Well it has been a while. What has happened from the beginning of the year up till now? Well, a lot. We started the year off with doing some short films, just to get back into the groove. These shorts are all around 3minutes. “Blink Responsibly” was our first of 2015. This was a short sci fi comedy about teleportation going wrong. The second being “The Honest Man” about a man’s lies coming true. Our third film was a Japanese Film called “Probably Not” which was shot in the busiest district of Tokyo. The whole thing was planned just as we were about to leave Japan. Thanks to the internet, we were able to meet up with some great people that helped us film this short film! Most of the time was spent actually finding proper voice acting and translations, but the time was well worth it.
Each film differs greatly from each other in terms of style and story. Versatility has been our focus as we wanted to see where we can apply our skills and what we felt was our “thing”. Each film has been a blast to make, since it took us out of our usual comfort zone. Have we found our style? That’s hard to say, but I do think we are defining our existing style of filmmaking. Also helped out on a Bollywood film!
That being said, we have started work on our next feature film. This film is a completely different realm for us, and it will be our first drama, with some light hearted comedy. It is titled “track 05” and it explores many themes on depression, therapy and new beginnings through music. It has been a very challenging experience for all of us. University just started for my brother and I, so we have to find that balance again, especially since the film is still in production. This year has been crazy, but a fantastic learning experience for sure. The future looks hectic, hazy but has a little inkling of glint (Funny joke, laugh).
I’m so proud of my entire team. It was never easy going into this field. Pressure from family (I’ll get into that in a bit, it was positive pressure), individually telling ourselves that this HAS to be our path, and essentially changing our own paths especially being so used to what we were in previously. This wasn’t what our brains were trained for, jeez. South Asian culture is different and doing something like this was a major risk. It’s not an easy thing to tell your family, or even yourself, that you want to go into entertainment. I can’t even tell you the amount of fights, and tantrums I threw at my parents when I was younger and used to sneak out to film. We aren’t able to “just leave” since we went straight into our fields of study and now drowning in student debt, like most students. Education has always been so important for us, and it still is. “You are your own person, make a little money and move out, be independent.” It is not that, we could have made tons of money, but we owe a lot to our families as well. Even on a cultural level, we have been taught otherwise. We all came into this country because our families wanted us to have a safe, stable and great life. A new world where we can bring up our own kids in a safe environment. This is why we have always prioritized education. Our parents worked their asses off to come to Canada so that WE could have the best life possible. I can’t imagine the amount of hard work my dad did just so we can have this life. He grew up in South Africa and had to study in India because of Apartheid. He then came back, and practiced in South Africa where I grew up. He then knew that we had to move. Lost a lot of family due to growing crime, and my brother and I were living in fear. Want to know what it was like living in fear? You don’t want to know. It’s awful. I love my parents so much for giving me a life where I can sleep at night, and not worrying if my dad will come home alive or not. They left their entire family, and did it for us. When we moved to Canada, my dad started from scratch just so he can practice as a doctor in Canada. Now we are here. The fact that we are able to do what we love and still have a CHANCE at making a living is a beautiful thing. There are so many countries in this world where doing these things are close to impossible. Just the thought of growing up in India where going into entertainment is almost just a dream. This is what your life would be realistically, and not even by choice.
We are blessed with this opportunity, even though we are only really dwelling into it now. We have not put down the camera for almost a decade. We have entered a new world now, and it feels like we are starting from scratch, mostly on the business side of things. Creatively we are just gonna keep pushing our own boundaries, and aim for the globe. That weird film virus attacked me in 2009, and I have still not been cured, which is great. Njoying.