MASIDO

MAKING FILMS AT LAST!

April 25, 2014

Two weeks ago, we made an impromptu film. We had the camera on hand anyway so we decided “What the hell!” What resulted was a fun movie experience, a tiresome day and the sweet sweet feeling of fulfillment after a whole year of not making a single film.

Today I was on set of a friend’s film to help around and I ended up being the Runner-cum-Stills Photographer- cum-Continuity Supervisor. Yeah! Student films roll like that. You end up doing a whole bunch of things but then, that’s the way to learn I guess.

 

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I quite liked taking photos from the set and behind the scenes. This is giving me an opportunity to see how friends are making their films so I can get ideas for my own too (and learn from their mistakes so I don’t do the same ;-))

We have an event planned in which we are supposed to showcase all the films we are making so I don’t have the luxury to sit back and claim that I will take part in two films and that’s it. I have to be accountable and at least that’s keeping me on my toes- if not the sheer pleasure of meeting new people and creating something new and fun.

I haven’t lost my mojo like I thought I had. The fear was what was keeping me tied away from filmmaking and now I know, all film is a matter of learning and there will never be a day I will shoot a “perfect” film. That should not deter me from trying though since each film I do will get me closer to at least 99% perfection.

And so these five months I am taking James Cameron’s quote as a mantra.

 

“Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.”

 

 

 

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