Thursday, September 11, 2008

Its All Becoming Filmy.......

Its all becoming a very filmy life currently. I have always been dreaming of getting opportunities to do something that I have always wanted to do. I had always said that I wanted my photography to get to certain level before I ventured into filmmaking. However there are always certain instances that turn your planning on their head. What is happening with me currently is something of the same sort. I had imagined myself to be getting to do some work with Mr Nitin before I got hold of a video camera and started to shoot any picture that was in motion (motion picture). But, one fine day I was talking to a friend of mine and telling her about the Thane lecture and the Vashi Judging of the Photo contest and everything when a junior in my college asked me about films and stuff. I told her that I have always wanted to do films, but I do not have the requisite experience for it. She however got me acknowledged about the concept behind making the film and how she wanted it to happen. The concept was classical art and its place in today’s youth. This somehow made me think that I could somehow do it and make a good thing out of the film. I have always wanted to make a film, so why not start with this. So that is how we got together to make the film. Where she had chosen people of her liking to work on the film, I chose one of my friends to work on the film with me as I needed an assistant anyway. I wanted him to help me while making this movie so that I could help him learn something about how shots are taken as he has been asking me questions about still photography for a long time. I got him along with me on board the project, and we both have been the most committed members of the team, of course, after our conceptualiser and DIRECTOR. The film is her concept and her baby so it is her job to give us directions about which shots she wants taken, although she does not understand a thing about composition and framing of a photo. She has made us very clear about the concept and the intention of the film, and she has been egging us on in doing this film. I now belive that we can actually make it happen. There is a saying, which says that ‘ Upar Wala Jab Bhi Deta Hai Chappar Phaad Ke Deta Hai’, which means that whenever the lord blesses us, He gives much much more than we ever imagined. We have already canned one interview for the purpose, got hold of one group discussion in one college in the city, and we will be having another discussion today in another college, which has been culturally strong historically.

The story and the concept of the film is not really what would catch peoples’ fantasy. For us, it is more of a challenge to ourselves to complete a film in a given timeframe and to make it as good as it can be made. We have had a lot of changing of ideas about how to start a film, and how to end it. We had been wrong there, because one cannot decide what to have as the opening shot of the film before any footage is shot. However being first timers, there are going to be quite a few mistakes. And the best part is that we are not making the movie commercial in any way. Me and the other guy on the team, Niranjan would like to make another film together. However I also want to make a film all by myself all the way. I have had certain ideas recently. I haven’t really been able to put them down on paper. However currently this film is the focus of our attention, and we hope to have it all done and dusted by the month of December. We do not want any hiccups in the shooting of the film, and we know that we would come with as good a product as we can…..

Hope I can at least put up the bloopers on the net for you all to see……

Bye for now, See you soon…..

Thursday, August 28, 2008

There have been so many things happening in the recent past, that i have hardly had time to come and write on the blog. However I have now found time to write.... I hope that I can WRITE ON!!....
I am waiting for rock on to release. I think it would be a nice movie to watch. Hope it turns out that way...

There have been many things that have happened in the last month. Almost all were positive.
I had the opportunity to go to the Rotary Club of Thane North and present a slideshow of some photographs I have taken to a modest audience of around 50-60 people. I then had to talk about the art of photography, its history and how it became popular etc. I also talked about why I chose to get into this line. There have been various reasons, however the most compelling have been the old OLYMPUS TRIP 35 Camera which my grandfather gave me, My mother, who herself has been a fine photographer and has encouraged me always, and Mr. Nitin Upadhye who has been THE inspiration for me right since the time I have met him. He has an illustrious career record, and has worked with some real big names. He encouraged me at a point when I was gradually starting to lose perspective and the general determination to get into photography as my mainstream career. He was the one who told me, Of course other than my Mom and my Dad, that I could genuinely do something in the feild.

I reecently also had the opportunity of judging a photography competition in Father Agnels' College, Vashi. It was a competition of still photos in one category, ad films in another, and short films in yet another category. We had a great time there and of course, Nitin's photos got a very very loud applause. What has egged me on since that day is, that Nitin was clapping for me when i showed my work also. I had been quite skeptical till then about what he would think about my work then, however, I felt relieved and a sense of achievement when I saw him clapping along with the others.
Nitin's work is something worth seeing and admiring. Every photo I have seen is AMAZING. He has been my guiding light, and will always be. I just admire him for how down to earth he is and how he can so easily relate to others around him.

All the while that I have ever had the opportunity of even being with him, I have had a life changing experience. He has been instrumental in teaching me the relation of life and photography.Hope I have this guiding light with me for a long long time. I would love to call him Captain Inspiration........


Monday, July 21, 2008

Upon reading further, you might feel that I have written nothing different. How boring you might say. Yes, I have written nothing different. A lot of people have said this before. I am just another guy saying the same old thing.

However I am writing this to let everyone know that I think too. And many times, I do think correct. Alright, let’s talk.

Recently, I have been having this thought repeatedly. Whenever I am alone, I face these words – ITS ALL ABOUT A CHOICE—

It’s been eating me for long now. Upon giving it some thought I have realized that it really is all about a choice. By ‘it’ I mean, for most part, the way we choose to live our lives. If you too try giving it a little thought, you just might feel that what I am saying is true. Otherwise, you would think I am a madman, talking nonsense.

I once had a huge argument at home and was sitting alone later in a coffee shop when it suddenly struck me. The thought. I tried to ignore it and convince myself that it was the other person’s fault and that I did not need to feel guilty. But it just kept coming back. It was almost like a zombie following me wherever I went. I was feeling low already so I decided to give in to the feeling and actually give an ear to what was going through my mind. In the end I did realize that the argument was totally my making and nobody else’s. I was the one to blame for all the things said. It was then that I realized that I actually had a choice to yell or not. I had gone for the former and had suffered miserable feelings. It was almost as if I was speaking to myself, talking myself out of anger, transforming into a calm, composed, good human being.

Then, my inner voice or my subconscious told me that it was all really about a choice.

Our life is really all about the choices we make.

One choice of ours can lead to happiness for ourselves and others, or could wreak emotional havoc. It is always a choice. Our name is a choice made by our parents. The way we are brought up is a choice that’s made by our parents. The morals and values we get at home is again the choice of our parents and other family members. What we choose to take from these values is our own choice.

It’s always choice to be angry or not.

It’s always a choice to be happy or unhappy,

To be satisfied or otherwise,

To be cheerful or not,

To share or not,

To emote or otherwise,

To be arrogant or not,

To be rude or polite,

To hurt others or to cheer them up,

To love others or to hate others…….

The list goes on & on & on….

What I want to say is that it is always a choice that keeps us happy or unhappy,

Tires us down or keeps us fresh.

It is always choices which make us who we are, what we are & how we are.

So in the end,


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Diwali 2007 (02)

Diwali 2007 (02)
Originally uploaded by Kunal Deshpande

Shot of a firecracker exploding in Diwali 2007 in India, The country of festivals.

Shot with a Sony Cybershot DSC P-200 compact digital camera

Will be writing about it shortly.... There is a Story to it.... ;)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Hi people. If at all you have been reading this blog, I would like to say that I have not been coming online too often in the last few days and that is primarily because my college has started functioning again. I haven’t really had the time or the compelling desire to come online and write on the blog. I have not really been in the liveliest of moods recently which is perhaps due to the rain. This is one season which absolutely irritates me. I do not like getting wet in the rain again and again, which the rains, especially in the city of Pune make you do…. That is because they never stop and they are never heavy enough to stop….. It just keeps raining endlessly as if the clouds want to tease you. The sky always looks as if it is in the worst stage of constipation, which makes you feel even gloomier…….. The rains are sick here as they have always been, and will always be.

The other reason why I have not really been able to write much is that I was doing one-off assignments for a supplement of the Times of India’s Pune edition, called Westside Plus. I did two assignments for them and I have not got paid and my name hasn’t been mentioned in the second assignment of mine they carried in their paper. So that has been another reason I haven’t been in the best of mindsets recently. I have also started reading books on different issues and topics. I have become a member of the British Library in Pune. Alright that means, in all, it has been a busy time for me recently. Errrr, why am I talking as if I am a star or a public figure or something? I guess that’s the last thing I want to do, at least right now. :):):):):):):)

I am here to communicate with people. To let them know of what I do and what I want to do in the future. To let people get to know me better. Maybe I want to be a star someday. Who doesn’t? All of us want to be famous one day, to be rich one day, to be loved by thousands of people, to be the ideal for somebody in their life. ALL OF US, SOMEDAY DEFINITELY WANT TO BE AN ICON……..

I will definitely be writing regularly from now…. And that is a promise. Not only a promise to you, but to myself as well. Chao!!!!!! :):):):):):)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

There are some days in your life when you don't want to do anything. Nothing at all. No matter who you are, what you do, where you are or anything. You just want to be at home, and relax, doing nothing, absolutely nothing. When one goes through such times, it is very hard to actually be at home, doing nothing. One at least takes up a book to read.

For me, whenever this happens, I happen to read a book which, by coincidence, moves me from the inside. In the same way, I had decided to be at home because my dad had asked me to be at home for the day. I guess he was not happy with the fact that I used to be out of the house for most of the day, whiling away my time doing nothing. I happened to pick up a book titled " A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. I had read his first book, titled "The Kite Runner", which had been an amazing book to read. So I was sure that this book would definitely be above average. I took up this book yesterday morning, and by midnight yesterday, I was through the book. It is an amazing tale of average people living in Afghanistan during the uprising, and then the Russian invasion through to the American invasion of Afghanistan. An amazing book to read. It is a kind of a book that compels you to think about how fortunate you are, if you live in a country free of such strife and pain.
True that there is pain in every country in the world, however we, after thinking a bit, come to realize that there are very few countries in this world whose people are affected so harshly by the greed of a certain kind of men. Those who are worse than warlords, worse than a man who batters his wife everyday. The kind of men not worth calling men in the first place. Those who kill millions in their hunger for wealth and domination, power, fame, a place in history and what not. This book compels us to become a mother, a father, a son and a daughter all at the same time. I hope one day comes, when we would be told that this book is to be a movie. It would be one of the all time classics for me. Provided it is well made, keeping the essence of the book in mind.

A Must-Read....

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The purpose of a blog was quite unknown to me until recently. I had just signed up on blogger for the sake of it. Little did I realise how useful blogs could be. I have now decided to use this blog regularly. I would now be posting regularly about what I do, and maybe even let some creative streak creep in. The posts would mostly be story-like, with some photographs. Primarily being a sociology student, I may write about society and its perceived problems, or might not write about that at all. My hobby is photography. I would most likely be posting about my photography on this blog. It could be about what i was going through when I clicked a certain photograph. There would be an explanation as to why I shot the Photograph the way I did, and other aspects as well.

 Hope you enjoy the Blog. Happy Reading ! ! :-)