Avinash Ananth is a one man army who handles everything in a short film. His dream is to make quality original films and tell a story in a raw realistic format. Read on to know more about him.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
As a kid I never had an idea of what I want to become. It was a smooth journey until the idea of films got in my head. I completed my engineering as per my parents wish but before entering into engineering college, I knew this is not what I want to do, but completed it to see my parents’ happiness of completing the engineering and working in a job. Now I am working in a manufacturing industry.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
The idea of filmmaking got into my head since my PU days and that Is when I started to imagine the world I wanted to create and all the characters started to play in my head but I didn’t have the tools and methods to put them on a screen and have I entered engineering willingly or not after a completion of 2 years I had pile of video stocks I recorded of all the fun and masti of me and my friends had in 2 years of engineering days. It is when my friend Arun who introduced me to my first editing tool Nero. With his help I turned those video stocks into 15 min fun video. From then I had a simple editing tool which helped me in making my first short film “LIE” FU ISHETENE. This was shot on mobile. And then I started to learn more about art of film making and try to perfect it in each short movie to make a good quality movie where audience enjoy it. To see the smile and emotions one shares gazing into the screen and seeing my imagination getting life in the audience eye is what drives me to be a good film maker.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
I started making films on my own. I used to write script, screenplay, and do cinematography, direct and edit my films but i have great friends Sunil, Sujay, Somanath, Bharath and Raju who help me in playing the character of the story and support me in completing it and they are my team.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
I have made 3 short movies so far one on social cause and other 2 on comedy genre. I like to make movies which relates to reality, when a person watching my film, he/ she should relate to it. I will also try to make movies which entertain the people and the time they have spent in watching it is worth every penny.
What is your dream/ vision?
My dream is to make quality original films and tell a story in a raw realistic format and a story line which thrills and entertains the audience.
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
All my short movies were made on zero budgets, when you say zero budgets there is lot you need to compromise on quality of the film (sound, picture quality etc.) and sometimes actors needed for particular story you won’t find and you need to make stories on the limited available resources. In becoming independent feature film maker there are many hurdles. So the first thing always comes is how do I enter into the industry.
This I what I have been asking myself but now things are changing up many directors and production houses are trying to give opportunity to newbie but these initiative are done by very few. To make use of these opportunities we need to sharpen ourselves in all departments of film making.
What inspires you or keeps you going?
Love towards films. The fun, the kick and the satisfaction you get. The idea you developed in your head is coming to reality on a screen is what inspires me more. I have so much to learn and when you love something so much it motivates you.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
When I made my first video and played it in my friend’s room and there were like 20 to 25 friends of mine who watched it together, it was like a screening. It was a memorable moment.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbie in film making?
I am still an amateur into film making so, not in a stage to give advice but one suggestion that I want to say is, if you want to be filmmaker first thing to do is. If you have a story start shooting it with whatever equipments you have. You can find lot of editing software’s and royalty free background scores try to put it in a format. And keep learning from what you do and improvise. And one more is be patient and a good listener.
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