This is the test I gave myself before I made Lifeu Ishtene, I wanted to know if I had learnt enough to make a film. This short film was made after Pancharangi was released.
I had the idea lingering in my mind for almost an year. It kept going through revisions quite often. And then one day I heard a piece of music and I was determined to make the movie for that music. And like always, things started falling in place. My production company bought a HD camera, a friend helped me get the location, I had 2 actors in mind and I got them. We spent about 4 hours at the location and got some 55mins of footage. Edited it into a 3.5 mins film and then after repeated watching and feedback, I cut it down to 2.5mins. The film didnt turn out to be the way I had visualized. Reasons being I didnt get the location I had in my mind and lighting created some issues. Some shots turned out to be better than what I had thought. I thank my friends for helping me make this. Spent almost nothing. The film was shot in HD, so it was all in the system on AVCHD format. That caused a little bit of problem because none of the editing softwares are supporting that. Finally I found Adobe cs4 and it worked fine there.
When compared to all my other short films, this one has better cuts. Basically my film grammar has improved a lot. I can take the right shots and plan it well in my head. Its very important to run the edit pattern in the mind to shot from the right angles, otherwise you’d end up having all the wrong shots and not knowing how to edit them. And if your actor hasn’t performed well and you dont have better takes, then on the editing table you can do some tricks and make it look like they have done what you have asked for, in few shots my actors had not given me what I was looking at and it worked on the editing table. I love the HD camera, one can do wonders with it.