Student to make film on decline of tigers in India
The declining tiger population in the country has a new champion: 20-year-old Reema Sengupta, a final-year film and contemporary media student in London, who will document the problem with a crowd-funded short film. Reetika Subramanian reports.mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2011 01:14 IST
The declining tiger population in the country has a new champion: 20-year-old Reema Sengupta, a final-year film and contemporary media student in London, who will document the problem with a crowd-funded short film.
“What will Mumbai do,” says Sengupta, “when the last tiger in the country is found dead under undisclosed circumstances?” She is in the city to shoot her film, titled The Tigers, They’re All Dead.
The film is a crowd-funded initiative – people from across the world can contribute money or help in its production. Shooting will start by the month end and will be completed in four days. It will have 20 characters and will be shot at nine locations.
Contributors can avail of special consideration such as signed DVD copies, a credit at the end of the film, and invitations to special screenings, based on the generosity of their contributions. So far, the project has raised USD 510 through an online campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Tigers ) which will be active for the next 36 days.
“The entire film crew is working for free and our shooting equipment has been given to us at subsidised rates,” said Nisha Vasudevan, 21, a mass media student of Jai Hind College, who is working as production assistant for the project.
The team has also been in touch with veterinarians and non-governmental organisations to ensure the film is authentic and socially relevant.