unachievable. The best thing to overcome obstacles is to plan it well ahead, so that you can foresee any problems that may arise and prevent them in good time. I began to write and develop the idea since last year. So I know exactly where I’m going.

Now I will relax and watch a good film. I watch movies not just for the sake of entertainment. I see films to learn something about filmmaking as well. I also work on film sets myself as an actor. So, every day, I automatically acquire new insight into the business of filmmaking via the work that I do. No film school needed.

The very first movie poster for my upcoming horror short “Blood Type O.”

The Media Production Show

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I went to The Media Production Show yesterday. It was okay. I attended some seminars that provided me some useful insight into how to go about starting my career as a filmmaker. Well, I do have experience in film industry for 15 years. But it just gave me additional knowledge than what I already know. So I did gain something from the show yesterday. I took, for example, part in “Future of British Films” which was very helpful and “Drama Screenwriters: Masterclass.” I also wanted to pay a visit to “Moving Up The Ladder – taking your first steps into the industry,” “Planning an International Production,” and “Live, Networked and Fast.” But they all started at around the same times from different conferences. So I couldn’t be at all of them at once. I therefore only managed to be at 2 forums, which I mentioned earlier.

I wanted to go back today as well since it runs over 2 days – yesterday and today. But the weather isn’t so good today. So I decided to knock it on the head. I will just stay home and relax instead. Well, not quite. I still have lots of applications from the cast & crew for my horror short “Blood Type O” that I still have to go through. I have responded to some so far. There are too many. I have to do it bit by bit. Otherwise, I won’t have time to do nothing else. But tomorrow, I will spend more time to go through the applications since I don’t have to go nowhere. Today, I just got home not long ago. So my energy isn’t at the top like in the morning. Tomorrow, I will start sorting through the applications as soon as I stand up. Until I have found the right candidates.

At The Media Production Show yesterday.
Drama Screenwriters: Masterclass.
I missed this meeting “Moving Up The Ladder – taking your first steps into the industry.” I didn’t go but I’m not happy about it. I’d prefer to have gone. But it’s being held about the same time as another seminar “Drama Screenwriters: Masterclass” which I attended. But it wasn’t that interesting, in my opinion. I didn’t really like it. If only I hadn’t been to the Drama Screenwriters: Masterclass, I could attend the Moving Up The Ladder – taking your first steps into the industry.
Panasonic unit
Walking around at the show.
Funny enough, this one was in Danish which read “I can’t be passive. I must always do something.”

Oatmeal

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I’m having oatmeal for breakfast. It’s fantastic! At first, I didn’t like oatmeal. I thought, it’s just bland and boring. But after I found out, if I added boiled egg, spinach, butter, cinnamon, and more to it, it would magically turn out very yummy. It utterly transformed an uninteresting taste to something very flavourful. Since then, I try to include a variety of vital ingredients to my oatmeal. Now, it has become my top favourite early meal. It’s simply a healthy breakfast. But I don’t know why I don’t eat it that often. I think from now on, I will have it as breakfast maybe 3-4 days a week. For the sake of my health and wellbeing. Oats also cost almost nothing, compared to other things you can buy for breakfast. One bag of oats also lasts for several days. The same with butter, cinnamon, eggs, etc. I can even just have it with cinnamon and butter. I love the smell of cinnamon. It has such a lovely, aromatic scent. And it’s healthy, too. Now I’m ready to start my day.

Oatmeal with spinach, banana, boiled eggs, cinnamon, and butter, which makes it a very healthy breakfast.

Actor & Demons

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I have added more actors which are the main male actor and the demons. I have spent my Sunday posting job posts on some sites, seeking additional cast & crew. I need one more male actor to play the boyfriend of the lead actress, which is me. Then I also need some supporting artistes to play demons. And plus, a 3AD as well. You can view all the job posts on Shooting People here if you’re interested in applying https://shootingpeople.org/production/work/project/14737

You can also apply on Starnow here https://casting.starnow.com/listing/1012943/

If interested in one of the positions or know someone who may be interested, you can also send me your recent CV, headshot, and showreel to actress@buppha.com – or forward my email to your friends, who may want to apply.

Initially, I planned to shoot the film the first week of this month. But I had been busy for the past couple of weeks. So I didn’t have time to search for cast & crew. So I had to postpone the filming dates till around 22-23 June this month. So now, I really have to look for the remaining cast & crew. I want to start shooting this film as soon as possible. I get a feeling, it will be an exciting horror short film “Blood Type O.” That’s why I work day & night to get this project off the ground asap!

I have a few more filmmaking projects cooking. So, I might want to work with some of the cast & crew again in my next projects if we worked well together. I just love filmmaking. I just feel so excited to start each new filmmaking venture. I might edit the film myself as well because I knew more than anyone else how I wanted the film to look & feel. But if I could find someone who would understand how I wanted the film to look, then I wouldn’t edit the film myself since I would be busy with lots of other things. Can’t wait to get the camera rolling soon!

demon
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Healthy Smoothie

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This morning I felt like having a light breakfast. So I made fruity smoothie instead of real breakfast. It’s banana, strawberry, and blueberry smoothie. it tasted very refreshing. What I did was that I purchased fresh strawberry and blueberry and stored them in the freezer, to preserve their freshness. If I didn’t do that I then had to eat the fruits within 1-2 days already. Otherwise they will rot very fast, especially strawberry and blueberry they tend to spoil very rapidly. After I put them in the freezer, I have them for 3-4 days now, and they are still as fresh as when I bought them.

It looks so delicious!

That’s why I love summer. It somehow persuades me to eat healthy when the sun is shining and the weather is warm. You just feel like eating lots of fruits, vegetables, salads, and the like when it’s sunny outside. Just like when you are on vacation somewhere exotic and tropical. You can create a sense of being on holiday in a warm country by eating healthy food with all sorts of vegetables and having fruits as dessert or snack instead, and maybe making a cocktail to go along with it. I have some simple cocktail recipes to share next time for this warm weather.

Frozen fruits are very fruitful. All their qualities, minerals, and vitamins are being kept alive to the fullest extent.

Although it’s officially summer now. But the weather is still changing a lot. It’s like we have all seasons in one day. This week, for example, we have rain, sunshine, dull and cold weather, and so forth. I can’t figure out anymore what to wear. Sometimes I get out in the morning and it’s cold because of the rain, so I wear winter coat, then as the days goes by the sun starts shining and all, and I look awkward with winter jacket on when everybody else is wearing summer clothes. That’s London rain. You just have to get used to it. I have been living here for many years, but I still haven’t adjusted myself to its inconstant climate yet.

Pancakes And Scrambled Eggs

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This morning, I had pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage for breakfast. It’s the first time that I made pancakes and scrambled eggs myself for early meal or brunch. It tasted good, actually. But I think, everything that you make it yourself will always taste delicious. It’s something pleasant and cosy. It gives you that homely atmosphere. And today is Saturday, I feel like spending a quality time pampering myself with good food and good films later on. Well, if I could watch more than one movie tonight because I might be busy working on my screenplay, trying to fix my printer so that I could print out my script, responding to film crew emails, and selecting the right candidates.

So after breakfast, I will go through the applications, which I have received for the film crew positions which are DOP, sound recordist, boom operator, and VFX editor. Then after that I will try to repair my printer, then print out my screenplay to read it. My printer was working fine about a few months ago. But now, all of the sudden, it just doesn’t function anymore. I really need to print out my whole manuscript to go through it scene by scene. If I could not fix my printer, I would need to buy a new, cheap one. That’s it.

My breakfast was ready.

I found this simple recipe on the internet which I would like to share. The result is easy to make pancakes but delicious. Below is the pancake recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 g Flour
  • 1 ml Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Melted butter in room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp Salt

Method:

  • Mix the flour with baking powder and salt in one bowl.
  • Then, whisk the egg in another bowl, after that add milk and melted butter and whisk them all together, until everything blends well together.
  • Add the egg mixture into the flour bowl and mix them well together again, using a spatula for baking or just a normal spatula is fine.
  • Then fry your pancakes one by one. With this measurement or recipe, I got about 5-6 big pancakes, or that of the usual size of a pancake. I had 3 pancakes yesterday. Then this morning, I just reheated the rest of it for my breakfast, which saved me time to make it again.
Homemade pancakes. Yummy!!!

That’s it. You could also add vanilla extract and sugar in the mixture, which many people do. But since I didn’t have them. So I didn’t use them. I stopped consuming sugar a while ago. But my pancakes turned out yummy anyway.

Blood Type O Short Film

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I have posted my horror short job “Blood Type O” on Shooting People again, looking for film crew once more. I planned to film in early June, which is now. But I had to postpone the filming till late this month instead partly because I had sent my script to some contests and didn’t win, and partly because I had to rewrite the script. I could try to submit my screenplay again to more competitions. Because, I only sent my script to just 2 screenplay contests which didn’t win. But I won’t anyway since I then have to wait for the result, which will take some time. I can’t wait for it. I want to start filming as soon as possible. I just need the film to be made now. I can’t continue to delay it. I don’t care if it’s good or bad. I will just keep making films, until I am good at it. While people are still deciding whether to like my film or not I will make another one, and another one, and….

Right now, I only need a DOP, VFX editor, sound recordist, and a boom operator. Then, I can start shooting as soon as I have all cast & crew ready. I already have the rest of cast & crew. So, only 4 positions to be filled. I still have applications coming in daily. I just haven’t had a chance to respond to all of them, yet. I will tomorrow.

So if you are a DOP or sound recordist or VFX editor or boom operator and interested in being part of this horror short, please email your CV and showreel to actress@buppha.com

Alternatively, if you are on Shooting People please feel free to apply directly there as well https://shootingpeople.org/production/work/project/14737

The reason I want to get the camera rolling for my horror short asap is because I have already written a new drama short script and a feature-length drama screenplay. You may wonder why I jump from writing a horror screenplay to drama. I just want to try my filmmaking skill in various genres, to try to find the genre (s) that I like the most. So, I also want to start filming the new drama films as soon as possible. That’s why this horror short “Blood Type O” must be made now before I can start on a new one.

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Image by Saveliy Morozov from Pixabay

Flower Garden in Hyde Park

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I went out today after the rain had stopped. The weather was ok warm and sunny in the afternoon. So I went to Hyde Park and took some photos with the beautiful blossoms there. I just love flowers. I wish I had a garden with all sorts of blooms in it. That would be wonderful. I took lots of pictures of the flowers. But I can’t post them all on my blog, which would be too many. So I only choose the best. Summertime just symbolises happiness, joy, new beginning, bright future, and similar. You feel like everything is possible. You can dress in floral dress and feel like a princess. You can go to the beach, picnic in the park, drink rose wine every day, hold a bbq party in your backyard, and many more. Since we have been waiting for the summer to come for so long, so when it actually materialises we must celebrate.

I have promised myself to, finally, explore Britain this summer. So I ought to keep my promise that I made to myself. If the weather is incredibly nice this summer, I will hop on a train and go somewhere new – just for a day or two on each trip, to really experience Britain, at long last. I have some settings in mind that I want to go. Can’t wait to start my new adventure!

At Hyde Park flower garden earlier today.