I’m a Filmmaker trained holistically in all aspects of Filmmaking right from Scriptwriting, Production, Direction, Cinematography, Sound to Editing. Did my MA in Filmmaking from The London Film School. I’ve been trained on film but with the times I’ve made the transition to Digital in 2010. Photography comes to me through Cinematography during my two year training in London.
I’ve also done my MA in English Literature and my interest in literature helps me with characterizations and plots in my scripts apart from providing me with a keen insight and a roving eye (read camera lens), which sees Satyam (truth), Shivam (Goodness) Sundaram (beauty) in the mundane. Critical appreciation finds expression in the reflection of my images of this world. It is the ‘grammar of expression’ in literature and more importantly in life itself, for all art and experiences are derived from it, which have driven me with the urge to share my own mind through my films and photography. Having a Philosopher/Author for a Father have contributed in their own way. Discussions in our household delve more into Metaphysics and Dharma than the stock market, weather and the like. With all that I learn at home and abroad, I divulge in my art – my ‘recollections in tranquillity’! My attempts to capture –
“A sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man.”
My Photography/Cinema is a smorgasbord of life and all that it encompasses.
I have a mind self-cultured for that most important object – I mean the recognition of similitudes – and at the same time sufficiently steady and concentrated for the observation of subtle shades of difference. I possess a passion for research, a power of suspending judgement with patience, of meditating with pleasure, of assenting with caution, of correcting false impressions with readiness, and of arranging my thoughts with scrupulous pains.
Film Making Experience:
Produced, sound recorded and edited ‘In The Deep End’, (10 minutes) 35mm Black & White short film at the London Film School.
Directed a documentary ‘Sealand – Birth of a nation’ (23 minutes) on 16mm film.
Directed, produced and edited a short film ‘Let there be light’ (4 minutes) on 16mm film.
Sound recorded for ‘Dear Pammy’ (10 minutes) 35mm Colour short film at The London Film School.
Produced eight short films at The London Film School.
Wrote, produced, edited and directed a short digital film ‘In The Sky With Diamonds’.
I also arranged the music for this film.
Jobs on other projects at The London Film School include set designs, location scouting, casting, location managing, catering and set construction
Director of Photography for two short films at The London Film School.
Camera operated two short films at the London Film School.
16mm Arriflex ST
16mm Arriflex SR
35mm Super America
35mm Panaflex Panavision Gold
Studio and location grip
Dolly-Grip experience.Camera Assistant, Camera Operator, Focus Puller, Gaffer,
Spark on numerous short films at the London Film School, all shot on film in studio and on location.
Sound recorded for two 35mm films at the London Film School using Nagra 4.2 and Nagra 5.0.
Editing on 16mm and 35mm Steenbeck at the London Film School.
Editing on Final Cut Pro HD
Editing on Apple Soundtrack.
As a director I worked with a music composer.
Wrote five screenplays, including my graduation project. Currently writing a feature film script.
Acting in short films.
Involved in the conceptualizing, development and operations of a school run by an NGO called ‘Pragyavataran Educational Society’.
Edited two of Nirmal Kumar’s written works (Fiction & Non-fiction) in English – ‘Sikh Philosophy & Religion’ (Philosophy) & ‘Call Of The Yeti’ (Novel).
Designed the Cover of the book ‘Call Of The Yeti’ (Novel), ‘The Burning Sands Of Sind’ and ‘Sikh Philosophy And Religion’ by Nirmal Kumar and published by Rupa Publications.
Translated another of Nirmal Kumar’s novel, ‘Sanero’, from Hindi to English.
I believe that Photography/Filmmaking as an art should be used to enhance Satyam Shivam Sundaram rather than as an alternative to it.
Filmmaking is my main domain. Yet, you tell a story through images (24 per second in a film). So here’s a start and hopefully they’ll all add up in the times to come…