Friday, October 09, 2009
A soothing alarm clock that wakes you up at 4.00 A.M.
A library of essential books and DVDs.
A film camera and a digital video camera, stored side by side.
A heavy duty computer set up that has the latest version of Adobe Premier that can take in High Definition and that which has a film option.
An Apple set up with Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools installed.
A ‘chakaas’ noise reduction system.
A projector that has ‘danchak’ luminance.
A three bedroom-hall-kitchen flat – one bedroom each for edit, sound and a mini screening room.
E & OE (errors and omissions excepted)
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
We thought it was the stress, but there would have been shoots that might have resulted in greater stress levels.
We thought it was the food; we had changed at least four caterers - all in vain.
We thought it was the water; but we were supplied with the minral kind.
Did we think that it was the way we handled them that caused the illness....?
Hmmmmmm... I am afraid not.
Could I have avoided the bitterness that followed..?
I regret for not having put systems in place which could have created the possibility of a compassionate man management approach that has nothing to do with a budget of the film.
Sorry, I was ignorant that it needed to happen.
I thank my unit members who despite receiving some 'filmy treatment', never allowed the nastiness to creep into the film.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Once in doubt, always in doubt.
A hand tries to straighten the tail.
The dog bites the hand that feeds it.
The habit of seperating the production from the film.
Once a film maker, not always a film maker.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Not that the filmmaker minded it, I thought. Considering the filmmaking path that he has been walking, maybe he is used to it by now . In the discussion that followed, Kamal in his own subversive manner, narrated the non existent 'story' of the film and its 'meaning'. It was as 'meaningless' as the film itself.
Is it possible to watch, hear and experience a film on such a level?
Can I, for example, appreciate the shot taking patterns found in ‘Om-Dar-Ba-Dar' just as I appreciate a straight line or a brush stroke? Or can I identify with the rhythmic edit patterns that are used in the film? Or with the sound patterns and the design employed in it?
Is it possible for me to construct a film on this basis – where the form itself is the content and the meaning, subsidiary?
‘The form as politics’, as Kamal Swaroop would say.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Links to my new feature film in Kannada language...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
But hey, wait… where is the protagonist?
When the going got tough, the tough got missing!
Information withheld knowingly, facts released untimely;
There could be scratches on the emulsion.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Me thinks, the most interesting part in the film 'Dev D' occurs only at the fag end of it - when Dev supposedly gets a realization, as a car nearly runs over him. Unfortunately, the events in the film unfold very rapidly after this point and before you can blink, the film ends. It therefore becomes nearly impossible to savor this change in the character’s thought process and hence, in his life. I wished that it had got more screen time and I wished that the purpose of this film itself was this transformation.
Otherwise, I thought, the ‘materiality’ of the film maker with regards to his film was quite evident.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
I had hated chemistry in my college. 36 or 37 percentage was all that I could ever manage in that subject। Beyond H2O and HO2, nothing would make sense. I remember of even swearing that I would never touch chemicals and chemistry again. Alas, how wrong was I...
As I was wondering about the kind of destruction a chemical imbalance can do to a human body, a young man, whose relative too was inside the intensive care unit, struck a casual conversation with me. When I told him about the chemical issue, he got angry. ‘Does he eat a lot of fruits? These days they inject a huge amount of chemicals into fruits and vegetables so that it ripens early; it surely is the effect of that’, he blasted. I was too sleepy to argue with him; I nodded in agreement.
Two hours later, I still was thinking about Chemistry - that stupid subject that I hated the most. After watching a film, what do people mean when they say, ‘the chemistry between the actors was fantastic…’? Does it mean that the sodium levels in both the actors are equal while they were performing? Or is it the potassium levels that is creating the chemistry?
People also say that with regards to love. Love, apparently, is related to chemicals. When they say ‘opposites attract’, they probably mean that the Sodium / Potassium / Calcium / Oxygen / Sulfur / Carbon Dioxide / Zinc / or whatever chemical levels in the bodies of the two persons who are in love, are drastically different.
Or is it that the chemical levels of the two persons who are in love match well and therefore are they in love? So, if my wife and I fight it out and shout at each other, does it mean that our Fluorine / Magnesium / Rubidium / Bromine / Lead / or whatever chemical levels vary drastically? Maybe we could then just inject the necessary chemical to our bodies and create ‘love’.
Gosh! I never understood all this.
Two days later, due to an increased intake and through through careful monitoring, the Sodium levels of my relative slowly came back to normal. The symptoms associated with sodium deficiency had vanished.
Some prefer to believe that life is no miracle – it’s just a set of chemical reactions. When the reaction ceases, the body stops to function.
It is as physical as that, nothing beyond.