Ten years as a filmmaker 

April 16th in 2006 was the first day I began filmmaking.

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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.

 

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.

VOYAGE 2

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.

Fifth Poster for THE DECIMATION

Fourth Poster for THE DECIMATION

Third Poster for THE DECIMATION

Inspiriation is key

I am prepping up to make my feature film debut as a director and I always have to admire that how inspiration is key towards creativity in general especially in filmmaking. I have been making short films for almost ten years now and I have to admit that without being inspired by films and books, then I don’t think it would be anywhere near possible to be making films and videos. I can agree with that for sure.

I get inspired easily and it gets even more easier over the years as my projects tend to get bigger and bigger, which also means that I have to be inspired a lot. Luckily for me, that always happens when I watch a film or TV or even reading a novel which I have been doing a lot recently.

I will be talking more about my inspirations in depth in the upcoming blogs and discuss why being inspired helps you as a filmmaker and also why it is important.

The reason why being inspired is important is that you can keep on track while you are prepping for even making the film as well. It is vital that you are on the right track as you make the film you want.

For example, right now I am making a post apocalyptic drama as my feature film debut. Tat means that I will have to watch and read a lot of things that relate to the genre. It is a massive bonus for me because I am a huge fan of the genre and have been ever since I was a kid. I grew up with the first two (only good) Terminator films and they have the end of the world vibe involved for which I wanted to focus on in my film.

I also been reading a lot of novels that revolve around the end of the world or even what happens after. I read the novel Z For Zachariah for which I really liked. It was a novel that had a premise for which was interesting to read as it revolves around only two characters and their lives after the end of the world. I even read I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson. We all know that it was later remade into a film by Will Smith back in 2007, but reading the novel had much more to it. It had the idea that what happens when you think you are all alone, when in reality you are not. These two novels have the similar themes that I wanted to focus on my feature film.

I want to focus on the isolation of a lonely character and the idea on how being alone can affect someone.

In the upcoming blogs, I will delve within the plot of the feature film, so keep on eye on that.