Read on to know more about young and talented upcoming filmmaker – Yash Khandelwal.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
Life journey! That’s something really huge… my journey has just begun. It all started when I made my first Short film with my friends, which we didn’t even submit to the film festivals. But by that time me and my friend, Dev Basu were crazy about Film making. We got addicted to it.
Thus, our production house-Oxygen Films was formed. I had this name in my mind since a long time. It exemplifies that Film making is necessary for our existence like oxygen is for human beings.
Soon, we realized that film making is a collaborative work and we started working with other film makers in our college.
Ashish Gupta , Neel Thakkar and Mayank singh helped us a lot with their creative input and technical experience.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
My thirst to put my thoughts on screen and convey them in an innovative way drove me to film making. In short, Films prompted me to become a Filmmaker.
Tell us about your team, if you have one?
Dev and I formed Oxygen Films right after our first presentable short film.
Ashish Gupta and Neel Thakkar joined us after the inception of Oxygen Films.
Ashish-“MOVER AND SHAKER” (CAMERA MOVES BECAUSE OF HIM)
Dev-“RED BULL(Y)“ (OUR SOURCE OF ENERGY & FUN)
Neel-“The JUGGAD GUY” (THE NAME CLARIFIES EVERYTHING)
How many/ what kind of movies have you made?
Currently, we are working on movies with a social message. We believe in making people think for a moment, what they haven’t experienced and what our responsibility towards them is. We have tried our hands on music videos, documentaries, Ad-films and horror films. But we soon hope to plunge in suspense thriller, comedies, romance and sooner or later every genre that exists.
What are your dreams/ vision?
I envision Oxygen Films as a well established production house making feature films in the future. Our vision is to tell stories which are uniquely entertaining and we want our hands to get dirty in every genre possible. We want to give the audience a complete package of films.
What difficulties do you face as an independent film maker?
As indie film makers, we face a lot of difficulties in regards to our production cost and lack of resources. Shooting in real locations also creates continuity and light issues. Casting is another big issue for newbies. But we never consider it as a hurdle or use it as an excuse. We always believe in the fact that one shouldn’t limit his imagination because of resources. Also, while shooting, I find it difficult to handle my long hair. 😉
What inspires you or keeps you going?
Every time I watch a film, I feel like making one and I watch a hell lot of movies. Also, my team inspires me to work hard and better.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
I remember when we got selected for the finals of the Channel V-fest in Goa, at the last moment we had some issues with our laptop, so without a hesitation, I packed my computer in a box and we took it to Goa. It was really hilarious. We felt like some secret service agency who setup their computer systems to places where ever they went. We edited parts of our movie at the hotel reception due to a short circuit in our room. It was a lot of fun and it was amazing to see my team work together in such moments of crisis and finally winning the competition.
What advice would you like to give to someone who is interested/ newbie in film making?
Working on a script is very important .Without a good script, everything is useless even if your video is of 4k quality. It is really essential that you keep up the work and learn from your mistakes. Vision your film before shooting it!
Anything else that you’d like to share?
The link to my channel,
And here is the link to my Short film, which we made in just two days, including the editing.
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