Filmmaking is generally thought to be a lengthy process. However, this Friday, scores of youngsters from all across the city will set out to make a short film (4-6 minutes in length) from scratch, in just 48 hours. To up the ante a bit more, the participants will be given a prop, a character and a dialogue on the day itself that will need to be incorporated into the film.
The 48 Hour Film Project has apparently received an overwhelming response not only from amateur students but from serious feature filmmakers as well. “This year, we are witnessing greater participation from experienced filmmakers so I guess there will be a drastic improvement in the quality of the films created,” says Preeti Gopalkrishnan, who along with Yogi Chopra, is producing the event in India. “Even amateurs are now making use of high-end technology and employing professional cinematographers and editors, so the bar has definitely been raised,” she adds.
The jury for the competition includes industry experts like Nagesh Kukunoor, K S Chakravarthy and Dolly Thakore. “As a judge, I look out for originality and innovation. The characters should be used properly and the film must do justice to its genre. And since Mumbai houses a mature film industry, I definitely have high expectations,” says Chakravarthy.
The contest, which is back in Mumbai for the fourth year in a row, provides the winning entry a chance to move on to a world tour where it will vie for the Best International Film title. Tushar Gaware, the director of last year’s winning entry (Everything’s Fair by Three Blind Mice Productions), who is now directing an untitled Marathi film, feels that the contest provided a real boost to his career. “Participating in the contest is what inspired me to make a full-length film. Although I won’t be present this year, I advise the participants to finalise the script with a great deal of thought. They can also keep different flavours of music ready to minimise their postproduction work. Stay focused and have a gala time,” he beams.
The movies will be screened at 4 pm on November 19 and 20 at Jai Hind College, Churchgate. Entry free.