First of all, I would like to welcome you guys on my show, It’s called, “it’s our dream.” I am Mary your host and let me introduce my guests tonight. Mr. James, Miss Arleen, and Mr. Adde.
Thank you so much for coming on my show. With due respect, I wanna ask first from Mr. James, so what had been happened with you guys on that day at shooting location. Whose fault was on that incident.
“Hi….firstly I am really thankful to you and your team for giving me a platform where I can tell exactly Whatever was happened at that day, before that I tell you that I am a struggling director, not yet become, but I wanna be a director one day hopefully.
I mean, I am trying to be a director but due to some uncertain circumstances are happening in my life since I decided to be a director, something is not letting me do so. Though I am speaking about this I am not the storyteller,
I just wanna try to figure out where we were wrong and why I couldn’t stand by her when she was my responsibility and how I did let happened that incident.
She trusted on me and I just broke her trust. I could have stopped at the very early stage but because of my dream, greediness for being a director I couldn’t do that, actually it was not in my dream, I became agog and thirsty for getting desirous work done from her. I couldn’t even understand, for that incident,
I could have been punished and charged of harassing assaulting a girl. So this story starts with my dream of being a director. I am not much educated and don’t belong to a rich or a filmy background family.
My forefathers and my family is nothing to do with the film industry and any process of filmmaking. I don’t know what had come into my mind that I started dreaming of making films. Maybe because of my friend whose family background is the film industry.
I am basically from the small town, I had come to New York City for study. I met here jack who was my classmate, so we became good friends, but his passion definitely was not to study. I think we met because of my destiny. I met him and very soon I realized my passion and that was filmmaking.
I remember when we were in the same apartment he used to go on attending acting classes. Since his personality was perfectly suitable for fashion, modeling, acting, I am not gonna describe his personality.
because my story characters are different from him. When he used to come back from acting classes he always forced me to see his acting skills and we always used to record and upload on social media. He had a very expensive camera. He was passionate about being the time in front of camera and mine was being behind the camera.
Whenever I used to hold that camera I really used to feel great. He has the kind of camera with all the latest features which every film director uses for making any kind of film. Camera’s features were so amazing that made me crazy and, realize my real passion.
Though My talent was not noticed and recognized by other I was born to be a director. I was talking about the features of that camera. It’s a 4K camera, mirrorless, autofocus system which detect autofocus in live view and during video recording, had two options manual and automatic. Bit depth system which helps to capture 10-bit video which has more scope of editing video. Bitrate system for higher quality video.
Most important feature cine lenses have a special adaptation which helps to make videos easier or better. Color sampling video is recorded as a luminance channel and two chroma channels. Whenever it comes to me for describing features of camera I can’t stop myself,
I am too much attached to the camera, this will definitely make director one day. These were the main features which made me fall in love with directing the film.
So I used to capture everything whatever my friend acted and he used to post on social media. People were liking him so much, lots of appreciation was being commented by many viewers, he very soon became famous and started full time acting since college days.
After that when he started getting movie offers, he skipped the study and started working full time on acting modeling. I remember I was still in the college with my studies, education and other stuff.
During those days my called and he told me to come and direct his movie. Even though I was never trained for filmmaking but he believed in me. Since my, I had the amazing experience of shooting him those videos in the apartment.
I started learning from Google and YouTube how to be a director what are the main activities of a successful director and I found many interesting things for being a director.
So I started googling many things related to film like screenplay writing, storyboarding, camera movements, handheld camera & dolly movement, camera stabilizer and camera rigs,
understanding different types of shots like establishing shots and long shots medium shots, close up shots, extremely close up shots, points of view shots & reactions shot direction, lighting setups understanding color temperature, 3 points light setup, advanced light setup concept, using zebra in camera, sound recording understanding sound recorder and sound syncing, scratch sound,
I am so sorry I went on detailing about film process, I just love this process, whenever it comes to telling filmmaking process, I just go on and on out of my excitement. These were main things, just wanted to have knowledge so that I would not let my friend down.
I didn’t even think much and said my consent to him that I am coming, but the main problem was that he didn’t have any script. I told him, no issues I would try to get any story. He clearly said that he wanted a perfect new face as an actress opposite him. I remember one story which had been filmed several times, named as Cinderella. My friend liked very much that story. I wanted to make the movie in a different way and for that, I needed a fresh young face who was not cast yet as an actress in any movie. I started searching that girl who was supposed to be my Cinderella.”
I think we should start from the beginning so that we can get exactly about this story.
So who should start first to get complete coverage about this story?
“I start….” Mr. Adde says.
Great, you start then, Miss Arleen will continue. “Ok…….” Miss Arleen says.
Mr. Adde over to you.
“I remember we were in school, it was normal central school. We were from middle-class family and were living in a small town called cold spring. This town is situated in the Philipstown in Putnam County, cold spring is a historic town because of its many well-preserved buildings, which were constructed for the accommodation of West Point Foundry.
This is one of the best tourist spots if not the best for the residents of New York City and for other as well. Cold Spring is also famous for Hudson River including surprise lake camp, the second famous spot is stonecrop garden and Putnam history museum, so we have some spots where we hang out together usually, mostly together…” Adde says
You mean to say that no one was you guys close friends or even friends. Since how long you guys have been in the relationship.
“Since we were living together nearby in town we used to go the same school, so at a very early age we started loving each other, I think we have been in the relationship since Arleen was born. Because our parents were friends. They used to have to get together always.
I remember when we were in class eight, we never used to talk with anyone, in fact, students were so jealous with our relationship that they used to bully and ill-treat us but we never bothered about that because we were very much happier than their green-eyed. I remember once she was waiting for me at stonecrop garden, she should tell what was happened when I was late…”
Adde says “I remember I was waiting for him and suddenly few boys came to me and started teasing me, “Hey babe….. why are you alone here, let go inside, let’s have fun inside the park,” they were saying these cheap lines, only Adde can say babe to me. I didn’t respond them because I was not in fighting mood, so I let them enjoy while commenting on me, they barked and then left the area very soon and then very a few minutes later they came and started apologizing for their bad behavior,
I couldn’t understand how they suddenly realized for apology, they were from the same school so I excused them and warned them not to repeat again, very soon Adde came to me and started saying,
“are you all right, I so sorry, it was because of me you had to face that crapes,” Then I realized that Adde taught them a lesson.”” Miss Arleen says.
Can you exactly tell us what did you do on that day when Arleen was being harassed?
”I can’t forget that moment, I had seen that they were making fun of her and harassing her, so I waited for them to let her leave alone because that place was fully crowded they couldn’t have harmed her and I didn’t want to create any scene so I let them do whatever without any interference, when they left that place, I went to them immediately and just did one thing, I had a bottle made of glass, then I just broke the bottle on one boy head and said,
“you guys need to go and apologize as soon as possible without wasting your time otherwise I would put the broken bottle inside this boy’s eye, as soon as they saw his friend in danger they started running and went to her for apology.”” Adde says Great, interesting, you did an amazing job,
I think you are too much possessive about Miss Arleen. ”Yeah…. I am very much……. when it comes to the Arleen I become crazy, uncomfortable and sometimes unstoppable, so much aggression.
I mesmerize my childhood days, when I was about 8 years old, I went to Arleen parents and said, “I love your daughter…….. Now you need to worry about your daughter, I am here…. “So you really do love my daughter, we need not care for Arleen,” her parents said. “Yes…. she is the only mine and I assure you that she would be the safest and happiest person in the world,”
I said to them with full confidence and assurance. I can’t explain their expression, they were shocked and amazed by my aggressiveness act, they were speechless and looking at me continuously with their open mouth, after that they had called my parents and said that,
“We really like your son confidence and we know that he loves my daughter unconditionally this little bravo would definitely protect Arleen in her whole life, but my concern is only his extremely madness, craziness and possessive behavior for Arleen, we are afraid of his anger, maybe his attitude can ruin Arleen life, let’s hope for the best,”
My parents were so amazed when they saw me in love at the age of eight. Even though I didn’t know about love but there was something attached between us which makes us very different from others, I had that kind of affection for Arleen which made my life complete.
I was not aware of love at that stage of life but I always wanted to be with Arleen since childhood and this madness and belongingness made her life miserable, when this man, struggling director came into her life.”
MR James, you tell me how did you find her and how did you know that Arleen is the best suitable face for casting her in the role of Cinderella.
“I remember when I got a call from my friend he said, you need to come, I have gotten a script name Cinderella but as we discussed earlier I need a fresh face,” my friend said to me on phone call. I couldn’t even think while saying yes and I assured him that I would bring a perfect girl for that role, so I started searching for Cinderella, I went so many schools and sent so many girls pictures to my friend and their portfolio but he rejected everyone, I went outside of New York City to get new faces.
I remember one of my weekends I went to cold spring town and I was wondering here and there, when I saw her, same time I decided cast her as in Cinderella role, she was blonde girl with a light brown-blonde hair, looking extremely elegant with very quiet and calm and having perfect body shape, height about 5.4 feet, what we were looking in role of Cinderella I finally found her nearly to Hudson River, immediately I sent her picture to my friend and his reply came with yes, go ahead, she is the perfect one I was looking for,”
my friend said. he was so amazed by Arleen that he didn’t want to wait, I went to her and asked permission to talk, “ma’am would you like to work in the movie as a leading lady,” I said to her. “Sorry.., I didn’t get that, what just you said,” she said.
“I wanna cast you in the movie as a role called Cinderella,” I replied. “I am so sorry, I don’t know anything about acting and all, I don’t have any interest in acting, she said. “You don’t worry about acting we’ll take care for that, you are the perfect one for this role so if you can think about it and let me know, please..”
I requested her a lot. “Ok…… I need to consult with someone and Then I’ll let you know.,” she said. “No issues you can discuss with your parents and can tell me your answer,” I replied. “No……. I mean.., I am not gonna talk with my parents…” she replied. “Then……..“ I asked. “You don’t worry.., I’ll let you know my decision.” She replied. I remember I was not understanding who she was going to discuss and wanted to get permission.”
So what did happen after that whom did you talk?
“I remember when he offered me that role, I didn’t understand what should I answer him because of less knowledge about acting and all, so I went to Adde and shared everything. Since he was the only one who takes my decision, so I explained everything whatever Mr. James told me. He replied to me just opposite unlike what I was expecting from him because he’s so sensitive about me that he can’t even think of leaving me alone and his life without me is incomplete.
“I think you should take a chance, you can accept his offer,” he said. “But I need to go New York City for at least six months, this is the only condition, which is painful for us,” he despite knowing all this fact, he was forcing me to do so.
“Once I sign the contract, I would not be able to come here and because there will be long shooting hours every day, maybe we would not able to talk to each other,” I said to him. “No problem, I would be coming there to meet you,” he said. “Finally he convinced me and wished me very best for the new life, but no one was knowing unforeseen, what was going to happen with us,” Arleen says.
So there was one struggling director, one director’s friend who is an actor, not an established actor, one couple who had never been apart from each other since childhood before Cinderella role was offered. Who’s going to tell me what happened after that. “We came to New York film city and started shooting, I started teaching her the know-how of acting.” Mr. James says.
“I remember when we started shooting, I had never faced the camera before and never thought that I could do acting, I started trusting on Mr. James, he was the most amazing and comfortable person in the crew on the set, most of the time we used to spend together. I started taking an interest in acting.
I remember when I met first time Mr. Jonshon, by the way, Jonshon was the actor and Mr. James friend. I was so impressed with his charismatic personality. He was the main leading actor and also producer’s of our film son.” Miss Arleen says.
“I mesmerized those days when Arleen was shooting there in New York film city, starting we were keeping in touch with each other on phone often, but only a few days after that she was not getting time to talk with me and I was like being out of control because her ignorance over many days I had not been talking with her. Whenever I used to call on her number, either the phone was switched off or someone else used to answer the call and they used to say that,
“ma’am is busy in shooting so better call later,” so many times I requested them to let only Arleen know that it’s Adde calling her, wants to talk, but they never responded me positively. I decided to go to New York film city to meet her and surprise her.
I remember I reached there the next day and tried to enter the film city since film city is very big and widespread. There were multiple shooting of different movies happening on different sets, no one was able to tell me exact location, in fact, no security guard entertained me to go inside, I can forget those three days how I struggle to get me inside.
Somehow I gotta chance to go inside film city and managed to know where her shooting was going on exactly. when I reached there I saw she was really busy in the shooting, so I quietly started watching her acting performance,
Mr. James didn’t recognize me at that time, she got to know that someone is waiting for her, when she came to me, it’s like the whole world stopped. I couldn’t stop my emotions after meeting her and hugged her so tightly that my all tiredness, sadness, and pains were released out of my life and mind. It was really an amazing experience since the first time in my life after so many days we were in a long distance. It is really unforgettable memories of my life. I can never forget that moment when she came to me.
“I am not able to express my feelings right now how we looked each other, whenever I mesmerize that momentum, I hold my breath and I was not able to stop my emotions but I held up myself because of all the cast and crew of the film were present there. “Hey…….. nice to see you, why your eyes are red, haven’t slept properly,” she said. “Yeah…… now I’m perfect,
alive……. you know how much I struggle to find you out, can’t tell you how much pain inside my heart just got released when I saw you. Now everything is sorted out, we are going home right now,
I don’t wanna listen to any excuse,” while forcing her to stop shooting let’s go home, I said to her. “I have to go back for shooting until I don’t finish it, I am not allowed to go anywhere without completing shots, so you will have to just wait, we would go together,” she said and left for the next shoot.
I remember, I waited almost 5 hours watching her acting, then she was done with her shooting. We immediately left the film city and reached her apartment, without wasting our even single second we started recovering all those days.
We did everything to please each other, to get over our pain from long distance from so many days and to satisfy our needs. I couldn’t stop myself from losing control of my emotions and She was so aggressive and emotional on the bed, she cried a lot like she had been struggling and controlling for many days, she was in deep pain and love for me, she was so tired and faded up with shootings and all that she couldn’t control herself crying in my arms.
Next day early morning, she left me alone in the home and went for shooting again. I woke up and had my breakfast while having my coffee I switched on the tv. Some news channels were showing something about Arleen and Jonshon the leading actor of that movie. I understood that was rumors and publicity, so I didn’t take that thing seriously.
I remember I tried to contact her but she was busy doing shoots, I waited the whole day and the evening. I didn’t go on her shooting place by I hated that sets the atmosphere, so I had decided to stay home, I did some cooking and made some of her favorite dishes to amaze her.
She came very late, “I am so sorry. it’s a very tough day on set, I am so tired, can’t tell you how much I am…..” she said. “No problem, I cooked your favorite dishes, just freshen up, we’ll have dinner right now,”
I said. “I am extremely sorry, Mr. Jonshon gave a dinner party on the set, so I was forced to have the dinner. I can’t have right now.” She replied.“I have been waiting for you since morning, I tried several times to contact you, I made it only for you, now you don’t wanna eat,” I shouted at her.
I remember I was so upset and hurt from her, she knew and tried to make me happy. I wanted to ask from her about the rumors of a linkup between her and Jonshon, which was spreading, but I thought that was not the right time to talk.
The same thing was getting repeated a few days, I decided to talk to her because she was not understanding what was going on in her life. She was being used and she was so innocent that she wasn’t realizing that.”
So tell us, Mr. James, how she was being used.
“It was not like that but yes she was so innocent and had trust on me that she couldn’t realize what was happening with her. Whatever rumors were being spread about her, it was someone else work. it was not intended by me.
I was being forced again and again to do so and I really apologize for that. It was because of my greediness and selfishness but thanks to god I realized that whatever I was doing, was wrong and unethical, which can harm her life. I remember Mr. Jonshon called me,
“I want a perfect romantic scene so I need maximum retakes, and one thing makes more and more romantic scenes so that this movie will be appreciative and superb for audiences. I don’t wanna take any risk you know my father is producing.”
Johnson said to me. “But…. it’s not written in script, we don’t need to shoot the much romantic scene. I am sorry but, it’s not possible, she will be uncomfortable.” I clearly said to him that was not acceptable at any cost.
“Do you want to be a great director or you just wanna end up your direction career with this movie or without. I will kick you out of this movie. you know about my father. No one will give you any chance, so it’s better for you to do as I tell you.” he forced me to let that happened. I remember I was not able to see myself in the mirror, I was so helpless and ruthless that I couldn’t think of Arleen that she believes in me.” Mr. James says.
Now you tell me, Arleen, what was coming in your mind during the shoots.
I remember when Mr. James came to me for narrating the next scene. “these are the scene we have changed a few things in the scene..” he said.
“But these are not written in the script. It is not good..” I said clearly. “This is a normal scene, you can see in every movie, we just want to make this movie more romantic and for that, these scenes are required to get shot, he said. “But……..” I said. “Do you trust me…” he replied.
“Yes….. I do…… I replied again. “Great let’s start the shooting,” he said. I remember after that we were shooting suddenly I heard Adde shouting and screaming voice.” Arleen says.
What had happened to you on that day.
”I remember I went to shooting sets because I was being bored since so many days we were not getting time to sit together, had lunch together, so I wanted to go outing with her on lunch, city sightseeing and enjoying ourselves like before we used to have fun together. when I went there security guard stopped me unnecessarily. He was not letting me go inside shooting area, “you know me very well.” I said.
“Sir we are instructed and ordered that not let anyone enter in shooting area, so I am extremely sorry for this,” they said. I remember I requested a lot to them to enter me inside. Somehow I got entered inside the shooting area, I went there started watching the shoots, I was really angry and annoyed that I couldn’t have killed anyone, because of their retakes on romantic scene, while shooting was going on, people were enjoying those scene and saying,
“Mr. Jonshon sir is great, he is doing intentionally, he’s so smart that no one can understand what is going on set,” they were saying and laughing at Arleen and trying to make fun of her, and it was clearly understood that he was doing unethical, she was so innocent that she couldn’t understand.
I lost my control and started beating those people who were commenting about bad things on her. I started shouting, screaming and throwing the things, I became so aggressive that I didn’t see, that I was beating Mr. James.
She came to me and slapped me, “Arleen you can’t see what is happening here with you, he’s intentionally doing this to you, you don’t need to do this, let’s go home.” I said. She slapped me again and said.
“How dare you to beat Mr. James. I trust him. it’s normal in the film industry, you can’t understand because you have not been in the films industry. I don’t need you. it’s over.” she said and left the place. I remember immediately I left the place while crying and came back to my home cold spring.”
So did you continue the shooting Mr. James?
”Yes…, we continued our shooting and everything things were going perfectly, some pictures of Arleen and Jonshon were leaked, which was inappropriate and I knew who did this so I went to Jonshon and warned him that, “don’t do this again, this is wrong, you have leaked these pictures on social media,
I know,” I said. “Great…… If you know this then ok……. you just focus on your work, this is all for seeking the attention of the public. I wanna to do some rehearsals on the romantic scene so that we can shoot the perfect romantic film. you have to tell me and Arleen that we are supposed to be more comfortable and for that, I need to have more practice on that scene .” he forced me to do again the same thing.
“This is absolutely harassment, you are exploiting her. I am not gonna let this happen.” I said. “Great….. no problem.. if you are not agreeing to do so, then I’ll get it done from another director because Arleen has signed the contract so she can’t leave the shoots and you know me the one who will get a chance to direct me, he will do everything whatever I say to him,” he said with threats and I was knowing what I needed to do next.
I remember I was knowing if he would hire another director then he is going to ruin Arleen life. I didn’t wanna let that happen, I accepted whatever he wanted to get done.” Mr. James says.
What happened after that Miss Arleen?
“I remember at that day, Mr. James came to me and said the scene, “these are the scene, so we will start within a few minutes..” he said. I remember I used to trust him blindly and he swore me earlier that nothing wrong would happen with me, so I said, “ok….. let’s do.”
I remember I was giving the perfect shot but he was trying to retake, again and again, he asked Mr. James for rehearsal that scene again, so Mr. James said. “No….. What do you mean,” Jonshon said. “No means No……” I said. “You have to do some practice, Miss Arleen,” he said to me. “Mr. James already told you, “NO……” I said again.
“Ok….. let’s start shooting, I’ll try to do in few shots,” he said. “Sorry…..we said no, we are not gonna do this movie anymore.” Mr. James said pack up for everyone. “Great….. I am hiring another director,” he said. “Go hire the director and also another actress because Arleen is not gonna continue now.” Mr. James said.
“And one more thing.., hire a good lawyer because I’m gonna sue Case against you on harassment and molestation…” I said. I remember immediately we left the shooting area and booked a case against him.” Arleen says. “I remember we packed up and I brought to her home cold spring.” Mr. James says.
What about Jonshon……., Miss Arleen. “He’s in the jail right now on the charge on harassment and destroying my image.
I remember when I reached home I went immediately to Adde, “I am so sorry, I was so stupid, I couldn’t listen to you, you were right, I was wrong, please forgive me..” while crying and dropping my tears on his shoulder I was asking for forgiveness.“Hey…… it’s ok….you realized that very soon. It is good to have you again in my life.” Adde said.
What about your dream Mr. James, are you still planning to direct any movie, did you get any story. “My dream is still on and I’m gonna direct a movie very soon. This is my story and I am sure this is gonna super duper hit love story.” Mr. James says.
Great to have you, people, thanks for sharing your experience of the film industry. NO means No. Great thought.
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