Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Five No Budget Films (To be Released in 2010)

The Beginning

It all began with “Mrito Kanchan-er Lobh-e”. Just before that film was shot, Arupratan Ghosh, Anamitra Roy and Sriparna Dey (the latter two were already working on a no budget short at that point of time) had come in touch with each other, quite coincidentally, and it had been found that all of them shared a mutual love and affection for experimental film and literature. Names like Jonas Mekas, Chris Marker and Mani Kaul surfaced and acted as catalysts to make the bond stronger and more cohesive.

“Mrito Kanchan-er Lobh-e” was a cumulative effort and that triggered the idea of forming an independent group which would go on making no budget films at regular intervals.

Later, Souva Chattopadhyay, Sankha Subhra Ganguly, Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Sumit De, Avishek Bhatacharyya and Yovik joined the initiative and the group started to take a definitive shape.

Emergence of a Self-Sustaining Group

In July 2009, the inception of the group, under the banner of “Little Fish Eat Big Fish”, was formally announced. It was also decided that the next venture of “Little Fish Eat Big Fish” would be a compilation of five no budget films, where five members of the group would make his/her own film.

It took us nearly six months to complete this project. All the five films were shot with a minimal budget and mostly using amateur casts and crews.

The most important aspect of this project was the emergence of "Little Fish Eat Big Fish" as a self-sustaining group of independent artists. Each member of the group took part in the film-making process in every possible ways.

For example, Arupratan Ghosh, apart from directing his own film, acted in two other films in this project and was the cinematographer in another one. Similarly, Anamitra Roy was the editor for all the five films and besides that, acted in his own film as well.

Forming a self-sustaining group is, we believe, a crucial part in pursuing the no budget track, as it ensures that the involvement of artists from professional domain, be it in acting, cinematography or editing, remains minimal. It also helps in keeping the cost within a specified limit which, for no budget films, is really minuscule.

Five No Budget Films: The Third Venture

'Five No Budget Films', the third venture of Little Fish Eat Big Fish, consists of the following short films (click on the titles to view in details)--

  1. The Sand Book (aka Boi-Ta: Jeebito O Hatyakaree)

Bengali, 2010, 20 min

Directed by: Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

  1. Jean Luc Godard Had No Script

Bengali, 2010, 23 min

Directed by: Anamitra Roy

  1. …Athobaa Bhoy-er Golpo (aka … Or, A Horror Film)

Bengali, 2010, 19 min

Directed by: Souva Chattopadhyay

  1. Antoraal (aka A Hiding)

Bengali, 2010, 15 min

Directed by: Arupratan Ghosh

  1. Proti Biplob Deerghojibi Hok (aka Long Live (all) The Revolution)

Bengali, 2010, 20 min

Directed by: Sankha Subhra Ganguly

In the next few posts, we will elaborate on each of these five short films, with the trailers and production stills. Till then…

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