Read on to know how Gaurav Bhardwaj made a short film – Me, Myself & My Wife in minimal resources.
Tell us about you and your team (if you have) in brief
I usually take help of my friends on all my projects. But my old friend, Tarun, is always a part of all my projects. He handles camera for us. Rest of the team members vary depending on where I am shooting and who all are available. My first short film was Me, Myself & My Wife on which all of the colleagues from my day job helped. My lead actor was Shishir, who provided us with his house as the shooting location. Sound and music for the film were done by my other colleague, Prasanna. Shiva was a common friend who helped with the on-location sound. For the props part, all my other colleagues made some juggaad to get them. Everyone around me was very supportive. Sometimes, I even approach strangers to help me with small things, like acting as extras and they happily oblige.
How did you come up with the idea of this particular short film?
I was in college pursuing my Mass Com and was bored of assignments and general life on the campus. One night, while reading a book, a collection of short thriller stories, this idea struck me and I immediately wrote a log line for the idea. By the end of the next day, I had my first draft and luckily, it was a perfect draft. In the next few days, whoever I asked for feedback, told me that it was perfect. So, I guess, this is how it works. There is no procedure to getting an idea; you just stumble upon one. One must observe things around them and read, read, read, read, read, read……..
What all prominent “Jugaads” did you do to make the film with minimal resources?
Once my cast was ready, I went through the script, scene by scene, took a sheet and noted down what all props were required for every scene. Then, I spoke with my colleagues and friends about them and everyone was able to contribute some prop or the other. One of my friends, Ceona, whose mother worked at an army hospital, got me some medical equipment for a scene. Even those who were not directly involved in the project were able to help in their own way. Getting plastic sheets for a scene, getting clothes for the cast for certain scenes, etc. My friend from Pune, Ajinkya Rane, helped in that department. I even used him as an extra in one shot. It’s important to mention the names of these people because they were integral to the making of my film. This is how I made my first short in limited budget. I had Tarun as cameraman, Shishir’s place to shoot, and myself as the editor of the film. So I even saved on the post-production side. This is how I made the movie on a micro-budget of some five thousand rupees only.
What recognition did you get for this short film?
Frankly speaking, it has not gone to any film festival yet. But that doesn’t deter me. In fact, I am working harder than ever. Film festivals are a way to get recognition and if my film finds the right viewer outside of a film festival then my work is done. So, I have included the film in my portfolio. At any rate, I have earned some important experience from it. So, don’t ever feel dejected if the festivals don’t choose your films. Don’t chase the festivals, chase to be a better story teller and keep improving your art project after project.
What advice with you give new / aspiring film-makers on making a low budget film?
My advice is that work with the available resources around you. If you apply yourself, you can create wonders with the available resources. Famous filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has shared the same advice in his book, Rebel Without A Crew. Everyone should read it to get motivated. I think your limitations can’t stop you from telling a great story. So invest in crafting interesting characters and an engaging story rather than getting expensive props. Make do with what is available at your place or your friend’s place. Things will automatically fall in place.
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