Premendra Sawant who opted out of Science stream to learn filmmaking. He is also a good writer. Read on to know more about this passionate filmmaker.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
Like every other Indian due to ignorance I also made some wrong choices in life at the start of my career,I did Software Engineering.I am still hunting for that person who had created this hype by saying “Science main scope hai”. A victim of this shitty education system where marks are more important than understanding concepts.I think these marks are replaced by money in the future.
You are being taught to run behind something to keep you distracted and ignorant of being a Victim.I wanted to be an actor but I also wanted to learn the process of filmmaking. After my engineering I told my parents about it. I joined Zee Institute of Media Arts to learn the process of Filmmaking. At ZIMA I discovered that I can be a Writer.
Our Scriptwriting Prof. Mr.Sudhanshu Dubey encouraged me to make a short film on my first story which happened to be “Dangerous ground of Mumbai.”
I worked as Assistant at many productions but never succeeded in becoming a good Assistant.
In 2013 did a Short film for Mumbai Film Festival named “Smart City” which was later uploaded by Humaramovie.com.
Another project with Humaramovie was INTERVAL,mentored by Vikramaditya Motwane,a short film made for Shuruaat ka Interval Film Festival.
Currently in the process of developing concepts and writing scripts.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
I wanted to do something productive in life and simultaneously I was shortlisting areas of my interest and working for Films was the only interest i discovered.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
When I am ready to tell a story I call my Editor,DOP,Musician whom I met at my Institute.They all work for different production houses and in their free time they work for my short films.This is how Independent Films are made.Without their support no one can make a film.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
Till date I have made three short films.All have some connection with some real moments in my life.
You will also find a connection with them in some way or the other.
Links to our Short Films-
What is your dream/ vision?
I don’t believe in dreaming I believe in hitting goals.At this point of life i am happy making short films.I think everyone should live in present rather than making plans for the future.
If you still insist to talk about my dreams i will say that “if I want to do something i will do it or i will die in the process,its that simple.”
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
As an Independent Filmmaker you never face any difficulties as far as films are concerned.You are a free bird where no production or marketing people interfere in you work which happens in mainstream cinemas. If you are making films just for money and if you think like a “Businessman” you can never able to make a film. You have to sacrifice somethings that’s true and you don’t need to cry over these difficult times because these times come to pass and to prepare you for the better future.
What inspires you or keeps you going?
All those words of people who try to demotivate me.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
Yes there were many fun moments while shooting on the roads,railways,railway platform in Mumbai & as an Independent Filmmaker we don’t have money to take legal permissions.
I would like to share my experience when we were shooting at MumbaDevi temple.
We wanted footage of Mumba Devi temple for our short film “Smart City”.We did’nt find it from the Internet.We knew that its prohibited area but still I told my DOP to roll camera and a police caught us.I just acted as if i didn’t know that it is a prohibited area.He asked us to give him camera to check the footage.At that time my DOP told him that he didn’t capture anything.
The police asked some questions and being a Marathi was to my advantage and he allowed us to go.But I was upset because we did’nt get a shot.And we had only 2 days to submit our film for MAMI Festival.After walking some steps my DOP Kanishk Jagtap told me that he had captured 6-7 secs footage.At that moment I realized that if your team is smart your process of making a film becomes more interesting & fun.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbie in film making?
I am still new to the process of filmmaking because everyday there are changes in technology and you have to adapt to these new things.
If you want to be a Filmmaker you must be very passionate about the story which you want to tell.
Anything else you’d like to share?
“ When you work smartly you don’t need to work hard.”
“Working hard is a wrong concept which is not applicable to Filmmakers.”
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