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.
I have been busy all day today and yesterday as well since I started working on my short filmmaking project about a few days ago, sorting through submissions, responding to applications, planning the filming, and so on. I really hope, I can begin to shoot by the end of this week. My filmmaking project looks more real now. It will be made this week. That’s for sure. I have a good feeling about it. I had already written the script for it last year before I decided to put this horror film project on hold, to start writing a drama script to send to screenplay competition instead. It never went to the contest since I could not meet the deadline. Not that because I am a bad writer, and that I cannot work within a restricted time frame. I spontaneously decided to work on the drama screenplay when it was only about a week before the finishing date, which was too little. No one could do that. Now I have learned my lesson.
But, I didn’t start writing the drama screenplay for nothing. I am now almost done with it, which turns out to be a good screenplay. I think. Now, it’s ready to be sent to new screenplay competitions. This time, I have plenty of time. Anyway, the screenplay is almost done. So I don’t need to spend too much time on it no more. And that’s why I choose to start filming my short horror film “Blood Group O” straight away since I am now free to work on a new project.
Now, I will watch a good film. I have been working too much lately. I need to clear my mind with some entertainment. Take a break from my project for a while. Recharge my energy. Even though I work with films and screenplays constantly, but when I want to relax I always turn to films because I love watching movies. And that’s why I want to be a filmmaker. I’ve always been fascinated by good stories, which transport me to new worlds, away from reality and chaos, even just for a short moment in time. So, being a filmmaker just seems like the perfect career choice for me.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 love this scene from Moonstruck movie because the dialogue is so clever and good. The scene after they left the opera. Especially when Nicolas Cage says to Cher:
We are here to ruin ourselves, and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die.
The dialogue is just so fantastic and well written. I think, I agree. And I think most people would confess, too. Writing is my passion. So when I see amazing dialogues I admire them and try to write as good dialogues/monologues as much as I can. I don’t only watch movies for my own entertainment, but also to study from others who have mastered the art of writing before me. Good movies with good plots and dialogues is what keeps me watching the movies till the end, even though I am tired. I have watched lots of films unfinished because I get bored after the first 10 minutes or so. I have tried to see one film that won lots of awards very recently, but after one hour into the film nothing much happened I gave up. I don’t care what it wins or doesn’t win, if it doesn’t hook me in the first 10 minutes I will not waste my time on that film. And one hour is way too much. But I kept watching that movie for one hour because I was curious why it won lots of prizes? But maybe the rest of the movie was good if I kept watching till the end. And that’s why the first 10-minute is so imperative, if you want people to finish seeing your work of art. The movie may be good after 10 minutes or one hour, which is a shame if the audience no longer cares to watch till the end, to see how good the movie is.
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.
Just got home from a casting not long ago. Well, I had a casting around midday. But then after that, I just went window-shopping. Then King’s Road. While I sat on the bus on my way home – from King’s Road to Putney isn’t that far with bus number 22 – I then saw Peggy Porschen bakery and decided to get off the bus immediately to buy some cupcakes from it, and to take some selfies with it, of course. It’s just so chic and popular cake shop. Mainly because of its girly decoration with pink flowers both inside and outside. And everything about it is just so fabulous. People just take selfies with it and post it all over Instagram (Free advertising. I do the same by writing this blog post about it). That’s how I discovered Peggy Porschen bakery. When I got home, I made a cup of tea straight away. Then I had my afternoon tea – just without sandwiches, only the cupcakes I just bought. They tasted good, actually. I normally don’t eat sweet that often. I prefer fruits instead. But once in a while is okay. And these cupcakes, they’re not that sweet, that’s why I liked it.
Green curry is one of my favourite curries. It just has a very delicate flavour, compared to other curries. And it’s not too spicy. It’s quite mild. Therefore I like making green curry dish when I feel like eating something not too spicy, but still has some heat in it. Yellow curry is also good. It’s less spicy than green curry. Red curry is the spiciest of them all. I like all curries, including massaman and panang curries. I just can’t get enough of it. Some people think Thai food is difficult to make. Not anymore. Today, you can buy readymade Thai curry pastes almost everywhere. There’s no need to go through all that trouble to make the curry pastes yourself. Unless, you make curry dishes on a daily basis.
One of the reasons why I love Thai food is because it’s healthy since most Thai dishes comprise lots of vegetables. So you can’t go wrong with that. Eating Thai food regularly can only benefit me. And that’s why I love it! Also, many Thai dishes can be made without meat or just use tofu instead. So, Thai food is also ideal for vegetarians, vegans, and healthy food lovers. Occasionally, I do not use meat in my Thai cooking at all. I sometimes even forget that I have not used any meat in it since it tastes delicious anyway with or without.
And today, I want to share a very tasty Thai green chicken curry. I love cooking. So, if I have time, I will spend my quality time to cook good, healthy food for myself. And today I fancy chicken green curry. So I just have to make it. I have tried this dish many times, for example, in restaurants and takeaway places, but it doesn’t taste that good or authentic enough. It’s quite disappointing when this dish, in fact, is not difficult to make at all. And you can make it in less than 30 mins. Therefore I feel like sharing this Thai green chicken curry recipe with you, so if you love this dish you can try to make it and see for yourself how easy it is. Okay, let’s do it!
Thai Green Chicken Curry
Cooking Time: 30 mins.
- 2 Whole chicken breast fillets (about 320g), cut into strips
- 500ml Coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp readymade Thai green curry paste
- 2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
- 250ml Water
- 2 Small bags of mixed vegetables (about 500g vegetables), choose the one that has no onion in it or any vegetables that are not suitable for this type of dish. Carrot, broccoli, pepper, and similar are perfect for this dish. You can also buy each of these vegetables and prepare them yourself.
- Heat coconut milk in a wok or pot or casserole over medium heat, when it starts boiling add green curry paste, keep stirring gently until the curry paste dissolves and blends well with the coconut milk.
2. Add chicken, cook the chicken until it’s about 50% cooked.
3. Add vegetables and water, increase the heat to high heat and keep stirring everything together gently until it starts boiling, then add fish sauce and lower the heat back to medium heat, continue to cook everything together for about 2-3 more mins, or until the vegetables and chicken are finished.
4. If you like, just before you turn the heat off add fresh chillies and coriander and give it a few, soft stirs before removing it from the heat.
5. Serve it with freshly cooked rice, or even better with jasmine rice. Enjoy!