• In December 2012, I would have lost my brother, Yama. 2013 preceded to be one of the worst years of my life. It was full of letdowns, depression, and learning some hard truths about life. In January of 2013, I declared Communication as my college major. After two years of talking to advisors, family, and…

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  • Bla Bla Land: Chapter 30

    In the first half of the year of 2012, I had this angst to start creating again. Life had gone back to normal. It was school then work then home. I was keeping contact with a lot of the people I met during ICF. One of the folks I kept in touch with was Tal.…

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  • So inner city filmmaker was over. On the night of graduation, I felt strong and inspired. Nothing was going to stop me but what was next? I went back to the toy store and back to school. I was starting my second year of college and my major was all over the place. I needed…

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  • Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to present The Toy Store by me, Frshta. Let me know what you think? After two months, the summer of 2011 was over, and here were the results of my Summer of intense learning about filmmaking. Enjoy! Cheers, Frshta

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  • Wow, ICF was finally coming to an end. Tal, one of the assistants, threw a prop which she called morp. Prom spelled backward is morp. I didn’t attend prom back in high school so I was excited. Tal’s house was ten minutes from my place. It was going to be an 80s theme so I…

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  • Bla Bla Land: Chapter 26

    After all our shoots were done and we made some badass memories. We spent the next two weeks in the editing room. The editing room was stressful for me. We had an audio engineer, Eric, and Paul as our editing teachers. Both of these folks worked in the film industry. Actually, all our instructors worked…

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  • Bla Bla Land: Chapter 25

    Other than my own short film, I worked on my other team members’ films. One of the memorable shoots was with my teammate, Gawby. I was the producer on the shoot. We shot in Santa Monica and third street. We went to this cafe in Lincoln Heights. We had to wait till the cafe closed.…

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  • It was shoot day! I was nervous. Working with actors can be challenging. I wanted to be a director but I was scared when the time finally came. It can be hard to find your voice in a crowd. I was lucky. I had a group of supportive folks trying to support me. One of…

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  • A green light meant I was going to direct my first short film and it was going to be my all-time favorite genre, HORROR! I needed to figure out what the movie’s style would be and everyone around me kept telling me how vital lighting would be to make this movie badass. I had some…

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  • Bla Bla Land: Chapter 22

    I had to come up with a script. It was to be three minutes long with no dialogues. Essentially, it was a silent movie. I had to keep in mind the limitations that I had in terms of budget. There was no budget. Each student had two days to film their movie and hot meals…

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