Antony E Henry has more than 12 years of experience in advertising. He believes that filmmaking is like a castaway experience. Read on to know more about him.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
I began my career with advertising. With over 12 years of experience in advertising alone, I have been fortunate to write scripts and assist in the production of corporate films, all along. Filmmaking fascinates me. Through Solluna Productions which I started in 2011, I intend to make films that bring out the best in me for the welfare of the society.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
I have been nurturing the passion for writing for a long time. That was the starting point. Conveying my thoughts and my world through words, graduated into visible form, during my college days at St. Anthony’s College – Shillong.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
I have been working with a fluid and talented team of experts.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
I have been making corporate films and documentary films. Commercial films are in the pipeline.
What is your dream / vision?
I am working on a documentary on road accidents. Been at it for nearly a year now. It is making good progress. This film is my dream now. The vision is to contribute in the little way I can to help save lives that are lost on Indian Roads due to someone’s carelessness, negligence and complacency.
I have an inspirational line, stuck just above my workstation which reads: “What have you done today to get a step closer to your dream?”
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
Filmmaking, especially documentary filmmaking, to me, is like a castaway experience. It brings out the best in you. The best in you comes out, when you are thrown into a situation….the situations are: getting the right idea, the right team, the funding, sailing through the criticisms, downfalls and hurdles and having the attitude: NEVER SAY DIE. I live the dream of making films and keep getting the nightmare of paying monthly bills 🙂
Any fun/ memorable incident?
Quite a few of them. Once, we were doing a film in Abu Dhabi in a high security area, close to the oil refinery.I explained the shot to my cameraman and walked a little further, discussing something else with the project coordinator. We walked a distance discussing and returned to the spot where I explained the shot. To my shock, the cameraman and his assistant weren’t there. Their cell phones were switched off. I started to panic. The Project Coordinator guessed what could have gone wrong. We went to the security office and enquired. They told us that Police Officers confiscated the cameras and took my team along with them. We went to the police station and found them. The Project Coordinator spoke to the police authorities, in local language, (he is an Arab) and convinced them. From then on, we travelled in the police jeep to different locations for the shooting.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbee in filmmaking?
The art begins with a simple but great story. Learn the art before learning the gimmick. Love the story. Use the gimmick if necessary. Not vice versa.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Watch my latest film ‘letuslive’. www.letuslive.in It is in the making. It will change you, not just touch you.
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