Filed under: Tips for a Creative Artist | Tags: arts, auteur, cinema, creative tips, creativity, film, film education, filmmaking, indie filmmaking, oorvazi irani, tips for a creative artist
TIPS FOR A CREATIVE ARTIST
From the diary of a filmmaker Oorvazi Irani
- Create what you know about or have experienced.
- After getting an exciting idea, developing it requires discipline.
- Find a partner to share your ideas with, brainstorm and help you keep at it and refine and develop it.
- Sleep sometimes works as a defense mechanism for an uninspired mind when you sit to create.
- Closing your eyes and focusing for a few minutes on a thought or idea or problem might be more insightful than hours spent with the rational chattering mind.
- Try to search for original, unique ideas and ways of creating. Your subconscious mind can offer exciting possibilities. Try diving in to your subconscious by psychic automatism or meditation.
- Use other forms of art to explore the development of your ideas like painting, music etc.
- Life itself seen with keen eyes has so many ideas floating around, its just about the way we see things that makes all the difference.
- The germ of the idea can be an image, a word, a character, a theme, a place etc which is unique and fires your imagination.
- Films, Literature, Newspapers, Paintings, any creation can be an inspiration but what is important is how do you make it your own and take it to another level.
- Creativity and art is about a process of finding your own answers not stating ready made answers from others. It’s close to a scientific invention if it’s the work of a genius.
- Creativity is about self discovery and many auteurs feel they are making the same movie again and again with slight modifications. Your work is a reflection of who you are.
Filed under: SBI Impresario Films Online | Tags: documentary, film education, film workshop, filmmaking, Ganesa, Ganesh, Ganesh Chaturthi, ganesh documentary, Ganesh festival, Hinduism, indie film, Lord Ganesh, mumbai, Mumbai festival, oorvazi irani, Prof. Upadhyay, sbi impresario, sorab irani
“Ganesa” (1998) – Directed and Produced by Sorab Irani
The Ganesh festival is world famous and synonymous with Mumbai. Yet while millions of us Mumbaikars take part in the festivities probably a few of us understand the iconography, the mythology and the political compulsions that has made this iconic festival come to become what it is.
I want to share with you a well researched half hour film directed and produced by my dad Sorab Irani, and me as the associate director in the year 1998. It is immensely entertaining yet informative and we see that the character of Bombay has not changed really so much in regards its common citizens even if its name is now Mumbai.
Produced by SBI Impresario Pvt Ltd. in the year 1998
Directed and Produced by Sorab Irani
Associate Director Oorvazi Irani
Copyrights and all Rights Reserved SBI Impresario Pvt. Ltd.
Filed under: Film Musings | Tags: 26/11, Asab, Farrukh Dhondy, film education, film maker, filmmaking, independent cinema, India, indian cinema, Kasab, movie, oorvazi irani, sorab irani, The K File movie
MY FILM ‘THE K FILE” FEATURED IN BOMBAY TIMES
‘KASAB IS NOW ASAB’
A pleasant surprise and i would like to share it with you all and hope you have seen the film.
‘THE K FILE” MOVIE SCREENING 24×7
Invite your friends to see the film and would love to hear back from all my viewers about the film experience !
Filed under: Film Musings | Tags: 26/11, film education, filmmaking, independent cinema, Kasab, oorvazi irani, politics, terrorism, The K File, Vivek Agrawal
MAN A SOCIAL POLITICAL ANIMAL – THE POLITICS OF TERRORISM IN INDIA – The Underlined Theme of the Film “The K File”
THE STEP-UP QUESTION – CAN POLITICKING BE KEPT OUT BY INDIAN POLITICIANS WHEN DEALING WITH TERRORISM
Follow the excitement of the prelauch of my film “The K File” on http://www.facebook.com/the kfilemovie
“The K File” Exclusive Online movie launch 28th may 2012 http://www.thekfilemovie.com
26/11 Coping with Terror – Case Investigation(Hidden Enemy)
Filed under: Top Ten Film Books | Tags: apu trilogy, Asian cinema, B.D.Garga, cinematography, film books, film education, film workshop, Filmmakers master class, filmmaking, Gustavo Mercado, Hitchcock, indian cinema, Lagos Egri, Laurent Tirard, oorvazi irani, Robert Mckee, satyajit ray, Sidney Lumet, Story, Truffaut
Would like to share with you my list of Top Ten Film books which are a must read for filmmakers
1. MAKING MOVIES By Sidney Lumet
The book is from experiences as a filmmaker and not dry theory
Easy and enjoyable read .
2. MOVIE MAKER’S MASTER CLASS By Laurent Tirard
Reveals unique working styles and techniques used by international contemporary directors.
Brief chapter for each director but insightful.
3. STORY By Robert Mckee
Gives an insight into understanding different kind of films with the ‘Story Triangle’.
A lot of reference to actual films.
4. THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING By Lajos Egri
The chapter on ‘Premise’ is most valuable
A Classic !
5. THE FILMMAKER’S EYE By Gustavo Mercado
The book is more pictorial and is not text heavy
Easy to digest with a lot of references to actual films and deals with basic shot scale but in that simple structure reveals the complex and effective use of basic cinematic grammar by filmmakers.
Not theory but practice.
6. THE FIVE C’S OF CINEMATOGRAPHY By Joseph V. Mascelli
Detailed cinematography aspects explained
Very informative but maybe not a fast and easy read.
A Classic !
7. ASIAN CINEMA By Tom Vick
Published by the Smithsonian Institutte, a good book on Asian cinema, good background information on cultures, politics. But the chapter on Indian cinema is not that insightful.
A good introduction to Asian Cinema.
8. HITCHCOCK By Francois Truffaut (revised edition)
An Interview by one filmmaker to another. Interesting insights on Hitchcock’s technique with detailed references to scenes in his films.
Detailed but insightful.
9. MY YEARS WITH APU By Satyajit Ray
The process of making his first film. The struggle and ecstasy of filmmaking.
A personal and enjoyable journey.
10. SO MANY CINEMAS, THE MOTION PICTURE IN INDIA By B.D. Garga
A big coffee table book which begins with silent cinema and comes into the present times.
A good archive.
by Oorvazi Irani
Filed under: Professional Talk | Tags: Ashvin Kumar, Bollywood, film appreciation, film education, filmmaking, independent filmmaker, independent filmmaking, Indian film director, little terrorist, oorvazi irani, The Forest
THE JOURNEY OF AN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER by Ashvin Kumar
(watch his latest film “The Forest” on 4th May)
I would love o share with you Ashvin’s article on his journey as a filmmaker I think its inspiring to young independent filmmakers
Getting an Oscar nod is quite an overwhelming experience; particularly when it comes to you on your first film. Well, nearly first film.
The film I made before ‘Little Terrorist’ was ‘Road To Ladakh’. It starred Irrfan and Koel Purie. It almost didn’t get made; which is why the making-of is called ‘The Near Un-making of Road To Ladakh‘ take a look, it’s a hoot.
RTL is what I call my film-school, or what others would call ‘student-film’. Suffice to say, I had no clue what to do at the beginning of that experience. A few ideas, yes. Plus, hundreds of films watched and books read, sure and an oversupply of confidence absolutely. But in terms of making films, the seat-of-my-pants was the main mode of transport. Fortune favours the brave, they say, I think it favours the foolhardy.
Dragging a crew of forty people from various parts of the world to 15,000 feet, convincing them to fund their own air-fare (forget about fee), using tents for accommodation in the blistering cold and rain, disasters striking so often that it becomes normal. Small example: Irrfan Khan saying yes to the part, then agreeing to forgo his fee, then breaking his arm, then agreeing to come along regardless and then being attacked by altitude sickness that knocks him out cold. And yet, somehow, with dedication so rare in Bollywood, doing all that was expected of him without a fuss and turning in a brilliant performance. He deserves every award and commendation that has come his way since 2004, the year I made ‘Road To Ladakh’.
As I recall these snap-shots, the hair on the back of my neck stands up. So many things could have gone seriously wrong, how did anyone ever let me do that? I was so green, so raw. That film was funded on fumes, infectious enthusiasm and passion.
So, hard on the heels of a recognition like the nomination, comes the expectation of a repeat performance. That causes anxiety and pressure that have little or nothing to do with making films and telling stories. It has everything to do with an inflated perception of oneself and the fallacy that one has “arrived” so to speak.
The story of my debut feature film ‘The Forest‘ is as much a story of arrival at no-destination-in-particular, as it is about a remarkable collaboration of some seriously well-meaning, skilled and talented individuals drawn from around the world.
More than that, it taught me about life. It grew me up.
So, here I am, post-nomination. Do I decide to make my debut feature film about a couple in Delhi going through marital difficulty? One apartment, maybe a few car shots, maybe some second unit shots of Delhi night life – all very contained, focusing energies directing the actors, small budget. Performance driven human story about love and loss?
Instead, a remote, damp and freezing jungle location, a main character that is mostly hidden. When spotted its shown to have four legs and very large teeth. A convincing suspense thriller with what is intriguingly called a ‘love triangle’ in Bollywood. A movie that would teach me all about special effects, make up, prosthetics. All about computer graphics, compositing, visual effects, blue and green screens and how to direct an animal wrangler who in turn is trying to get a performance out of two very fierce and determined leopards.
I had no experience of a big film, I had never stepped onto a set of a crew of more than twenty people. Here we had close to two hundred. All I knew for sure is what I wanted to see on the screen. And I spent my energies on creating a team of people who would help me achieve that.
Everything the gurus will tell you to avoid, I did while making ‘The Forest‘.
I hope you enjoy watching it.
May the 4th be with you.
Filed under: FILM REVIEW show - Talking Cinema | Tags: documentary, film education, film review, film workshop, filmmaking, George Harrison, Living in the material world, Martin Scorsese, oorvazi irani, The Beatles
TALKING CINEMA- Episode 4
Film Review of the documentary “George Harrison: Living In The Material World” directed by Martin Scorsese
The Mumbai Film Festival 2011
Filed under: Filmmaking/Acting Tips | Tags: film appreciation, film studies, filmmaking, filmmaking techniques, oorvazi irani, tips on filmmaking
1. Do you have anything to say
2. How are you saying it
3. What is the one central thing your film is about in one line
4. Do the characters develop the plot
5. Limiting yourself to a genre could help as a creative tool to begin with
6. What is the opening value and closing value of your scene
7. What information is the image giving
8. What do you want to include and exclude in your frame and why
9. Study paintings and still photography to understand the key aspects of a still image
10. Understand the difference between a still image and a movie image
11. Every camera movement should have a purpose
12. Try using a tripod or a support to keep the camera steady otherwise its makes the audience giddy
13. Observe the sun during different times of the day and the effect it produces
14. When using artificial lights ask yourself what is the role each light is playing
15. Select locations carefully they add character to the film
15. What information is the soundtrack giving
16. Use external mikes for a professional soundtrack
17. Close electrical devices like Tv, Ac, fan, while recording sound to avoid the hum
18. What is the Rhythm of your film
19. Concentrate on developing your skills to get a great performance out of your actor
20. Why is your film unique
Filed under: Film Musings | Tags: film appreciation, film education, film musing, filmmaker, filmmaking, oorvazi irani
Film is a very powerful medium and in turn empowering. In film the potential lies latent for a new reality to exist which is parallel with our ordinary daily existence. A reality that is so close to what we live yet so far beyond.
No other artform in the history of mankind is as complete to replicate the experience of life in flesh and blood and involve us completely in its flow.
The language of film can play subtle notes of your soul, pleasure your senses, stimulate your grey cells and above all make you part of a reality unknown before its creation.
We the filmmaker have a magic wand to create this new world, this experience for individuals to live another life. A life which can – help understand our existing reality – take us beyond our limited self.
So a filmmaker plays God but let’s not have the God complex!