These are a few clips from a fiction project that I shot recently. This is not the trailer of the film. These are snippets showcasing cinematography more than the story, cut on two different music mixes by timberman. Grateful to the musicians and artists for allowing to use their music under creative commons. Salute. Track details are at the end of the video cut.
The film is directed by Deepak Pawaskar. If you google him, you can’t find anything but he has directed over 1,000 (yes, One Thousand) episodes of various shows on regional and national television; ranging from soap to documentary. Produced by my dear friend Burzin Unwala for National Dairy Development Board, this film advocates cooperative dairy farming rather giving control to the private sector.
Shot on Sony FS700 with prime lenses and ATOMOS external recorder, we shot Pro Res HQ. almost throughout the film I tried maintaining the ISO at 320 for the consistency of the pixel character and other images characteristics.
I had my brilliant assistant looking after everything else; so I could entirely focus on the creative aspects of the treatment. My assistant got me a new focus puller who (I was warned was cocky) turned out to be very friendly defying his so called reputation. I guess we have to make strong efforts to look deep into people’s hearts, find and remain staunchly (a bit of an oxymoron for advocacy of compassion and equality) focused on the goodness. He did a brilliant job not only with focus pulling but also helped me with lightning; giving me more time and energy to spend on shot design.
I was nervous but determined when the shooting began because the director has such enormous experience in the kind of work that I was not familiar with – main stream TV soap! I was constantly thinking “what kind of shooting style is he going to ask? I hope he won’t hurry me up too much.. “ and so on. Television in India has the reputation to finish in time no matter what happens to the quality. I am not averse to finishing on time but if that needs to be done, I would rather spend a lot of effort on preparing well.
I prepared as thoroughly as I could in terms of studying the camera, planning my gear carefully and also prepared myself spiritually.
Film has turned out pleasant to look at and Burzin has told me that the “client has loved it”. The magic words that make everything right!
The full film will be ready soon and I will send the link.
Thank you for reading through such a long introduction.