The Clock Ticks Celluloid

The Clock Ticks Celluloid

Talk follows two teams,from starkly different backgrounds,during the third edition of The 48 Hour Film Project

For most of us,the thought of making a film in two days can be quite daunting. But it was passion that had 70-odd teams converge for Delhi’s 48 Hour Film Project held during this weekend. Each team was given a common prop,character sketch and they had to work with different genres. The official theme of the festival was “There must be another side to the story”. The films will be judged by filmmakers Nila Madhab Panda and Mahesh Mathai.

The 48 hours began at 7 pm,on August 16. “There is a predictable life cycle for participating members. You think you have it all under control,convinced that you won’t repeat the same mistakes and 30 hours later,you wonder why you signed up for it. You feel your best when you finally submit your film,though. It’s addictive,” says Koval Bhatia,Founder of A Little Anarky Films,a Delhi-based creative digital agency.

Bhatia,along with her team,makes ad films and documentaries. They have participated in the festival twice before,and one would imagine they have all the necessary resources. We enter their studio early on Saturday morning,to find the lights getting heated up,and the camera lying in a corner,waiting to be used. “Our genre is dark comedy,and our film mostly surrounds two neighborhoods in Delhi,run by local goons,” says Bhatia. They shoot mainly around Hauz Khas Village,where their office is based. “The idea is to edit simultaneously,” she says. She instructs her actors to amp up the dialogues with the Delhi lingo of “mera-baap,tera-baap”. Their film is roughly eight-minutes long. Choosing to shoot in locations and dialogues they are comfortable with seems like a smart move making their production process easier.

Meanwhile,in Sajdarjung Enclave,a team comprising a doctor and a lawyer are struggling with props. While they have registered as two separate teams,Heart Command and Insanely Intoxicated,they are inherently one film unit. The two films share a plotline; where one ends,the other begins. Their eagerness to make the films abstract comes through. “Our genres,horror and mockumentary,emerge from one plot,” says Saurabh Sikka,a doctor. His partner,Abhishek Saluja,a lawyer,is placing the voiceover on the rough cut of the mockumentary. The films are six-odd-minutes long and rife with references to Ship of Theseus,the Saw series,jokes about the city and cannibalism. “We used Roohafza and red paint for blood,and had to badger the neighborhood butcher for a liver and a kidney,” says Sikka.

The results will be out on August 25. All films will be screened at Blue Frog on August 21 from 6 pm to 10 pm