I start my day with a healthy breakfast as usual. Today is oatmeal with spinach and a boiled egg and a good cup of coffee. The smell of fresh coffee in the morning is so wonderful. It makes me feel so energetic. I love healthy food, especially when I make it myself. It’s purely comfort and delicious. I got up early as always, which was 7 am. So I can get my work done as much as possible. 7 AM is not that early, though. I normally stand up at around 4 am or 3 am even when I have to be on sets, depending on the locations and my call times. I remember, when I did The Mummy (2017) my call time was 4 am. So, I stood up at around 2 am. In fact, I didn’t sleep at all. Maybe a little. Then, we had to run a lot on set. I ran all morning long. Waking up early to an exercise. That’s why I love my job. So 7 am is quite late, compared to what I generally have to wake up. But since I don’t have to be on set today I can awake a little late. There’s no need to awaken at 4 am when I just stay home and work on my own project. Around 6 or 7 am is fine.
I took lots of beautiful photos from Brighton beach a week ago. I will edit them and post them later on. And then, I will (try to) finish editing my teaser today as well. Stay Tuned!
Healthy breakfast, oatmeal with spinach.
I don’t really want to call it a lazy Sunday. But, all I do today is reading, watching films, and editing videos. I actually do work because this is what I do for a living. But, maybe because it doesn’t sound like work for others who have a regular 9-5 job Monday-Friday. So, I use the word “lazy Sunday” instead of “creative Sunday” which “creative” doesn’t sound so absurd or intriguing enough. But “creative” was the exact word I should be using for what I’m literally doing the whole day today, to be precise. In fact, I do work more hours and days than others who have normal jobs because I, pretty much, control when I want to work and when not. And I, mostly, decide to work more than I should. It’s funny enough, with this type of freelance job, you end up letting the job control you instead of the other way around. Because, then nobody tells you when you can have a break or something like that. You just work 24 hrs if you can. There’s no time limit. So, that’s one of the flaws of working for yourself. You get the freedom to do what you want and when. But freedom doesn’t come without nothing. So often time, you get carried away, so that you end up working more than you should. As a result of that, there’s no clear line between personal and professional anymore. But even though, I am aware of that, but because I love what I do I don’t really care if I have to sacrifice all my time to creating art. I somehow feel rewarded for what I do.
Anyway, I have to eat. So I just make this easy lunch, bagel with spinach and smoked salmon and two boiled eggs on the side. Then I have it with a glass of beer. I don’t drink alcohol that much. Just once in a while or socially. I love to cook as well. But at the moment, I’m very busy with writing and working on my first feature film, so I don’t really spend time to do the cooking no more. Only if I genuinely feel like to. But now, since I work almost constantly on my new screenplay and my upcoming feature film project I need to cook at home more often and store lots of food, so that I don’t need to go out and do the shopping all the time. It’s just so time consuming, walking around in the supermarket buying stuff. Then, I will have less time to create art. So, a few days ago, I went shopping like there’s going to be a WW3 anytime soon.
Well, I have a very good reason to be paranoid when you think about the tension between Russia and America at the moment. I don’t want to talk about politics that much since it can be an extremely serious topic. I therefore try to avoid it at all costs. But honestly, we should be involved more in politics to help make the world a better place to live for everyone. We should all make peace not war. There must be a better way to communicate and make peace instead of using weapons to destroy each other, till there’s no more soul left in this world.
Back to my fridge. It is now filled with lots of food, which looks like a whole family living here when it’s just me. I can now work on my film project smoothly with no interruption, until I’m running out of food again. That’s the only purpose why I shopped too much food at once.
Just got home from filming. I don’t think I will be back to film tomorrow. So, I will devote all my time tomorrow to edit my film teaser instead, Nightmare in Hell. I have shot the teaser already. I will just need to edit it to see how it will turn out. If it doesn’t look good enough I will re-shoot it, until I’m happy with it. I really need to get my own film project going quicker. I want to finish it in time for Halloween this year. It may seem like I have plenty of time to bring my movie to an end. But, if I become complacent about my work I may end up having to spend months to complete it. And then, I may have to finish it after Halloween instead. Or even worse, never getting it made at all. So, I have no time to waste here – really. Consequently, tomorrow, I will try to finish editing my teaser. Then after that I will start getting the camera rolling asap, looking for cast & crew, film locations, finding the right film festivals to submit my film to, and so on. Just the thought of how happy I will be when I have, finally, created my first feature film I feel even more motivated to reach my target faster. The whole project doesn’t overwhelm me, on the contrary, I feel more confident that I can and will make it. I just have a positive feeling about it. I don’t know. I think, maybe because I love what I do and this is what I have always wanted to do since I started working in film & tv about 14 years ago. And ironically, I embarked on a film career as a filmmaker student at Copenhagen Technical College in 2004 and didn’t think about becoming an actress at all. But then we couldn’t afford to pay the actors for each film we made maybe just a few and we were also running out of time, I then had to act in my own student films once in a while because no none else in my group wanted to be in front of the camera, so I began to form a strong interest in acting as well. So much that I decided to only focus on my acting career and forgot about becoming a filmmaker completely. And now I’m back where I initially started, to begin my filmmaker career again. Hence, making my own films is a dream that I want to make it come true at long last. I might not succeed as a filmmaker, but if I could become just a screenwriter I would equally be so glad.
Now, I will watch a good film and relax ready to edit my teaser tomorrow. Goodnight and enjoy the music from Lana Del Rey – Born To Die.
Guess what, my favorite breakfast is either oatmeal or just fruit. It’s not a fancy breakfast like full breakfast or similar. I like having my oatmeal with different variation, such as oatmeal with fruits, oatmeal with spinach or other healthy vegetables. Today, I have my oatmeal with strawberry, a little bit of butter in the middle while it’s still warm, and a honey dressing as a topping. It’s so summery early meal. But there is no sunshine today. And the weather seems to be on the decline. It was nice and sunny not long ago. Well, it’s not quite summer yet anyway. I went to Brighton a few days ago. It was warm and the sun was shining in the morning. But later on it’s cold. And I wanted to stay until dark to take pictures of the pier at night when it had all the lights on, but it was fairly chilly toward the end of the day, so I left Brighton around 7 pm. I did manage to take some nice photos of the beach and the pier. I will post the images later on. I’m still editing them. I promised myself some years ago that I will visit some of the beautiful beaches and piers in UK during summer, so I just did. It was fantastic, even it was a bit cold since it’s not summer yet. But I love beaches, so I needed to go see it. I can now tick Brighton beach off my list. Then I can move on to the next place in UK that I want to visit. I think next time I will travel when it’s warmer. It’s a waste of time when it’s still cool. Then I can’t enjoy the stunning, picturesque setting because I then have to hurry myself home because it’s freezing. I should bring a warm jacket with me, just in case. It’s always cold at nighttime in UK regardless what time of year. So, I should have known that. Next time, I will be more prepared.
I plan to make a teaser for my movie, Nightmare in Hell, this week. I have to make it soon. I might do it on Thursday. Because tomorrow, I have to be on set again, so I can’t. But hopefully, I will have time to shoot the teaser on Thursday, or within this week. Then it’s out of the way. Then I can start editing it. I will have to make a really good teaser. So, even though, it can be as short as 30 seconds, but it has to be exciting. And that will be my challenge.
Then tonight, I will spend my time to read. I love reading as much as I love watching films. So, today’s a reading day instead of movies. I have some books on my shelf that I haven’t finished them yet. Well, because they’re boring. Maybe for me. I tend to put a book down pretty fast if it doesn’t captivate me enough. If the first few pages don’t have much to say I won’t bother. It has to hook me right away. And I don’t really buy actual books no more. But, I buy kindle books instead. Then, I can buy as many novels as I like and they won’t pile up in my studio taking up space. I will look for a good novel to buy and read. I have a few books in my mind that I want to read tonight. I will have to make a choice which one I decide to read first this evening.
I was lucky to be around Borough Market yesterday. After finished filming, I walked around and took some photos of it. I haven’t been to this market for a very long time. It has lots of good, quality, organic food. So, Borough Market is really like a Mecca for food enthusiasts from all over the world. It may not look that busy at the moment because of the weather. But when it’s getting really warm I think it will be packed as always. I love visiting markets around London. It’s just a delight to see all the colorful food stalls, selling different grubs from around the globe. People are walking around enthusiastically, tasting a variety of dishes, drinking, chatting, laughing, and enjoying the nice weather.
I had a cold pressed juice yesterday. I like freshly made food stuff. It’s just so healthy.
Just got home from a photoshoot not long ago. We were shooting in Camden Town. So after work, I wanted to walk around Camden Town because the weather was so nice earlier today, sunshine and all that, but I was a little tired from work and from getting up early, so I just came back home right away. I don’t normally walk around after work anyway. When my job is done I always hop on a bus or train on my way back home almost right away. You work with a big group of people all day long, so when you’re finally free you just want to be alone. Enjoy the time off for the rest of the day, watch good films or read books, eat ice cream, and relax. So when I got home I made a nice, tasty Thai dish for myself. It’s just stir-fried pork with bamboo shoots in chili oil. I always store bamboo shoots in chili oil, red and green curries, coconut milk, noodles, jasmine rice, soy sauce, and the like, so that I can make quick but delicious Asian/Thai food in no time at all. Now that I’m full, I will have my dessert now which is chocolate ice cream. When I have spooned the ice cream into a cup ready I will find a good movie to watch. That’s how I’m gonna spend the rest of the day today. Just home sweet home.
I will make a teaser for my upcoming film, Nightmare in Hell, very soon. I’m so excited! I will spend today planning the film teaser. This is quite challenging but exciting to see how it will turn out. It will test my ability to entice potential audiences to watch my horror movie once it’s released. I will not shoot the teaser today, just doing the groundwork. But, who knows. I might film the teaser today anyway if I’m in the mood for it. It’s not that long. Maybe just 30 – 90 seconds. After that, I also have to edit it. So, even though I record it today doesn’t mean the teaser is ready today. To get it right, the editing process can be the most complex, creative part of film production. I already have the scene for the teaser in mind. So, it’s a matter of when I will start shooting it.
I will begin to look for cinematographer soon since I decided not to shoot the film myself anyway. It will be difficult because I will be playing the lead actress in it as well. And this is a feature film – not a short film that I made earlier in which I filmed the whole short myself, Instant Risk – it therefore needs to be made professionally with another DOP. If I were to shoot the film myself again, I would, probably, mess up the whole project, and the film might turn out amateurish. This is not The Blair Witch Project film in which the cast shot the whole movie themselves, which was a very clever way to not hire director of photography and got away with it discreetly. So, it depends on the story what it is about and what is the best way to tell it. And for my work, I don’t think, I can avoid that. But for the teaser, I think, I can easily shoot it myself. Lucky me.
Ghost stories before bed was something I was very much obsessed with when I was a kid. It was one of the most exciting things to do when you’re young. Kids love fantasy, fairly tale, folktale, mystery, and ghost story is no exception. I remember, when I was young me, my siblings, and our friends, would always sit in circle telling each other ghost stories before bedtime. And the spikes of moonlight that penetrated through the windows would transform the atmosphere of the room into an uncanny undertone with its blue tint. Every little sound that occurred from the breeze, tree leaves rustling in the winds, the raucous call of the nocturnal crows flying past our house and some of them sitting on the tree branches STARING DIRECTLY at us, and the whine of the dogs from a far distance, would give us goosebumps while listening to the spine-chilling stories. And we would then look around to see a sign of any supernatural that might be lurking in the darkness around us. And sometimes, I had a feeling that SOMETHING is standing right behind me, but when I turn around to look quickly – – nothing’s there.
So I think, it’s one of the reasons why I love all things mystery, which inspires me to write and make a horror movie or similar. This is just the beginning.
I have created my new portfolio on a separated website, to keep things organised. So, from now on, all my photos will be hosted on my other website created just for photos which is http://www.buppha.co.uk/. I will regularly add new photos onto my new portfolio site. As soon as I have taken new images, I will add them there. So, if you need to view my new pictures then please visit my other site instead. I have been editing pictures all day long. Now, I need to take a break. I might watch a film. What else can I do? I don’t have a TV. So, if I want to see new movies I go to Amazon or Netflix or Cinema instead. I want to take a nap, but I don’t feel tired, even though I went to bed 3 am this morning and got up 6:30 am. Because, I feel so excited to work on my film project I can’t sleep too much. I will make a cup of coffee now, ready to watch a good movie and relax for a bit, before I start working on my script again.