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One of the most important lessons is to start small – Ardra Swaroop

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Ardra made a short film ‘Tea time’ in minimal resources for Viacom 18’s cine short competition. The film got selected in top 5 films. Read on to know how she pulled it off.

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

I am a graduate in Psychology. I have been observing the process of filmmaking ever since i was a child.

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

This short film was a sudden idea. I had written a 10 liner one night and sent it to my friends who liked it. And then it was left untouched for a while. One day i came across Viacom 18 ‘s cine shorts film competition and so me and Swapn (The co – producer, Cameraman and Editor of ‘Tea Time’) decided to make the film for the competition.

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

We kept on postponing the idea of making the film since we were short on funds, but we were ready with the script and budget. The day we decided to make the film we got a client who wanted a video and believe it or not we got the exact amount we budgeted for the short film. We spent 20 days on that project and had only 10 days to make Tea Time.

We spent most on the location and art. We had a dedicated cast and crew. They were so amazing that i doubt the film would have been possible even without one of those members.

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What recognition did you get for this short film?

Viacom 18 has bought the rights to the film and they have sent the film to several international films festivals.

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

I am still learning the tricks, but one of the most important lessons is to start small.

For Ardra’s short film – Tea time, click here.

To know more about Ardra, click here.


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