Getting a group of film enthusiasts, to contribute to the funding of a movie was just becoming commonplace. So now, ‘crowd directing’, if we may call it that, seems to be gaining popularity. The latest such film is a project called The Owner, which has been directed by 25 filmmakers across five continents. The film has even broken an existing Guinness World Record for the most directors working on one film.
Says Neha Raheja Thakker (31), one of the three Indian directors on this project, “I found the proposal on www.mandy.com, sent them a link of my work and that’s how we began in early 2010. The good part about working like this is that you have your own mini audience in the form of the other directors, so there was a lot of feedback and discussion throughout the making.”
Thakker, whose segment in the film has been shot by Shivajee Chandrabhushan, the director of Frozen (2007), top lines Nawazuddin Siddhiqui.
Split into segments that have been woven into one film, The Owner is the story of a backpack that travels across the world. “We’ve shot most of our part in Mumbai, but other directors have shot theirs in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Delhi, Vienna, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong and London among other places,” adds Neha.
On May 25, the film will be premiered in Bangalore, Berlin, Kolkat Bogota, Chicago, Detroit, Dubai, Dublin, Holmfirth, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Newcastle, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Vienna among other cities.
“I am not expecting any returns, don’t think any of us did this for the money. But we are looking for distribution,” says Neha, who has made a short film before this.
Collab Feature, the international film group behind The Owner, is already working on its next film, this time with 50 directors.
Watch The Owner at Studio X, Kitab Mahal, Fourth Floor, 192 DN Road, Fort Mumbai at 6:30 pm today.