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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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

 

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2015

I have decided to take part in NaNoWriMo of this year. Well in November which is just days away from now. The reason I wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo is that I have always had a passion for creative writing ever since I was seven years old.

I remember writing my first short story when I was seven and it was about a bear trying to kill people who lived in the woods. Safe to say that it was a combination of Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and The Three Bears, but I loved doing it.

I never fully stopped writing stories when I was growing up. I had close to no friends and a wild imagination, so I figured what the hell. I did try to publish a novel but it didn’t go as planned. So, I decided to take another shot. The reason why the first time it didn’t go well is because I felt that it wasn’t too imaginative enough. It was a comedy which was based around social reality and therefore people weren’t fans. So I decided to take it a big step.

Now, ever since I was a kid, I was a huge fan of Star Wars, and YES I AM FREAKING PUMPED FOR THE FORCE AWAKENS in December.

The reason I bring up Star Wars, because it was the first film I had ever watched where I had experienced escapism from the real world. I loved the film because it transported me into a different world and I never forget my first time watching this incredible film. So, I had decided to write stories which help escape the world around you and help you immerse within the world that is created whether it is on screen with films or with text with novels.  So here comes the novel that I hope to start writing with NaNoWriMo 2015.

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This is the official cover for my upcoming novel which I will start writing in November. It is called VOYAGE and I think you can tell that it is a space novel and a science fiction as well.

I grew up with science fiction (Star Wars, Back To The Future, Terminator 1 and 2, The Matrix, Inception etc). and this seems perfect for me to start crafting my skills as a writer. So, far, I can’t reveal too much yet, as I want to have many surprises for you. Well, if you read it. (I hope so).

I will give a very brief synopsis of the book.

SYNOPSIS – A group of astronauts travel to the cosmos to discover more beyond their reach.

That is all I will say for now, but please follow my blog and my journey and you will experience more on the way.

Thank you and wish me luck.

Ambitiousness of making feature film directorial debut

If you have been following my blog for the past few months, you’ll know that I am almost ready to start filming my first feature film. It is a project that I am both writing and directing. Well, the script is already written and I am just directing it when we start filming.

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The idea I am tackling is a post-apocalyptic drama. The reason being that I am a huge fan and I always wanted to make one. I wanted to make one because I wanted to experience what it would be like when no one is around on planet earth after a war.

It is ambitious to do a feature film especially straight after graduating from university recently. The question is why am I doing this? Well, it is to prove a point of my vision and my skills as a filmmaker.

When I define proving a point, I mean in terms of having a lack of support from those people who are supposed to be your friends. Well, not only that, but I had no support when I was making The Program at Univeristy. In a sense, it is good then you can have a bigger motivation to prove the fact that you are capable of doing this.

Whenever I say I want to make films, I get laughed at because they class it as an impossible job. Well, so is any job these days since most people intend to be lazy or have a short attention span.  Hence where the skills come in along with carrying it to illustrate my vision on screen.

The vision of telling this story is actually conventional and unconventional at the same time. It is conventional in terms of the end of the world vibes within the film, but unconventional on how the film plays out. Of course I won’t say anything yet as I do not want to spoil the film.

But just remember, that no matter how big and ambitious the idea is, NEVER EVER GIVE UP HOPE! If you do, then the people who put you down have won. The only way to win is be bigger and more ambitious with your storytelling.

In the next blog, I will delve within the plot and also the characters so keep on eye on that one.