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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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!
I went to one of the free workshops “Casting Director, Agent, and Performer” for members of Spotlight in Chinatown yesterday. Some of the advice I have heard before and some I haven’t. So it was very useful, learning how to:
- Impress casting directors with my (self taped) auditions.
- Make good quality self tapes and showreels yourself without emptying your bank account by paying for a showreel company to do it for you, which could cost a lot of money. As an aspiring actor, you don’t have money to pay for those things you don’t really need if you can do it yourself.
- Find agent that is right for you, who believes in you, and once you do have an agent how to communicate with your agent on a regular basis since communication with your agent is very vital.
- Submit yourself to jobs on Spotlight.
- Utilise Spotlight to the fullest extent.
- Find the right roles for you.
- And many more.
It’s just one hour seminar from 6pm – 7pm. But for me, it was worth it since I am serious about my acting, writing, and directing careers so I always look for ways to acquire new expertise and wisdom, which can help move my careers forward. I also attend acting class regularly, to improve my acting skills, to meet fellow actors and make new connections or friends, and to keep my knowledge in acting and film industry current. So I do whatever I can to make my dreams come true and I enjoy every step I take because I love what I do. Each journey towards my goals is an adventure in itself. It’s also a challenge. I am not afraid of challenge. So it’s fine with me.
I get a good feeling that my drama screenplay is going to be phenomenal, partly because it is based on my own true story (A member of my family to be precise. So, it’s not exactly me that this script is about. But it’s still my story in the sense that it happened to a member of my family.), which I know so well, and partly because I believe the manuscript is good since I write it from my heart. So I am very positive that whoever play the lead roles might receive some awards for their performances if they acted the best they could. They could even become a star overnight if they’re unknown actors. That’s why I wanted to make and direct this film myself if I did get the fund. I will also play one of the lead parts. But I won’t have much screen time as other lead characters.
I am already finished the script. I tried to print out my screenplay last week to bring it to a writer group, but my printer wasn’t working. I will try to fix my printer again today, so that I can print it out to read it through to see if it needs more revision. If I couldn’t bring my printer back to life I might have to buy a new one. I can’t go to a shop to print it out since there are about 100 pages. I also need more than one copy to give out to some people I can trust to read it, too. I could just buy a new printer if I had to pay for 3-4 copies of the 100-page screenplay to be printed out. But I’m very happy with the script so far. I just haven’t had a feedback on the whole screenplay, yet. I did have some comments on the first 10 pages. But that’s it. So I do need an assessment for the complete manuscript as well before I can start applying for a fund for the film to be made.
After this blog post, I also have to go out for a few meetings today regarding my acting career. So I don’t have time to read my screenplay and fix my printer, not until I am home again tonight. I wish I had a whole free week, so that I could read my script and rewrite it and finish it, at long last. But for now, it doesn’t seem I will have a whole week free. I am quite busy at the moment. Anyway, I will try to read my finished screenplay once I have time to do so.