And that’s a wrap on first feature film.

Wow, just wow. It feels so good that I have finally said those words, or well, written those words. Same difference I guess haha. But, yeah, it is so hard to believe that I have now made a feature length film.

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I started and finished writing script in two weeks in the first two weeks of January 2016. I figured what a perfect way to start the year. It was also even more perfect to realise that on April will mark my tenth anniversary as a filmmaker and I figured, it was the perfect way to celebrate myself as a filmmaker by making my first feature film.

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We shot for 5 days from 4th – 8th April. Yep, that is how much time we spent filming the entire film. The reason it took us this much time as we have a script which is dialogue heavy and dialogue scenes take up less time and less preparation for a filmmaker.

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The actor was Sam Vaughn who read script in a day and contacted me saying how much he loved it and wanted to be a part of the project.

It was a dream that was about to become a reality and right now it has become a reality.

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Expect more updates in this week as we have lot of news and updates about the Isolated and other future projects.

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Stay tuned and prepare for some awesomeness.

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Feature Filmmaking – Friday 8th April 2016

Why I am making my first feature in 2016?

I made an announcement just before the New Year that I was going to try and make my debut as a feature filmmaker. It actually was an ambitious idea in the first place. I mean being a guy who just graduated from university in July 2015 and thinking that making feature is an impossible task to commit to. Well, I am here to confirm that it isn’t impossible at all.

There is that saying that everything is possible, it’s just that the impossible takes time. I am a believer of that. I also want to prove it as well. I want to prove that I have the capability and passion to make a feature film. Why? Well, it is about how long that I have actually been doing filmmaking.2016 is a special year for me, especially the date April 16th. That date marks the tenth anniversary since I started picking up a camera and made short films. I was only thirteen years old and just fell in love with it enormously since.

2016 is a special year for me, especially the date April 16th. That date marks the tenth anniversary since I started picking up a camera and made short films. I was only thirteen years old and just fell in love with it enormously since then. So, I believe that it is the perfect opportunity to make my debut at feature filmmaking.

Over the years, I have been inspired a lot by many of my favourite filmmakers and even my friends as well. Filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, Steven Speilberg, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers and many more. (That will be in another blog in depth about my inspirations for the feature).

 

The one example I can give from friend’s inspiring me are Elliot and Zander Weaver who are almost finished with their first feature film Cosmos. I have been fan of their work for many years, and couldn’t believe that I am now good friends with them because we all have one thing in common. And that is we are passion for filmmaking and we love films. We just hit it off when I interviewed them for my university essay and just remained friends since. They have been supporting me and I have been supporting them and it’s just things like that help keep me going.

Positive synergies is what keeps me going as people especially in this day and age of the internet, social media and YouTube trolls who just bash people instantly. It’s just a horrid way to keep people down and for no reason at all.

I have suffered from that over the years and it has gotten to me. But the lesson you have to learn is to not to let anyone get to you. They are only doing this because they know you can do it, they just find a way just to persuade not to do it, because of stupidity and jealousy.  But, I will speak about that in depth in the next blogs coming up.

Anyway, my feature is called ISOLATED and it is a drama and thriller. I will delve within the plot after we finish filming soon and I want to go in depth with my filmmaking journey and want to blog about what it has been like.

So, please wish me luck and support me as I am going to need it.

Thank you and expect more updates very soon.

 

Poster 1 of My First Feature Film (ISOLATED)

My first director showreel

My first ever director’s showreel. A montage of all of my work so far. 2016 will be big as it’ll mark 10 years since I started doing filmmaking. Here’s more to come in the near future grin emoticon

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Review

Before I start this review, I just want to confirm that there will be no spoilers in review. If you end up enjoying this review, then please let me know in the comments section and I will do a spoiler heavy review in the next blog. But, if you have not seen this film yet, do not worry, because I am not a heartless douche and I will NOT spoil.

Now, where to begin? I have been a huge, huge HUGE Star Wars fan ever since I was four years old. I remember watching the Battle Of Hoth in Empire Strikes Back and thinking this was cinema epicness. Also, Star Wars was the first film, that introduced me to film escapism as it literally transported into another world, or in this another galaxy far, far away.

So, when it was announced that there was going to an Episode 7, 8 and 9 back in September 2012, of course, I was beyond excited. And when it was announced that Episode 7 was going to be released in December 2015, I was just literally counting down the days towards the release date. In fact, I was even more excited to this film than my actual graduation which was in Summer 2015. YES, that’s how much I love Star Wars.

Now, I have finally seen it and it is a pinch me moment that I have actually seen it, because there was no way I ever thought that I would see another Star Wars movie again on the big screen. I did sadly see Attack Of The Clones And Revenge Of The Sith on the big screen back in 2002 and 2005. That was over ten years ago and yet felt like it was just yesterday. Anyway, they weren’t that good and needed major improvement. So, the expectations for The Force Awakens were painfully high.

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens good? No.

It’s perfect. (Got you, haha)

Yes, this film is beyond perfect. Being a huge Star Wars fan, I was literally smiling from start to finish. I could not believe that I was watching another Star Wars film and that it was a sequel and not a prequel (Thank goodness). It was literally everything I wanted and even more. I never say a film is perfect often, in fact the last time I called a film perfect was The Dark Knight back in 2008.

I am not going to go in depth within the plot, because JJ Abrams has tried his best not to reveal literally anything in the trailers. All I will say is that it revolves around Finn (John Boyega), who was a Storm Trooper for The New Order and doesn’t want to be one anymore, teams with Rey (Daisey Ridley) to things. That is all I will say as I want to respect the filmmakers and the fans for the love of secrecy and surprise.

Yes, I hate it when people speculate and theorise and then tell the public about it. Why not be surprised and enjoy the film rather than guess? It defeats the purpose of the enjoyment of the cinema experience.

So, let me start by saying that JJ Abrams was perfect as the director. He reinvented the Star Trek films by making it fast paced and exciting. And he was not a fan of the Star Trek TV shows or films and yet delivered. He has revealed that he has been a huge Star Wars fan since it first came out since 1977 and you can just tell it from this film. He is a fan directing a Star Wars film and he shows his love for the franchise by going back to the original routes.

By that, I mean, great characters, no exposition boring dialogue, terrific long wide shots, long takes and the film is really funny. There is a lot of humour involved especially from the new droid BB-8, who I thought was awesome. You’ll understand when you see the film.

As for the all of the actors, they were all fantastic. It was just great to see Han Solo and Chewbacca teaming up with Finn and Rey. When Han Solo said “Chewie, we’re home” in the second trailer, I literally cried because I was that happy.

John Boyega was awesome as Finn and has such terrific chemistry with Daisey Ridley and even Oscar Isaac who portrays as Poe Dameron. They meet and instantly have great chemistry, something that the prequels could not do in three movies.

And as for the villain Kylo Ren portrayed by Adam Driver. Erm..yeah…hands down one of the best villains ever. And I truly mean ever on screen or just in general. He was menacing, he was evil and he was terrifying. You get why he was evil which makes it even more brilliant.

I can’t rave this film enough, Star Wars is part of our culture, that is how important these films are.

Overall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film for which I waited for over three years was worth the wait. A film, that I cannot wait to see explore even more in the next sequels. Go see it.

5/5