I found collaborators in this college, students with substance, technical expertise and most importantly, passion
A year into the country’s best Media school, I had a ton of like-minded and driven people around me. While college had lectures ranging from Film Studies to Public Relations, initially I hadn’t completely discovered my passion for filmmaking.
It was only in the third semester, when I decided to pen down my thoughts that I came up with a script. Like those of most of the people out there, this script was concealed. It wasn’t shared with anyone for the fear of being rejected. But how can we know if something will get accepted or not if we don’t even give it a chance? My batch mates are all extremely talented and gradually people came out to work on this project. I found collaborators in this college, students with substance, technical expertise and most importantly, passion. My film, ‘An Astrologer’s Day’ wouldn’t have been made if it lacked support from them. SCMC taught us how to understand cinema, but without these people it would’ve been difficult making my tiny step towards it.
As we know, direction majorly involves clear and transparent communication with the team members to not only convey the director’s vision but also to allow more innovation to the final product from the other members, especially at this stage. This was further made easier because of the willingness of the crew and their dedication towards their work. In fact, certain aspects turned out better than expected which further motivated us. Moreover, trained theatre actors (that I contacted through a guest faculty) were a delight to work with, given their discipline. They also managed to sprinkle the magic dust of their enthusiasm and dedication on the set.
The film went through ups and downs like all the other ones, especially because we had to balance our college schedule along with it, but it all turned out to be extremely fruitful. It was an experience to cherish forever.
Link to the film: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B9E_-srAm7R7Ny1NWFMzNVJjME0
Article by: Sushant Bhat (Batch of 2017)
Photograph by: Akhil Reddy (Batch of 2019) The photograph is from a film shoot for a competition.