As I mentioned before, I set a personal goal to learn the craft of film-making over 2019-20. As part of this, some friends and I made our first film called “LATHE“. The film is now online for public viewing at the following links:
Since we made the short film as an amateur crew starting our journey towards learning the art and craft of film-making, I’ve decided to share the screenplay and storyboards for the same in the hopes that it helps the next enthusiastic crew as a possible starting point / learning curve “shortener”. 🙂 However, before you read the screenplay, we request that you do watch the short film first to avoid spoilers 🙂
About the script and the breakdowns
Since it’s a short film and I knew I’d be shooting and editing it, the script isn’t too formal. I was basically writing directions for the cast and myself (as the cinematographer) as well as for storyboarding.
My frequent comic book collaborator Vinay Brahmania was kind enough to storyboard the script which was more or less what the end result was shot as. We ended up taking out a few shots and adding some B-roll footage to give it a bit of breathing space, otherwise we followed Vinay’s breakdowns very faithfully. 🙂
You can download and read the shooting draft of the screenplay and the storyboards/breakdowns via the Google Drive links below.
As I had posted sometime ago, I decided to devote 2019 towards learning the art of making short films. Today I wrapped up the screenplays for all three of my planned shorts. Happy with the plan and execution. We already shot the first one and will be reshooting parts of it next week. The second one will be shot mid-October and the last one before end of the year.
I learned a lot by trying to write and make these shorts. All three of the short movies deal with some aspect of reality and I had a boatload of fun trying to write zero budget shorts with cosmic/supernatural undertones, casting them with my friends, and finally trying to get them made.
I couldn’t have done this without the help and support of my friends, co-workers and mentors. So hearty thanks to you all and now down to the brasstacks to wrap them all up.
Of late, I’ve been developing on a dystopian near-future Indian sci-fi short story collection. In keeping with that theme (and as part of the world/mood building excercise), I’ve been working on some digital art pieces that try to blend traditional Indian motifs with a cyberpunk sensibility.
Here are two I worked on this weekend. These are really fun to work on. Both of them use royalty free photos from Unsplash and Pexels and then I process them in GIMP to get them to a line drawing like state. For effect, I print them out on an old laser printer I have (which has a really screwed up toner pack and prints them weirdly). I then scan the line drawings back in and color them in GIMP and apply the post processing effects.
Less than a year ago, Sohini Mitra from Penguin India commissioned me to write/edit a book titled Moon Mountain (a graphic novel adaptation of the bengali novel Chander Pahar by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay of Pather Panchali fame). As Moon Mountain work progressed, I really enjoyed working with the Penguin team and discussions progressed to doing more books.
First of this was a story I wished to do for a long time – a story from The Mahabharata about the young warrior-prince Abhimanyu. I had done some research for it originally during my India Authentic days. But 22 pages felt like too little for that story. I’m glad I got to do it as a full graphic novel. That book Way of The Warrior – The Legend of Abhimanyu which features awesome artwork by Vinay Brahmania (who had collaborated with me for a few shorts in Mumbai Confidential. The book is now available for purchase at Amazon.in, FlipKart and Indian bookstores. A big thank you to our editor Nimmy Chacko for giving the book shape.
After the Abhimanyu book, Penguin Inked decided to publish the Indian paperback edition of my creator-owned crime-noir graphic novel (with Vivek Shinde) about Encounter Cops – Mumbai Confidential. I’m very grateful to Penguin India editor Ameya Nagrajan for batting big time for this to happen.
The book looks fabulous and is out now for purchase on Amazon.in and bookstores.
First of all, not been blogging so often. Finishing Mumbai Confidential took a lot out of me emotionally and I decided to take a break (which conveniently coincided with the Mohapatra family relocating back to snowy Massachusetts from sunny California.
I have a couple of books coming out (one is already released) this month.
First is the SHOLAY tie-in comic book titled GABBAR graphic novel, a prequel to the celebrated movie that (sort of) explores the origins of the dreaded bandit Gabbar Singh (one of the most iconic movie characters in Indian movie history). The book is now available on Amazon.in. It also has a bunch of Animatrix style shorts I wrote about various characters in Sholay. I had a ton of fun writing those and they came out very well.
The second book is very special to me. I got the chance to translate Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s Moon Mountain (Chander Pahar) as a graphic novel. It will be available on Feb 26, 2014. Right now it’s on preorder at Amazon.in. The story is about an Indian teenager who gets to go on an adventure hunting for a fabled diamond mine deep in the heart of Pre-WWI Africa. Think of it as “King Solomon’s Mines meets Kim”.
My interview is up at the See Brian Write Podcast site. I speak with Brian LeTendre about the craft of writing, comic books, my influences and how I got my start among other things. There are some unscheduled detours into analyzing social upheavals using Computational Fluid Dynamics 🙂 and other weird stuff.