So this past weekend was CRAZY. My brother and I just finished filming my first short film, as writer and producer.
I thought acting was difficult, but adding in paper work and contacting people and making sure every one (with multiple dietary restrictions) as enough to eat added a whole new layer of challenge.
That being said, I couldn't be more grateful for the experience.
A month ago, I was seated in my room, looking at my window and thinking, "I want to write a movie using the backyard gazebo." So I continued to sit down, pumped out the script that night and gave it to my brother.
I asked a friend to play the other lead, wrote 6 more drafts, and 2 weeks later, we were contacting rental houses for equipment.
We hit a bit of a snag with cast and crew as my friend had to drop and then I asked another friend. Who also dropped. But we came out with an awesome actor, Kaylamay Paz Suarez (check her out at KaylamaySuarez.wix.com/actor)
My brother handled the crew and damn, were they awesome. Working in 100 degree weather, they were on top of their work and remained positive throughout the shoot.
I am proud of what we were able accomplish and looking forward to what the final product will become.
Many thanks to:
My brother, Michael Oh, bounce board for the script and the director of this project.
My mom and dad, for letting us kick them out of the house for a couple of days and executive producers.
Luci Liss, for making sure Tracy (character in the film) was not a stereotype, but a full-fledged person.
Kaylamay Suarez, for jumping on the project a week before shooting for bringing Tracy to life in ways I did not expect when conceiving her.
The crew of Jordan Castro (DP), Bernard Jee (1st AD) Sarah Jaffe (1st AC), Mickey Zavala (2nd AC), Fatima Coleman (Art Direction), Peter Tripodi (Sound), Kevin Fernandez (Boom OP), Michael Robertson (Gaffer), Pablo Zavala (Actor of Troy and Grip), Chris Murillo (Grip), Julian Sabolboro (Grip and PA), Daniel Kelly (Script Supervisor), Tatiana Castro (BTS), Guthrie Kornbluth (DIT), Stefan Vereen (Composer)
I'll keep y'all updated as things happen!
Keep hustling and stay goofy,
James Aaron Oh