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“The Other Side” – Blog #2

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So I came to a startling realization…our DP, Brad Nguyen, looks SUSPICIOUSLY like Psy. You know. The guy that does that Gangnam Style song.

The similarities are so close, it's bizarre.

That’s him with his awesome wife, Julia. What’s funny is that our director, Tengah, actually that it was Brad pictured on the right. Now, every time any of us see Psy on tv somewhere, like on Ellen or the VMAs, we always tell Tengah “Oh my god, did you see Brad on Ellen last night?!??” Okay, it’s not that funny. You know what is, though?

This is. (click it. image courtesy of tumblr.com)

Anyway, we just wrapped up the third day of shooting. One thing I’ve noticed about filmmaking is that it’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait. Oops sorry, we used that term a lot in the military. What I mean is, you rush rush rush around, trying to grab everything you need for the day on set, get out there and set up, and then…you sit around. And wait for sound and lighting to get settled. And then SHOOT! And shoot more! And then wait for makeup to fix and retouch. And then MOAR shooting! And then wait for something else. It’s a good thing all of us working on this project are such good friends, though. We never run out of things to talk about.

Pictured: Stimulating conversation.

One thing of note: when shooting a movie where you have actresses and actors dressed up in questionable attire on a questionable street, take care not to alarm the neighbors so they call the police. This cop pulls up on the street we were filming on. Doesn’t say anything. Just. Sits there. He’s there for like a minute, and then he turns around and heads off. Later, when I left to go pick up food for the cast and crew, I see him sitting around the corner. Just. Watching. Very creepy. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that we were minorities.

No officer, we're waiting for the bus.

Thanks to Heather, our make up artist (pictured above, left), for stepping up! One of our extras cancelled last minute, so Heather volunteered (actually, more like volun-told, but she was a super good sport about it) to fill in for us. Of course, she didn’t bring any clothes with her, but Natalie, our lead, and Melissa, one of the other girls, ransacked their wardrobe and actually came up with a really nice outfit. Yay for girls that are the same size! Check out Heather and her work at HA! Make Up & Hair Art.

Seriously. They're rad. (photo by Janet Quirarte)

“The Other Side” – Blog #1

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What a crazy month its been! Four weeks filled with long days of script writing/rewriting/complete overhaul, discussions turned debates, meetings upon meetings, location scouting, and casting have FINALLY worked themselves out enough to begin shooting.

Wait, what?

Oh yeah. We here at Brilliart Films are working on our first short film! It’s called “The Other Side”. We are planning to submit it to a major upcoming film festival (can’t say which one because of rules and whatnot, but trust me, its pretty major!). All in all, though it’s been a lot of long hours and some frustrations, we are having fun AND learning a lot about how different the film medium can be. To be honest, before this, I personally had NO clue how hard or involved the whole process was. A lot of times on set, I just stared slack jawed while my more infinitely more experienced co-workers would throw out all these different technical terms and whatnot.

So our film is about a young girl who’s desire to prove she can be of help to her family sends her treading the uncertain line between right and wrong. Eventually, she learns she can’t buy happiness and reevaluates what is truly important in life.

Like corgi puppies. (image courtesy of tumblr)

And I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, it’s not a SUPER original story or anything, but with a few exceptions, what film really is anymore? It’s a classic for a reason; the story of how things can quickly spiral out of control due to the choices we make and the importance we place on certain things in life is something we all can relate to.

I remember when Brad (co-founder of Brilliart Films and the Director of Photography of TOS) approached us about doing this film. Everyone was super excited to finally get to the meat and potatoes of what we all wanted to do, which is film. Justin (editor extraordinaire of Brilliart Films and my co-writer for the script) and I sat down and immediately began to try to hash out a good story to tell. Almost everyday, he and I would have lengthy discussions on how to make the script better.

A typical discussion Justin and I would have in our office for about two weeks straight. (image courtesy of google)

Eventually, we finally came together on a story we could both get behind. It had changed drastically from what we originally came up with (in a good way). Then it was off to scout locations, casting our roles, find crew, prep all the equipment, and get the necessary paperwork done. We did all of this in the span of about two weeks or so. We were so excited to able to get all that done in such a short amount of time that we rewarded ourselves with a little party.

Artist's rendition of the rousing party at the Brilliart Films office. (image courtesy of owlchelsea.files.wordpress.com)

Day one of shooting was grueling. I think we were there for what, eight and a half hours? Luckily, everyone in front of and behind the cameras were super professional, although there were many silly moments. Part of working with fun loving people, I suppose.

I think we were trying to figure out who farted.

We are really excited to continue work on this project. If you have a chance, please check out our Kickstarter page and help us by donating a few bucks or sharing it on social media. Stay tuned for more updates and ridiculousness to come!