"First of all, I must say I am not financially strong :)"
" Moreover, people are spending in lakhs for short films for quality and I spent just 50K."
1. Reportedly O4P is the first film of your's getting screened privately in a theatre financed by you, so how do you feel about this ?
Yes. O4P is the first step of ours to screen in a theater. We could have done it for 536 or Ramasamy, but we were unaware of previews that much.
Moreover, we felt O4P is better work in terms of technicalities which is apt for screening. After seeing many filmmakers go ahead and screen in preview theater, we are following the same.
We are so thrilled, excited and nervous too as its the first preview of our much awaited project. We are hoping for the best.
2. Do you feel that Anil was not a part of O4P ?
I really feel sorry for Anil not being an editor this time but he does not have any issues with that. He supported us in arranging screening and telecast etc. He saw the first cut and appreciated our work and shared his suggestions too.So, we dont have any issues between us. He is a part of our team now.
3. Do you think that you being financially strong is one factor for your films to be in great quality and do you feel guilt for other skilled short film makers who are unable to financially enhance their film ?
First of all, I must say I am not financially strong :) But the confidence that I gained from responses from previous movies, knowledge gained so far, and passion to give a better movie pushed me to spend some more thousands to give a better quality movie. After all, we have to show improvement in every movie right? Moreover, people are spending in lakhs for short films for quality and I spent just 50K. So, its not a big deal. for the talents unable to spend money, I feel they have to
wait for their time.
4. What's your wishes to Abhinav (Editor) whose "Status updated" earned "Best film" award in ICE ?
I was very happy that Abhinav going places. I have a great reputation over his works as a director and editor. He deserves much more and he will get them.
Archive - Dated from year 2010
"I really doubt I am rocking. I just stepped in to short film making and have a long way to go"
1.As all know , your films 536 and Ramasamy have grabbed 3 awards in TSFC2010. As words of gratitude , what would you say ?
Well, its happy that our films grabbed awards which definitely make us believe in ourselves more. It is a good platform that helped us by giving reviews as well as awards.
To correct, it did not get for cinematographer.. but not only them, every individual helped to make the movie a success.. but more credits go to actors, cinematographer and editor
3.Locations in your films are superb and specially Ramasamy how did you get the office location?
Its all through friends. Our team is of friends and they help make it each and every thing in the film.
4.As a film maker , what do you consider as the important thing for a short film ?
Whether its short of long, it all based on the concept and how you deliver it.
5.You are a IT professional but eventhough you are rocking in short film making , how come?
Ha ha. I really doubt I am rocking. I just stepped in to short film making and have a long way to go. But happy that my films entertain.
6.It seems that your short films are backed with quality equips..
But they are my friends assets.. they helped me by providing free service
7.Is short film making a difficult task ? What's your difficultly in short film making ?
Film making itself is tough as satisfiying audience is very tough. Whatever efforts we take, its the audience who determines the success. So satisfying them is tough.
Nothing like that. In fact, my friends encouraged me by providing camera and all. the sugestions I receive makes me better every film.
9.How society looks at you now as you are a 'eminent' short film maker ?
I again has to emphasize that I have a long way to go to term myself as a film maker. But the viewers knows me now and trusts me that I can do something good. That makes me feel a well being.
10.What were your feelings when Director Shankar invited you to become his
assistant director ? When and how did you meet Director Shankar ?
I was so thrilled and excited. But because of my situation , I could not take up that offer. I still believe that is the blunder I did. But I could not make it. Still, I feel its an honor to have a personal discussion with a great director and amazing human being. shankar's assistant Sree kumar saw the movie and appreciated me through mail and he referred me for assistant director post. i could not believe that shankar saw my movie. So without any second thought, i went to his office on July 28th. Great that national award winning short film maker murali manohar also came for hte interview. It was a great day.
11.In your opinion , is facebook usful or not ?
Every creation is like a knife. Its all about how you use it. Facebook is one such wonderful tool. I use to promote my movies and get more friends.
12.What's your advice to other short film makers who are trying to
make good films like you ?
I am one among the budding film makers. so i am not a right person to advice anyone. But let us thrive to satisfy audience and try unique things.
13. Was there any interesting moment that happened in the shoot of your films ?
Fun. We do movies with full of fun , especially with my good friend Venkat. So it makes things easier. But for 536, location hunt was memorable.
Director Ganesh Kumar was interviewed on 28.10.2010.