26th of January.
6 months of writing script, 4 month of pre-production and today was officially our first day of production. Flying from London to Lisbon ( Portugal ) to shoot the part of "Warrick" the guy who is going to sail on his sailboat, alone. One of the three parts of the script consist of 7 scenes.
Being well prepared in terms of production during last 4 month, which Rika (Producer) specially had a huge contribution to it and excited to work with my beloved and fantastic cast and crew, we drove to Luton airport at 4 am to catch the flight at 8 am.
Gate 20, 7 am, Easy Jet Airline is boarding us to the flight. Rika, Tim, Dominika and Martha are cleared to the airplane. " Sorry sir you might have a problem " and 5 minutes later after calling the supervisor and half of the airport staff and showing my passport to other colleagues the guy on the boarding pass to me: "You are not flying"... BooM ___ Suddenly the story of this book changes its direction.
Long story short " Welcome to the life of an Immigrant "
I was not allowed to fly to Lisbon and after being escorted out of the arrival terminal I was advised to talk to Easy Jet Airline costumer service in departure terminal. Spending a couple of hours to discuss my situation to the most nonsense costumer service, made it clear that I am not going to Lisbon without an official permission from the authorities of Portugal! Finding the "authorities" of Portugal meant spending 3 hours on phone and finally finding out I need to come back to central London and get myself there before 4pm. I got there 3:30pm and was able to talk to someone but it seemed they are not the one who gives the order either and I need to get in touch with another organisation which is been already closed at 3pm.
Friday afternoon 5pm. I tried my best to get any flight to Lisbon, but it was obvious by that time that I won't be able to be with my cast and crew for the shoot on the boat. Alternative plan which was already was being discussed from early in the afternoon was that I am going to direct the scene from London and using skype.
Meanwhile I have been riding my motorbike on my way to home that ... BooM ... I crashed hard to the ground because a lady decided to cross the light when it is green for drivers and I had to break hard to avoid crashing to her. However, the impact and the pain of this crash was not even close to the one in the morning at boarding pass ___
Zero ours of sleep from the night before and a long and frustrating day leads to now 27th January, 1am.
The list of the events from today goes a long way but the truth is I really feel that I am being pushed to the limit with this project so hopefully it means growth.
I was actually very positive about the shoot. However, 9 out of 10 things during two days shoot went wrong, weather condition, internet connection, etc. I have to say that such an unfortunate start for our production days made it extremely hard for me to concentrate on the rest of the shooting days in London. The hardest part was that if I was going to break or show any sign of that, then other cast and crew members would be effected and things could get to nowhere.
Two other days of shooting on 13th February and 13th of March went pretty smooth and made us feel better at the end of the day.
Writing the script for a project that was going to be developed alongside the road while I am riding it, was an early challenge that sooner or later had to be taken on.
knowing the time that I had to spend to get to a certain level, I started quite early in summer. While I was waiting that the sound from my second year short film " U " being finalised. In about June, I started to explore my surrounding world for an idea. From the most obvious events happening around the world to the most abstract incident, simply nothing caught my eyes. An early disappointment that made me look to this side of the line and look internally for the inspiration.
Going through different stages of up and downs during that time and a personal experience, I decided to write about something that concerns me the most. I wrote the first draft of the script almost 2 months later in August.
Each draft of the script from the first draft has its own " Notes draft " as well that every time with a new draft is been updated to a new version. They helped me going through the process and develop the idea to the next level.
A brief update for script drafts:
Draft 1 5/8/2016
Draft 15 18/1/2017
I have tried so much so far to make the script as visual as possible and also considering the sound, but a script which is been written for an experimental and atmospheric film is hardly going to justify the final vision. Hopefully, I have tried enough to make the script as close as possible to impossible perfection!
"Dreams falling into places, followed by surrounded reality " ___
“ I Have Written It Here For U ___“
Writer / Director / Cinematographer : Ardeshir Abdolrahimi
Procuder : Rika Kulsavat
An experimental / Poetic film with the theme of “ Solitude and Love “
Three characters who are faced with a mystery that involves love, chose to take a break from their relationship with others to find the answer.
This short piece of film that I am making this year for my dissertation project is about people who are questioning love, so it causes them look internally instead of looking outward and in relation with others.
In London, Piers, who is walking home, sees his wife Flora who is sitting on the river bank and reading a book. He goes to sit next to her. Piers hesitates but then tells Flora that he needs a temporary break from their relationship.
In London, Piers who is walking home, sees his wife Flora who is sitting on a river bank and reading a book. He goes and sits next to her.
In Tehran (Iran), Shadi in a house party at night. Out of no where, she feels like she needs to take a moment to herself. She comes away from her group of friends to spend sometime alone.
On the sea, Warrick who is by himself on a sailing boat in the morning, does the daily things that he should do, whilst taking time to sit and think - he writes his thoughts down.
The solitude that these characters are going through has the essence of love, which leads us to think about that while we are seeking love in connection with others in order to feel the ecstasy, maybe the answer is in connection internally and make a distance for awhile.
This is something that every single of us doing it, for some as short as a moment lying on the bed after a working day or walking down the street and for some may take as long as a lifetime.
“ It’s not a love story, it’s the story of love “
I have got inspired by two words ( origin from Farsi Language. Persian Poetry mostly from 10th-14th century. Poets such as : Rumi, Shams Tabriz, Hafez Shirazi, Omar Khayam, Nizami Ganjavi, ... )
The words are:
Shooridegi - ( شوریدگی )
Sheydai - ( شیدایی )
These are all a state of being, which one of the effects that they have is making you doing things that you normally don’t. Normality can be argued, however, each individual has a norm that draws the line.
Here is a link to my full proposal document: Dissertation project proposal
Please visit the page below to watch my PITCH video, which was streaming Live on November 8th 2016
" Watching a film is like you meeting a person, sometimes you want to meet a person but sometimes you don’t. For those who you decide to meet or happens to meet, comes different qualities.
with some you have a short encounter, some you spend more time with,
you might have a chance to get to know that person deep or just know the surface that is reviled to you.
With some, you make romance, with some you make a logic connection.
Some may influence you deep down and some make you feel bored.
It’s all down to you, expectation and the amount of data that the person in relation to you gives out. "
“ U “ (IMDB)
The interaction and conversation of a guy on a low mood, who has to make a decision.
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