Archive | March, 2013

Location Scouting Part 2

30 Mar

Ok, I think I’ve left you all waiting long enough. Now, for the rest of my location scouting day.

Oh, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the link:


Nah, you can scroll down.

Alright, so we’re going down the path where the animals are, the sand got deeper…

OH! Then, we started getting tired…all hope was seeping from our hearts down to the souls of our feet and filling up our shoes–along with the sand we were being buried alive in.

Here’s a picture of me freaking out when I heard wildlife:


After another mile, that’s when we saw civilization. More specifically, a multi-million dollar community with an awesome 18-hole golf course. Thanks to my Tiger Woods crazed father, that last sentence sounded like I actually care to watch the Golf Channel.

This is pretty much how the golf course looked:



Being that the neighborhood is mega-rich, we had to be extra careful about security.


Me hiding from the cops…tehee

We hid behind bushes and trees…for as long as we could until a golf cart came our way. You could only imagine what was going off in my mind…I’ll just show you to save you the trouble.






had to find a reason to use this again.

Yep, that explains it. Luckily, my gorgeous asian friend (you’ll never guess which one) was able to talk us out of it by conversing with the man in the cart and scooting off into the woods again while hoping K-9s wouldn’t come after us. If all did fail with that guy, we already had a plan: We were all friends of hers visiting and she was an adopted child of her grandparents who were out shopping in town so they weren’t home to hear about us terrorizing the neighbors (perks of being a filmie; storytelling is all day, err day 😉


From there, we attempted to get to this beautiful promise land field. It was gorgeous…until we suspected snakes being in the higher grass we were stepping in. Just a reminder, I was wearing these:


I was not about to walk into a pit of snakes (literally).

In the end, it all worked out. We listened to Frank Sinatra and part of the Lion King, which lifted the nature spirit in us to find the perfect field in the reserve that looks like:



Yep, I was pretty happy. This is actually two days ago…well, three now technically.

There’s actually more to this location scout story. Like these awkward pizza guys we met an hour away trying to find a park for the film, this nice ’40s style place with an awesome waitress that gave us really nice water when we came out from our pee stop in the restaurant (yeah, I actually hate that restaurant now; only because of this lady named Kathy; #ew) 

But we didn’t take pictures and I’d hate to bore you all with words, even though I believe I am a darn good writer.

If you guys would like to hear what happened late that night, comment away! It would be so encouraging!

Til then or next time, peace!

-Joni Juelissa ❤




Location Scouting

28 Mar

Wow, I’ve been way behind on this blogging thing. Sorry, my 10 beautiful followers. By the way, you should get the word out to your friends about Only Joni. I mean, aren’t you enjoying this blog so far? Don’t be selfish!

Anyhow, as I’m stepping into this new realm of filmmaking (basically the producer side of it, which I’m starting to enjoy) one thing I’m starting to get a love for is location scouting. Seriously, the walks, seeing your vision come to life for the first time. It’s quite the fascinating experience.

Until you’re two miles into a trail trying to find your vision. Then, things get tiring…and interesting. Lemme tell the story first with pictures.

Here’s me before location scouting last Wednesday:


See? We were so happy! So optimistic to start the trail, right? Yeah, we thought it would be easy as pie to find the perfect spot for my vision too.

Keep reading -__-

It all started with this sign:


Yep, we should have seen potential problems from the start, I know. At first, it was cool. We walked where wildlife hangs out, went over a cool bridge towering above high grass fields….

But then we started walking into deeper deeper feet of white sand. Mind you, I–the only one who wasn’t smart enough to change into boots after Directing for Film class, wore these to location scout:


I know, I know but every time we’ve gone to shoot field scenes, I’ve been rocking these bad boys:


Well, a shoe really similar. I couldn’t find my exact shoe on Google search and taking selfies of my shoes?


Anyhow, it all started off pretty well as I said. We were actually having a lot of fun:

the road less traveled…serious tho

Well, some of us were having too much fun vvv

ari having too much fun

Ok I was one of them!

being wild in the wild

Wanna know how/when things started going awry?

Be on the look out for pt. 2 soon! Promise it’ll be worth the read.

–Joni Juelissa

P.S. I would’ve told the full story but I’ve got tons of screenwriting and speech homework to finish.

Congratulations! To My Dad?!

12 Mar

So, as you guys know (well, those who read my most recent post), my film was chosen to be in my school’s film fest! I know awesome, right?! 😀

Until late last night, I had been waiting anxiously to find out whether or not my film was nominated for any categories in the festival and well?


I can’t believe that! I mean, how is that even possible?

But hey wait, don’t feel too bad for me at all because I, along with my main actress and the actor who supported her got nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor! I found this ironic, considering that just weeks ago when we submitted it we wished to do a reshoot of one scene in particular because of how awful we thought we acted but apparently someone (well a lot of people, considering there were a lot of judges) thought we did fantastic. I guess it’s a self-evaluative problem we all share?

Gosh, I’m so exciting! They still haven’t announced Directorial Debut yet but I’m hoping to get nominated for that as well and if so, I WANT THAT AWARD! The fest is this Saturday so again fingers crossed in prayer for me again?

For now, I’m stuck blogging about my hopes instead of studying for my Financial class mid-term…that’s tomorrow…maybe I should actually start studying for that…

Oh, by the way, check out the movie poster:

death kiss poster

Comment below about it. I’d love to hear some feedback about how it looks before I hang it up around campus for publicity!


–Joni Juelissa! ❤

Anticipation Nomination

11 Mar

So today is the today…actually the day should’ve been Friday night THEN Sunday night but nonetheless TODAY is the day!

What day you ask?

The day I find out if my film was nominated for a film fest award!

That’s right!

So far, they’ve announced Best 3 min Picture and 10 min (which I wasn’t chosen for) but that’s okay! Shoot, I just want Best Director or Best Screenplay! Something to give me a divine sign that I’m called to be in the film industry and I’m not chasing some doomed dream!

Even if I don’t though I don’t believe for a second that I’m not suppose to follow this cinematic dream of mine. I love writing and film too much–too equally. As always, I guess time will tell 🙂


This is the image on my movie poster. For whatever reason, the poster won’t upload…I’ll try again tonight just for you guys!

Well, I should be going…I actually need to leave for work like now so…

I’ll be back on the blog scene tonight to announce the results! Hands crossed in prayer for me, please? 🙂

–Joni Juelissa ❤

Can American Idol Get Any More American?

8 Mar

I don’t know about you but personally American Idol has lost my interest. I’ve loved American Idol ever since I was four foot at the age of seven years old and they’ve turned my favorite show for the past eleven years running into this nightmare where I’m kneeling in front of the T.V. going:

kidding me

(if this picture isn’t moving you should click on it and get yourself a laugh)

You can only imagine how irritated my family is getting of me.

Let’s start off by going a season backward. I’ve got two words for you:

Phillips Phillips


(you see this face ^^^ this should’ve been the face of shame, NOT triumph!)

Now, I know how this is gonna go. You’re either a PP fan who will never read my blog again or you just held your laptop into the air as if it were Simba virtually blessing me for telling the truth! Am I right?

Well, thank you for still reading! I’m glad you agree. And, if you don’t, tell me you can’t after watching who Phillips was up against:

My point exactly! Of course, let’s be real here Joshua Ledet made the top 3. I give props to Jessica Sanchez, but top 2…hmmm

Anyhoo, moving on to this season, I like the judge lineup.


Keith Urban is the man! He’s honest–can be a little too nice at times in my opinion but that’s just the guy he is–he’s actually made me like country music, which is saying a lot in my case because I’m not the hugest fan.

ABC's "Live! With Kelly" - 2012

Nicki Minaj? That’s the girl! Leave it to her to be blunt as heck which I’m in love with. My only thing is some of these contestants that she’s “obsessed with”. Yeah, I’ll leave it at that. I love her too much.


Notice how I don’t picture Randy…if you’re a true American Idol fan you should be laughing. If not, here’s the spoiler: Ever notice Randy Jackson takes a sip of Coke after every performance feedback?

Randy…Americanized, in my opinion. I love how Randy speaks from a producer’s point of view but sometimes his occupation shows in his answers, if you can follow me. In other words, like any normal person, Randy loves attention and HATES getting booed. As honest as Randy can be when it comes to the extremely amazing or extremely horrendous performances, his judgments of the in-betweens all depends on the crowd’s reaction to the previous judges’ feedback. Don’t believe it? Then, you probably didn’t watch the first five seasons especially and haven’t watched this season intently enough.

carey tho

And, lastly but NEVER LEAST: Mariah Carey. OMGosh I LOVE HER! She’s so darn sweet. I mean, anything she says whether compliment or one of her “good luck wherever this competition leads you” type statements should be words that you safeguard under your pillow and listen to while you sleep. Of course, being the bluntly honest person that I am, I’m not a fan of all of her feedback, but overall sure.

Getting back to my point and only point, American Idol isn’t how it used to be. I mean, am I the only one who’s a little suspicious about the voting options for this season? Seems pretty easy for their system to leave out a few votes for people they didn’t bet on to go missing, if you ask me. And the lineup for the final 20 this year? Yes, I know it’s top 10 NOW, but the top 20 for season 12?

the nos

I couldn’t find the full lineup so just commenting on the ones above…#swerve except Candice…she’s phenomenal!

I think everyone who sees the picture above and is still reading already knows exactly how I feel about each and every person in the above sooo I’m gonna end by saying: FIXED!

cowell doee

This is Simon after hearing some of Season 12’s top 20. Simon Says ‘Stop This Song and Start Their Plane’

If I could go down the line of the top 20 with a marker and write HOME or STAY above each one, I would’ve done the judges and A LOT of angry Americans like myself a favor. Maybe if I had, Idol wouldn’t have lost the millions of people who moved on to The Voice seasons ago. Or The X Factor (Simon Cowell anyone?).


In my opinion, Idol is no longer the Idol that people like Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia Barrino won seasons ago. It’s no longer American Idol, it’s American Life Story. You got a story? Well, Idol’s got a stage to help you display your wavering pitched talent and show off your legs to compete in our annual Who Wore It Shorter contest to gain you votes for a million dollar record contract you won’t even make an album with! Aww your cat died? Well, here’s a mic sing your little heart, baby!



As you can see, I’m done with the pageantry of Idol! Something’s gotta give and soon because Adam Levine is calling my name!


Adam’s wondering why it’s taking me so long to become a Voicehead.

–Joni Juelissa ❤

Broken Flash Drive = Broken Dreams

6 Mar


“We are all broken and wounded in this world. Some choose to grow strong at the broken places.”
―Harold J. Duarte-Bernhardt

This is how I feel. Broken. For the past few months, I’ve been on this roller coaster of life feeling complete and then broken all of again. It’s one scenario after the next and it’s NEVERending! It all started two weeks ago, when everything was going perfectly.


I had finally finished my film shoots and could work on editing for the film festival!


Valentine’s Day (although I was single) went fabulously and had finally passed. Let me tell how obnoxious V-Day is on a college campus…nahhh


And, new project ideas were filing my head faster than I could speak them into Professor Mac to expand upon later.

It was a Tuesday night. I sat down at an empty table in the midst of my university colleagues (who were watching the Amazing Spiderman–one of my favorite 2012 movies. Shout out to the hot and amazingly talented Andrew Garfield! 😉 I turned on Professor Mac (If you don’t know by now, that’s my Macbook Pro I got for Christmas), opened my writing system, inserted my flash drive, the light glowed….the light went away….Professor Mac was confused and didn’t recognize my flash drive.


Now, two years ago when this happened to me, I freakin’ panicked!!!!! But this time, I didn’t see it as a big deal. i tried again…and again…and nothing. I honestly didn’t start panicking until now–weeks later–after speaking to some data recovery people and they pitched prices to repair it for me…


Presently, I’m hoping that a nerd friend of mine will be happy and willing to repair it for half the price I’ve been hearing. I at least want this darn thing to work for two hours so I can get all of my books off of it! That’s all I ask!


Oh lawd why me! If anyone has any suggestions, that would be fantastic…Idk how this is gonna play out, but hopefully I’ll experience some kind of miracle or gain an insightful moral from this depressing situation. I really don’t wanna type these stories all over again 😦

–Joni Juelissa ❤

I’m Back!!!

6 Mar


Long time, no blog! I checked over my stats and I’m actually ecstatic! People have been reading even after I haven’t blogged in a little more than a year (I apologize to these people -__-) Anyhoo, welcome back and thanks for reading!

A lot has happened this past year since my last blog. Instead of blogging about it, I’ll show some pictures and caption the story behind it underneath:

It all started with the first picture. I met my roommate. She is amazing–and she’s from LA where I’m moving! Coincidence? I definitely think not! From the moment we started talking to burst any awkward bubbles before our move-in day, I knew we would be an awesome roommate match. She is literally the sister I never had, but always prayed for. In a way, we are so alike yet so different. I think three years from now, we’re gonna rule LA.


After about a week into moving in, I met this handsome boy ^_^ (Recently, he got a lip piercing, which I’m still debating about with him). I admit to having the hugest crush ever on him when we first met. Are the flames still there? Wellllll, keep reading my blog and I just may reveal the ending or continuation of that situation.

And then, BOOM! I met the Night Owls. Yeah, everyone in this picture is involved. Who are the Night Owls, you ask? Well, let’s just say I pulled A LOT of all nighters last semester like…almost pretty much every night? The main crew are the ones in the following two pictures.

Ok, explanation time: the picture of the whole crew was taken at Steak n Shake. The one below it was a few hours later at the Cocoa Beach shop. Yes! We drove late at night to Cocoa Beach! It was frantic and dangerous and fun as heck! Of course, being the individual I am, I didn’t rock any shades that night. Plus, I drove so….

It’s been super cold lately! Just this past weekend, it hit the 30s!

I joined a missions trip team a few months ago who is journeying to Luxembourg, the heart of Europe! I’m excited! Maybe that last day in Paris, I’ll find my European husband (or at least shoot a film to bring home!)

Just two weeks ago, I went with one of my best college friends Brittany to see Mat Kearney! As you can see, it was spectacular. And, we got numbers!

Last week, I submitted my first film called The Death Kiss (which I wrote, directed, and produced) into a film festival and they accepted it!!!! (I’ll be posting the movie poster for it later). This weekend, they will be announcing the nominees. Fingers crossed for me?

As you can see, I’ve had quite the school thus far! It’s been a roller coaster of trials, victories, and emotions, but I have gotten through by the grace of God. You were probably wondering how the heck all of these pictures could have made one story and hopefully I’ve done a good job in explaining.

Shout Out to everyone in college right now! Respond back with some awesome stories and brag about your own crew below! Also, follow follow follow!

–Joni Juelissa ❤

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