The weather starts getting more and more warm. So iced-cold drinks seem to be the best solution to help fight the heat in this incredibly warm weather. Iced coffee is one of my favourite summer drinks. It’s also very easy to make it yourself. You just make black coffee with lots of sugar in it, depending on how sweet you like it, then pour cream on top of it. Voila! your delicious iced coffee is ready. Since the weather is getting warmer and warmer, I drink iced coffee almost every day now.
I don’t like drinking coca cola or other soft drinks. So when it’s very warm like today, I either drink iced coffee or juice or just cold soy milk. I try not to consume too much garbage into my body. That’s why I am not a fan of fizzy drinks and sugar, but lots of sugar in iced coffee is an exception since I drink it only during summertime, and not so often. Normally, I just drink water. That’s it. I also eat spicy food almost daily. So iced coffee seems to go along with it quite well.
Lots of coffee also keeps me awake at night which is good when I have lots of things to do, especially working on my feature-length drama screenplay, which I try to complete it as soon as possible. There is a lot of things that need to be adjusted in the script. So I work constantly on it, to really create a compelling manuscript the best I can. It’s my first spec script, after all. So I must write it as entertaining as possible. I also love reading books. I have some novels that I haven’t had a chance to finish them, yet. But for now, I just don’t really have time for that. I just want to finish making my horror film “Blood Type O” and my drama screenplay as soon as possible first.
Maybe this blog title isn’t entirely true. Ok, it’s one of the scariest horror films. I started watching Paranormal Activity last night. It was so scary. But I only saw it the first half an hour or so. Not that because I was too terrified to watch it till the end. But because, I was tired. I watched a comedy film before that on Netflix which was “Murder Mystery.” So although, I wanted to watch “Paranormal Activity” after that, I only managed to see about half an hour of it. But, it was enough to judge the film (the first 10 or 30 mins should already make the audience care, ready for the ride).
I have read its reviews: Some like it and some dislike it. It’s a film that you either love it or hate it because nothing really happens for the most part of the movie. But I think that’s the point. It cleverly filmed in a way that gives you a sense of unease. Consequently, it gradually builds the tension, anticipation, and anxiety within you. Before you know it, you’re ready to jump at any slightest sound or movement. Less is more actually did work here in this film. I think.
Another tactic of this film (in my opinion) is also that the actors look just like anybody and act naturally. It could be you. It could be me. It could be your neighbours, relatives, family, coworkers, friends, and so on. They just look like common people, which makes many easily identify themselves with the characters. Their house as well. It just looks like a typical house or apartment that you normally see, which ordinary people usually live in. Most movies, the actors look so Hollywood movie stars that seems out of reach. The houses in most movies also look so opulent or totally the opposite. So, this method did work for this particular horror film. It just depends on the film, really. Each film is different in its own unique way.
All in all, I just like this movie. I look forward to watching it till the end tonight.
I do have a writer profile on FilmFreeway as well. I’m going to submit my screenplays and films on FilmFreeway more and more often. So, having a profile there seems to be a good thing, to make it easier for others to find out more about me as a writer, director, and actor right on the website. I also host my writer and actor CVs there for anyone to upload. If you want to see my writer CV, please head there now to upload it.
I am serious with my filmmaking career. When my next horror short “Blood Type O” is complete, I will start promoting it to a great extent. I pour my heart & soul into this film for it to get made. So when it’s finally finished, I will do whatever I can to boost its appearance. That will be the final step of this filmmaking project.
Today, I will spend time working on my feature-length drama screenplay. So later on today, I will start working on it. I’m just almost finished with the revision of it. So I will try to complete the assessment today or this week.
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.
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 email@example.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!
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.