Nikhil Patil

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I'm a film graduate from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore and am currently working with Nandita Das.

About me:
My excitement lies in something that seems difficult or is unknown to me. I have the tendency to go through things over and over again and try to redefine them. This is how I improve my mistakes and try not to repeat them. I consider experimentation as a key to solve problems. My passion is for creating moving images and I incorporate my experiences in creating them. I love the process that goes into making films. Every step involves taking creative decisions and intense planning. One wrong decision and the whole film could turn out to be a disaster. This risk is what keeps me interested. According to me, film making is one of the most complex art forms and involves a great deal of time and effort to master.

When a word is heard the mind functions more to form a mental image of that word, whereas, when an image is seen, the mind simply accepts it and may not necessarily relate it to its actual verbal form and may result in different verbal and emotional interpretations. If used correctly visuals could directly connect to our emotions, whereas, words could challenge our intellect. Applying this theory in my films, I am trying to intertwine cinematic visuals with factual and poetic aural signals, to create space for the viewer’s imagination, since knowledge has very little or no use without our imagination to use it.

Films of Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray, Lars Von Trier, Michael Haneke, Michelangelo Antonioni, David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola and Darren Aronofsky have inspired me.