Prajesh Trivedi who is fascinated by the film making style of Steven Spielberg decided to become a filmmaker. Renad on to know more about this young filmmaker.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
As a kid I always wanted to be an engineer. I passed 10th grade and took science as my field of study. God knows how I spent those 2 years studying those theories and reactions. I very soon realized engineering was not something which I wanted to do. I love watching Hollywood films and I am a huge Spielberg fan. I somehow passed 12th grade and got into BMM (Bachelor of Mass Media). I am currently in the second year of BMM and I have my own company, Infinite Illusion where we make short films , Music videos, Ad films and cover events.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
I was very fascinated by the filmmaking style of Steven Spielberg, Akira Kurosawa and Orson welles and I was tired of watching the mainstream style of cinema. I wanted to make something unique and something which people have not seen before and thats what prompted me to become a filmmaker.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
Infinite Illusion was started by 3 of us in 2013, me, Abhinav Pyati and Jay Dagli. Currently we are 4 people in our team, Me, Abhinav Pyati, Pranjal Rajadhyasksha and Aditya Kamble. Also there are other people who work with us for any specific projects of their interest. Abhinav works as a creative director, he helps me in developing the concept and assists in editing. Pranjal is someone who helps when the whole team is stuck. She is a savior. Also, she is the head DOP of our team. Aditya helps in scripting and developing stories. I work as Director, Editor and DOP. We would love to have more passionate people joining our team as we expand.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
We have made around 7 movies and including other videos like ad films, aftermovie etc, we made around 16 videos. We like to make movies which are different and our main aim is to make people think after watching the movie. We have made movies on genres like social cause, Science fiction, horror etc.
What is your dream/ vision?
My dream is to work with Steven Spielberg. 15 years down the line I see myself as a successful art film maker and I see my productions as one of the best when it comes to making a difference.
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
BUDGET! I think that’s one of the biggest problem for most of the independent film makers. We get a creative idea after a really long brainstorming session and what we lack is the budget to make it. This constraint makes us and our idea vulnerable. I don’t think I’ve faced any other problem as an independent filmmaker because when you are passionate you definitely figure out some solution to your problem.
What inspires you or keeps you going?
The thought of making a difference keeps me going on. Honestly, people hate watching art films. To make an art film which engages the audience, that’s what keeps me going on.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
A year ago I was at the shoot of my very 1st short film called crisis. the shoot was in Bhivpuri during the summer. It was somewhere around 34*c. It was really hot. After shooting the very first scene of the movie I got a notification on my camera which said Internal temperature high and the camera was off the very next second. I didn’t know what to do next because we had only one camera. We were stuck. What I did was I used my handkerchief to cover my camera and then I shot the whole movie with the handkerchief on the top of the camera. This was something completely unexpected but I did learn out of it. Here is the link of the short film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRrZH5yDkIM
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbee in filmmaking?
My advice would be to just go and make something. Even if its not good, not a problem. We learn from our mistakes. Nobody is perfect. If you don’t have a camera shoot from your phone or a digi cam. Learn some basic editing software’s like Sony Vegas pro and Adobe Premiere. Start watching videos online. There are a lot of videos out there on youtube which helps filmmakers to learn things.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I would love to have passionate people in my team. You can contact us via our facebook page or via mail. Also we have a youtube channel where you can watch our work.
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