This is a letter for the next-rising-sta-director-to be, I believe, who happens to be a dearest friend of mine, Oktiarini Imanniar. As a fellow filmmaker, I think a letter in film script format would suit us best, wouldn’t it? So here, I shall give it a try.
INT. WIJAYAKUSUMA’S ROOM, PUSKAT, YOGYAKARTA – 2011 – NIGHT
A meeting room with a very long table, consist from several wide ones, were placed in the center. It was surrounded by many people with laptop in front of each and papers scattered everywhere. There was KINOI (30-something), the first assistant director stared tensely upon his screen, as many other were stealing a glance of him, nervously. SARA (26) and IMA (21) were amongst them, trying to hide themselves behind the laptop screen.
It’s been three years, since we crossed our way into another in Soegija pre-production. We happened to be assigned in the same talent coordinator department, which -just like any other department in production-…
Kinoi, with his rigid face, looked out from the laptop screen and started asking around loudly.
And so how was Olga Lidya’s schedule, huh!? Secured yet? Then where’s the report of the supporting talent for Dutch and Japan Soldier???!
He glanced around, Sara and Ima hided themselves even more, whispery between them.
SARA (panicking a bit)
Ma, you called her, didn’t you?
IMA (with the same level of panicking)
Yes, but she wasn’t sure yet, she said she would check with her manager first. What can I do then?? And you, have you find any Japanese yet to be the soldier?
I searched throughout this town, you know. I only found 3 from the 10 we need!! What should I tell him then?!
They looked at each other before turned face to Kinoi hesitantly, who already stared at them piercefully. Their shoulders then shrank in fear.
…was full of unpredictability.
EXT. SHOOTING LOCATION, GEDANGAN CHURCH, SEMARANG – DAY
Thousand of people, consisted of crews, talents, and extras, were all around the place. First day of shooting was always the hectic one. Ima was busy escorting the talent from base camp to the shooting area, Sara was juggling between phones on her right hand and walkie talkie on another, yet still managing some complain from crowd of people.
SARA (frustrating to herself)
Where the hell the talent coordinator are?!!!!!
INT. SHOOTING LOCATION, GEDANGAN CHURCH, SEMARANG – NOON
Different day, Sara was crying on the hidden corner as Ima patting her shoulder, trying to cheer her up.
And as the trouble persisted to occurs throughout the shooting time, it drew us even closer to support each other.
EXT. SHOOTING LOCATION, OUTDOOR FIELD, AMBARAWA – DAY
It was raining, two of them busy holding umbrella to secure the talents as dry as possible, while themselves were wet all over the place.
EXT. SHOOTING LOCATION, BINTARAN CHURCH, YOGYAKARTA – DAY
Ima and Sara were searching all over the place, BUTET KERTAREDJASA and NIRWAN DEWANTO went missing from film set. Kinoi’s anger voice was loudly heard from walkie talkie, and later another crew found them eating Soto nearby.
INT. SHOOTING LOCATION, BINTARAN CHURCH, YOGYAKARTA – DAY
Sara’s face was crumpled as she faced all timeline schedule and name list of foreigner people. She was busy talking on the phone, negotiating schedule. On the other side, Ima did the same.
EXT. SHOOTING LOCATION, PARANGTRITIS BEACH, YOGYAKARTA – NIGHT
Still, thousand of people on set. It was pretty dark, people were a bit relaxing since it was the last scene ever. The camera was rolling, recording. Sara and Ima stood together to each other, nearby the director tent.
Two months passed in a blink of eye, the Soegija shooting day was finally reaching its own end …
It’s a wrap! Thank you very much, everyone!
Sara and Ima jumped and embranced each other with tears of happiness.
FADE OUT TO BLACK
…but not with our togetherness.
FADE IN TO:
EXT. SEVEL FATMAWATI – 2012 – NIGHT
Sara, Ima, RINI, and ANTHINK sat together at Seven Eleven Fatmawati’s terrace. The clock inside showed the time; it was 02.00 am. No sign of sleepy eyes, but lively conversation. Disposable cup of coffee was everywhere, and so with bags of snacks. It happens plenty of times on different nights.
The sleepless night during shooting days were replaced with sleepless chatting night as the togetherness brought us closer than ever.
EXT. ANYER BEACH – 2012 – NIGHT
Same crowd of people, splashing water on the beach. Later as night went on, they were grilling the fish on the burning charcoal next to the beach. There were laughter everywhere. Everybody could tell what a good time they had.
You no longer been a co-worker, you are a friend I dearly treasure.
EXT. SHOOTING LOCATION – JAKARTA – DAY
It was another shooting day, with totally different crowd. Ima stood over there, busy with her own task to do. She moved here and there, did the coordination with people, helped placing people on the set, and many more to do. Walkie talkie was on her hand, while script was on her other hand. She constantly checked between each other, looked tired but had no complain.
And there, slowly I read your world of thought and mind, understanding your passion and spirit, sensing your energy and vibes, witnessing you work in one production after another; all of them, without you even realized, were building such a firm foundation towards your dream.
EXT. DIFFERENT SHOOTING LOCATION, SOLO – DAY
Ima stood confidently with another different crew, no longer managing talent department but as assistant director. What she did was pretty much same, but she did more composedly. She was getting better and better as time went by. More dependable, she surely was.
Ima are getting better and reliable each time!
Ima grinned, proudly.
Nothing left wasted, all the hard work you’ve committed yourself into, as well the amount of time you’ve invested on; it shall prove its usefulness within time. You have everything on your hand, nothing to worry about.
EXT. SHOOTING LOCATION, BOGOR – 2013 – DAY
As always, Ima was on the set. But this time, she sat in front of the monitor, while wearing the headphones to check on the dialogue. Director, now she was. There were sound man and script continuity next to her, and assistant on the set, ready to help her achieving her vision completely.
Your final school project was a proof. It might happened later than your initial planning, but on the perfect moment. Just right after you’d built all the connection you needed to and gained all experiences that would broaden your mind of.
Same location, different day, different scene they took. All the crew that supported her weren’t the inexperienced one, each of them knew well what they gotta do. It didn’t look like a school project, yet a gathering of competent friends helping each other.
I was witnessing from a far and couldn’t be prouder more. There you were, surrounding by the greatest people possible, helping you to pass the first boundary that been tied you up before you’ll be set on the wide wide world of choice.
EXT. SHOOTING LOCATION, BOGOR – NIGHT
Still, people on the set. It was pretty dark, people were a bit relaxing since it was the last scene ever. The camera was rolling, recording. Ima sat on the director tent, watching the scene carefully as it approached its end. The end that would mark her new beginning.
CUT! It’s a wrap, guys! Thank you so much everyone!
And there went the usual excitement; the hugging and happiness tears all over the place. Relieving tears on her eyes, one responsibility was just fulfilled. She was ready to step further.
Starting here, nothing would hold you anymore, you’ll be free to run as fast as you want.
Things might be unpredictable as there must be some difficulties you’ll encounter next; but worry not, you are on your way. I definitely see great things in your near future.
FADE TO BLACK:
A writing appears on the black screen: “Director: Oktiarini Imanniar”
Good luck, Ima. I’ll be always cheering you along the way.
Perhaps I could catch you up, soon!
FADE TO BLACK: