I will try to complete my drama screenplay today, The Mad Boy. I am also working on the first chapter of the novel of the script because I will turn the manuscript into a novel as well. So, I’m working on two tasks at the same time. I have to finish the screenplay first before I can move on to the next project, which is the novel. I nearly finish revising the screenplay. Hopefully, I will finalize it this weekend. That’s why I don’t really blog that often since I’m determined to bring these two pursuits to life as soon as possible. So I have to use all that time I have to try to accomplish them as much as I can.
I have changed the title to “The Mad Boy” because I think it’s more relevant to the story. But the title could change if I had found more suitable name later on. I really want to bring this script to an end. So after this blog post, I will work on it right away until I have to go to bed. If I’m not finished it today, I will continue tomorrow morning till I’m done with it. While I’m working on the first chapter of the novel, I’m tempted to finish writing it. But there are lots of pages that need to be written, and I have to complete my screenplay first. So I have to stop working on the first chapter of the novel and focus on finishing my drama manuscript instead. Just one thing at a time. It gets really exciting now. I think it will be a good screenplay and novel.
I have a busy day ahead again today. I therefore have to plan my day wisely, otherwise I can’t get nothing done. Today is a sunny day. But summer will soon be gone. What a shame. That’s why I try to capture summer in scented candles, with all the lovely scents of summer that make you feel like summer never ends. Well, for now, I have only French lavender scent so far. But more and more aromas will be added, as soon as I have finished making them and add them to my online store BUPPHA.uk.
It’s a long process. I also have to design new labels for each perfume, packaging, containers, and so forth. Christmas will also soon arrive. So I want everything ready by then as well. It’s September now. So I have plenty of time to prepare. It gives me a peace of mind when I plan everything well ahead. I have learned from my experience that things will go terribly wrong, in most cases, when you are unprepared – no matter what you do. That’s why I try to prevent it from happening again at all costs. So from now on, I will outline everything in advance in order to avoid mistakes as much as I can. It also gives me more confidence and can then easily envision things that could go wrong, and thereby do whatever I can to stay away from them.
So today, I will start my day with the revision of my drama screenplay first, just a little bit. I try to break down the editing process of my manuscript into small chunks, to make it more achievable and realistic. I can just tell you that my drama script has a very unique story, plot, and characters. Furthermore, it’s also based on a true story which makes it original. I therefore do not post my drama screenplay anywhere, yet. I want to keep it under wraps for now until after the rewrite is complete and, perhaps, the film has been made.
Then, the rest of the day, I will spend it to focus on my candle business. There’s a lot to do as well since I just started it. So to stop myself from pulling my hair out trying to cope with all the things I need to accomplish, I have to do everything bit by bit. One small task at a time. When I have completed this one, then I can move on to the next. It’s more manageable this way. Now, I will get going with all my to-dos if I want anything to get done today.
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 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!
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 have been looking for a DOP and SFX makeup artist all day long. And it begins to yield a fruitful result. I have now found a SFX makeup artist. Now, one more film crew I need is the DOP/cameraman. Then, my film is ready to be shot as soon as possible. When you really look for something, you will find it. It’s as simple as that. I will take time off now before continuing to take pains to search for the DOP later on today. I’m gonna watch a good film and have my lunch. I feel like watching a comedy, to relax my mind and have a laugh a little. Maybe, I will have a glass of red wine as well. But maybe not. I try to refrain myself from alcohol while I’m working on my filmmaking project, so that I can concentrate on it 100%.
I decided not to go to a market anyway today. Too busy to go anywhere. Once my filmmaking project is over, I can relax. I’m really passionate about this horror short “Blood Group O” project that I need a good focus and be hard working to bring it to life. I get a feeling, it’s gonna be a very exciting project with a good plot and talented cast & crew. I can’t wait to get the camera rolling asap. After seeing a movie, which I will in a minute, I may start planning the shoot, crafting a call sheet, making a budget, and all that ready. When you prepare yourself well in advance, you feel more confident with the creation of your art.
I have everybody applied for all positions that I have advertised looking for film crew for my horror short “Blood Group O” but VFX makeup artist? Why nobody applies? I can see, there’s a lack of it in film industry. There are some, of course. But not as many as normal makeup artist, DOP, photographer, runner, AD, sound recordist, editor, and so on. Because, if there are as many as other crew members, sure someone would have applied. But, I get zero application so far. But I get lots of applications from everybody else. So I consider, maybe I will just take a VFX makeup artist class and do it myself. Maybe it’s easier. Waiting for some to apply could take me ages for that to happen. If I took the (VFX) makeup artist course from the beginning when I first posted the ad, which was about a few weeks ago, I might have completed it by now and be able to apply the VFX makeup myself. Then, there are fewer crew members to hire. I’m also an amateur photographer. So, learning how to apply makeup professionally could also benefit me. Because, I could also apply the makeup for the models myself. So I might enrol myself in (VFX) makeup course. I am going to shoot my film soon. But, I might postpone the filming date until I have completed the makeup course. I have been working in film & TV for the past 15 years and know, there are plenty of jobs within film industry alone. So, it creates lots of work in various sections, departments, and many more – both working on the film set itself and in the office. But many may not realise that. I forget that myself. But when I started searching for film crew not long ago, I could see that I just look for film crew for my 5-minute short film, but I need almost 10 crew members, and maybe more. And when I work on set myself, I can see there’s an army of film crew working on an actual feature film. So, there’s a lot of jobs just for 1 movie to be made. And surprisingly, the payment is quite good, compared to traditional jobs. And one of the best parts of it is that, you do not need high education to be able to do most of these jobs. So, it’s very easy for anyone to get hired as long as they have the right skills, hard working, ambitious, passionate about what they do, and so on.
What I now need are a runner/3AD and a makeup artist for the making of my horror short, “Blood Group O.” The rest of the film crew, I think I almost have them in place. My search will continue, until I have everybody ready for the shoot. I’m getting there. So if you’re either a runner/3AD or a makeup artist and interested in collaboration with me please email me with link to your work asap at firstname.lastname@example.org
I get the feeling, it will be a good horror short. This will be my first time making a horror film. I can’t wait to get the camera rolling! I will be very busy throughout May, this coming month. I have to prepare the filming of my short horror film “Blood Group O.” Then I also have to start pitching for fund to turn it into feature film, attending several filmmaker events, working on set myself, preparing for the film festivals, writing my screenplay, and many more. May will therefore be an exciting month for me because I like being busy with the things I love doing.
I also enjoy going to filmmaker events, especially for indie filmmakers. I get to meet like-minded people, make connections, network, gain more insight and knowledge in the industry, and many more. I exchanged lots of business cards with the people I met at the events in the past. But I often threw them away because I wasn’t that serious in filmmaking at that time. I only focused on acting. Now I regret it for discarding thoses business cards since now I can really make use of them. You never know you will need them later on at some point in your life. I have learned my lesson now: Never throw any business cards or contacts out. Now I have to start all over again. Oh well, it’s not too late. There are lots of talented people out there I have yet to meet.
I have been searching for film crew all day long for my upcoming short horror film “Blood Group O.” I have made some progress. I think. All the hard work begins to pay off. You can only succeed if you are persistent and believe in what you do. Now most of the job is done, looking for film crew. I will continue to work on my drama screenplay tonight. I have also a drama script that needs to finish as well. I will try to work on it as much as I can tonight. Then, it’s out of the way. Then I can concentrate on making my short horror film once I have all cast & crew ready. Then, noting is in the way. So, it’s important that I complete my drama screenplay as soon as I can. I will see how much I can get it done tonight and tomorrow. I’m still in the process of getting all cast & crew together. So, I can’t start shooting the film yet anyway. I have therefore time to work on my drama screenplay in the meantime. I must then utilise the gap in between to a full extent by completing my drama screenplay. I do have lots of coffee to keep me awake at night, to work on my drama screenplay as much as I possibly can tonight. I wish, I had insomnia. Then, maybe I could finish my screenplay faster when I can’t sleep….hehe.
Below are 5 short horror films that I love and find them very inspiring:
I have been searching for cast & crew all day long. It’s a long process, indeed. Looking for actors is simple since there are only 2 actors I need. But looking for film crew is more hard because I need about almost 10 crew members. So I have spent most of my day today doing just that. It’s something you have to do if you want to be an indie filmmaker. You have to do all that yourself since it’s a no-budget or low-budget film. So only the people who are passionate enough to be able to go through this. It’s not easy, looking for the right people to work with. You have to devote all your time to make it happen. And I love what I do. So I don’t mind all the hard work I have to undertake.
Tomorrow, I will go through the same process again. I am only halfway through. I have been sending and replying to messages all day long today. The same tomorrow. I will make this happen. It’s only a hard work for now. Once the film has been made, I can relax. And getting the film made is my reward. And that is what I look forward to. It’s a way of training myself in filmmaking. I find it fun making films and writing screenplays. So although it seems like a whole lot of work starting a film project from the ground. But I enjoy it. I can’t imagine myself doing something else.
I plan to start filming next week or early next month. It depends on when I get all cast & crew ready for my upcoming short horror film “Blood Group O.” That’s why I work hard every day, to get all cast & crew ready for the making of the film as soon as I can. Now it’s time to watch a good film.