Finally completed - A new short film!

After over a month since I posted that I was making a short, I finally managed to complete it last night and upload it on my YouTube channel. The challenge was mainly with the availability of my other actor. She managed to give me some time and shoot her piece of the work! So now that this has been completed it's time to think about a new idea!

How much does Facebook know about you and how you can find out? (Kinda)

After the recent data breach scandal that exposed Facebook and how a data analytical company harvested information from upwards of 50 million Facebook users is truly hard to comprehend in today's times! (or is it?!)

To be honest and this is just my personal opinion, we are all have been compromised a long time back and this leak is nothing new. Remember Edward Snowden back in 2013 exposing the ways of the US government of tracking their citizens and I honestly believe this is true for most governments all over the world. If you have a phone and a computer, no matter how careful you are if they want to know about you, trust me they will! So though this data breach is truly overwhelming, not so much in terms of how they did it but how a pretty big company like Facebook could let that happen. I mean they constantly kept reminding us on how they take user privacy seriously, but apparently they don't! (and I know Mark Zuckerberg is "sorry")

This phase will pass and some month's down the line we will forget all this ever happened and get on with sharing information like we always do. If I can speak for myself, I had deleted the Facebook app from my phone some month's back, not because I wanted to stop them from spying on me but I just found myself randomly scrolling and looking at people's life without any aim and that got to me. its not that i don't use Facebook anymore, I do but ever since i have got it off my phone, I noticed I am not that interested anymore. Like they say out of sight, out of mind!

So if you want to know how much Facebook knows about you, here is what you can do. Open your Facebook account on a computer and click on settings on the top right and download your Facebook archive and have a look at that. The most disturbing thing I found out that, they have all the phone numbers of my contact list on my phone! (Now imagine that being exploited by someone). Like I have said earlier in this post, we all have been compromised the moment we signed up for using the internet and now its all in the open!

Here is how you download your Facebook archive..

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Also, while you are at this try and have a look at all the APPS that have access to your Facebook profile and if you think some of them don't really need access, then remove them so that going forward they will not be able to get your information, although they already have what they need!

PS: Remember Facebook owns Whatsapp! (some food for thought!)

Short Film - Update

Last evening, I finally completed all my scenes for the short film that I am currently trying to make. The only part left to shoot is the one with the "Ghost", who is obviously a girl. I will probably finish that by the first week of next month. The music has been completed as well and just minor editing work is pending, besides the 2 scenes of the girl.

I am almost tempted to cut a 5 second teaser, but I don't think I will do that since the entire short is just over 3 mins, it doesn't pose great value making a trailer out of it..

My YouTube channel --> https://www.youtube.com/alstarmania

Making a short film..

I have finally started to stick to my resolution this year of trying to get more subscribers on my youtube channel by making and uploading more videos.Last year, by the way, I crossed 100 subscribers!! So, I have started on my first video this year and even though I'm never satisfied with what I shoot, However I think this one is shaping up well. As most of the videos I shoot, this one too is from the horror genre - maybe this time around my thought process was inspired by a wonderfully executed Indian horror movie called "Pari", that I recently watched. I am posting an image of the scenes from the movie I've shot so far, which I think is kind of creepy!

My YouTube channel --> https://www.youtube.com/alstarmania

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A Resolution...

Another year, and a different set of plans to conquer. In most cases its the same plans as the previous year, just that you have been lazy to get them done! In my case, I figured if I have that in writing even if its digital, I might aim to achieve that! So here goes, this year I aim to take my film making hobby to the next level and try to make more videos and focus on really good content! Right now, I am at 110 subscribers, by the end of the year if I get over 500 and somewhere close to a 1000, I would say its a job well done. So yea, let's try that and see if I can manage that and in case I fail, well there is always next year! (j/k)

-Alstar