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

 

Robopocalypse (Book Review)

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Robopocalypse is a science fiction novel written by Daniel H Wilson. Published in 2011 and became an instant bestseller.
Roboapocalypse is set in a distant future where artificial intelligence has taken over worldwide and causes nothing but termination towards humanity. The book is written in present tense and in first person. But it’s unlike any other book, as it follows variety of characters all around the world.
One story is set in Los Angeles, one is set in London, one in China and many more.
I purchased the ebook back in 2014 but never got around to seeing it until now. Mainly due to me being at the time an extremely busy university student, I never got round to reading it. And I wanted to read as much science fiction as I possibly could, as I will be writing science fiction books and screenplays.

This novel grasped my interest back in 2013 when Steven Spielberg was attached to direct from a script by Drew Godard.  And had a cast with Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. Until the project was put on hold indefinitely.

That news was sad to hear but they said it will be back eventually, but I could not wait any longer and decided to read it.

When I purchased this novel, I noticed a lot of mixed reviews from the audiences and a lot of positive by a lot of famous authors such as Stephen King who praised it. I can safely say that this novel was terrific.

The novel follows the same formulae as World War Z when it follows different characters in different point of views. I was a huge fan of that and it made it more of a page-turner as there was a lot to follow.

I was a fan of how it was written in terms of terminology. There were a lot of scientific words that made this novel incredibly realistic and at a point it was actually scary.

The author Daniel H. Wilson has a PhD in robotics and he knows what he is talking about. It was interesting to see a well-educated man with robotics to write a novel about the end of the world.

The novel has some similar themes to films like The Terminator as the extermination is the robot’s main target and it was just great to read a novel that had just perfect entertainment values.

If you love science fiction, then this is a must read.

5/5