Sarvesh Singh Hada attended a calligraphy workshop where he came to know the condition of this quickly vanishing art form and decided to make a movie on it. Read on to know how he executed it in minimal resources.
Tell us about you and your team (if you have) in brief
I am a self learner. I read some books on film making before starting my filming journey. after completion of pre production of my first documentary film i got selected for Film appreciation course organized by Film and television institute Pune and national film archive of India. During the course i stayed in ftii hostel . this course and this one month stay in film institute was eye opening for me. and it revealed a new world of cinema to me. Another kind of cinema.after completing the course i finished my film on calligraphy named “Tears of Dancing letters “.presently i am working on two films simultaneously based on some folk traditions.
In my team we are three people. I am lucky to have two friends.A very talented nepali film maker from FTII who is my editor.another friend passed out from FTII a Mumbai based film maker “Durgesh Katkar”. These two friends made huge impact on my film initiation.
How did you come up with the idea of this particular short film?
I made a short documentary on calligraphy. Years ago i have attended a calligraphy workshop by a great calligrapher and i came to know the condition of this quickly vanishing art form. It was then i realized that i should try to resurface the discussion on this beautiful art form. Idea of a short documentary on calligraphy emerged one day. I read some books on film making and bought a camera. Calligraphy made me a film maker.
What all prominent “Jugaads” did you do to make the film with minimal resources?
As such i have not used any jugaads but self funding made me to find new ways to minimize budget. I used natural window light a lot to show the beautiful calligraphy than to shoot in artificial light. No assistant was available earlier while doing this film so i used to play 2-3 parts myself. It was little hectic to run in different location on bike carrying all equipments while a President awarded Renowned calligrapher is sitting on back seat.
What recognition did you get for this short film?
I showed my film in some cities of Rajasthan including my home town Kota. This film introduced me as a film maker in my city. Also after this film i met many artists who appreciated my efforts and later became my friends.
What advice with you give new / aspiring filmmakers on making a low budget film?
My advise for those who are low on budget and still have a good heart to make a film would be – ‘A good research often turns in a good film’.
If you do not have a good camera but have a very good eye to see the essentials you can make a film.
we should not forget that a film is all about storytelling. In the end content is what matters most. A powerful content with normal quality are better than crystal clear footage with superficial content.
Promo of my film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYCgRuzJrWY
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