Arun George whose dream is to be a storyteller and progression in terms of the films he makes is what he is looking forward to. Read on to know more about this young filmmaker.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
I was born and brought up in Kerala. After completing my 12th grade, I chose to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, English and Psychology at Christ University. Being Interested in storytelling is probably what pushed me to filmmaking. My initial attempts were incredibly bad. But with time, I was able to bring in a lot of improvement. I don’t remove the bad films that I make for the simple reason that they are a constant reminder of where you started and where you have reached.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
As I said, my interest in storytelling. I write short stories on my blog slightlytangentialstories.wordpress.com and novels for NaNoWriMo. Films irrespective of language have always been an inspiration to me. The visual medium was something that attracted me quite early on. I guess you could call it a natural progression.
Tell us about your team?
My cinematographer, Krishna Bhat and I, share a good friendship. This makes working together a lot more easier. For an outsider, our on-set escapades might look like spats, but in truth, that is how we work. The amount of swearing that goes behind each scene is unimaginable. But at the end of the day, both of us are committed to delivering. So, we make a good team. We write the scripts together too. I write, direct and edit. So that’s about it for my team.
How many and what kind of movies have you made?
My first attempt in filmmaking was a pseudo-feminist docudrama called ‘Vicious’. All of us were freshers. The film was, in all aspects, horrible. Since it was a college assignment, only that amount of care was given to it. My next project was a suspense thriller called ‘The Room’. this project had to be re-shot due to a hostile cast and scheduling conflicts. In this timeframe, I released another film called ‘Grand Theft Diamonds’. The film was something me and my friends did for fun. After this, I focused on rewriting and re-shooting ‘The Room’. The film exceeded expectations in terms of views. An Adaptation of Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour’ was also completed. ‘Happy New Year’ was my next project. A mystery thriller set on a rooftop, the film fetched good reviews. Currently, I am working on an untitled thriller film. Another film is in the works. It will be an out-and-out entertainer.
What is your dream/vision?
My dream is to be a storyteller. I would like to not be limited by genres or types. I want to be able to provide a different, entertaining and thoughtful experience to my viewers with each film. Progression in terms of the films I make is what I am looking forward to.
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
Difficulties? Lenses would be my first topic. Camera lenses are expensive. Renting them is the only option. But then, experimentation goes out the window. Another difficulty is finding an audience. Youtube is filled with cat videos, cliched love stories and horribly made movies. So finding an actual platform that provides constructive criticism whilst reaching a wider audience has always been an issue.
What inspires you or keep you going?
The relatively long way I’ve come. From ‘Vicious’ to ‘Happy New Year’ a lot of things changed. If this improvement could be brought about in under a year, I really am looking forward to what I can do in more time.
Any fun/memorable incidents?
Lots of them. We once shot from 7 in the evening to 4 in the morning, canning nearly 200 shots for ‘Happy New Year’. On another occasion, when shooting ‘The Room’ the electricity went off before canning our last five shots. This was before all of us were due to break for 2 months for our summer holidays. That was a fun evening.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbie in filmmaking?
I am no one to give advice. But what I have learned is that if you make enough mistakes, you will eventually learn from them.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Here are the links for my short films, if interested. Don’t forget to subscribe!
Happy New Year – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhaWEIo8BHs
The Room – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMnJkcl2v9M
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