A late night pre-production.

That’s my “desk” with teaser posters scattered around, drafts after drafts, concept art, notes, computer, and of course a hot tea sitting dangerously on it. One bad move and I’d have to sleep in a wet bed tonight. And by sleep, I mean toss around till it’s time to work.

Oh and I’d probably get all my work ruined too but it wouldn’t be a first time…

After few phone calls today I found out that the library would only be able to give me the room for two hours in one month. So I will have to work up something in my sleeve to make a four hour audition possible. It’s a possibility to bend a few corners but I’m looking for another possible place to hold auditions. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. 

Maybe I’ll get a better answer tomorrow. An answer I want to hear.

As for the script, I’d say it’s very much completed. There isn’t whole lot one can do to make it shine any brighter. You either see the charm or you don’t. Most people don’t but it is not meant to be for most people.

A rough shot list is also completed. It will be about 60 different shots and at least 90 different cuts. For just eight pages…that’s not normal but is not meant to be normal.

I think I will shoot a video tomorrow to get more people excited about “MARA!”. There is an idea that doesn’t seem to struck the right chord yet. Another day closer to completion…it’s going to be a long and tiresome ride.

It will all be worth it in the end. I promise.

Another day, another draft.

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Sinking into the sea of letters.
Where letters become words, words become sentences, sentences branch off into actions, characters, dialogue, scene headings, transitions, and shots.
A “final” another draft comes into place.
Is it really a final? No, I know that for sure. In few hours I will sit awake fixing the typos and awful grammar mistakes. But perhaps the story is final. I know the dialogue is not. Even as I write this now, I already know a few lines that should be changed to sound better, or at least to look better on paper. After all this is what will attract my crew and cast so we can all make this film a reality.

Last few days I’ve been on a hunt to find an actress for role of Mara. It’s not easy, got a few rejections but also many silent treatments. And believe the rejection comes off easier than the silence. Because it makes you wonder…did they got hit by a fucking bus right before answering back? Perhaps.

I really wanted to skip the auditioning process for “MARA!” because I wanted to work with friends and family because that’s what really got me into film-making was those little short films we made growing up. But that’s not really an option. Audition is. And that’s what we’re going for. Wish us luck!

Craigslist Ad I posted the other night is here.
I got surprisingly three answers back so far.
Need a good location for a casting call. Hopefully tomorrow someone will say the words I want to hear. “Free of charge” is one of them.

Sinking into the sea of love. Where thoughts become dreams, dreams become desires, desires branch off into opportunities, memories, mistakes, collisions, and epilogues.Mara: This is a love story. There are many like it, but this one is yours.
— Jason Hollands

Meeting up tomorrow with the composer to talk about the music. He is an old friend, it will be great to catch up.

THIS IS PART 2!PART ONE HERE!IMAGE ONE: Scene continues, Adam & Mara go through their dialogue. Then, in the bathroom Mara is throwing up but we can only see her feet as she kneels at the toilet bowl. With very good sound effect, it will be a bold little scene. It supposed to show a simple characteristic of bulimia. There is a little joke at the end when Mara and Adam go for a kiss, which is also not shown. There is barely any contact shown between the characters. A lot of close-ups that will perhaps make the viewer feel a bit awkward.IMAGE TWO: Scene begins in Adam’s bedroom, it’s the same key lighting coming from the sun behind the big window. Mara’s face is in a close-up as she says her line. A second later the shot changes to a close-up of her feet as her underwear and bra drop to the floor. No nudity shown, just implied. The scene supposed to show Mara’s insecurity of her body. Next scene is the fight, it’s also the scene from the beginning of the film. This time Mara’s included and the shots are wider as the viewer starts to understand what’s going on. At first it’s inaudible what they’re arguing about. Adam’s confused and so should the viewer. He says what he thinks is right thing to say. Mara’s unhappy with chocolate heart and throws it away. It’s supposed symbolize her throwing Adam’s heart away.IMAGE THREE: It continues with previous scene as Mara says off screen asking Adam for a ride home. I think it’s a funny thing for her to say after all the damage she caused him. After that it skips to next day. Mara’s room is opposite of Adam’s. It is dark and gloom. Mara’s crying. Adam calls and they talk for a bit but Mara blames Adam for the fiasco that happened day before. It angers him.IMAGE FOUR: Adam’s even more angry he decides to commit a suicide but is unable to do so. Moments later after he calms himself down…BER, Mara’s brother walks up to Adam’s car and pulls him out through the window. Ber slams Adam into the ground and beats him up badly. Adam despite of all the pain he cracks a smile.IMAGE FIVE: It ends back at Adam’s bedroom. Bed is empty, the sun is hiding behind the clouds unlike all the days before where it would shine through. Adam says he didn’t wake up that day. Then it shows Mara walking into the mall with a new lover. It ends pretty bleak but it’s up to the viewer to decide if Adam really passed away or is it just how he felt after the break-up. THIS IS PART 2!PART ONE HERE!IMAGE ONE: Scene continues, Adam & Mara go through their dialogue. Then, in the bathroom Mara is throwing up but we can only see her feet as she kneels at the toilet bowl. With very good sound effect, it will be a bold little scene. It supposed to show a simple characteristic of bulimia. There is a little joke at the end when Mara and Adam go for a kiss, which is also not shown. There is barely any contact shown between the characters. A lot of close-ups that will perhaps make the viewer feel a bit awkward.IMAGE TWO: Scene begins in Adam’s bedroom, it’s the same key lighting coming from the sun behind the big window. Mara’s face is in a close-up as she says her line. A second later the shot changes to a close-up of her feet as her underwear and bra drop to the floor. No nudity shown, just implied. The scene supposed to show Mara’s insecurity of her body. Next scene is the fight, it’s also the scene from the beginning of the film. This time Mara’s included and the shots are wider as the viewer starts to understand what’s going on. At first it’s inaudible what they’re arguing about. Adam’s confused and so should the viewer. He says what he thinks is right thing to say. Mara’s unhappy with chocolate heart and throws it away. It’s supposed symbolize her throwing Adam’s heart away.IMAGE THREE: It continues with previous scene as Mara says off screen asking Adam for a ride home. I think it’s a funny thing for her to say after all the damage she caused him. After that it skips to next day. Mara’s room is opposite of Adam’s. It is dark and gloom. Mara’s crying. Adam calls and they talk for a bit but Mara blames Adam for the fiasco that happened day before. It angers him.IMAGE FOUR: Adam’s even more angry he decides to commit a suicide but is unable to do so. Moments later after he calms himself down…BER, Mara’s brother walks up to Adam’s car and pulls him out through the window. Ber slams Adam into the ground and beats him up badly. Adam despite of all the pain he cracks a smile.IMAGE FIVE: It ends back at Adam’s bedroom. Bed is empty, the sun is hiding behind the clouds unlike all the days before where it would shine through. Adam says he didn’t wake up that day. Then it shows Mara walking into the mall with a new lover. It ends pretty bleak but it’s up to the viewer to decide if Adam really passed away or is it just how he felt after the break-up. THIS IS PART 2!PART ONE HERE!IMAGE ONE: Scene continues, Adam & Mara go through their dialogue. Then, in the bathroom Mara is throwing up but we can only see her feet as she kneels at the toilet bowl. With very good sound effect, it will be a bold little scene. It supposed to show a simple characteristic of bulimia. There is a little joke at the end when Mara and Adam go for a kiss, which is also not shown. There is barely any contact shown between the characters. A lot of close-ups that will perhaps make the viewer feel a bit awkward.IMAGE TWO: Scene begins in Adam’s bedroom, it’s the same key lighting coming from the sun behind the big window. Mara’s face is in a close-up as she says her line. A second later the shot changes to a close-up of her feet as her underwear and bra drop to the floor. No nudity shown, just implied. The scene supposed to show Mara’s insecurity of her body. Next scene is the fight, it’s also the scene from the beginning of the film. This time Mara’s included and the shots are wider as the viewer starts to understand what’s going on. At first it’s inaudible what they’re arguing about. Adam’s confused and so should the viewer. He says what he thinks is right thing to say. Mara’s unhappy with chocolate heart and throws it away. It’s supposed symbolize her throwing Adam’s heart away.IMAGE THREE: It continues with previous scene as Mara says off screen asking Adam for a ride home. I think it’s a funny thing for her to say after all the damage she caused him. After that it skips to next day. Mara’s room is opposite of Adam’s. It is dark and gloom. Mara’s crying. Adam calls and they talk for a bit but Mara blames Adam for the fiasco that happened day before. It angers him.IMAGE FOUR: Adam’s even more angry he decides to commit a suicide but is unable to do so. Moments later after he calms himself down…BER, Mara’s brother walks up to Adam’s car and pulls him out through the window. Ber slams Adam into the ground and beats him up badly. Adam despite of all the pain he cracks a smile.IMAGE FIVE: It ends back at Adam’s bedroom. Bed is empty, the sun is hiding behind the clouds unlike all the days before where it would shine through. Adam says he didn’t wake up that day. Then it shows Mara walking into the mall with a new lover. It ends pretty bleak but it’s up to the viewer to decide if Adam really passed away or is it just how he felt after the break-up. THIS IS PART 2!PART ONE HERE!IMAGE ONE: Scene continues, Adam & Mara go through their dialogue. Then, in the bathroom Mara is throwing up but we can only see her feet as she kneels at the toilet bowl. With very good sound effect, it will be a bold little scene. It supposed to show a simple characteristic of bulimia. There is a little joke at the end when Mara and Adam go for a kiss, which is also not shown. There is barely any contact shown between the characters. A lot of close-ups that will perhaps make the viewer feel a bit awkward.IMAGE TWO: Scene begins in Adam’s bedroom, it’s the same key lighting coming from the sun behind the big window. Mara’s face is in a close-up as she says her line. A second later the shot changes to a close-up of her feet as her underwear and bra drop to the floor. No nudity shown, just implied. The scene supposed to show Mara’s insecurity of her body. Next scene is the fight, it’s also the scene from the beginning of the film. This time Mara’s included and the shots are wider as the viewer starts to understand what’s going on. At first it’s inaudible what they’re arguing about. Adam’s confused and so should the viewer. He says what he thinks is right thing to say. Mara’s unhappy with chocolate heart and throws it away. It’s supposed symbolize her throwing Adam’s heart away.IMAGE THREE: It continues with previous scene as Mara says off screen asking Adam for a ride home. I think it’s a funny thing for her to say after all the damage she caused him. After that it skips to next day. Mara’s room is opposite of Adam’s. It is dark and gloom. Mara’s crying. Adam calls and they talk for a bit but Mara blames Adam for the fiasco that happened day before. It angers him.IMAGE FOUR: Adam’s even more angry he decides to commit a suicide but is unable to do so. Moments later after he calms himself down…BER, Mara’s brother walks up to Adam’s car and pulls him out through the window. Ber slams Adam into the ground and beats him up badly. Adam despite of all the pain he cracks a smile.IMAGE FIVE: It ends back at Adam’s bedroom. Bed is empty, the sun is hiding behind the clouds unlike all the days before where it would shine through. Adam says he didn’t wake up that day. Then it shows Mara walking into the mall with a new lover. It ends pretty bleak but it’s up to the viewer to decide if Adam really passed away or is it just how he felt after the break-up. THIS IS PART 2!PART ONE HERE!IMAGE ONE: Scene continues, Adam & Mara go through their dialogue. Then, in the bathroom Mara is throwing up but we can only see her feet as she kneels at the toilet bowl. With very good sound effect, it will be a bold little scene. It supposed to show a simple characteristic of bulimia. There is a little joke at the end when Mara and Adam go for a kiss, which is also not shown. There is barely any contact shown between the characters. A lot of close-ups that will perhaps make the viewer feel a bit awkward.IMAGE TWO: Scene begins in Adam’s bedroom, it’s the same key lighting coming from the sun behind the big window. Mara’s face is in a close-up as she says her line. A second later the shot changes to a close-up of her feet as her underwear and bra drop to the floor. No nudity shown, just implied. The scene supposed to show Mara’s insecurity of her body. Next scene is the fight, it’s also the scene from the beginning of the film. This time Mara’s included and the shots are wider as the viewer starts to understand what’s going on. At first it’s inaudible what they’re arguing about. Adam’s confused and so should the viewer. He says what he thinks is right thing to say. Mara’s unhappy with chocolate heart and throws it away. It’s supposed symbolize her throwing Adam’s heart away.IMAGE THREE: It continues with previous scene as Mara says off screen asking Adam for a ride home. I think it’s a funny thing for her to say after all the damage she caused him. After that it skips to next day. Mara’s room is opposite of Adam’s. It is dark and gloom. Mara’s crying. Adam calls and they talk for a bit but Mara blames Adam for the fiasco that happened day before. It angers him.IMAGE FOUR: Adam’s even more angry he decides to commit a suicide but is unable to do so. Moments later after he calms himself down…BER, Mara’s brother walks up to Adam’s car and pulls him out through the window. Ber slams Adam into the ground and beats him up badly. Adam despite of all the pain he cracks a smile.IMAGE FIVE: It ends back at Adam’s bedroom. Bed is empty, the sun is hiding behind the clouds unlike all the days before where it would shine through. Adam says he didn’t wake up that day. Then it shows Mara walking into the mall with a new lover. It ends pretty bleak but it’s up to the viewer to decide if Adam really passed away or is it just how he felt after the break-up.

THIS IS PART 2!
PART ONE HERE!

IMAGE ONE: Scene continues, Adam & Mara go through their dialogue. Then, in the bathroom Mara is throwing up but we can only see her feet as she kneels at the toilet bowl. With very good sound effect, it will be a bold little scene. It supposed to show a simple characteristic of bulimia. There is a little joke at the end when Mara and Adam go for a kiss, which is also not shown. There is barely any contact shown between the characters. A lot of close-ups that will perhaps make the viewer feel a bit awkward.

IMAGE TWO: Scene begins in Adam’s bedroom, it’s the same key lighting coming from the sun behind the big window. Mara’s face is in a close-up as she says her line. A second later the shot changes to a close-up of her feet as her underwear and bra drop to the floor. No nudity shown, just implied. The scene supposed to show Mara’s insecurity of her body. Next scene is the fight, it’s also the scene from the beginning of the film. This time Mara’s included and the shots are wider as the viewer starts to understand what’s going on. At first it’s inaudible what they’re arguing about. Adam’s confused and so should the viewer. He says what he thinks is right thing to say. Mara’s unhappy with chocolate heart and throws it away. It’s supposed symbolize her throwing Adam’s heart away.

IMAGE THREE: It continues with previous scene as Mara says off screen asking Adam for a ride home. I think it’s a funny thing for her to say after all the damage she caused him. After that it skips to next day. Mara’s room is opposite of Adam’s. It is dark and gloom. Mara’s crying. Adam calls and they talk for a bit but Mara blames Adam for the fiasco that happened day before. It angers him.

IMAGE FOUR: Adam’s even more angry he decides to commit a suicide but is unable to do so. Moments later after he calms himself down…BER, Mara’s brother walks up to Adam’s car and pulls him out through the window. Ber slams Adam into the ground and beats him up badly. Adam despite of all the pain he cracks a smile.

IMAGE FIVE: It ends back at Adam’s bedroom. Bed is empty, the sun is hiding behind the clouds unlike all the days before where it would shine through. Adam says he didn’t wake up that day. Then it shows Mara walking into the mall with a new lover. It ends pretty bleak but it’s up to the viewer to decide if Adam really passed away or is it just how he felt after the break-up.

THIS IS PART 1!PART 2 HERE!IMAGE ONE: Probably the best page of the script. Many will agree on that.IMAGE TWO: It jumps into action where Mara walks away from Adam. We only see Adam at this point, it’s not very clear what’s going on. I hope it will grasp viewers attention. Bottom part is where the story really begins, two short scenes that show a passage of time. Adam doesn’t have whole lot going on in his life. Keep in mind V.O stands for voice-overs.IMAGE THREE: At this point Adam decides to do something. It is Wednesday. He goes out on a run. Music builds up here and it’s the only thing heard along with sound-effects of Adam’s heavy breathing and voice overs. It’s important to show that Adam’s listening to music through headphones/earbuds.  Adam then tries to compare love to various objects and things. It’s the experimental aspect and also used for comedic value. Mara eventually notices him staring at her. She says “What?” but it is inaudible until…IMAGE FOUR: Scene continues, Adam takes off his headphones/earbuds and music fades away. We hear Mara for first time.They exchange brief dialogue then it goes to next scene. It takes place at the mall. Mara asks questions as Adam tries to answer them. Various images will be cut-into in very similar fashion as before. Again it’s used for the comedic effect.Rest pages are coming in tomorrow. I have to sleep before work.-P.Godlewski THIS IS PART 1!PART 2 HERE!IMAGE ONE: Probably the best page of the script. Many will agree on that.IMAGE TWO: It jumps into action where Mara walks away from Adam. We only see Adam at this point, it’s not very clear what’s going on. I hope it will grasp viewers attention. Bottom part is where the story really begins, two short scenes that show a passage of time. Adam doesn’t have whole lot going on in his life. Keep in mind V.O stands for voice-overs.IMAGE THREE: At this point Adam decides to do something. It is Wednesday. He goes out on a run. Music builds up here and it’s the only thing heard along with sound-effects of Adam’s heavy breathing and voice overs. It’s important to show that Adam’s listening to music through headphones/earbuds.  Adam then tries to compare love to various objects and things. It’s the experimental aspect and also used for comedic value. Mara eventually notices him staring at her. She says “What?” but it is inaudible until…IMAGE FOUR: Scene continues, Adam takes off his headphones/earbuds and music fades away. We hear Mara for first time.They exchange brief dialogue then it goes to next scene. It takes place at the mall. Mara asks questions as Adam tries to answer them. Various images will be cut-into in very similar fashion as before. Again it’s used for the comedic effect.Rest pages are coming in tomorrow. I have to sleep before work.-P.Godlewski THIS IS PART 1!PART 2 HERE!IMAGE ONE: Probably the best page of the script. Many will agree on that.IMAGE TWO: It jumps into action where Mara walks away from Adam. We only see Adam at this point, it’s not very clear what’s going on. I hope it will grasp viewers attention. Bottom part is where the story really begins, two short scenes that show a passage of time. Adam doesn’t have whole lot going on in his life. Keep in mind V.O stands for voice-overs.IMAGE THREE: At this point Adam decides to do something. It is Wednesday. He goes out on a run. Music builds up here and it’s the only thing heard along with sound-effects of Adam’s heavy breathing and voice overs. It’s important to show that Adam’s listening to music through headphones/earbuds.  Adam then tries to compare love to various objects and things. It’s the experimental aspect and also used for comedic value. Mara eventually notices him staring at her. She says “What?” but it is inaudible until…IMAGE FOUR: Scene continues, Adam takes off his headphones/earbuds and music fades away. We hear Mara for first time.They exchange brief dialogue then it goes to next scene. It takes place at the mall. Mara asks questions as Adam tries to answer them. Various images will be cut-into in very similar fashion as before. Again it’s used for the comedic effect.Rest pages are coming in tomorrow. I have to sleep before work.-P.Godlewski THIS IS PART 1!PART 2 HERE!IMAGE ONE: Probably the best page of the script. Many will agree on that.IMAGE TWO: It jumps into action where Mara walks away from Adam. We only see Adam at this point, it’s not very clear what’s going on. I hope it will grasp viewers attention. Bottom part is where the story really begins, two short scenes that show a passage of time. Adam doesn’t have whole lot going on in his life. Keep in mind V.O stands for voice-overs.IMAGE THREE: At this point Adam decides to do something. It is Wednesday. He goes out on a run. Music builds up here and it’s the only thing heard along with sound-effects of Adam’s heavy breathing and voice overs. It’s important to show that Adam’s listening to music through headphones/earbuds.  Adam then tries to compare love to various objects and things. It’s the experimental aspect and also used for comedic value. Mara eventually notices him staring at her. She says “What?” but it is inaudible until…IMAGE FOUR: Scene continues, Adam takes off his headphones/earbuds and music fades away. We hear Mara for first time.They exchange brief dialogue then it goes to next scene. It takes place at the mall. Mara asks questions as Adam tries to answer them. Various images will be cut-into in very similar fashion as before. Again it’s used for the comedic effect.Rest pages are coming in tomorrow. I have to sleep before work.-P.Godlewski

THIS IS PART 1!
PART 2 HERE!

IMAGE ONE: Probably the best page of the script. Many will agree on that.

IMAGE TWO: It jumps into action where Mara walks away from Adam. We only see Adam at this point, it’s not very clear what’s going on. I hope it will grasp viewers attention. Bottom part is where the story really begins, two short scenes that show a passage of time. Adam doesn’t have whole lot going on in his life. Keep in mind V.O stands for voice-overs.

IMAGE THREE: At this point Adam decides to do something. It is Wednesday. He goes out on a run. Music builds up here and it’s the only thing heard along with sound-effects of Adam’s heavy breathing and voice overs. It’s important to show that Adam’s listening to music through headphones/earbuds.  Adam then tries to compare love to various objects and things. It’s the experimental aspect and also used for comedic value. Mara eventually notices him staring at her. She says “What?” but it is inaudible until…

IMAGE FOUR: Scene continues, Adam takes off his headphones/earbuds and music fades away. We hear Mara for first time.They exchange brief dialogue then it goes to next scene. It takes place at the mall. Mara asks questions as Adam tries to answer them. Various images will be cut-into in very similar fashion as before. Again it’s used for the comedic effect.

Rest pages are coming in tomorrow. I have to sleep before work.

-P.Godlewski

MARA! is a short film, there are many others like it but this one is mine…

I feel really attached to the story, probably because it’s a dramatized events that happened to me at one very important point in my life. Very dramatized of course for the comedic effect. While it might not exactly be a laugh out loud comedy, I don’t think I ever wanted it to be. I think there are layers to it that one must look through in order to understand. It’s very hard to squeeze some of the elements into a short film, and I think that’s why “MARA!” feels a little bit disjointed at times. It’s confusing and immature but that’s a good description of the main character, Mara. While the story is told from Adam’s point of view, I feel like it’s really Mara’s story. Maybe I’m just overthinking. Maybe I’m just too tired and need a good rest.

“I woke up Monday morning. Then I took a bubble bath. It was already Tuesday.”

Last few days have really felt like that. One day is Monday, next is Tuesday, then comes around Wednesday and so on and on. I am trying to capture that feel in this short film. It’s a very simple story, and I’m not trying to hide that. There is no deep meanings, unless you really want to dig in and break apart each line in the script. There is a lot of hidden humor that I hope some will get and just smirk like we all do when it comes to inside jokes. I have a strong faith that with a bit of time and passion, “MARA!”, can be something special.

Anyway, I could go on for few more minutes, but I rather not to. I am still trying to find ways to shorten the script. I feel like everything needs to be to the point. Enter, establish, and exit. Hopefully entertain while at it. The four “E’s” of writing? I don’t know I just made that up.

So as the update goes, I’m glad I’m finding people that are willing to help out on this project. I promise you it will be an exciting adventure into the unknown. And I hope that it will only lead in further. I have many stories I would like to tell, and I’m sure you do too…so together maybe we can all make it happen.

No, just let’s make it happen.

Current Cast/Crew list:
Anthony Natereli - Adam
??? - Mara
Joshua Michael - Ber

Crew
Shawn, Jason, Ryan, Julia, Ian.

Using old footage I stitched together a short teaser to perhaps spike up the interest in making this short film happen.

-P.Godlewski

MARA! is going social… (awkwardly)

I figured in order to keep up with a fan base it would be a good thing to keep it up to date in the social network…and there is so many now days. I selected some of the most popular that will give access to people all around the globe. If you like to follow up with news and special perks as each site will offer a different side of the news.

Facebook - Typical Facebook page for fans to connect and discuss the film.
Twitter - For quick updates straight from the set.
Vine (follow @MARA!) - For fun little short clips from behind the scenes & sneak peeks.
Instagram - For exclusive pictures from the set.
Vimeo - For behind the scenes footage as well as trailers, interviews.

This blog is the official website at the moment but certain stuff will be exclusive, so go big and stalk all for best chance to stay up to date.

Thanks! Big update(s) coming soon!
-P.Godlewski

Anthony N. & Josh M. the future Christian Bales.
I’m pretty stoked to work with them on the upcoming short film.

-P.Godlewski