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Topic: I am going for my dreams... My friend's untimely death made me rethink my life, I only have now...
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 4, 2011 07:45PM)
After some soul searching, I have decided to really really go after my dreams.

As cliched as that must sound to some, I am.

My Actor friend's passing at 32 from a sudden heart attack has put my own life direction in perspective.

Simply put, we really have no idea how much time we have left here in this life.

One of my big dreams is producing, directing and starring in my own full length Films. Both fiction and documentaries.

The reason I post this is to invite those who want to join me in this adventure! (Trust me, film making is an adventure... To put a positive slant to it... :))

Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

In case there are those who don't know, I am a Professional Actor for the last 10 years here in Malaysia. Also a Professional Magician/Mentalist and a Martial Artist for the last 20 years or so...

So...

Who wants to come on board? :wavey:
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jan 4, 2011 08:11PM)
I wish you luck. I really can't contribute anything cuz I'm a talentless and very unattractive man.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 4, 2011 08:13PM)
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On 2011-01-04 21:11, MagicSanta wrote:
I wish you luck. I really can't contribute anything cuz I'm a talentless and very unattractive man.
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From you Santa, that is enough for me!

Thanks! :wavey:
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jan 4, 2011 08:32PM)
All the best, my friend. I have no idea if I have any talents you can use, but if you think of something, just ask.

John
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 4, 2011 08:34PM)
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On 2011-01-04 21:32, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
All the best, my friend. I have no idea if I have any talents you can use, but if you think of something, just ask.

John
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THANK YOU Magnus. :)

I will keep you updated.

:online:
Message: Posted by: John T. Sheets (Jan 4, 2011 09:05PM)
All the best, and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. ;)
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 4, 2011 09:06PM)
Thanks John! :wavey:

Will keep you updated!

:online:
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jan 4, 2011 09:12PM)
In one word: BRILLIANT!

All the best- wish I could help you out directly...
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 4, 2011 09:18PM)
Thanks gaddy! :wavey:

Maybe you can, who knows... :)
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Jan 4, 2011 09:32PM)
I am sorry for your grief. These things slap us hard, and sometimes wake us up. Go for it, and remember the journey is sometimes the real goal.

Count me in...if I can help, I will.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 4, 2011 09:45PM)
Thank You Tom! :)

Much much appreciated.

:online:
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jan 4, 2011 10:41PM)
WAIT! I just looked in the mirror and I am looking rather cute at the moment. If you get a film crew here before I muss my hair I'm in!
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 4, 2011 10:44PM)
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On 2011-01-04 23:41, MagicSanta wrote:
WAIT! I just looked in the mirror and I am looking rather cute at the moment. If you get a film crew here before I muss my hair I'm in!
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I would LOVE to have you in one of my Documentaries Santa!

If I ever get down there, you're definitely in! ;)

:online:
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jan 5, 2011 12:50AM)
Interesting.

My early ambition was to be a film maker. My university degree is in theatre (I actually won a scholarhip to the university based on my acting audition). Acting and filmmaking has always been in my blood. I imagine the distance between us will prevent us for working together but I wish you all the best, Pakar.

As was said in the movie "Rudy"...

"Dreams are what make life tolerable."
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 5, 2011 03:08AM)
Thanks Chessman! :)

Who knows, I might drop by your neck of the woods... ;)

:online:
Message: Posted by: Woland (Jan 5, 2011 04:56AM)
Way to go!
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 5, 2011 05:03AM)
Thanks Woland!

:online:
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jan 5, 2011 11:44AM)
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On 2011-01-04 22:18, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
Thanks gaddy! :wavey:

Maybe you can, who knows... :)
[/quote] ...you just let me know, mate!
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 5, 2011 06:07PM)
Thanks everyone! :)

:online:
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Jan 6, 2011 10:48AM)
Well, I am a fully licened pyrotechnician and have done my share of tv and movies...blown up big and small stuff using everything from black powder to compressed air and everything in between. Have flown people, dragged them out to the sea and below the ground. Made fake food, fake glass, fake china, fake furniture and rotten corpses. Worked 16 hour days in 0 temperatures. All good fun.

So, gimme a holler :)
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 6, 2011 11:29AM)
I'm a pretty good writer if that would help. What kinds of fiction? Action? Comedy?
I have acted on stage but that probably won't help you from all the way over here in WA, USA.
Other than that all I can really do is bend things. I'm probably less talented an entertainer than most of the folks on here. I'm a lousy magician, though I love it and have a decent CP.

Sorry about your friend. 32 is a year younger than me. Same age Bruce Lee lived to. I used to think I'd be toast by 27. Like Kurt Cobaine or Brandon Lee. But I'm still here stinkin' up the joint.

Feel free to PM for my email addy if you want.
Message: Posted by: Nom de Guerre (Jan 6, 2011 12:20PM)
Sorry to hear about your friend's passing. I'm glad to hear that you are pursuing your dream. However it works out, nothing would be worse than the regret of never having tried. If I can help with advice or any other way, I would be happy to.

I'm a cinematographer, and have been working in the film industry here in the US since 1986. Ouch that makes me feel old.

PM incoming.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 6, 2011 02:47PM)
Wow, great credentials guys...

mvmagic, I've only worked with some of those effects and you make them? Nice...

critter, the Fiction I'm writing is a Martial Arts Drama.

Nom de Guerre, I've PMed you...

I'll keep you guys in the loop...

Thanks guys! :wavey:
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Jan 7, 2011 02:39PM)
Yeah, that's what I've been up to :) You're an actor so you know how it is. Not glamorous but fun-of course you have to love it to do it.
So if you need any kind of help, lemme know. I do design as well.
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Jan 8, 2011 05:58PM)
Sorry to hear about your friend, Pakar. I have some limited experience in film. When I was younger, I made (rather bad) films with friends, I also took a film making class in college, had to write, direct and edit the whole thing, which was an unusual experience. I do have a lot of experience as a stage actor, though (through academic and community theater). One play I did in college was an English translation of a Chinese play, it was filmed and a copy sent to the playwright. I'm told it was broadcast on Chinese television, I don't know though. Best of luck following your dreams!
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 8, 2011 09:45PM)
Mvmagic, thanks my friend!

Josh, thanks buddy!

:online:
Message: Posted by: muse (Jan 9, 2011 11:03AM)
I have no connection with films / movies other than as an avid viewer, and of course I know how to be a critic (as do we all).

Sorry to hear about your friend having passed away, but as far as your ambitions go, I would say "Go for it!" (although obviously expressed in a less hackneyed 1980s style phrase)
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 9, 2011 07:13PM)
Haha, thanks muse! :wavey:
Message: Posted by: critter (Jan 9, 2011 08:44PM)
Well if you ever do anything in the Northwest look me up. I acted on stage and such for a long time and know quite a few other actors in the area.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jan 9, 2011 10:40PM)
Thanks for the offer critter. :)

Hope it happens someday.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 20, 2011 04:06AM)
The script is ready.

(At least this draft is... :P)
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Oct 20, 2011 05:38AM)
Congratulations. Having taken a film making class in college, I know how hard it is to write those...and these were just 5 pages! I have a DVD of the film somewhere, but the acting is really, really bad. (Really. :))
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 20, 2011 05:53AM)
Thanks Josh! ;)
Message: Posted by: acesover (Oct 20, 2011 04:38PM)
Very interesting topic. I see where you have a script or at least a draft. Having said that exactly what is the next step?

Is this a lobor of love or does it have a profit potential?
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 20, 2011 04:43PM)
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On 2011-10-20 17:38, acesover wrote:
Very interesting topic. I see where you have a script or at least a draft. Having said that exactly what is the next step?

Is this a lobor of love or does it have a profit potential?
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Both.

In Malaysia, it is not as difficult as I imagine it is in the States to make a Movie.

I am a Professional Actor for the last 10 years, so I kinda have my feet in the door so to speak. ;)

Still it is a "labor" of love with profit potential. :ohyes:

The next step is getting the funding.
Message: Posted by: General_Magician (Oct 20, 2011 09:39PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-04 20:45, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
After some soul searching, I have decided to really really go after my dreams.

As cliched as that must sound to some, I am.

My Actor friend's passing at 32 from a sudden heart attack has put my own life direction in perspective.

Simply put, we really have no idea how much time we have left here in this life.

One of my big dreams is producing, directing and starring in my own full length Films. Both fiction and documentaries.

The reason I post this is to invite those who want to join me in this adventure! (Trust me, film making is an adventure... To put a positive slant to it... :))

Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

In case there are those who don't know, I am a Professional Actor for the last 10 years here in Malaysia. Also a Professional Magician/Mentalist and a Martial Artist for the last 20 years or so...

So...

Who wants to come on board? :wavey:
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Traumatic events such as the passing of a friend certainly wake us up to what is important in life, how precious life is and that we never know when our time will come. It also makes us realize that each moment we live in life is something to be cherished and that friends and family should never be taken for granted. Life is much too short to not be pursuing our dreams. I wish you luck and happiness in pursuing your dreams.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 21, 2011 04:29AM)
Thanks so much for the kind words of support, General_Magician! :wavey: