One fine day, I was discussing with Neelabh, my partner at ShaadiGraPher.com the idea of making a documentary on any interesting story that I could find. He suggested I meet the guys at Goa-CAP.com. What is Goa-CAP, I asked him? CAP stands for Centre for Alternate Photography. These people are film photography lovers and they have been running a community darkroom in Calangute, Goa - a centre where all those who are interested in the art of film-processing, can get together and experiment with different processes. There are several different chemical processes to develop a negative into a physical photograph - some even more than 100 years old. And though a lot of info is available online, if you really wanted to try something, you might find it difficult to either get your hands at the right equipment, or the required chemicals or you might realize that the process that you found online, did not yield the desired result, because it was written keeping say Europe's climate in mind, while you were trying the same in Amchi Mumbai. Goa CAP was helping all these film photography enthusiasts, learn and experiment together.
Neelabh asked me to meet his online friend Edson, one of the three co-founders of Goa-CAP. Edson was responsible for running the community darkroom in Goa. And so I decided to meet him. He could finally help me understand what made people like him and Neelabh still care about film photography even in today's world of digital camera. Was it because, film-cameras gave better quality or because it made some people feel special - made them feel they were doing something superior that the lowly digital photographers had no clue about? I had several different theories, but I was never really sure, what truly explained the passion of these guys. Passion to still pursue a technology that to me was so clearly obsolete.
After that first meeting with Edson, I hanged around a lot with him and the story unfolded slowly. And gradually I came to indeed appreciate the real reason why people like him still cared about film photography and film processing. At that time, I wasn't very sure on how to present their story though. I had assumed I would make a 10 to 20 minute documentary but there was so much that he had to say that I found it difficult to put together a nice coherent and most importantly, interesting story. And so the Project went dormant for a long time. I had lengthy footages from my interviews with Edson - but I did not know how to use them effectively. Until the idea of 3minutestories.com occurred. Just like that. And guess what was the first story that I thought I could come up with! The Goa-CAP story of course! :) I already had the material - just needed to use it partly and create a short story!
So I went back to the footages that I had, and tried to find the most interesting thing that I could bring out from the hotchpotch of insights that I had gained from these two guys. And there I had - a simply story about why Goa-CAP was doing what it was doing. Which at the same time explained why some people still cared about film photography. And there I had - my first 3 minute story.