And it’s a WRAP!

This article was written in different times, during pre-production, the production itself and few weeks after the last shot.

And it all boils down to this.

In two days, principal photography starts for my newest short film, Happy Five Years, and will continue for the rest of the weekend.  Happy Five Years is the result of a few life-changing moments that took place early this year. Everything was a blur and I didn’t know how to make sense of it all. I wasn’t sure how to figure out how to deal with all these issues and problems. There was only one way I knew how: to write. But more than that, I realized the only way to deal with all these issues is to direct a new short film.

I’ve been debating on a new story for more than a year but nothing seemed to be right. I always found something wrong with the story or I didn’t have money or work just got in the way. But this time, I believe everything that happened to me, happened because it was the perfect story and the perfect time for me to write and direct.

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Happy Five Years in production

Pre-Production: End of Week 3

Man, oh, man, I am now starting to stress. There’s just so much to do! Hire crew, figure out and stay on budget, find a location, create script breakdown, rehearsals. And that’s just for pre-prod. Actual production and post-production are still separate!

But it’s okay. I’ve calmed down. I talked to my people and they’ve given me awesome pep talks and I know I’m meant to do this.

Tomorrow, I’m going to take another crack at the script and hopefully, that’ll be the shooting script. I’d really like the next edits to be at the rehearsals already.

But right now, I’m choosing to stress about one problem: the title. I’ve already changed it four times and I was quite happy with the newest one. But when I checked IMDb, there were already at least ten films with the same title. So I might change it again to a title that was unique or at least has only at most two other films with the same title. I can’t wait until the editing process to figure out the title though. I still have so much to do before that process even starts and I need a good working title for those things and plans.

I may have to go back to my vision board again.

Pre-Production

As of this writing, I am now currently in the pre-production phase of my latest short film. I’m rewriting my script, which started as a 9.5-minute film and will most likely end up as a 20-minute short. Let’s hope not.

I’m holding a cold reading session that also doubles as an audition this weekend. And it’s a pain in the ass. Seriously. Common sense? Not that common. I’m currently looking for a casting assistant to help me out because man, I cannot do it alone. I’m hoping to get a camera for the auditions but it looks like I’ll have to settle for a webcam and a laptop to record the auditions.

I’m using the entire month of June for rewrites and meetings with my producer. Yes. I have a producer. I am no longer producing, writing and directing my projects. I will be writing, directing and co-producing it. Yeah. I can’t not produce it.

Next month, I’m going to have to recruit the rest of my crew, rehearse my actors (good thing I only have 2), get a location and finalize everything. I plan to shoot the film in early August so I can’t dilly-dally.

It’s exciting though, pre-prod. But man, oh, man, it’s still scary.  But it’s the good kind of scary. I’m looking forward to the final product, which I’ll be shopping around to festivals and use as my ticket to create a feature film based on the same premise.

Wish me luck!

Your Good Friend (2012)

As much as I love to write, I love filmmaking even more. There’s nothing like seeing your movie up on the big screen, in front of an audience (i.e., people you know and don’t know), and have the audience receive your movie the way you intended them to receive it.

And more than that, I love it when I see my friends (who are also filmmakers) reach for their dreams and come out on top.

Back in San Francisco, I was fortunate to work with one of the best screenwriting and directing teachers I’ve ever had. I loved how he pushed me to surpass my boundaries and consider perspectives that have never even crossed my mind.

Your Good Friend

Directed by Matthew Jacobs

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IFP Filmmaker Conference

Today was Day 1 of the IFP Filmmaker Conference at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York. Day 1 tackled a lot of issues on looking for financing, including crowdfunding and equity financing.

The conference is still ongoing until Thursday, Sept 22, and if you’re lucky enough, you should catch a day’s panel or two.

I’ll try to do a recap of the conference and the panels soon.

Help Kickstart The Jeepney Movie!

Please help spread the word on Filipina filmmaker Esy Casey’s latest documentary on the Philippines and its iconic PUV, the jeepney.

Quick update: There’s 3 more days to help fund The Jeepney movie! Please spread the word and help out if you can. You can donate here!

About The Jeepney Movie:

Hey you! Halikana dito!  I’m raising production funds for my documentary JEEPNEY. Visualizing the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines, this feature-length documentary follows the journey of the jeepney—a military relic turned hot-rod mass-transit vehicle—and its drivers and passengers as they head towards an uncertain future. Vignettes of conversations and stories from drivers, passengers and policy makers show the jeepney’s evolution from an object of war to a symbol of the country’s repeatedly suppressed indigenous arts. But economic challenges may point to the end of the road for the jeepney, and may relocate millions of families from the mountains to overcrowded slums. Principal photography for JEEPNEY will run from mid-August through November 2011, with a release date anticipated for summer 2012.The money is going towards the 2-woman crew’s cost of living for three months in the Philippines, jeepney fare and feasts of gratitude for our participants.  Thanks so much for checking us out, and keep in touch at www.jeepneymovie.com

About the filmmaker, Esy Casey:

Esy Casey (Director/Director of Photography) is a Filipina American Filmmaker. She’s the DP / Producer of THING WITH NO NAME (2008; available on iTunes and Amazon), which was nominated for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Haskell Wexler Prize for Best Cinematography at the Woodstock Film Festival. Her illustration + design work shows internationally, and she is a contributor to Art Asia Pacific, Filmmaker, and COLORS Magazine.

http://www.yesesy.com