“The Fall Guy”, Bob Brown visits AISFM

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Bob Brown was at the AISFM Campus addressing the students and sharing his experiences about the time he was working as a stunt man and later a stunt coordinator in a numerous set of Hollywood projects, including both film and television. Bob is also a World Champion professional high diver.

A stunt coordinator is usually an experienced stunt performer hired by a TV, film or theatre director or production company for stunt casting (i.e.) to arrange the casting (stunt players and stunt doubles) and performance of stunts for a film, TV or a live audience. He has been nicknamed “The Fall Guy” as he is known for his high falling stunts.

With a vast number of films, from 1985 to 2017, Bob is one of the most experienced professionals in the business having an experience of over 30 years. He has had a successful transition from being a stuntman, to a stunt coordinator to a second unit director and then a director/producer of his first feature film called “Urban Games”, but he enjoys doing stunts the most.

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Bob started off with an introduction about his field of work and engaged in a Q/A session with the students, speaking about his process as a stunt coordinator, while having different experiences on different films. As he has been in the industry for quite a bit, he follows his set of methods and techniques to get the output required by the director.

Filmmaking being a collaborative process, Bob and his team play a vital part in the sequencing of stunts, ensuring the actor’s safety and delivering the product as per the vision of the director. On the job, he ensures enough rehearsals are done to make the shot seem realistic.

Bob has constantly been experiementing on the move, travelling to different parts of the world and contributing to the process of filmmaking, in a global way. As the job requires a passion for the risk and threat, Bob was always, from his childhood interested in watching action movies and found the movies really fascinating.

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He draws his inspiration for stunt ideas and moves from Jackie Chan. Inspired by video games, playing them gives him a lot of ideas on thinking of a new stunt. With a technical point of view, he does prefer long takes and is also a fan of a scene with multiple cuts, if executed perfectly. As he is also well versed with editing, he endures the added advantage of knowing what he wants, right in his head.

He also spoke about the other side of the industry where a few stunt coordinators can offer a lot but with the risk of safety. Bob has the right mindset for choreographing stunts realistically and safely with the use of the “right” equipment. He also spoke about VFX and it’s relevance in the idea of any stunt. He feels the need of a healthy working relationship with the DoP and the director to be very essential for creating something great on screen.

Sets of videos of his sequences were shown to the students throughout the interaction. You could see the versatility, in his body of work as each sequence had an extra edge to it; from integrating an animal in an action sequence, or blowing up cars, or the kick-punch sequences with an accurate sense of choreography. Speaking about the difference in TV and film, he says, “After a TV sequence, I don’t get that feeling of ‘Oh! I did it!’” He enjoys doing film sequences better as the scale of it is much larger in size, he said.

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Bob believes a stunt is as good as the preparation put behind it. He is also a fan of shooting on film over digital as film is richer and has more texture. Emphasizing on the rehearsals is a key to his success as a coordinator, he said. He was also a stunt double for Jim Carrey and encourages the idea of safety and professionalism.

Talking about his journey on how it was when he started out he shared instances where he donating blood from time to time for a few dollars. With 150$ in his pocket and the willingness to go behind his dream he moved his way up slowly and steadily getting noticed by all the studio heads. His recent body of work includes movies like XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Pixels, San Andreas, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Lone Ranger, Modern Family, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and many more.

The students were very interactive and discussed many topics with him and had a witty exchange of opinions. As Bob started out with having no film background and made his way up with sheer passion, he says, “Education always prepares you for what you are up against. It’s great that students can get an education in Film and Media prior to their work, as it makes them ready for it. Like being on a set, and knowing the functionality of it.”

Rewind: 80s & 90s Forgotten Boy Bands!

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In the late ‘80s and ‘90s, the “boy band fever” ruled all around. Though most of the pop stars were introduced by the likes of the Beatles and followed by the mania that is One Direction. Let’s take a look back in time and check the list of these Boy Bands, and if you can still remember them?

  • N Sync

Band Members: Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone.

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Best Jams: Bye Bye Bye, I Want You Back, It’s Gonna Be Me, This I Promise You.

  • Backstreet Boys

Band Members: Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, A. J. Mclean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough.

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Best Jams: I Want It That Way, As long as You Love Me, Everybody.

  • 98 Degrees

Band Members: Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons.

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Best Jams: Because of You, The Hardest Thing, My Everything.

  • Westlife

Band Members: Shane Filan, Markus Feehily, Brian McFadden, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan.

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Best Jams: My Love, You Raise Me Up, Against All Odds.

  • 5ive

Band Members: Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, J Brown and Abz Love.

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Best Jams: When the Lights Go Out, Keep on Movin’, Everybody Get up.

  • Boyz II Men

Band Members: Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris.

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Best Jams: I’ll Make Love to You, End of the Road, One Sweet Day.

  • Take That

Band Members: Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams.

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Best Jams: Rule the World, The Flood, Back For Good.

  • All-4-One

Band Members: Tony Borowiak, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez, Jamie Jones

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Best Jams: I Swear, So Much in Love, I Can Love You Like That.

  • New Kids on the Block

Band Members: Mark Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey Mclntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood.

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Best Jams: You Got it, Please Don’t Go Girl, Step by Step.

A flashback on the look of this culture can give us a reality check on how the boy band scene has evolved over the past decade. Seeing the recent boy bands like One Direction, 21 Pilots and 5 Seconds of Summer, has to be a milestone to see how the boy band fever, which came up in the late 80s and 90s, is still relevant.

Greatest party playlist for this New Year’s Eve

Greatest party playlist for this New Year’s Eve

Was 2016 a good year for you? Celebrate this fact with an amazing new year’s bash. Had a bad year? No issues, let’s party the night away in hopes of a good year ahead – This is what happens to most people at the end of every year. Whether 2016 was a good year for one or not, one cannot deny the excitement around the end of the year party! We present to you a list of songs that will help you in that exactly. Have a look:

  1. Work

This song began the long chain of ‘work’ songs that were released this year. The main USP of the song was the chemistry shared by Drake and Rihanna in both versions of the song’s video.

Artist: Rihanna

Featured artist: Drake

Album: Anti

  1. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi

From the film Befikre, this song quickly made its place in everybody’s dance playlists. Featuring Vani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, this song is the perfect one for your NYE bash.

Singer: Arijit Singh

Music: Vishal and Shekhar

Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni

French Vocals: Caralisa Monteiro

  1. Do It Right

This peppy number was composed by French DJ, Martin Solveig and features the vocals of Australian singer, Tkay Maidza, and will definitely will get you on the dance floor.

Artist: Martin Solveig

Featured artist: Tkay Maidza

Album: Single

  1. The Breakup Song

We all have that one friend in every group who breaks up with their significant other right before 31st December. Well, they do not need to be sulking over this, as Bollywood as a solution to that too, in the form of ‘The Breakup Song’ from the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The song features Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma along with cameos from a few other Bollywood celebs.

Singers: Arijit Singh, Badshah, Jonita Gandhi & Nakash Aziz

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

  1. I Wanna Feel

This is probable one of those songs that has been played at almost every club ever since its release. The British producer made a line from Toni Braxton’s 1996 hit ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ this song’s hook, which was widely appreciated.

Artist: Secondcity

Hook Vocals: Toni Braxton

Album: Single

  1. Kala Chashma

Yet another remake from what seems like a never ending list of song remakes this year, ‘Kala Chashma’ took the nation by storm when it released. The song features Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra and is from the film, Baar Baar Dekho.

Original Music Composition: Prem Hardeep

Recreated: Badshah

Singers: Amar Arshi, Badshah, Neha Kakkar & Indeep Bakshi (Rap)

Lyrics: Amrik Singh & Kumaar

  1. Into You

Ariana Grande’s 2016 album had something for everybody. This one song seemed to be a DJ favourite, being remixed by a whole lot of DJs. The one we loved the most that is best suited for a smashing NYE party would be by the American DJ 3LAU.

Artist: Ariana Grande

Album: Dangerous Woman

Featured Artist: DJ 3LAU

  1. Beat pe Booty

The film might have not done great at the box office, but that cannot be said about this song. The song featuring Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez from the film A Flying Jatt, went viral and had a dance challenge around it too.

Singer: Sachin, Jigar, Vayu & Kanika Kapoor

Lyrics: Vayu

Music: Sachin-Jigar

  1. One Dance

This song, co-written by the artist himself, became a chart topper instantly in over 15 countries. No 2016 playlist can be deemed complete without the inclusion of this fun number.

Artist: Drake

Featured artist: Wizkid & Kyla

Album: Views

  1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai

With its Haryaanvi slang and high bass, the song was an instant hit amongst dance lovers. It features Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma and is found in the film, Sultan.

Singer: Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Isheeta, Badshah

Music: Vishal & Shekhar

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

  1. Hype

This electro/dance song will surely energize your party. All you rap fans, who say they have no good songs to dance to will no longer have no complain, all thanks to this collaboration.

Artists: Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal

Album: Single

  1. Kar Gayi Chull

Every girl’s favourite song of this year will have to be this number from the film Kapoor & Sons. The song features Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt dancing the night away at a house party.

Singer: Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar

Lyrics: Badshah, Kumaar

Original Music Composition: Badshah

Music Composition and Recreation: Amaal Mallik

  1. Black Beatles

The duo Rae Sremmurd took the world by storm by their song that went on to become the backdrop for the #MannequinChallenge all over the internet.

Artists: Rae Sremmurd

Featuring Artist: Gucci Mane

Album: SremmLife 2

  1. Let’s Nacho

Yet another fun number from the film Kapoor & Sons. This high-energy song features Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt & Fawad Khan letting loose and shaking a leg.

Artists: Badshah, Benny Dayal, Nucleya

Lyrics: Kumaar, Christopher Pradee

  1. Starboy

The Weeknd’s latest album is so different from his regular music but nonetheless a success. This song in particular was very well received by everyone worldwide.

Artist: The Weeknd

Featured artist: Daft Punk

Album: Starboy

  1. The Humma Song

This foot-tapping rendition of the hit song ‘Humma Humma’ from the film Bombay is slowly taking over the charts. The song is found in the upcoming film OK Jaanu and features Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Original music composition: A.R. Rahman

Music recreated by: Badshah & Tanishk Bagchi

Lyrics: Mehboob

Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Shashaa Tirupati

  1. This Is What You Came For

Yet another party number from the Scottish record producer makes its way onto our list. This list would surely be incomplete without the inclusion of this song.

Artist: Calvin Harris

Featured artist: Rihanna

Album: Single

  1. Rock Tha Party

The song is one of the classic early-2000’s party songs by Bombay Rockers. It features John Abraham and Nora Fatehi from the film Rocky Handsome.

Original Composition and Vocals: Bombay Rockers

Lyrics: Kumaar

Mixed & Mastered By: Eric Pillai

  1. Closer

This song has played every night at every club since its release all over the globe, making Chainsmokers the new go-to party duo.

Artist: Chainsmokers

Featured artist: Halsey

Album: Single

  1. Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi

A hit song from a hit film, this Ankit Tiwari composition adds a very exotic Middle Eastern flavour to a simple Hindi song. It showcases Akshay Kumar singing to his wife, portrayed by Nimrat Kaur in the film Airlift.

Singers: Ankit Tiwari and Arijit Singh

Music: Ankit Tiwari

Lyrics: Kumaar

Get ready for #2017: Trailers of the most awaited movies!

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As 2016 is just coming to an end, it is time to switch our attention to #2017 and especially to the cinematic treats we have awaiting us. With big names, huge franchises and a lot more in store, here is a list of the trailers that may tempt you to be impatiently waiting for #2017.

  • Dunkirk (2017)

 Director: Christopher Nolan | Release date: 19 July 2017 | Starring: Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, James D’Arcy

  • Spider–Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director: Jon Watts | Release date: 7 July 2017 | Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Director: Chris McKay | Release date: 10 February 2017 | Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes

  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Director: Matt Reeves | Release date: 14 July 2017 | Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer

  • Wonder Woman (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins | Release date: 2 June 2017 | Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

  • Fast & Furious 8 (2017)

Director: F Gary Gray | Release date: 14 April 2017 | Starring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham

  • Justice League (2017)

Director: Zack Snyder | Release date: 17 November 2017 | Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Director: Bill Condon | Release date: 17 March 2017 | Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Plenty of sequels, few movie debuts and some much loved comic book characters are to be back in the limelight in #2017. The trailers have already been trending, and may be the perfect kick-start #2017 needs.

Throwback to the best TV shows #2016 had to offer!

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As the year moves towards the end, we witnessed some great T.V. shows that made an exceptional mark on the binge-viewers and the critics, this year. Let the binge watching begin (if it still hasn’t) because this list is a must-watch for all before 2016 ends.

1) Stranger Things (2016): The best Netflix original so far, this show is as good as the word of mouth on it. Created by the duo named The Duffer Brothers, it is a love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80s. The show deserves a fresh viewing point with no plot line information, no spoilers here. Stranger Things is pitch perfect in just about every way, 8 episodes comprising the 1st season. Start with the first episode, you’ll be hooked. Guaranteed!

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2) The Night Of (2016): This HBO eight-part crime drama mini-series can take you on an intense journey of the events that followed a particular night. With incredible acting performances, spot-on casting and a gripping story line. A mini-series with eight tense episodes got over far too quickly. So keep your eyes out for this one as HBO has and will always deliver quality content.

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3) Westworld (2016): Another HBO series inspired about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings. This isn’t a typical amusement park, looked after by robotic “hosts” allowing visitors to live out their fantasies without any consequences. With 10 episodes, the show has picked up serious trending over the last few weeks for its weekly episodes and the exceptional season finale. You don’t want to miss out on this one, either.

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4) The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016): 9 Emmy’s, 22 Nominations, Outstanding Limited Series winner. The show rotates around the infamous O. J. Simpson murder case. With spot on casting! Capturing realism with accurate details and facts. If you love courtroom drama and connecting the dots of an unusual investigation, this should be the one to be getting hooked to.

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5) Narcos (Season 2)(2016): Netflix to the rescue, once again. Narcos has proved that we are living in the golden age of T.V series. It is exciting, well paced and does complete justice to the accurate portrayal of Pablo Escobar, unfolding his rights, his wrongs and the reasons leading to them. As the Season 2 was out this year, it is a must watch. The impressive production, dark feels and real insights can actually make you subscribe to Netflix.

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6) The Crown (2016): The Crown revolves around the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. The first season depicts 1947-1955. The timeline will last till 6 seasons through the course of time. With positive critical acclaim, this is another new addition to the shows that may grow and become something really special.

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7) This is Us (2016): Looking for a family show? This new NBC drama has one of the most promising pilots ever. As a family drama, it manages to stand out in its storytelling and can pleasantly surprise you. So for a feel good show, and to get in touch with your emotional side, this is a perfect pick from 2016.

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8) Luke Cage (2016): A marvel fanatic? After Daredevil and Jessica Jones, an addition made to this superhero saga was Luke Cage. A realistic approach in storytelling is one its biggest strengths. If you have followed Daredevil or Jessica Jones, Luke Cage should be a priority on the list.

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An end is always a new beginning. With the year ending, it has proven to be a solid beginning for some exceptional T.V viewing experiences in many genres. The bar is set way up and high, let’s see if #2017 can match it or better, exceed it.

Top horror-comedies to look out for!

 

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Ever been scared of laughing too much? Nobody can be. Here’s a special film genre that blends horror and comedy into one hilariously terrifying experience. As it mixes the ends of two unexpected worlds, you may end up screaming with laughter. Here is a list of horror comedies you should look out for to experience this special genre to its fullest:

  • Zombieland (2009): In the post apocalyptic world, where partying with Bill Murray in his house is as natural as killing zombies sets an edge for this American zombie comedy film. Add this one to your list to be in treat for a hilariously terrifying experience.
    Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone.

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  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012): Another American horror comedy which includes monsters like Zombies, a werewolf, a unicorn, a merman and essentially a group of college students revolving around the events from an underground facility.
    Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison.

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  • Scary Movie (2000): Being known for a parody of horror and mystery genres. It is followed by four more sequels and has proven to have a legacy in this special genre. From the writers of Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans comes a roller-coaster ride of unexpected horror twists and funny turns.
    Starring: Anna Faris, Regina Hall.

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  • Shaun of the Dead (2004): Another apocalyptic zombie uprising is Shaun of the Dead, a British horror-comedy movie. It successfully pokes fun at all zombie movies making you giggle, jump or cover your eyes at the same time.
    Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost.

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  • Ghostbusters (1984): Despite being hilarious, the scary scenes in this movie are not to be ignored too. There is a balance between the horror and the comedy. Bill Murray’s hilarious one-liners cut the tension and make the movie worth re-watching.
    Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd.

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  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010): The Canadian Horror-comedy never fails to impress, it is an instant cult classic as it is so well written. Crowd pleaser at the Fantasy Film Fest in Berlin and many other film festivals. Do not miss watching Tucker and Dale being funny, gory with heart and delivering a gem of a movie.
    Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden.

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  • This is the End (2013): Take another one from Seth Rogen with James France and Jonah Hill facing an apocalypse while attending a party at James Franco’s house with many other celebrities. You love these actors; you’ll love the movie.
    Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Seth Rogen.

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  • A Haunted House (2013): A fan of paranormal activity? Watch it come to life in a hilarious take. This movie is a parody of the “found footage” genre much like Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. A sequel followed the next year.
    Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte.

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Horror and comedy can be a complimentary combination, if taken in the right sense of humour. It’s just like Halloween in a way; Comical but with a touch of horror.

A post apocalyptic road drama

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He has his aim set high, with a bag of short films already to his credit! Pursuing his passion and making his dreams come true is Athul Prabhakaran, Bachelors in Fine Arts student of AISFM. The ardent filmmaker made his first film with a webcam even before he hit his teens and has worked as a writer, director and editor for his nine short films in three languages. All set to make his 10th project, a post apocalyptic road drama called ‘Zaman’, through crowd-funding, he is all gung-ho about starting the shoot soon.

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Here it is in Athul’s own words about how the whole experience has been; from ideation to jotting it down on paper to bringing the team together to crowd funding to scouting for locations to finally getting ready to start the shoot!

The initial idea for Zaman came to me five years ago, when I was trying to justify a script with as minimal number of actors within a story that judged the existence of God in a world devoid of humans. I didn’t shoot it then for various reasons, and I’ve constantly been revisiting the idea, adding something valuable every time I do so.

Last summer, a friend and I were brainstorming for an idea after scrapping a sci-fi project that we were planning for months. I pitched Zaman to him, and he loved the idea. We spent the rest of the day structuring the story that would serve as the backbone to the film being made.

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“The film begins with Tawhid, a survivor who has seen the world crumble. A widower traumatised by losing his wife to the catastrophe. Tawhid is threatening to take his life and then a mysterious radio broadcast from a small community calling themselves “The Farm” plays. They claim to have resourced electricity and food. The film follows his quest to survive in a world devoid of normalcy that traces his transformation in the face of adversity. On this journey he encounters a 60 year old woman, her dog and a few other survivors who make for an eventful and thought provoking road drama, which all ends with a shocking twist.”

After college reopened, I pitched it to my fellow collaborators at AISFM. Everyone seemed to love the idea and this prompted me to start out on the screenplay. Zaman was co-written with Isha Thota, with whom I share writing credits on one other film, Take Your Gangster to Work.

As the screenplay took shape, it was very clear that everything was obviously on a much larger scale, a lot of things that we took for granted in a smaller shoot, in terms of times taken to say – complete a script, or even lock on the camera, took much longer than anticipated.

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Earlier short films were made on a much smaller budget – where the biggest argument about “investment” was who’s going to buy the batteries for the Zoom recorder. On Zaman it was a whole different ball game, so from what started out as a film that would require a minimal use of actors, grew into something that needed Rs. 5 lakhs to be effectively realised the way we envisioned.

Zaman will be photographed by Akash Subramanian, my first roommate, a genius of a friend and a brilliant collaborator who has a good eye for framing. The next person who is a very important part of the film actually helped me write the treatment of the film that I paraded around to certain members of the faculty and potential collaborators. Ashwin Rajashekar. My sound designer.

The film was crowd-funded on fueladream.com, where it was funded a 123%, which means we overshot our target goal. I’d really like to thank all my funders, a lot of people really pulled together – friends family, and some unknown philanthropists. Many of which were out of the blue, the support has really been overwhelming.  This got us a lot of publicity, where we were featured in three newspapers – The Better India, Hans India and The Indian Express. This really helped with the additional funding and really created some good buzz around the film. And yes, it was also very flattering.

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Zaman is my first major short film in terms of vision, filmmaking and storytelling. It will be shot in the last two weeks of December and a short second schedule in January to finish post production for an April screening at AISFM’s Student Theatre, something that the AISFM management was very helpful and eager about.

Crew:
Director – Athul Prabhakaran
Chief Assistant Director – Shivam Sinha
Original story – Athul Prabhakaran, SJ Nitesh Sabharish and Isha Thota
Screenwriters – Athul Prabhakaran and Isha thota
Cinematographer – Akash Subramanian
Associate Cinematographer – Abhipsa Sahoo
Gaffer – Sreyash Myneni
Sound Designer – Ashwin Rajashekar
Assistant Sound – Joshua Thakur
Production Designers – Mahesh Rambhatla and Nidhi Kohlatkar
Line Producer – S. Venkat Narayana Murthy
Production Assistant – Sasmit Parkhe
Crowdfunding and PR Manager – Preksha Trivedi

Take a look at Athul’s pre-production video for Zaman: http://bit.ly/2g70Rwf

Famous Hollywood one-liners every movie buff should know!

Everyone who is a lover of cinema has a set of dialogues that are their favourite and that they know by heart. For those of you who are newly admitted to the movie buff club, let me give you a low-down of those very Hollywood one-liners that you ought to know to stay in this club. After all, ‘This ain’t my first rodeo’!!

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1. Frankenstein (1931) – “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!”, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive)

2. Gone with the Wind (1939) – “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)

3. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”, Dorothy (Judy Garland)

4. Casablanca (1942) – “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

5. All About Eve (1950) – “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride”, Margo Channing (Bette Davis)

From the film ‘Frankenstein’

6. Psycho (1960) – “We all go a little mad sometimes”, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)

7. Dr. No (1962) – “Bond. James Bond.” James Bond (Sean Connery)

8. Goldfinger (1964) – “Shaken – Not stirred”, James Bond (Sean Connery)

9. The Godfather (1972) – “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

10. Taxi Driver (1976) – “You talkin’ to me”, Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro)

From the film ‘The Godfather’

11. The Godfather: Part 2 (1974) – “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

12. Star Wars (1977) – “May the force be with you”, Hans Solo (Harrison Ford)

13. The Shining (1980) – “He-e-e-e-re’s Johnny!”, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)

14. The Terminator (1984) – “I’ll be back”, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

15. Die Hard (1988) – “Yippe-ki-yi-yay, Motherf*****”, John McClane (Bruce Willis)

From the film ‘The Shining’

16. A Few Good Men (1992) – “You can’t handle the truth”, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson)

17. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – “Either get busy living, or get busy dying”, Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman)

18. Apollo 13 (1995) – “Houston, we have a problem”, Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks)

19. Jerry Maguire (1996) – “Show me the money”, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise)

20. Titanic (1997) – “I’m the king of the world”, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)

From the film ‘A Few Good Men’

21. Forrest Gump (1994) – “Stupid is as stupid does”, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

22. Love Story (1970) – “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”, Jenny (Ali MacGraw)

23. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – “Hasta la vista, baby”, The Terminator / T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

24. Mean Girls (2004) – “You can’t sit with us”, Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert)

25. The Dark Knight (2008) – “Why so serious?”, Joker (Heath Ledger)

From the film ‘Mean Girls’

Iha Sharma #TalksRed !

Iha Sharma #TalksRed !Red Fist started as a simple idea. Aman Bhardwaj and Ashwin Rajashekar, the Literary Club representatives, when they’re not joking around and cracking everyone up, actually do have some brilliant ideas; Red Fist was one of them! From a simple idea to a successful college-wide event, it was a rollercoaster ride, one that all Red Fist volunteers would love to stand in line for, for multiple rounds.

Incepted from the concept of open mic sessions, this was a vocal fest propagating free speech and freedom of expression. Solidarity was the foundation of the fest. As an art school, it is imperative that patrons of all fields, be it filmmaking, animation, advertising, journalism or photography, are united and support each other. Not only students, but faculty and staff were also invited.

Our Dean was ever so supportive and with a lot of help from our beloved student coordinator Lyzandra Lewis, Red Fist became such a success. Our chief guest was Bajrangi Bhaijaan writer Vijayendra Prasad, and the event was hosted by the much loved advertising student, Aayush Agarwal.

Red Fist consisted of 7 different events:

Debate, with a twist. In the debate, instead of a conventional for/against a statement rule, the opposing teams were given 2 different films based on the same core topic and genre, and they had to defend their film. The two films were – Company (2002) & Gangs of Wasseypur (2002). With just a very little margin, the team with Gangs of Wasseypur won. The event was judged by the very equipped editing faculty duo of Rima Mazumdar & Amit Prasad.

Poetry Slam, a literary event to its core, it was judged by Padma Ramesh, who seemed to enjoy all of the performances. Vaishnavi Mudaliar from BFA 1 took the 1st position with her extremely relatable poem on best friends.

Monologue, the blend of speech and drama, was judged by Mr. Vijayendra Prasad, who was really moved by the winner BFA 1 student Suman Chowdhary’s performance. An emotionally-charged performance about the complicated relationship that every woman shares with her mother, Suman left those present at the event, teary-eyed.

Singing, an event which needs no introduction had everyone humming along to the performers. Krishna Priya, a first year animation student, wowed everyone with her energetic performance and came first among the 5 participants. The event was judged by the enthusiastic duo of Sanjeev Kumar & Debkanta Chakrabarty.

Standup Comedy, one event that saw a single participant in BFA 1 student Harshvardhan. Harshvardhan’s initiative was much appreciated, and the audience enjoyed a lot.

Lip-Sync, an event popularized by American show host Jimmy Fallon recharged the whole venue with energy as the participants not only lip-synced to their respective songs, but also performed with the audience. This interaction even made the faculty dance along. Mansi Khandekar stole the show among the participants and the event was judged by the colourful personality that is Vivek Pandey.

Open Mic is one event that saw the faculty on stage without any will to leave. Our respected Dean sang on stage twice! Sanjeev Kumar, Samrat Chakrabarty, Amit Prasad and Vivek Pandey, lit the stage on fire.

The Literary Club is elated by the success of Red Fist and with the feedback that we’ve received. We hope to see Red Fist become an annual event henceforth. Ashwin Rajashekar says, “I’ve always wanted to organize a fest in this college. We have been planning since the past four years. Who would have thought changing one letter could make it possible? (The event was called ‘Red Fest’ previously when it had been canceled) I’m grateful to all the club representatives and volunteers for their hard work. This fest wouldn’t have been possible without them. Now, I plan to organize the fest annually, twice. Both intra and inter-college. Let’s hope for the best.” “All the hard work paid off. Despite a few setbacks, the Red Fist team managed to put up a good show. I’m glad we’ll go down in the history of AISFM as the team which organized the first ever fest in college.” added Aman.

Team Members:

Organizers:
Aman Bhardwaj
Iha Sharma
Ashwin Rajashekar
Shubham Jajodia

Debate:
Shivam Sinha
Aditya Adholia
Sagar Kaushik
Abhishek Khapre

Poetry Slam:
Tanya Chhabria
Gehna Maheshwari

Monologue:
S Venkat Narayana Murthy
Anirudh Kompella

Singing:
Thanmayi Dayala
Joysuryo Paul
Joshua Thakur
Raveesh Sood

Stand-up Comedy:
Ashwin Rajashekar
Mithun Soma

Lip-Sync:
Tarun Panwar
Purvangi Ranjan

Lighting:
Akash Subramaniam
Abhipsa Sahoo
Sreyash Myneni
Aditya Adholia

Sound/Technical team:
Rishabh Lalwani
Ashwin Rajashekar
Adharsh
Adithya Vinayaka
Abhishek Kothari

Decorations:
Karishma Kumar
Prema Clayton
Vandana Prabhu
Shubham Jajodia
Sagar Kaushik
Adithya Vinayaka

Special Mention:
Hari Doshi
Raj Anna

How to get motivated at work!

How to get motivated at work!
Do you feel like there’s nothing new or exciting happening in your work life? Does the thought of leaving your bed and going to office seem like a mammoth task every day? Does your job feel like a mundane one? If you have answered yes to even one of these, then you are in grave need of some inspiration and motivation. Thankfully, we have a list of 8 tips that will help you get motivated to work with enthusiasm and to your full potential again!

  1. Use a mantra
    Look up a few positive quotes and make one of them your go-to mantra. Chant this every time you feel like you are losing motivation. ‘Be awesome today’, ‘Dreams don’t work unless you do’ or ‘Just keep swimming’ are a few examples of what you can make your mantra.
  1. Take off some load
    Doing too many things can easily cause exhaustion with leads to demotivation at work. Cross off a couple of things on your “To Do” list to lighten the load and you will automatically feel more inclined towards your job.
  1. Have variety
    If you have a same old routine that you follow daily, then you are bound to lose interest in your work sooner or later. Here’s where engaging lots of different skill sets helps. Do regular tasks in new ways and mix up your routine.

How to get motivated at work!

  1. Do easy tasks first
    The best way to get motivated is to finish off the simple tasks first so that you gain a sense of achievement at their completion and the comparatively difficult tasks to follow, will seem easier to complete.
  1. Practice self-care
    Practice a few minutes of deep breathing or guided meditation to revitalize yourself. Take breaks when you can at work. Get out of the office and walk around the block to clear the cobwebs from your mind.
  1. Set a quit time
    Set a time period for your work and stick to it. Do not work for longer hours than the ones set by you. When you set a quit time, you will realize that your work-life balance is slowly becoming normal too.
  1. Reward yourself
    Each time you complete a difficult task, reward yourself with a little something of your liking. This will not only give you a sense of satisfaction, but will also help motivate you for future tasks that may seem difficult to you.
  1. Change your environment
    A persons surroundings play a very crucial role in determining his mood. If you are in an environment that is dull, you will lose motivation to work. Brighten up your work space or try working in a different part of office on days that you don’t feel as proactive as always.

Those were a few tips that will help you gain some perspective on how to make your work life a little more easier and a whole lot happy.