Monday, January 19, 2015

Mountain Air

The stress of a feature film production rises up, and the crew and cast are getting tired. But tonight we get to lodge in the mountains and have some fun time with each other. Jenga, guitars, soulful conversations. This is one of the best parts of filmmaking, when you get to bond and spend great time with your team. 

Aventura! The Film has been a challenging and a blissful project this far. This is our last week of principal photography, and I will definitely miss a lot of people I got to meet and work with. 

My personal stress levels are still quite high because of the financial situation. I have to pay $6,000 of the tuition before January 23 to avoid losing my classes and continue the studies. 
Every semester I struggle with this and each time the money miraculously are being provided. Living on trust and prayer has been an experience I will never forget, and a lesson I still have to learn. 

I wish to stay at Biola University and continue my studies, and I need your support for that. You can make a donation in one of the following ways, either anonymously or not. 

Donations can be made straight to my Biola account (can be made anonymously)
[By mail: Checks may be mailed to the Accounting Office, 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada CA 90639. Be sure to include the student name and ID number - Ekaterina Makarova 1554167
By phone : Call the Accounting Office at (562) 903-4760].

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Please donate and share this need of mine. I am striving to become a professional in the film industry and a better person overall. I can't afford to do this on my own. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We are making a movie film!

Student feature film is like a neverending student short. It is a great learning process with a lot of troubleshooting, running around in panic because we don't know what we are doing, and rejoicing after solving problems. Early morning call times, 12 hour work days... We are all in this together. At the end of the day - it is an amazing experience and new friendships.

The city of Visalia was excited to have Aventura! The Film and many people supported us by hosting our cast and crew in their homes. About 150 locals showed up to be extras for some of our scenes.

Currently we wrapped the 10th day of principal photography, and the cast and crew become more and more like a family. There is still a little bit more than a halfway to go, and the tiredness gets its weight on everyone's shoulders, but we got some great footage and the movie is coming together day by day. Here is a little teaser!

While I am working hard on this film, the time is running extremely fast and I am not getting paid. School starts on January 26th. My tuition payment is due tomorrow, January 15th. I am ready to face the late enrollment fee of $200, but I HAVE to pay 50% by January 30th.

I will appreciate any donations and help. HERE you can find a way to do so that fits you most. Filmmaking is a hard full-time job, and I would like to continue my education at Biola to be ready for the ups and downs of this business.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Adventurous ones

The year 2015 started off on a crazy note and a fast pace. 

The whole month of January I am working on a student feature film Aventura as an Art Director. We already had 2 days of production done. Currently we are on the way from La Mirada to one of our locations in Visalia, CA. We will be staying there and filming over 3 days. And I just realized that I forgot to take my jacket and a sweatshirt with me. An adventure it is. 

I have decided to make more blog entries about my everyday experience as an international film major student, so I will keep you posted about our adventures, with its challenges and funny stories. And photos. 

As for school, the classes start on January 26th. My 50% tuition payment is due on January 15th - it is $5000. 
Please help me out by donating and sharing this need of mine. Here's on how to do that

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The past semester had been very rough. 18 units of film and honors programs, trying to get 20 hours of work every week, working on film projects... It has been overwhelming. My job only covers my house rent and some food expenses. It has been very hard to payt tuition bills this semester; most of my payments were late and I got charged late fees. The stress got on me and the academic side went a bit downhill. 
But despite the stress, I still learned a lot, made new friends, enjoyed working on films and at my job. 

We premiered a short film, An American Spy, that was made as a project for two of my classes - motion picture pre-production and production. 

Another project I worked on, Persist, is a short post apocalyptic sci fi - a senior thesis of two of my friends. The trailer has been released today and it looks good. I was doing Art Directing for this film as well as for the other one. I am excited to see the finished film the upcoming Spring. 

For Christmas, I am in Santa Rosa at my roommate's place. It is not the same as being back home with my family, but it is nice out here, very green, and I am enjoying the rest and the food. We are coming back to La Mirada at the end of December to start working on a student feature film, Aventura. The production starts on Jamuary 2nd and goes over the whole interterm till January 25th. 

I registered for classes for Spring 2015 and filled applications forore scholarships. I really hope to get at least some more financial aid from school, but at this point I have to come up with at least 50% ($5,000) before January 15th to be enrolled.

You may help me out by making a donation or becoming a monthly sponsor. Click here to see how you may donate.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Much wanted and so needed... break

I paid off my Fall semester, survived the finals week, registered for new classes... and got a bill for the Spring semester. I will try to get more financial aid and scholarships from my department when the university will open up after Christmas. For now, it is time to rest. I start working on a production for a student feature film on January 2nd which will last for a month over the whole interterm!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Finals week

The last week of classes is almost over. Finals are approaching fast.

Slowly I am paying off this semester's tuition. Still have $639.01 to go. 

Last weekend I have a lot of fun on my friends' show PERSIST. We wrapped principal photography. It was muggy, smoky, and exhausting. Can't wait to see the final cut!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving break, though it is very short, has been a much needed time of rest. I finally got my couple days of doing nothing but sleeping, eating, and watching movies.

In the midst of things to be greatly thankful for, I got an International Discretionary Scholarship of $2000/Fall from Biola, which is a great blessing. I hope to get more scholarships for Spring, but for now I still have to pay $739 for my current Fall semester to be able to register for next semester's classes.

When things look more and more hopeless, God keeps providing and doing miracles. I am so much closer to the goal then just 5 days ago. But I am not quite there yet. You can help me by giving even a little bit. See here.

Hoping to see more miracles.