A bunch of Class 10 students of St Xavier’s School, Andheri east, have produced a short, animation film titled Blackwood House under their production banner, Kreativ Cuts. Sixteen-year-old Manish Patel is the producer, Karan Bhanushali is the director, lyrics are by Vishal Nahar and Tanmay is the art director. The horror flick, replete with amateurish special effects is a bi-lingual (Hindi and English). It has been dedicated to producer-director Ashutosh Gowariker, who has inspired the young filmmakers.
The boys were at the recently concluded animation, SFX and VFX exhibition, CGT Expo, and have been selling the film’s DVDs for Rs 50 a copy. Says Karan, “While waiting for our results, we decided to try our hand at making a film. I admit, we still have a long way to go as far as technique goes.”
The children have produced the film from their own pocket money and cast actors from amongst their friends. They’ve even uploaded a website with details about the film and their ‘company’, along with behind-the-scenes promotional videos.
“The expo gave us a chance to present our film along with more professional ventures,” says Karan. We’re unfazed by criticism and are using the money from DVD sales to finance our next film. It’ll definitely be better than this one.”