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Saturday, April 28, 2007

what if everything goes wrong? :(


man, i am so dazed. there is so much that needs to work out just perfectly for me over the next few days, i am getting stressed just imagining the worst.
first there was the recording fiasco...i never wrote about the other reason why i felt shitty at the studio...i have been meeting up with a few crew members from another unit...who have spared me no grief about my film and my reasons for doing it...
in a few words, they shower false praise at me, while actually snickering that i am digging my own grave....man! that was another downer....but i am over it..i think...
(cant be too elaborate about the who's and the when's, they might be reading this website for all i know)...

ok so coming back to my state of mind...
i am getting paranoid....
what if everything goes wrong on the preview day...
what if the projector stops working...what if the audio is shitty...
what if no one from the press turns up....what if no one turns up...what if people walk out even before giving the film a chance...
oh man the list goes on....and i cant help feeling eveything that can go wrong will....and my one big moment, will only be one embarrassing memory....what if everything goes wrong?..
i first thought the 9th was the best, but looks like the 12th is better cus its the weekend...what if the theatre wont re-schedule my dates...what if no one listens to me....

what if no one takes me seriously....

i'm tired...its hot...i'm going to sleep.

why the fuck should anything work out for an idiot who decided he was smarter than the system....why should anything work out!

whatever.......
i wish i made a comedy or love story....not something i need to pull my hair to convince people about....
no, i am proud of 'confessions'...but it is overwhelming me...

but what if everything goes wrong for me on the big day? what if NOTHING HAPPENS....man, i will drown....drown drown drown....

i need to a divine force to stay with me over the next few days....to just guide me...man i wish i was religious....

sigh...

p.s i know ill feel better in the morning...i am writing to only feel better...so no one worry about me...

auf wiedersehen....good night...bye...sigh

Friday, April 27, 2007

tossed around


with hardly anytime left until the 9th of may, i see myself being asked to re-schedule my own final mix, to accommodate everyone else at the studio..
so i have no option but to work at nights, or when the engineer is too tired to do anything about the mix...

this is too tiring and stressful and is really getting on my nerves. i have no option left now but to pack my tracks and find another studio...
time is of the essence, and suddenly no one seems to have it for me...

Monday, April 23, 2007

the video is done






it was quite a weekend. i think we travelled approx 400km, in and around the city. and i will never sit in a toyota innova again. its such an over-rated car.
anyways, coming back to the video.
it was an intense and cathartic affair for me. with just one camera in hand, and the stress of canning a multitude of shots for a video....well i did my best under the cirsumstances. in retrospect, i wish i could have done better...i could have...but just couldnt....
but like in all my earlier experiences, i have been able to churn out something reasonable....i am confident i can do it this time round with the video, i just might have to work harder on it....

meanwhile its back to the studios for the final mix...the pressure is building as the film approachs the final lap of work....i see vultures hovering over me :), its pay time for some folks out there... and i mean 'pay time'.
man...

film work is weird....the closer you are to finishing it, the harder it gets...

man what a trip these 6 months were...
lets see whats in store for the future....

let me leave you with a few images from the week gone by....

Saturday, April 21, 2007

in a couple hours and a couple of days

i will be shooting the music video in a couple of hours from now. been unable to sleep. wont be sleeping until sometime early monday i think. i'm going to be on the road with the camera and the band the entire weekend.
and then later this week, maybe before the following weekend. the film would be wrapped once and for all...

this is the final frontier...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

recordings done, just mulling over the video






as days go by, i seem to have little to write or speak about. i think its because the films work is coming to an end. the final mix will start on monday after which i approach the censors...and from then on, its pretty much upto destiny...

however i have decided i will shoot myself everyday leading upto the preview show on the 9th...if i am not able to muster up too many words...maybe my pics will...

so here are a few pics from yesterday and the night before....some images make me think about how self indulgent film-making is...

aren't there bigger needs and bigger reasons...ofcourse there are...but i am too self indulgent to think about them.

Monday, April 16, 2007

i know we have a winner





xabyssus has created a piece of music, which i cant to wait to show to the world. its an incredible,lasting,heady,trip which is a good 7min 32sec. an anthem...the theme music for cof.

and i know its one of those great pieces of music.....of all time!

no i am not drunk. wait till you listen to it.
meanwhile some pics from a few hours ago. more recording work tomorrow.
oh did i mention we are shooting the music video this weekend.
so a jam packed week ahead, just the way i like it.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

the music is on the floors




well the jammings done, we've been recording in the studio since friday.wont say much right now. have a hangover from last night. will just leave you with some pictures for now.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

anurag kashyap made my day :)

an article for passionforcinema.com was overdue, so i decided to check it out today to see what everyone is talking about.
and lo and behold there is an article by anurag kashyap called "the new wave is coming".

to understand why i am pleased as punch, pl go to the link here and read the article..

http://passionforcinema.com/the-new-wave-is-comingbheja-fry-and-manorama-six-feet-under/

meanwhile i have to get back to work now.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

the 'times' article

‘The film industry is mafia-like’

Filmmaker Anish Kuruvilla is on a quest for ‘better cinema’. And he believes Tollywood is falling seriously short

CHARISMA MURARI Times News Network

WHAT lurks in the underbelly of Tollywood? Filmmaker Anish Kuruvilla has observations to share, and a disclaimer to add before he gets into them, “I have been in the industry for over 10 years. I have been an assistant director, actor and executive producer. I have been associated with critically acclaimed movies like Dollar Dreams, Anand and, more recently, Godavari. I am not some wasted daarudrinking loser. I know what I am talking about.”

And then he wastes no time in trying to explain why he had to make a movie that would be called Confessions of a Filmmaker, and that would do exactly what its title suggests. “The film industry is mafia-like. Everything is about family and bloodline, and anyone who doesn’t belong to any of the dynasties can’t break in,” he says, adding, “The industry is further divided by caste. People of a caste work together. Heck, the first question you are asked when you join a set is, ‘ay oor meeru’ (which village are you from). Give me a break. We are trying to make movies here! And we’ll never make a multi-starrer. Because every actor is concerned about how his fans would be affected. They all think they “owe” something to the fans, and that the fans would be annoyed if they worked with a certain actor!”

Anish continues, “The Vajrotsavam (the 75th anniversary celebrations of Tollywood) speaks for how people are in the industry. They all came of as school kids. It is remembered for the mess it created. But no one wants to talk about it. For that will upset the powers that be, and people don’t want to alienate the big producers or directors. And the actors, well, they call all the shots anyway. It’s pathetic to see big directors getting up from their chairs and saluting – with bowed heads – heroes for just showing up on the sets. I have seen the socalled big directors grovelling.”

Why did Anish feel inspired to tell this story? “Because there is more to cinema than the titillating things that Tollywood wants us to see. They want to shove a song, which almost literally translates into sexual intercourse. And it has extremely suggestive hand-movements as well! It’s all rather atrocious. I believe cinema can be more meaningful. And I can say what I think because I am not getting my bread and butter from the big daddies, as it were.” How then are guys like him financing their movies? “By selling our land, cars, homes. It’s really as basic as that.”

needless to say some liberties where taken by the journalist in quoting me. i guess thats the way it is and i am fine with that.

Monday, April 09, 2007

some more pics fom the jam yesterday






while i wallow in self doubt and fear, here are some pictures from yesterdays jam.
we have a great tune and some great music.

is any of this going to be worth it though? i have a shitty day ahead of me. need some strength and words of support. waiting for the rest of the world to wake up and read the story in the times.

until later, my mom's getting a heart attack downstairs. sigh.

the times of india article

The times of india did an article on me today. And boy am I being made to feel bad about it. (will post a link as soon as there is one, or will scan)

Apparently there is no need for all this angst and no need for such debate.And maybe there wasn't any need for this movie. I shouldn't be messing around with the holy grail of telugu cinema, I shouldn't be dooming myself. right?

Its not going to be an easy day out for me today.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

THE MAY 9TH DEADLINE




I WAS WAITING FOR AN ANSWER. AN ANSWER TO WHEN I MUST STOP WORKING ON THIS FILM. AN ANSWER AS TO WHEN I NEED TO TAKE THIS OUT OF MY SYSTEM. I GOT IT AND I WILL LIVE UPTO IT.

ITS MAY 9TH. ONE WHOLE YEAR SINCE GODAVARI RELEASED. AND THIS FILM WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED IF NOT FOR MY EXPERIENCES SINCE THAT TIME.

SO ONE MONTH FROM NOW,WHETHER I HAVE A DISTRIBUTOR OR NOT, WHETHER I GET CENSOR OR PUBLICITY CLEARANCE OR NOT. THE FILM WILL BE OUT FOR EVERYONE TO WATCH IN WHATEVER FORM.
I AM HOPING I GET A DISTRIBUTOR FOR A 11TH RELEASE HERE...FINGERS CROSSED, SO MUCH ELSE NEEDS TO WORK OUT FOR ME AND THE FILM OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

THE MUSIC IS BEING WORKED ON RIGHT NOW AS I SPEAK. HOPEFULLY WE SHOULD HIT THE RECORDING STUDIOS LATER THIS WEEK. AND FROM THERE ITS A DASH TO THE FINISH..

YEAH, MAY 9TH FOLKS...I WILL LIVE UPTO IT THIS TIME ROUND. ACTUALLY HAVE MORE TO TALK ABOUT...BUT WILL SETTLE WITH THIS RIGHT NOW...GOTTA RUSH TO THE JAM SESSION.

meanwhile some pics from the last couple of days.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

the poster



well its a sample.not yet final.but i am using it as a flyer, putting it up on windshields,handing it to joggers etc.

Monday, April 02, 2007

EXABYSSUS AT WORK



alright, so yes my film is done except for the music. yep, the band watched the film yesterday and they have figured out what is pretty much needed for COF. i think. :)
so, they are going to start jamming and hopefully start recording soon.

on my part, although the film is ready, i really want to see where i can get with the music too. so looks like the first showing/private screening will be delayed by a couple of weeks. but i am really hoping its all going to be worth it. something inside me says i wont regret.

i trust the band, is going to create something truly special. i just have this feeling. and i know its going to help the film immensely.
while i can understand these new developments are tiresome, i simply want to do whats best for the film, there is no clock ticking anywhere...i want to see how far i can push things technically and creatively by not spending too much money :)

thats a tough task. but for now, its music time.