With something borrowed, something reused, something old and nothing new, a group of amateur filmmakers set out to make a short film. They had little money, no sets, a handheld camera, a few bulbs and light stands. And a lot of spirit.
The group was one of the 35 teams from across the country, participating in 24x7 Making Movies, an initiative of director Dev Benegal and Hungama Mobile.
The concept started as a crazy idea — What if a person could walk in and make a film? The participating teams were given 24 hours to write, shoot and show their films — on the theme, Laughter and Terror.
The film had to be anywhere in between 24 seconds to 24 minutes long and the participants had to be 24-year-old or younger, and they were provided with digital cameras and computers to shoot and edit their films. Their prize — the winning film will be sent to Cannes.
HT City accompanied one of the participating team, led by Mukesh Tiwari, a student of Zee Institute of Media Arts, his friends and fellow unit members, while they canned their 11-minute film Raghav at the Bhakti Vedanta Hospital in Mumbai.
The film is co-directed by Mukesh Tiwari and his two other batch mates Abhishek Bhardwaj and Sanjay Kandary. “The film is abstract,” says Tiwari. It is about Raghav, a morgue attendant, who is more comfortable among the dead than the living. "The film shows the effects of the big bad world on Raghav," says Bhardwaj.
Any problem that the team faced while shooting the film on a shoe-string budget and with limited resources? “Having no fixed location made filming difficult. We needed to visualise and plan each shot,” says Bhardwaj.
But all said and done, the team of enthusiastic students are ready with their labour of love — a 11-minute film. And the trio are now waiting for the final results which is as harrowing as the filming experience.