Here is one more from ‘Jugaad series’. Read on to know more about how Lakshay Khetarpal and his team made a short film series – The Slum Smart in minimal resources.
Tell us about you and your team (if you have) in brief?
I believe, my team consists of only 4-5 permanent members, but I do have a dozen of helping hands in every project, thanks to my college dramatics team – ‘DRAMEBAAZ’
How did you come up with the idea of this particular short film?
This particular film ‘The Slum Smart’ was initially just an idea that started with ‘Slum trends’ which day by day developed into a story. A story so cinematic, that even I didn’t believe in myself, if I would be able to do it. I won’t hesitate to tell that somewhere I was inspired by ‘Peepli Live’,’Gangs of Wasseypur’ or ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. And some day you’ll definitely realize that everything you ever created was at least 0.5% inspired from something you once saw. I wanted the lead characters of my film to look dirty, poor, uneducated, young yet smart, just like the badass thieves who were portrayed in the movie ‘Tashan’.
What all prominent ‘Jugaads’ did you do to make the film with minimal resources?
I believe, ‘Jugaads’ are something known to low budget film makers. ‘Jugaad’ is also a talent, in which most film makers give up. Only the dedicated ones come up with their stupid yet brilliant ideas called ‘Jugaad’. Talking of the ‘jugaad’ of this film, firstly, we used the plastic guns that are available at the balloon seller at very cheap rates which can give you an average look on the screen. We didn’t have a permit for any location we shot on – railway station, a slum colony, parks and markets. I thought it would be a pretty long procedure to get signatures from so many people. So, we just carried the camera and our equipment and went to the required location without giving it a second thought. We bought 2 LED lights which were the size of a small mobile phone, which we got just for 400 rupees, but it gave the effective lighting for the shot. We used Appy Fizz (without label) bottles for the alcohol, a closed car for dubbing, wheat for a bullet mark, human legs instead of a trolley shot. We even put the tripod on top of the car for a high shot, and a couple of stock footages for clouds moving and birds flying (although, I would not recommend anyone to use stock footages). These were some of the ‘Jugaads’ I used in the making my film ‘The slum SMART’.
What recognition did you get for this short film?
This short film consists of 2 parts: ‘The Slum Smart’ and ‘The Slum Smart 2: Laut aaye hai babua’. They reached 1500 and 1000 views on YouTube respectively last week. 1000 views for a 26 minute low budget short movie were pretty satisfying at the start.
Part 1 of the movie bagged a second prize award at a college fest.
Most important of all, it was an awesome experience which taught me many technicalities and gave me a sense of satisfaction with my work. I’ll be honest, after self-satisfaction, views never mattered!
What advice will you give new / aspiring film-makers on making a low budget film?
Look around. There are always enough resources to make your scene look effective on the screen. So stop waiting for a moment to start any project. Start working, NOW!
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