Today we share with you part 9 in the ‘ interviews’ series. Constant Hoogenbosch interviews Akash Ganguly.

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1. What is it that appeals to you about short film?

A short film has a time limitation. That is the most important aspect of it. You show a story or a part of it within that amount of time. So the scripting has to be good. You can’t go on explaining things and yet have to clarify them without actually showing it. This becomes very challenging.

2. What qualities do you believe make a good short film?

Story telling is very important, especially because of the time limitation. The editor and director should work together on that. Moreover, one thing that I follow is to focus on something that will hit the audience, be it cinematography or acting or story or anything else. There should be at least one thing that is going to stand out and make people wonder about it.

3. To what extent is making short films a stepping stone to making feature films?

It is not necessary to start with short films and end up making feature films. But generally this is what we all do. This shift happens because the short film makers now would like to express more, so they need more time to do that. So shifting to a feature film is the only option left. But one should not make a feature film for the commercial benefits unless and until one gets a real story that can’t be invested on a short film. Because most independent film makers don’t have the budget or resources to make a feature film on their own, they start with short films. If there work is being recognized globally or nationally then they will be approached by producers automatically.

4. What is the most challenging aspect of making short films?

Thinking about a story and then scripting it is very challenging. There is no time so the story must be precise and crisp. The screenplay should be brilliant along with the camera work. But nothing will happen if the script is not made properly.

5. Do you have a preference to a certain genre?

We generally focus on DRAMA. We prefer to show real life happenings. Something the people will connect to. Though we would like to explore more genres but this is just the beginning.

6. What do you like most when making a short film – writing the script – directing – camera?

I like the camera work more than anything. Although I’m involved in every other thing more or less, but to shoot a scene and bring it in front of others is what I like the most. More so because my co-director friend Chandrima Ghosh would look upon the directing and scripting part very well, so I would not have to worry much about that.

7. Do you work with a script – where do you get the inspiration from?

Yes, I do work on a script and my friend Chandrima also does. We take advice from our group members too. There’s no such inspiration that we get from anywhere. We work on it more because it helps us to shoot systematically. Although it’s a short film, but a basic script is very important.

8. Do you leave room for improvisation?

I basically try to give my best unless there are some unavoidable constraints. But yes, there’s always some room for improvisation. Be it the script or the direction or a shot being taken or say the editing, improvisation can be done in many parts of the film making process. One should never stop learning, and with every new movie, there should be something different and better coming that was missing in the last.

9. Did you receive funding for your project?

Nah, never did. We try to make zero budget films. Or say whatever we can spend from our own pocket.

10. How did you go about assembling a film crew and actors?

We never knew that we would end up making short films. Though deep down, we all wanted to. And thus by god’s grace we all met on the very first semester of our college life and formed a group. We were just good friends initially. But later came to know that we share a common interest, i.e., movie making. Someone wanted to act, someone wanted to shoot. The post processing part is what we learnt from the internet or other seniors.

11. What did you use to edit the film?

I don’t use such post processing effects. I try to show whatever we shoot. That is how we shoot actually. We don’t make enough changes in the post processing segment. So to merge videos I use NCH Video Pad Editor and for a bit of effects if required like color correction, cropping etc I go for Adobe Premier Pro.

12. What camera did you shoot on?

We have used basic DSLRs till date, like Nikon D5200, D3300, D3100.

13. Could you name one or two filmmakers that you consider great influences?

From Bollywood, its Anurag Kashyap. Because his films are all about the stories being shown and the act being done in it. Things would look very real and will make you think as if shooting is very easy. Anyone can make a film if provided with a good story, few good actors and good technical team. He creates this atmosphere which I fall for. And from Hollywood it would be Spielberg. He doesn’t influence me as such, but he inspires me to make films with great detailing in them.

14. What are you working on next? Do you already have a new project in mind?

We haven’t decided as of now. Though things will be clear in a month’s time.

15. What advice would you give to other short filmmakers?

Keep things simple. Don’t try to focus on a bigger complete story. Try more to show a part of it completely. Work hard on the script. Script is the most basic and fundamental thing of film making. If your script is not good, your movie won’t be good either.

Thank you Akash.

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