Reflect – An Experimental Short

Around mid January of this year, as part of my diploma course in filmmaking at FX School, I had to make a non-dialogue, non-fiction short film. I was 100% sure that for this project, I was going to take the experimental route.

Taking René Descartes‘ quote “Cogito Ergo Sum” as my inspiration, I went ahead and made this.

Let me know your thoughts.

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Chasing Inspiration

A little over a year ago, I started a diploma course in Filmmaking at FX School. As part of the course, we were asked to make a chase sequence. To be honest, the idea of a chase sequence seemed too boring to me, but then I began thinking of how I can make this interesting.

Instead of making a cat-and-mouse chase, I decided to do something different. Instead of a guy chasing a pickpocket, I thought of a writer trying to chase his inspiration. This is the result.

It’s probably my simplest film yet. Let me know what you think.

What is Death?

Synopsis:
A man sits on his grave, contemplating of another who has died twice. A mysterious manifestation touches his grave to pay respects. The man begins to trail this manifestation, hoping to answer a simple question. ‘What is Death?’

So, I know I’ve been pretty inactive these past few years. I decided to stay away from social media, and yes it was genuinely relaxing, but in today’s age it’s seemingly impossible to live without the Internet. So here I am.

This is a short film we (Ixius Films) made back in 2014. It was even screened at the Access Code Short Film Festival in 2015. We had planned to upload it back then, but life got in the way and we kept procrastinating.

It’s been almost 3 years, and we have all grown, we have all changed, yet somehow this old internal monologue that was written in a moment of inspiration still makes sense. It’s an old short film, and over the years I was working on other stuff. My book still isn’t published, but I wrote another one, which I’m editing right now. Fingers crossed.

I made a few other short films too, which I’ve decided to upload on my channel in the coming weeks. Before I upload those, I had to put up this one. Hope you like it.

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May Your Darkness guide you to Your Light!

Andrei Rublev (1966)

Most of you might not know who Andrei Rublev was. Many of you won’t even know about this masterpiece by Soviet and Russian Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (Ivan’s Childhood, Solyaris, Mirrors, etc.).

I’m currently watching his films, which I must admit are some of the finest pieces of filmmaking I’ve ever seen. Until now, I’d heard that Tarkovsky is one of the best filmmakers of all time. I can now confirm that Tarkovsky is one of the best filmmakers of all time.

Andrei Rublev in particular deals with the early 15th Century Russia. It is a hostorical biopic based on the life of a religious icon painter. And believe me, this film is inspiring as hell. I don’t easily rate films 10/10 on IMDb. But with this one, I had to. It was so beautifully shot, well written and composed with such excellence. I regret not having watched this at last year’s film festival (Long story short: festival management and delegates were annoying and ruined my experience of watching films). But seriously, you should go and get a copy of this film and watch it. Watch it as many times as you can and absorb the essence of Tarkovsky’s brilliant filmmaking. It is one of the finest films I’ve ever seen, and has inspired me to write.

I’m still watching Tarkovsky’s filmography. I don’t know when I’ll be done as I’m busy with other freelancing stuff, and my book (can never forget my book). Until then…

May your Darkness guide you to your Light!

Chor – Teaser | The Catharsis Project

As I had mentioned earlier, some of my very talented filmmaker friends were working on something they call ‘The Catharsis Project‘. They’re very ambitious, and I happened to work with them on the Screenplay for their first short in this project, titled ‘Chor’.

Here is the teaser for the same. Hope you guys enjoy it. Like, share, subscribe. You know the drill.

May your Darkness guide you to your Light!

What a Splendid Morning…

Well, hello there folks. I know it isn’t really morning everywhere, but where I live, it’s morning. So Good Morning!
It has been a tough few months. I was working on my book, as I may have mentioned a few times in my last few posts. I wasn’t able to work on the blog, or anything else to be honest. However, I did work on 2 things in the mean time. I worked with the Catharsis Project on their first short film. I did the Screenplay for them. Apart from that, I did some freelance work. But now it’s time to return to my passions, which is writing and movies. So here’s my checklist for the next few days:

  1. Post more details about my book (This I will do once my Legal Consultant allows me to).
  2. Write Screenplay (I’ve been thinking and developing an idea for almost a year. Now that my book is done, I can finally move on to a new project).
  3. Write more. Blog more.

Well, for now I guess that’s it. I shall add more stuff to it. Until then…

May your Darkness guide you to your Light!

P.S.: The featured image is an old click from 2012. I had gone to Mahabalipuram, and clicked this on a low-end digicam. If you want to buy a printed version of the picture, or any of my other clicks, check out my mobileprints profile: http://mobileprints.com/profiles/ronit-jadhav.html.