The journey of ‘Dhago’ a short Film shot in incredible Nepal

Time to get back into the writing as they say, and what better way to start than by covering my recent foray into filmmaking, that to in a country on the other side of the equator to me at the moment.

Recently, (as recently as November last year), I happened to be lucky enough to travel to Darwin, Australia for the first time ever. It was so that I could attend a screening of another script I had written for a wonderful team up there who were wanting to turn it into a movie. So it happened, the script was a movie now, and I was invited to join the rest of the cast and crew at a screening up there. Fantastic experience, being able to see how the movie turned out and how audience reacted to it.

But it seems I wasn’t done with yet, and prior to leaving, I pitched another story, this time of supernatural theme, to one wonderful lady, whom I’m great friends with now, and she loved the story enough to want to produce it. So after coming home from the 3 day trip in November, I wrote the script, sent it off and found that it was immensely loved.

The only thing was, it had to be shot in Nepal. Luck was with us though as the producing pair were already booked to visit family back home, and I was the only one who had to join them. So we did. We went.

What crazy 3 weeks! From the very next day of landing, we set up camp in the lounge room of a Production company there and started out planning: from finalizing script and dialogue, to giving orders for tailor made costumes, from locking down cast members, to securing equipment and crew members to help us during shoot.

This was my first time making a film in Nepal so can I just say I was both excited and terrified at the possibility of things either going really well, or incredibly wrong. Alas, we even hired a ‘shooting bus’, and yes, they have those, and these buses actually drive around with a plaque that says they are a ‘shooting bus’.

I was lucky, because we had to travel outside of the capital Kathmandu, towards a national wildlife park in Citwan. A place I had never gone to. So I was both sightseeing as well as working! :)

During shooting days, we would get up by 5am and drop back onto bed after midnight. We would take cold showers in the mornings and not because we wanted to wake ourselves up violently, but because the hotel was Eco-friendly, and would not serve hot water in its plumbing till the Sun rose high in the sky and it’s solar panels sunbathed.

Incredible so, I was also co-directing with a wonderful director who was a cornerstone in making ‘Dhago‘ happen. Without his joining the team, I dare say the film mightn’t have been. His knowledge of the place and the crew was an immense asset. It gave me an opportunity to learn a lot and observe a lot.

In the three weeks I was there, we only had 3 days off to do what we needed other than our film work. You’d be surprised what one can fit into 3 days when required. I was able to visit temples, families members, a get together with cousins, go shopping, movies, and even take selfies in between all this fuss. In fact, we took some great selfies!

So what was the highlight of my trip? Wait for it. You will see me in the film when it comes out! :) yes, astounding enough, I gladly took the role I was recommended for, and throughout the weeks and days leading up to it, was incredibly nervous! Lol.

It was an experience of a lifetime. The thing about films, is that each one is different, and therefore working on them gives different experiences and memories. I travelled back home with a lot of fun memories, and in a lot ways ‘Dhago’ is a very special film for me.

During shoot, there was a lot of laughter, rushing, panicking, quietly screaming, pushing jeeps that wouldn’t start, working under scorching sun, hungry and thirsty on one specific day, generators that betrayed, or talent that forgot to show up, or a snake floating in the river where I had to step into, albeit not on the same day, and it was a dead snake we happened to chase so we could get an incredible shot, only to realize later that it was dead. From waking up so early in winter, to spending three nights in costumes and SFX makeup with no jacket (’cause I was tough like that), from incredible smoke effect that required 3 men to puff their cheeks out, to running after the actually ‘Dhago’ (thread) that was being carried away by the river. Or hurrying a handful of team members into a misty forest to capture eerie shots that look million-dollar on screen, or having to jump onto the back of a moving jeep in order to get the shot to work. These and many more are incredible memories, something’s I will always remember fondly.

Was it the same shooting a film in Nepal as it is here in Australia? Definitely not. But was it fun? Hell yes! Both different in there own rights, both same in their own rights. What made it different was the place and the people you get to work with. Truth be told, I’d love to do it again, but let’s see what life has in store first.

‘Dhago’ is a story about a tour guide grieving his wife’s dead, and the cultural influences that guide him. The whole movie was shot in Saurah, Nepal except one scene in Kathmandu. The film will most likely be 20minutes when finished, and is currently undergoing post-production work. I’ve seen the first cut, and can I just say, it makes me super proud of the team, the entire team who helped me take this ‘idea’ I had, and for their trust in me throughout this. It literally would have stayed an ‘idea’ and one day forgotten if it weren’t for Silpi Dhungana who became the film’s Executive Producer, for giving me a chance to tell her a story; for Nitesh Raj Pant, her partner and the film’s main lead, for listening to her and my pitch of the story; for Sakar Pant, my co-director for agreeing to come on board with us and help steer the ship in Nepal with utmost efficiency and dedication; for Ravi Sayami, who joined us as Director of Photography, for listening to the vision Sakar and I shared for the film, and willing not to compromise; for my cousin, Garima Sharma for agreeing to give me company on the trip, who eventually helped the production out; for the rest of the cast and crew who worked tirelessly for insane number of hours, and for their patience; and to Binay Kansakar, our editor, who is now spending hours joining our footage and helping us with this second-last phase of filmmaking. A massive thank you, and great virtual hugs!!!

‘Dhago’ might have been my story, but it certainly isn’t just my film! And I simply can’t wait to see how audience react to it, and the comments that may come our way when the film is ready for the screen. So join us on the film’s Facebook page where there will be updates on our progress.

http://www.facebook.com/DhagoTheMovie

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Writing genre

I was just jotting down quick notes on a new script idea that’s been slowly bugging me, and I’ve suddenly begun to wonder if it’s just me, or do any of you go from one genre to another mid projects?

I’ve recently been writing horror genre in scripts, or psychological thriller, with the exception of a family drama in between, but never while I was in the middle of writing one. But today, suddenly, I’m continuing to work on a new paranormal script, as well as plotting what has started looking like a rom-com with a slightly Godly influence.

What the?! Has that happened? That you have started a new project simultaneously and the two or more are completely different styles?

Miles and miles.

Miles and miles I’ve walked
not a rain cloud in sight,
beneath these calloused feet lay dry
the parched earth, till to knees I fall.
Miles and miles, crawled
palms red and bleeding till raw,
unable to hold the weight of tears
stings and burns like coal.
Miles and miles.
So long the march, lonesome and tired
fraught with doubts, barbed and thorny,
will I ever arrive, at the gates of thoughts,
where dreams have birthed a desire strong
from whence I shall not return, be what may fall.

Miles and miles I’ve come,
the shores I’ve left all but blurred
out of reach, gone.

Miles and miles. Long.

(The poem is dedicated to everyone’s struggle to achieve a dream they have dared dream, including my own.)

Food for thought

I need advice. I’ve been pondering and pondering on one thing these past few months over one thing and I can’t decide what to do.

Artist are known to be broke yeah, ’cause we tend to do a lot of free work to build our portfolio. I don’t mind it so much most days, except I’ve been thinking I should start on script consultation or drafting on the side so I can make some pocket money while I build my portfolio.

So my question is, would you pay someone to go over you scripts, give you some pointers etc so that you can strengthen it before you go into production? I’m thinking I’ll start with short film scripts and move on to features. That way I’ll build on my own skills as well as lend some one an unbiased look at their work.

Good idea? I’m going to start looking at fees charged etc and design packages that suits different needs and different budgets. I need some help deciding what to do. Few friends have suggested I should do this from time to time. Help!

Light

As the night stills
and the wind breathes forever in whispers
will the stars shine down on you, and me
just the same, just the same.
Be not so foolish love,
the light never betray the kindness of stars,
while you glow out in the open,
hide I do in the shadowed depths.

New Film: ‘Dhago’

I know I’ve disappeared for few weeks but I’m back again, and with exciting news! I’ve been away in Nepal shooting another short film I wrote. Long story short, I’ve just come back from hectic few weeks and suddenly find myself suffering whiplash from work. So, with this post, I’m resuming my writing for something to do as well as make progress on projects that were set aside.

‘Dhago’ is a shortfilm based on superstitions in Nepali culture, and has been shot in the country itself. ‘Dhago’ when translated, means ‘thread’ and the film works with various type of ‘threads’ that bind humans in life.

Go here to follow progress, view great behind-the-scene snaps and catch regular updates: http://www.facebook.com/DhagoTheMovie

And click on the following to see the first teaser released almost immediately after production wrapped up: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kku4vjuHQUg&feature=youtu.be

I welcome any feedbacks on the teaser. I’m nervously anticipating how this film will be taken as it’s my first ever Nepali story.

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A Million Smiles for June: Chapter 9

Hi all! :) Am excited to share this next chapter with you. What a fun chapter it’s been to write – few surprises in there for me too! Also, just a heads up, I’m not going to be able to put any new chapters up until the new year, however, I’ll be writing as much as I can and will share them with you in the New Year.

Enjoy! Let me know how you like it. :) Happy Christmas if you celebrate, and a New year in advance to all!

A Million Smiles for June: Chapter 8

  1. Going Places

June woke up with a sound of a car tyre popping somewhere down the street. It was dark outside and she turned to the clock on her side table. Four thirty in the morning. Until that moment, she’d been very calm, and suddenly she could no longer just roll back and go back to sleep. Her nerves were edgy. She could hear her own deep breathing. She didn’t need to be awake for another two hours, but she couldn’t do it. she tossed around for another fifteen minutes before flinging the covers away and slipping into the warm fluffy robe.

She crept downstairs after splashing her face with ice cold water and quickly brushing her teeth. As she passed halfway down the stairs, she noticed the door to the study slightly ajar and light pouring out into the long slender corridor towards the kitchen.

June approached the study and pushed the door with a finger very lightly. “Chad?” Chad held up a finger into the air. His head was down, and he scribbled on a journal as fast as he could. When he finished the sentence he was writing, he looked up. “What time is it?”

“Almost five.”

“Why are you up?” his brows creased in disapproval.

June’s brows rose. “Why are you up? Did you even go to bed last night?”

Chad shook his head, putting the pen down on the page and closing the book up. “I was writing.”

“All night?”

He shrugged, pushing back his chair and stretching. “I do that when I’m in the mood.”

June nodded. “Is that how you wrote all those books?”

Chad laughed. “Maybe.” He approached her and watched her step aside from the doorway. “Why are you up though? It’s only five in the morning.”

“Some stupid car popped its tyre.”

“Nervous?” she nodded. “Don’t be. They are all morons and they are new to this. You’ll be right.”

“Don’t say that! I hate that saying. You’ll be right?!” she grimaced. “What does that even mean? Dad used to say it all the time, and nothing’s ever been right.”

Chad stood there a little shocked. What the hell had he really said to rile her up? He kind of wanted to laugh, but thought better of it. “I didn’t mean anything by it,” he said, sounding rather baffled. “All I meant is that you’ll be fine, because you know what you’re getting into more than the first years.”

June stared. “I don’t’ think I can do this!”

“Yes, you can.”

“I haven’t been to Uni in almost a year, Chad. All my friends are a year ahead of me now, and I can’t avoid them.”

“Then don’t avoid them.”

“And if they ask what happened?” she scowled. “What do I say then?”

“The truth.” Chad poured coffee into the largest cup he could find. When he turned back, she was just standing there unresponsive. “Whatever the truth is.”

“I don’t want to tell them the truth,” she shook her head. “I don’t want to tell anyone what happened, or what I’ve done, where I’ve been, or where I lived the last year of my life!” she suddenly screamed. “I don’t want to!”

“Then lie!” Chad suggested, unsympathetic. As much as he wanted to console her and tell her things will be fine, he didn’t want to. Why should he? Why should she be the only one who gets to be told that life will work out one day? Who was there to tell him that?

He took a sip of his coffee, walking back to his study. “Just lie.” He swung the door almost and sat back down at his desk.

What had gotten into him suddenly? He massaged his temples and re-read the text on his phone again.

[Setal: I miss you! Can we try again? Maybe I just wasn’t ready for marriage, you know. Can I swing by…bring you your favourite breakkie?]

Chad read the words again and again, continuing to massage his temples. He could feel a headache starting somewhere deep and couldn’t focus on clarity of thought. He could hear June quietly rattling around in the cupboard for a cup and couldn’t think of anything but the need to apologise for his rashness.

He rose to his feet and marched out, only to catch her sneakily wiping at the corners of her eyes. He watched her a moment from the doorway and could feel an uneasiness settle in him somewhere. He cleared his throat to get her attention. “I’m sorry. I just…sometimes, I’m not very good at this whole social, say the right thing.”

June shook her head, her voice cracked from the emotions. “It’s not your fault.”

“Still, I shouldn’t have been as blunt.”

June nodded, stirring her coffee distractedly.

“Do you want me to drop you off this morning?”

She shook her head.

“I’m not doing anything else,” he continued.

“You’ve already done plenty for me, Chad.” She was blunt too.

Chad nodded, disappearing back into his cave. So much for apologises. He’d completely missed that train. He grabbed his cell phone from his desk and typed a message finally.

[Come after 9.]

He stared at it a moment before sending it off. He had no idea what he was doing. Setal had walked out of his life almost two months ago without a care. Now suddenly, she wanted to come back? The anticipation, he could feel it settling on him like cement.

When he re-emerged from his study, the house was unusually quiet. He looked at the time and it was almost seven. “June?” he called out, heading upstairs with the assumption she might be in her room. The door was slightly closed. He walked over and knocked. There was no response. Either that, or she was quiet, annoyed at him, he thought.

“Look, June… I don’t know what has happened in your life, or what you’ve had to go through, but, I do know you’ve been through a lot and somehow that makes you seem much stronger than most.”

He paused, waiting for her to tell him to go away. At least that’s what he was expecting. “It’s your first day back to Uni and I don’t want you to start thinking it’s not for you, you know?! You were studying medicine for goodness sake! Do not throw that away.”

Chad waited a few seconds again. June was still too quiet for his liking. He finally pushed the door open and found the room June-less. He eyed his watch. Just after seven. Way too early for her to leave already. He brought out his phone and typed a fresh message.

[Where’d you go already? Look, I’m sorry if I spoke out of line this morning. Please let me know at least when you leave home. I was talking to your door like a loony for ten minutes before I realised you were gone. Just a concerned neighbour upstairs. Chad]

Then it suddenly dawned on him that June didn’t yet have a phone. He saved the message anyway and stared about the room. It was the first time he’d gone into that room since June had moved in. It was bare, but at least it had some homely touches. The bed was made, her clothes were in a neat pile on top of the little foot storage. She’d placed a small photo frame on the night stand.

Chad moved in closer to take a look and discovered a photo of June, her arms wrapped around the necks of two adults, a male and female. Chad couldn’t help but smile. “Hello Mum and Dad!” he whispered, his eyes roving back to June when she was a young platinum blonde with beautifully long hair and an infectious smiles that reached her dazzling brown eyes.

It was perhaps the happiest he’d seen her and wondered what had stolen her smile away. He noticed in the background of the photo a bike, and suddenly could no longer stare at the photo. Uneasily, he walked out the room. Did June ride bikes? “No, it can’t be”, he muttered. It can’t be. Chad hated bikes. He hated the look of them, hated the sound they made, and most of all, he hated the fact that the rider was completely unprotected.

He shook his head, muttering beneath his breath, unable to shake the memory, unable to drown out the noise, the screams. He placed the photo back and walked out of the room and straight into his own. He went straight for the shoebox beneath his bed where he kept his meds. He popped two sleeping pills and downed them with the water in the bottle on his nightstand. He then threw himself under the covers, pressing his palms into his temples and burying his face.

No bikes! He kept muttering, as if a way to keep the memories and his headache at bay.

It wasn’t till around 4 when he woke up to the ringing of doorbells. Groggily, he walked down and opened the door. There stood Setal, splendid, beautiful and with a knowing smirk on her face.

He was sure he was staring at her, but he couldn’t help himself. After all, she was the last person he was expecting to be knocking on his door. “What are you doing here?”

Setal pushed past him without being invited in. It made Chad even more curious, though he did feel a hint of anger too.

“You do realise you don’t live here anymore?” he said flat out, leaving the front door still open. There could be a chance she was leaving, right?

“You invited me this morning, remember?” she turned, grabbing the door and closing it. “Besides, Jo said she hasn’t heard from you in a while.”

“Well, I’ve been busy.”

Setal narrowed her dark eyes at him. She was a small petite woman, thought Chad, a woman with devilishly good length of dark wavy hair, and eyebrows that arched like a gymnast’s back. “Doing what?” she asked, raising those very eyebrows at him.

“I work, Setal, what else?”

She huffed, peering around the place. “You haven’t even bought a TV yet?”

“I have enough drama in my life right now thanks to you,” he almost gritted his teeth. He’d never really told her how much she’d broken his heart that day. How could she know? She hadn’t even had the courtesy to finish the meal with him.

“I’ll see you back at the house,” she’d said, pushing back her chair, grabbing her bag and leaving Chad to face the restaurant full of people, still down on his knees.

Setal stared at him, and suddenly he felt tied to her again. The tie that had made him propose to her in the first place. He tried shoving those feelings back as if they were play-dough oozing out of an ill-fitting box.

“What brings you anyway?”

Setal pouted, her hand on her hip as she calculatedly stalled Chad. “I…” she cleared her throat. Chad just felt a desperate need to lunge at her, or wrap himself around her, which, he wasn’t yet decided on. He hadn’t really realised what a little mess he’d become till that very moment. So unlike all the rugged, handsome and emotionally stable counterparts he usually penned.

He could feel an odd knotting of his throat. He was so close to crying. Oh God! Make it stop! He thought as his vision blurred with a layer of tears. He turned away immediately and strode off to the kitchen, reaching for the coffee machine for desperate want of distraction. He was a grown man for goodness sake.

“Pull it together!” He scolded himself as he heard Setal’s heels clicking into the room behind him.

“You said something?” she cooed.

Why was she doing that? Playing standoffish then cooing at him the next minute, not to mention she’d broken up with him all over a diamond ring. Which woman refuses diamond? He thought angrily.

“No. Want coffee?” He knew she’d never say no to coffee. It was like asking the hungry if they wanted food. Setal was a coffee addict since he’d known her. In fact, that’s how they’d first met, at the café where Chad spent his morning normally. She’d accidentally taken his coffee only to bring it back to Tylor and telling him he’d gotten her very specific order completely and utterly wrong. She’d asked for non-fat soy, one shot, vanilla latte, with exactly one and three quarter spoon of sugar. She had not asked for a drip coffee with honey in it.

“Who drinks coffee with honey anyway?” she had sounded so disgusted.

“Me?!” Chad had chimed in at that moment, Tylor and him both smirking at each other. “That would be my coffee!”

She’d been very embarrassed, apologising to him profusely while still telling him coffee and honey were abominable. He’d kind of fallen in love with her somewhat that very moment.

“Chad?” Setal called out, breaking his memory diving.

“What?” he poured two cups of coffee and took one to her. “Why are you here?” he finally asked, very much with hurt and longing in his voice. “To see if I was still as pathetic as when you left me that night?”

“Oh God, you’re still not on about that, are you, honey?” she shook her head. “I’d never really made it a secret that I was marrying anyone other than an Indian, Chad. You knew that from the beginning.”

“Then what were you doing with me?” Ah, and those tears were threatening him again like a nasty punch. He wished he could punch them back just as fiercely.

She stared at him levelled and shrugged. “What young people do, date.”

He felt crushed. “Three years is not what young people do without intension for the long haul!” he spat, pushing away his coffee. He suddenly felt very, very sick, like he was going to throw up.

Setal took a step closer to him, dropping her handbag on the kitchen counter. “Chad?”

He shook his head. He couldn’t hold them back anymore, the tears.

“Chad,” she whispered, moving closer. He felt her smooth touch on his cheek. Her hand slowly turned him to face her. No! he was screaming in his head. He knew what was coming. Setal wasn’t here for him, not really.

He looked up, despite a desire to push her away as well as pull her into his arms. He found her staring at him with those eyes. Eyes he’d never been able to refuse. Before he knew it, she was kissing him, and the worst part was, he was kissing her back. His hands roamed over her like they’d done so many times. His mind swam. What the hell was going on? Was she here to ask him to take her back because she’d made a mistake?

Are you taking her back? His mind suddenly knocked over with the thought. “Setal…” he tried to break free for just a moment, just a tiny moment.

“Shh…” she pushed him against the cupboards. “Just, don’t talk!” He felt her hands removing the tie around his robe, her hand slipping around his hips, pulling him closer.

The last thought before his mind was rendered temporarily out-of-order was, Chad, she left you once. That thought however wasn’t strong enough to keep his feet planted to the ground. Setal was pulling him, navigating to his room upstairs.

If only his feet stopped following her demand! Damn you! He thought one last time before registering the sound of his bedroom door slamming behind them.

Open Letter to Supporters and Doubters

Dear readers,

My dear supporters, and the many doubter. This is my open letter to you and the world. I’m a woman from a minority background, and I have a dream to be a writer/director in a the global film industry. What do I do for my dream? I work on my stories, my novels and my scripts, and every waking moment is spend worrying and wondering when I can reach a stage where I don’t have to prove myself. I want to work, and I’m damned if I don’t work hard for what I want. Currently, I work almost full time, dedicated to my dream without a single dollar earned from it yet. I volunteer on projects just so I can have something to add to my portfolio. Every day is a struggle to prove that I have made the right choice. Imagine doing that every day of your life for almost a decade? Tiring right? Yes. But I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep fighting, keep going, because I too have something to share with the world.

Why am I suddenly writing this? Because, today, I am extremely saddened and angered at the whispering. Is that what things have come down to?

Most of you know I went and asked for help on a Crowdfunding site for my short film, ‘The Circle’. Without each and every dollar support for the project, I would still be sitting at my writing table, dreaming. Today, I am able to hold my head up high and say I have worked so very hard and so very long to get this ‘tiny’ movie for you but ‘big’ movie for me done and showcased at a premiere event I personally held. Those who helped me in my desperate hour are the ones today responsible for giving me my confidence back, and the drive back. No one can understand how much that has meant to me and I’m forever indebted to them.

Currently, I was successful at pitching a story which was liked and as we speak, that story is seeking help once again through a Crowdfunding campaign, because frankly speaking, the last project was a financial strain on me.

‘Dhago’ is a medium length short horror film based in Nepal, and for this I’m leaving everything behind and going to devote my hours, freely, to have this story made. Why? Because it’s another bullet point on my effort to prove myself again and again and again. ‘Dhago’ is also seeking funding, because let’s be honest, I’m broke, but not defeated. However I’m very sad to hear whispers about my intention and intention of the group behind the film.

So, let me share with you my experience on the making of ‘The Circle’ with you so I can shed some light on how Crowdfunding works. I don’t need to write this, but today, I feel it’s my story, and I should be the one to tell you how it was. You shouldn’t be hearing from others who weren’t there, who didn’t see how it was. You should hear it from me, and the team who helped me make it. Without the help and support of cast, crew and my financial supporters, the stories I write would have only been stories on paper and nothing more.

So here how the Crowdfunding campaign I ran for ‘The Circle’ was put to use. It raised $2600ish so the movie had a chance than looking like a home video.

Crowdfunding is basically where the public can give certain amounts to a project they like, so that collectively, the project can reach it’s rare targeted funding and have the money to PAY for hiring the actors, hiring the camera gear, hiring lighting gear, hiring the sound gear, renting the shooting location, pay for shooting permits, pay for shooting insurance so that any incident during shoot covers all cast and crew’s safety, pay for transport, buy props and costumes, buy food and drinks so the cast and crew can work with food in their bellies, it also pays for their time and effort because for cast and crew it’s their work. Imaging you work hours without pay, or hope of pay- that was the case on ‘The Circle’. All those who worked on ‘The Circle’ worked absolutely free and absolutely hard- without their generosity and time, I could not have managed with the meager $2500. And yes, it’s a meager sum when you consider the lowest funds for short films reach much higher than that. ‘The Circle’ plus its premiere, which I personally paid for and was held on the 30th November in Sydney, cost me approximately $5000. I only raised $2600 due to some pledges bouncing. The other $2400 have personally been my expenditure so that I could make a better movie. $5000 is not that much when you consider that on ‘The Circle’ lighting and camera gear alone cost $2000 to hire for the duration of the shoot. So please, when you are considering pleading for ‘Dhago’ or any other films or creative venture, do consider the effort that simply goes into producing a mere 7minute movie.

For those who supported ‘The Circle’, predominantly my family, friends , lovely cast and crew, and Nitesh Raj Pant. Without their support, I simply couldn’t even imagine having made the movie. For those of you who had supported me then, and those who are supporting me and the team behind ‘Dhago’ now, a four times longer movie than ‘The Circle’. I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me a chance to give my dream a go. To have achieved something I’m proud to say was supported by so many of my near and dear. And now, a special thank you to those who are supporting ‘Dhago’. Your support, each and every single one, gives us hope that this time again, we can give our everything to this project.

I now have been approached for two prospective job offers due to your generosity and belief in me, that I will put your contribution to the very thing you supported. Some of you who supported ‘The Circle’ Pozible campaign earlier this year were also able to see the film for yourself. I have nothing to hide but my pride at the teams hard work.

However, I am indebted to each of you who have stood behind me. You have given me enough confidence in my self and my ability to do the stories I take on as a writer/director justice. This industry is not easy to get into, especially for a woman from a minority background. You truly do not know what your support has meant to me. You help me say, ‘I can do this. I maybe a woman in a male dominated industry, but I have a vision, and I can work twice as hard to prove that I can do this. That I have a whole community behind me.’ So once again, thank you for giving me a start no one else would give. And forgive me my efforts to shed some light in these uncertain waters where I’m still having to prove it seems. Alas, I wish you all a happy healthy progress in whatever you are attempting yourself.

Much love.

Sincerely,

Eva

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Crowdfunding new Film venture

As you know, I write scripts. And really, I write scripts that I would want to direct if I had the money (oh, that elusive thing!). Recently, a trip had come up for some work related stuff and I thought why not, if I have time, make a movie in my spare time. Yeah, I know. It’s crazy. But. Yes, there is a but. I pitched the story, which was liked, and in turn the decision to ‘let’s make it’ happened.

That decision was almost two weeks ago! Lol. I work fast, if nothing else. Between the pitching of a story-yet-to-be-written, the script has gone through few drafts, and is currently locked till just before production! Yes, I’m making another Movie!!!!

This one is called ‘Dhago’, which means thread in Nepali (my mother tongue) and few other countries around that area. It’s also a horror film loosely based around a supernatural theme. Seems I have a ‘type’ thing happening currently, with few of my recent works, produced or under development, horror in nature.

It will be the first of its kind, a collaborative short film of Asutralian-Nepali making. Not many films can claim that. If you know any one interested in supporting indie filmmaking against mass produced movies, and especially very unique stories based on cultures not readily available in mainstream western world, then please share this post with them. As a team, we are seeking financial backing/support one pledge at a time. And we would love to buy you a piece of land on the moon if we could, but what are you gonna do with that anyway?! :)

Interested? Check out the pages below:

http://www.pozible.com/project/188962

http://www.facebook.com/DhagoTheMovie

It’s an all or nothing situation, and the project could do with some support or word of mouth help in spreading the word.
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Look at that poster! Just look at it. Ain’t she pretty? :D I’m a bit proud of myself for making that! Lol

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