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Behind the scenes of Shadow

SHADOW – The Conception

Hi all, Pari here. Well, for those who wanna know, here’s how we got around to make shadow.

The conception dates back a long time. We were still working on Clairvoyant at that time (for those who don’t know, keep this name in mind….You’re gonna see a lot of that in a lot of places  ). Hari (Srihari’s nickname) had come over at our place to discuss about something (we have such discussions a lot….not many fruitfull :D), I don’t exactly recall what. Hari told us about an idea that he had for a movie (Us here refers to me and Jit, living in the house where shadow was shot, as roomies)…

It all started then…The idea was good, a horror movie with a difference…Some guy lived in some apartment over a period of time…He was frustrated with his life…His only source of inspiration, the driving force of his life, was the girl he loved…The girl also left him….So most naturally, the presses CTRL+ALT+DLT of his life (in the moronic way : commits suicide)….Then years and several other tenants later, another guy comes to the same apartment….That guy also is going through the same things in life…That arouses philanthropy in the spirit of the deceased guy, and he tries helping….Well than the ghost to dost thing happens….

So we had a base plot…I had previously written a romantic song, which fitted in beautifully….Hari also had a name in mind  – NIZHAL, which in tamil means shadow (the title of the movie NIZHAL was made even before i delivered the script :P)…Finally, however, neither of the three were used fully….

Hari left me with that, and the charge of dressing it up…Well, I wrote out a full script of it, and handed it to Hari…But by that time, the plot had morphed beyond recognition….I put my own imagination into it (which had the attributes of a plastic surgery), and the output had just the basis of ghost to dost….Hari found it good (but for some parts, for which had hearty arguments over coffees and phone calls) and we got down to planning the movie….

That was a 44 page long script, planned for about an hour of runtime….We started with Arpita Soumo Me and Chhak (Avishek) playing out the characters….A trailer was also released….You can still see it in youtube…But then problems started coming from various sides….Arpita left the job and went to Delhi, we went to our hometown for a week or so, Hari started the process of changing his job, Chhak got his Saturdays and Sundays booked with CAT coaching classes, etc etc….So the project got shelved….I used the time to enrich the script, and changed the flow of the narrative, added several other characters, making it ready for a full length feature film….Then again we decided on the casting, and got to shooting….The shooting again got disrupted as the actors were not available at important times, and a crucial character’s casting remained undecided…..Naturally, the project again got shelved, while we were looking for people to cast….

After 4 months of futile searching, scheduling and rescheduling meets, Hari’s fuse got tripped….He put his foot down, that we gotta complete it with whatever resources we have….So i got to writing the script again, keeping in mind the shots we had already taken, and the resources we had….The story got completely changed, and shortened a great deal….We had 2 more weekends of shoot, and then the post production started….And what came out is what you people have seen!!

PS:I didn’t shed light on the longer original script that I had penned, for the sole purpose that, I still hope someday we are gonna make that as a full length feature film….Its hope that keeps you going, after all…..

Making of Shadow:

Gallery:

SHADOW-From Software Professionals

I am a Software engineer, infact a hardcore programmer.I have a lot of dreams to execute in my life(Sorry for technical terms like execute,compile,run etc., Its a part of a software engineer’s life).One of my dream is to become a Software architect,which i will become one soon.And another is to be a filmmaker.

One of the best things about the job of Software Architect is that you get to design a lot.And there are a lot of well known design patterns that are there.One of the famous book that i used to refer for my design is  by Gang of Four(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_Patterns).There is a famous rule or a design principle from the GOF book

“Always program to an interface,not an implementation”

For those who do not know what is an interface see the link(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interface_%28Java%29) Interface is nothing but a contract,set of rules that are laid out and the one who implements has to just follow those rules and put his own logic in.

I know its technical…Don’t worry it is going to get too technical

So one day i got a dream where two of my dreams(becoming a Software architect and a filmmaker) mixed up.So you may ask what is the output of the dream? Ya…output :)… The output was an idea to make a film based on a design principle.The output was to make a film in such a way that at the end of the movie each audience will have their own version of the story…

Algorithm:

interface Shadow{

public String getStory();

}

class Viewer1 implements Shadow{
public String getStory(){
//His own logic of the story
}

}

class Viewer2 implements Shadow{
public String getStory(){
//His own logic of the story
}

}

Here it goes we have made an interface/movie named Shadow.And you have to implement/see it to get the output.
I dont know what is the output, it may be erroneous but you still have to run it to see the output…

For those who did not understand a thing that i have written above… here’s the thing
1)First time you watch the movie.You will be taken to a thrill ride but at the end of it you will be confused.
2)Second time you see it,your confusion will be reduced a little
3)Third time you see it,your confusion will increase.

Its a different attempt.It will be abstract,random,confusing.. And if you get the same feeling after seeing the movie,that’s what we made it for…

SHADOW – The Team

The Shadow team comprises of Srihari Prabaharan as the director,vfx supervisor,editor,sound mixing. Jit as the Art Director and Actor, Paarijaat as the Writer and Actor, and Abhishek and Moumita in supporting roles.

COSTANSIN Films is a conglomerate, comprising of Srihari Jit and Paarijaat. All of them are employed in leading IT industries as software engineers. Its while searching for an avenue to let out their pent up creativity, that they met. SHADOW is the second project taken up by them.

SHADOW is unique in a lot of ways. Its a movie made without spending a single dime.It will be rich in Visual Effects Sound Mixing and Editing.Srihari Prabaharan is a trained Visual Effects artist from HollywoodCameraWorks.
The whole story is woven around the house where Jit, Paarijaat and Avishek stay as tenants. The film was shot with Sony xr520v full Hd.  Sony Vegas and after effects were used for post production purposes. Sound for dubbing was recorded mostly in a mobile phone and a Sony handheld voice recorder, otherwise live recording was adopted. All the actors in the movie are software engineers, with no experience whatsoever in film making.

Challenges were countless. The team tried to stand up to all of them, and get the best output possible; with all the shortcomings.

It would only be fitting to thank some people whose enthusiasm helped the team along; Arpitha Rajashekhara, Manish Dash and Ashutosh. They stood by the team during their lows and urged them forwards, and helped in countless ways. Thanks for all your support and faith in the team.

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