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If the story is alive in your heart then there is no challenge which you can’t overcome – Anshul Agrawal

Anshul Agrawal-stagephod Trapped in Time

Read on to know how Anshul Agrawal made a short film – Trapped in Time in minimal resources.

Tell us about you and your team (if you have) in brief?

I have always been blessed with a small but a very dedicated team. The members have changed over the course of last 7 years of my filmmaking journey but I have always selected people with a  certain skill sets. I am a very impulsive person so my right hand has always been someone who can keep a check on this and keep the whole team on track. Next are usually people who are great at what they do and compliment others doing their jobs. I have always been a jack of all trades so I rather like working with people who are better than me in something specific. I like it when they question me or even override me to achieve what I can’t. I have enough confidence that together we can pull off bigger projects than we think we can.

How did you come up with the idea of this particular short film?

This particular film is very very close to my heart. This idea was always there. I can’t trace back to one particular point in time where I might have thought that this is what I want to make. It was like a recurrent dream. Still the hammer fell when I had experienced almost all the things depicted in this short film as a student and also as an employee for various people. The traps in which all of us live our early life is depicted here.

Anshul Agrawal-stagephod-Trapped in-Time

What all prominent “Jugaads” did you do to make the film with minimal resources?

The film was made in December 2008. We had our winter break and my whole team was separated due to the break. We were all sitting at our homes far away with whatever system resources we had. Internet was not such an accessible thing for me or my team. The film is made on traditional cell animation techniques mixed with flash animation and scripting. I got some spare plywood, a piece of glass, Aluminium foil, a bulb and some wires. With that I made a small light box on which the initial sketches were done. It was a very good and cheap light box. My chief help and friend Shashwat Dutta (Currently Editor of AIB, Mumbai) used to put all the sketches on flash and used to send me rotoscopic images from these sketches. I then painted the background images on photoshop and we merged them all together with the help of a small team which also took instructions and files on mail.

Once the film was finished I decided against internet music, a habit which has never left me. Me and my friends (Shashwat, Samir, Abhinav, Antriksh) got our guitars together and jammed one whole evening to get make some interesting riffs. We recorded them randomly and layered that music in an original composition which is now the music for the film.

What recognition did you get for this short film?

I have not received any recognition for this film in the form of awards. I have actually never submitted it anywhere ever. But whenever i show it to anyone they say its my best work till now. This makes me really proud of our whole team and I feel more satisfied than any other recognition. Someday I would share it with the world. Maybe now…

Anshul Agrawal-stagephod-Trapped in Time

What advice with you give new / aspiring film-makers on making a low budget film?

Just follow your heart. If the story is alive in your heart then there is no challenge which you can’t overcome. But if you do not go in tune with the story than even with a lot of resources you would not be able to achieve what you want. One prime example is myself. There is a film that I am making since last two years. I don’t particularly relate with the story and thus whatever I do I am unable to finish it. I would sink my heart in it someday and only then would be the time of its delivery.

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