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The Perfect Book

THE PERFECT BOOK

 

The colors shone bright

Saw them fill colors into my life

 

Whispers hushed across

Listened to them speak a million words to me

 

Words wrote pages in my memory

Read every line like a new word, I learnt when born

 

Pictures flashed before me as I read this book,

The colors of the whispered words created life

 

Created you in them

Breathing love into pages,

Making my life a perfect book.

BESIDE ME! – A Poem

BESIDE ME

Was walking my path alone

You bloomed by the way the sun shone


Was glad to see you, that is true

As time parted us

Don’t walk beside me, I asked.

I don’t want to get used to you.


Was reading the same story

Life read to me some moments ago.

Never realized those minutes

were a few years and so.


The same smile that made me happy

Never wished, it flew out of my will.

Wanted it to last, this time

Unfair I am as ever

the smile should always belong to you.

Don’t walk beside me, I asked.

I don’t want to get used to you.


Just to see it last, I agreed

You and I walk by till time gets busy

Accepting things has always been my destiny

Memories of minutes with you

Treasure it just like, I have to care of a dew.


I still wished….times unspoken,

You did’nt walk beside me.

I don’t want to get used to you.

JUNO!

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I watched this movie ” JUNO ” last night. This movie is an academy award winner 2007 for best story/screenplay. I liked it.

A sensitive issue narrated in a very intelligent, humorous, sleek and humanely manner with atitude. The protagonist was stupendous throughout the film. The characters were close to real life, with them acting just their age. Emotions expressed right till the end of the film.

This film is surely a lesson for aspiring filmmakers on how a narration can be effective keeping it simple. Getting the right shots, right expressions and right cuts right on time. This surely did teach me a few.

On a contrast, I am still wondering whether did it really deserve an Oscar ( if we consider it to be the best of awards). I care a damn, though.

A must watch film. 🙂

Rating: 4/5

P.S. Film on the similar lines were made in our Bollywood too called KYA KEHNA but I feel there is a discrepancy in the narration and the exchange of emotions with the film from JUNO to this. I am guessing it is because of the over cast of drama, over-acting, unnecessary songs, dialogues, metaphors. The dish is well cooked only when there is a right amount of ingredients added at the right time.

Long Time No See

It has been a while since I blogged. Everytime I wanted to write a post, it so happens that, either I am not near a computer or I am busy doing other work ,that I can’t really start writing or there is someone around me ( I prefer writing alone) or everything falls into place, my mind says “go! write now” but I feel lazy to write. In the end, land up reading everyone else’s post. Feel good about it and just envy them, that they write so well. By the time I decide, its the end of the day.

I am wondering, how am I able to write this post. Where did all the factors that came into play disappear now? Hmmm…..

If someone thinks they can gimme a tip or two, or think this is a phase a blogger has to go through. Whatever it is. Do let me know. I will be glad to take words from the big guys. 🙂

Have a great week ahead.

Book Thought: Three Big Mistakes of my Life

Walked into one of Bangalore’s oldest book store, Premier Book Store on Church street. Went it with my buddy Hrish. He was complaining that I don’t do enough reading. He was saying ” A filmmaker you want to be, you better be reading books. It helps your vocabulary” I was like, well an advice doesn’t hurt. Its for free. Honestly, I used to be a voracious reader, but lost a bit of touch durin the momentum of my life. Now, an attempt to get back into some reading. Hrish bhai, picked ‘Three Mistakes of my life’ bu Chetan Bhagat ( the writer of ‘Five Point Someone’ and ‘One Night at a call centre’). I was more than glad to borrow it and read. Well, did the title of the book, sound a bit familiar to my life.

Ha ha!

Now the book. It’s a narration by a character Govind Patel to the author. It starts with an suicide email from Govind to the author. Once read, the author travels to India to meet him and the story unfold there as he explains. The story spoke about aspects of a man’s life and things that influence him. Friends, love, dreams, concern, goals, money, politics, religion, beliefs, superstitions, forced opinions, forced influences, grievences and death. This story revolves around three characters who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives. When, they do succeed in that, what other things come into play.

I would say, its a good story. Great narration. I did feel it to be a a bit BOLLYWOODISH. A good story line to be made into a film. Should say, I did feel like I was watching the movie, as I read through.

Rating: 3/5

P.S. I am not going to judge the author by this book, coz’ I haven’t read both his previous books. I have heard that they were great. So maybe I would try getting them to read and let you know, what I think about this author.

"A good film begins & ends with a good script"

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“A good film begins and ends with a good script” – Ernest Lehman (Screen Writer – Winner, Honorary Academy Award)

Even after a 100 years of filmmaking, very few filmmakers in India today invest sufficient time and effort in developing, fine tuning and polishing a script. Writing for the screen is a very specialized craft where every word in the script is aimed at making a visual and emotional imprint on the reader . Every sentence is weighed by an entire team of people from actor, to cinematographer to music composer, each of whom will prepare and set out on separate journeys to reach the same destination – a film. Hence, a script’s clarity, brevity and focus plays a huge role in its success.

FilmCamp.TV addresses this huge lacuna by conducting a writers meet where we will discuss sections of a script from a writer’s standpoint. We will then view footage of the those sections of the film to understand how a film evolves from the written word to become a film.

Their first collective will discuss sections from two films,

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The Shawshank Redemption (writer – Frank Darabont)

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Chinatown (writer – Robert Towne).

Well, I m gonna be there for sure!!! well.. when the big people say so, let me see what they have gotta say 😉 See you all there, if someone wants to come or bring in people along with you, please do at:

What: FilmCamp.TV Screen Writers’ meet
Where: Brew Ha Ha Cafe, Near Jyoti Nivas College, Koramangala
Date: Sunday, Dec 2nd 2007
Time: 11am to 2pm
Entry: Free (but you will have to pay for your own coffee
! :))

The collective is free and open to all. It will be moderated and conducted by Sanjay Nambiar, a feature film director, writer, cinematographer, editor and teacher of filmmaking. Sanjay’s feature film Yanam won the Kerala Film Critics Special Jury Award for Yanam in 2004. Sanjay trained to make film in Chicago and Los Angeles for 12 years.

To be a part of it! BE THERE or…to reserve mail to filmcamp at direct@filmcamp.tv / hrish@filmcamp.tv


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