It’s Sunday today. I feel like dressing fabulously for the summer. Although I don’t go out much, too busy with my filmmaking project “BTO,” but dressing nice for the season at home can really make my day. I just don’t really have time for nothing else for the time being. Today will be a busy day for me as usual. I will continue my hunt for the colourist-editor and a sound mixer today. I drank beer yesterday which made me feel sleepy, so I didn’t resume my search for the remaining film crew. I knew it. I shouldn’t drink alcohol. Just one beer can hinder my productivity and slow me down. I will not drink alcohol at home from now on, not until my project is completely done. I will drink if I have to go out and socialise or network. I have to stay focussed. Otherwise, nothing can be done. So today, I will work hard again to bring my filmmaking project to an end. Then I can concentrate on something else.
I make beef pho for the dinner. I have my dinner early today. I don’t eat that late no more. I used to. And I used to eat several times a day. Now, only one or two a day. Most of the time is just a small portion. I don’t eat that much as I used to, which is good for my health and body. But today, I make such a big bowl of pho because I love noodles. So I tend to eat a lot when it comes to noodles, especially rice noodles. I don’t like egg noodles that much. Making pho is easy & quick. That’s why I always store noodles in my kitchen for a healthy, fast food. Noodle dish is a quick dish to prepare. It’s also delicious and healthy. You can add lots of vegetables, meat, squeeze some lime on top of the noodle soup or stir-fried noodles, to add a fresh twist to it. Then, your delicious noodle dish is ready in no time at all. You can use leftover meat. So, it’s also an ideal dish to make if you have lots of leftovers. So nothing is going to waste.
Today, I also feel like drinking beer. Asian food and beer seem to go along with each other very well. So I must have a glass of beer with my homemade beef pho. It’s Saturday, after all. So I have to remember to pamper myself and to totally relax. I might watch a good film or two after the dinner. I will find a good horror film to see after the meal. Then, after the movie, I might continue my search for a colourist-editor and a sound mixer for my film. I just need to unwind first, to recharge my energy. Then, I’m ready. I love making movies. So watching lots of films is my way of entertaining myself as well as learning something new about filmmaking. It therefore benefits me in so many different ways just watching films.
I also have a feature-length drama screenplay that I need to complete as well. I have already finished written it. But I like to go back now and then to revise, re-read, add or take something out, and so on. I enjoy reading my own scripts. If I find it entertaining, then it’s good enough for me. I love reading. So, if I don’t enjoy reading something, then the story or/and the writing style is not good. Therefore I read what I write, to see how I write and how I tell the story. Is there something new that I can add to it? Something no one has never seen before. The same with “Blood Type O” which is something new, no one has made a film about this specific story or subject before. I can therefore proudly say that my horror script “BTO” is original.
I’m still working through the applications for a colourist-editor and a sound mixer. It’s a big job going through each applicant’s CV and showreel since there is a lot of applications to sort through. It therefore requires persistence and attention to details in order to select the right candidates for the jobs. So I’m devoting my whole day today to shortlist potential prospects. I’m not even halfway, yet. I am definitely not going to finish the hunt for the right candidates today. So I must continue the search tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow if I have to. I am really into filmmaking. It’s what I love doing. So hiring the right film crew for my films is my duty that I have to carry out – no matter what. Even if it means I have to exhaust myself to trawl through all applications to find the right candidates, then I have to. I am an indie filmmaker, after all. So whatever I can do it myself I will do it. It can be tough. But I love what I do, so I enjoy doing it. That’s why I might edit the film myself.
I spend my day trying to ease my workload because I had been working the past few weeks or so. So I didn’t really have time to do anything. When I finally have time to do things I need to do, it’s suddenly getting too much. I am not getting very far. I must admit. Working in front of a computer constantly can make you feel tired, which can slow you down. So during the day, I wanted to take a nap, but I couldn’t. There is so much to do that I can’t have time for nothing else. I have to get things done, which is my top priority.
The weather is also not so good today. The rain poured down just a minute ago. Then it stopped all of the sudden. The sun now begins to shine after the rain. It’s still raining, though, but not that heavily like a minute ago. Since I am no longer feel sleepy, I will continue to work through my tasks as many as I can. I don’t like things piling up. I like to organise things, to clear my mind. If my home is messy and my workload is stacking up, they block my creativity and productivity. So I can’t let these things slow me down.
The makeup artist was applying the makeup on my face to make me look sick. I was playing Aurora who’s got Malaria. This technique is easy. I could do it myself. All in all, I have learned a lot making this film – both good and bad. There’s a lot of lessons I have gained. I will definitely make use of this incredible experience in my future filmmaking projects. Making films is not an easy mission at all. On the surface, it looks fun. But behind the scenes, there are lots going on that require patience, management skill, and many, many more. So it is a total challenge when you take all elements into account. Therefore, it was worth the effort and time for me to make this film “BTO,” otherwise I wouldn’t have learned what I have learned.
My next step is to look for a colourist-editor and a sound mixer to edit the film, so that the film can be finalised. So every day, I’m also very busy looking for these 2 people to complete the film. There are lots of applicants that I have to go through. Selecting the right person for the duty can be a difficult task as well. So I’m taking my time to read and watch each potential candidate’s CV and showreel in order to make the right decision. It’s a boring assignment. But I have to if I want the film to turn out good with quality sound and cinematic looking. The film will be sent to film festivals, after all. So this final step is also crucial.
If you are a colourist-editor or a sound mixer with at least 3 years of experience, for more info about the position you want to apply for please feel free to email me your CV and showreel (s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and I look forward to receiving your application soon.
My 80s horror/romance short “Blood Type O” is like a terrific trip down memory lane. There are lots of 80s references to be found in the film. So I enjoyed making this film since the 80s is one of my favourite eras. It’s like jumping on a nostalgia train taking me right back to a wonderful time when I grew up being a teenager. I so look forward to seeing the end result of the film when its post-production is over. I have never made films with 80s tone & style before. So I’m excited to see how I have managed to make this film BTO as close to the 80s as possible.
The whole filming process could finally be completed this month. There are some pickup shots left. Then, that’s it. The re-shoot could take just half a day or maybe one day. I think I have learned a lot making this film. It has taught me lots of new filmmaking skills, management, experience, and many more. It is true that you can only learn by doing or making it, to actually creating something yourself is the best way to gain new insight & knowledge and explore new territories that you normally wouldn’t think of or go near them. So I am so glad that I decided to make this film on my own, at long last. I tried to make use of all my experiences and skills in filmmaking as much as possible in this film. It was worth the effort, indeed.
I might even edit the film myself. But I’m not so sure. Maybe, I will have to find another editor anyway. Someone who is experienced. I want the film to look professional because it will be sent to film festivals. So I think I’d be better off finding someone else with a sound experience to color grade and edit the film instead. The entire filming procedure could take up to 2 months with a pickup and editing. It’s not an easy process at all. You may think: I have now finished shooting the film, then I’m all set! It’s not like that at all. Another phase of filmmaking which is the post-production could take as long as the pre-production operation. There are lots of shots that need to be combined together, discard, colour grade, and many more, including sound. So, it’s an another action that requires extra attention and care, to produce a professional looking, entertaining film.
We had begun to shoot the film Blood Type O this past weekend. There are some small scenes left, which may take only 4-6 hours to shoot – just half day filming max. So we may shoot it in one of the days next week. Then we’re all set! Below are some photos from the set taken with my mobile phone.
I have found my old photo from a film set that looks like an 80s look. That’s how my makeup may look like in my 80s inspired horror short “Blood Type O.” This photo was from last year or the year before, I think. My hair and my look haven’t changed much. The makeup artist, she did a great job here. My new makeup artist in my upcoming horror short is excellent, too. I can’t wait to work with her. It will be an amazing film set. And I get a good feeling that the film will be a piece of art. I think I have got a good team for this film. I look forward to working with them pretty soon. I am too busy for the moment to get my film made that I only focus on this project for the time being. I pour my heart & soul into it. I really sink my teeth into it as well. So I hope the end result is worth it. Sure, it will!
Listening to music. When I want to relax, I turn to music not TV or films. I don’t even have a telly. Just music is enough for me. It entertains my soul better than television. I love watching movies, though. But I don’t like watching TV constantly. That’s why I got rid of the television set. I love music so much sometimes I doubt myself: Why do I want to be an actor not musician? But I love acting as much as I love music. I just don’t think I have the talent to be a musician. So, I’m happy to just pursue my dreams as an actress and a filmmaker instead. But some people do possess both skills. Just not me, which is fine 🙂
I’m making bacon and egg sandwich for my breakfast. It’s yummy when I don’t have it too often. Well, everything you make it yourself tends to taste naturally good anyway. I always have late breakfast during the weekends. I also got up late around 9am because I went to bed around 2am this morning. So many things to do. I could not therefore just go to bed although I was tired. A decent breakfast gives me the energy I need to get started my day. It will be another busy day.
I will soon be on my way out to a vintage market. It’s Saturday, a perfect day to walk around antique market. The sun also shines and all that. I hope, it’s not gonna rain. According to the weather forecast, there will be no rain. But who knows. The weather is changing a lot at the moment. The weather will be up to 23 degree. It’s okay. I just have to wear a jacket, just in case. I don’t trust the weather in UK. I have been sick very recently despite warm weather. So I have to be careful when I go out. To have a cold when the sun is shining outside is just not fair.
The reason I have to go out today is not just to go to a flea market, but I also have a meeting with another member of the film crew who I may potentially take on board. The filming date (s) is approaching. I’m therefore very busy. I have to do whatever I can to get things ready.