Village Bule/Bule Kampung

It’s been a while.

There was a time in my life when a soap opera script a day was the norm. One script after another of some family’s life was in my head. That was back 20/22 years ago. For about 5 years my ex-wife and I wrote soap operas and movies for the Indonesian market.

Since then, although I have written several books, I have not written many scripts. Mostly books and blogs and being involved in many, many scripts for MD pictures and MD Entertainment.

This past weekend my friend Dale and I wrote a short movie script. Details will be released soon. For now, two Canucks got together to write about Dale’s experience in the village and his new life as a man married to an Indonesian.

Real life.

This short movie is about his experience of living in a village and some of the unusual things that happen in rural Indonesia. The funny part is that all this is real. Now I have had many, many experiences in Bali and Indonesia. However, making it into a short film and putting it on paper so to speak is fun.

I have had doggie obstacle courses on roads where the dogs refuse to move. I have had many experiences with locals that were both fun and enlightening.  However, this is going to be fun.

A short script about life in the village and the comings and goings on with the locals and a white man.

Yes, a white man, a Bule as it is slang for white people in Indonesia. Being a Bule in Indonesia is interesting. Often one gets preferential treatment and often they get ripped off.

This is different.

Yes, this is different, this is about Dale’s experience in a local village as the Village Bule. Yes, this is different because it is a fish-out-of-water story.

Writing this short story was a throwback to many years ago when our imagination could run wild and create a fun story. This short script took us about a day to throw together and act out. The fun part is that Dale is playing himself in our reenactment.

I love writing. However, scriptwriting lets me really imagine the stories in my head. This short story and this short movie will be made into a feature-length movie and possibly a series.

This was fun and looking forward to making this movie on our own is exciting. Stay tuned for the next update on our village Bule movie and let’s see if we can get this little film of ours to a few movie festivals.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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