I am one of those people who was unexpectedly bit by the moviemaking bug, right in the middle of a regular day of doing my full time job as that of a marketer.
Once bitten, there was really nothing much to do than succumb to the bite and start making films!
I started off with making a couple of 1 minute films for an online 1 minute film festival, then progressed to making 3 minute films and a 6 minute one, and then one day I felt it was time to make a feature.
So I gathered my friends and made a very independent, super low budget 2-hour film, Mausams. Mausams was screened in Singapore for a few days last year, went to a few film festivals and is now being handled by a producer’s representatives company in California trying to find some distributors.
The trailer for mausams can be found here
And for all the music lovers, the theme song for Mausams, sung by veteran singer Bombay Jayashree, can be found here
Anyway, this post is not about Mausams. I started off with the autobiography just to give an idea on what my life as a full time marketing manager and a part time film maker has been like so far. It has been pretty eventful…in fact, it was so eventful during Mausams that I swore I will never make another movie again. That’s what independent filmmaking (and maybe even not-so-independent filmmaking), does to you!
However, about four months post the release of Mausams in Singapore (which is where I am settled in, by the way), I was bitten once again by the filmmaking bug and I itched to make another film. But this time I was clear that it will not be a feature. Never again a feature, unless I have the right resources. Which leaves me with the other option of a short film but a reasonably lengthy short film, say about 20-25 minutes.
A short film sounded great but I wanted to do something very different from Mausams which was an English and Hindi film. And what’s very different from English & Hindi? My mother tongue, Malayalam!
A Malayalam short film sounded like an interesting idea especially given that I had not written anything in Malayalam since third standard in school. Nor have I been speaking much Malayalam in Singapore, the last 13 years I’ve been here.
Nevertheless, I proceeded to write a Malayalam script. Called every other Malayali I knew, of a suitable age group, to audition. Selected my cast. Included myself in the cast after auditioning in front of two of my cinematographers who took the final call in the casting. We rehearsed. We shot. We meddled with live sound (as opposed to back-breaking dubbing and syncing for Mausams) with decent success. We edited. We put in music. We dubbed for some patch up areas. We threw in subtitles. We rendered multiple number of times as these things simple don’t work well in just one or two times.
And after 8 months of work (i.e., 8 months from scripting to uploading to Vimeo), it is ready today and has been released online! So it is my pleasure to present to you a completely independent, absolutely zero budget Malayalam short film, Inganeyum Oru Katha (or “A story such as this too”), with English subtitles!
Needless to say, all feedback, criticism etc. are more than welcome!
Until the next time the bug bites!