“Cycle” Premiere at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival for the Unsung Voices Programme

Hi everyone!!!

It has been a while since I’ve made a post, and I fully apologize but it has definitely been a busy time.

I am proud to announce that ‘Cycle’ will be officially Screening for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival for the Unsung Voices Programme on:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8th at 6pm

at the AGO Jackman Hall Theatre.

(yaaay!)

You may purchase tickets to watch ‘Cycle’, along with the five other short-films made with my comrades for the Youth Summer Video Production Workshop, for the Unsung Voices Short-Film Programme here (click click).

This is definitely exciting stuff.

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(Photo Property of Toronto Reel Asian at http://www.reelasian.com

The Toronto’s Reel Asian International Film Festival has an AMAZING line-up of films screening this year and I’m excited to see as many as I can.

Thanks again everyone and I’ll hopefully be seeing you at this year’s festival.

 

A sad day

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What’s missing? My bicycle’s rear wheel was stolen the other day. Oh! The irony.

Wrap party love and support

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Big thank you to everyone who came out! In this photo: my fam, grandma, and Althea and Albert and Jo!

My First Movie Poster and the Wrap Party

My First Movie Poster

Made this earlier today. Definitely relived my love of typography. What do you think?

The composition of the fonts at the top were a little frustrating because my name is so fr@%*ing long and I didn’t like the way any boring or normal alignments looked on the poster (unconventional, story of my life). So, this is my second edit of my design.

I can’t believe it’s the end of August already. I keep forgetting that everyone’s going back to school in September (suckerrrrss) but then again so am I.

Yes, straight from a UofT degree it looks like I’ll be going to OCAD come September which is basically a dream come true for me. After all this film business, sprucing up my digital media skills (nunchaku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills) would probably be the handiest for future projects.

–And speaking of future projects, I’ll be throwing A SUPER DUPER EPIC WRAP PARTY on August 31st at The Hard Luck Bar in Toronto that is also doubling as a fundraising for the next film project!!

SO BE THERE!!! Because I only get one first-ever wrap party ever in my life!

*Also, this little metamorphosing caterpillar is coming out of her shy cocoon -slash- music hiatus and will be singing in an acoustic set with Ryan Ramos and Stephen Varga (amazing guitarist of Killing Hollywood) for the first time in years. It’s my ploy to get everyone I’ve neglected this entire summer to come out and say hi (sincerest apologies; At least this friend throws you a party). So, if I suck, then you can come laugh at me and tell TMZ or Perez that I’m the worst. And if you like it, then at least we both go home happy.

I’m hoping for the latter.

And if it’s any consolation, i’ve got a sweet DJ (Tha 1 who Trevs) spinning, my talented co-star performing an acoustic set (ladies, you will love him), and some surprise guests.

Big hugs.

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The Booth.

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Recording voiceovers!

The crew

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From left to right: Sacha, Thila, Tony, Jason, Albert, Ferdelle, Althea and Lisa at Charles street Video.

Upon reflection

FINALLY WRAPPED (which means that all the filming/shooting is completed), and we can move onto post-production (editing, audio and paperwork).

 

This whole project has given me so much purpose that this lull between shooting and editing is a weird but nice breath of fresh air with great timing. It will be the long weekend in Toronto and it will be just a few hours until I make my way over to Montreal.

July has been one of the best months of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard, been so tested and challenged or happier and I’m really excited to do it all over again (hint hint, future projects on the way).

During shooting, being on set is a world apart. Consisting of retakes and 13 hour days. After all of the yelling, scrambling, waiting and silence, then being able to move onto the next scenes, nothing is more satisfying than reviewing playback and going:

“Oh sh*t, that was perfect. GLORIOUS. Ahh, FANTASTIC. Moving on!“(Which is definitely something I’ve been known to yell out.)

Working with my cast has been so fulfilling and I’m so grateful for their patience and collaboration. The team work, communication and progression has revamped my capabilities as a person. It was nice doing rehearsals with my cast, and seeing them give me exactly what I wanted take after take made me proud. It was easy being the one behind the camera because I knew exactly how it would move and how everything would be framed. At one point, I even hopped into my rollerblades and filmed with the camera while Tony pushed me along while following the bikes on a street. Safe to say, I’m really excited to show everyone what those scenes will look like.

During the third and fourth shooting days, I was scheduled to direct and act. If I could be in two places at once (aka in front and behind the camera) it would’ve been easy. As an actor, I need direction; As a director, I must give direction. I found that my priorities stood in making sure everything else was in it’s place and desperately making demands for acting cues because I had no idea what or where my framing is choreography would be like–and unfortunately, I’m a perfectionist. Without an attentive and helpful crew and  their suggestions and comments I would be lost without the cues I needed (especially during the scene in the elevator).
So, all in all, unbelievably happy with how the shoot days went. A little nervous about editing but I always get anxious and excited when it comes to things I can’t wait to do.

 

Until next time,

 

Ferdelle

 

 

 

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