How did you get the inspiration to involve in short film making ?
I was very much interested in the sound of a film more than the content, right from my childhood. And plenty of occasions have been there when I have watched films just for the songs and background score and the sound effects. Being a music student, I took to Sound engineering during my college breaks. However my mainstream Engineering course let me have it as a passion. Later I began programming, composing interludes and recording for my various music director friends. Slowly people started approaching me for the BGM for their short flims and I started doing it for them. And today I have my studio with basic equipments for recording and processing music. I have two Sound engineers and many session musicians and singers in the team too.
What do you think as achievement(s) in your career ?
When a well known Film critic Suresh appreciated my score in the short film "Even ing" I was very excited. He called my music "classy". and next music directors from the film industry have appreciated my score for the yet to be released short flims and my latest venture "Even ing" too.
Which do you think as the difficult part in short film making ?
To me, Editing is the toughest job as we have time constraints and most importantly the audience musn't lose interest in the story. the next toughest thing is Music direction. In a short flim , there are no songs (usually), so the BGM must be captivating , and at the same time should'nt be too loud too covering up the dialogues. They must enhance the film's mood rather than jus showing the comoser's provess in various styles aesthetically and intellectually.
My latest project that has released is "EVEN ing". The speciality of the project lies in its narration and screenplay. the director has sculpted the scene and so didnt want the BGM to make it look too loud. It had lot of dialogues and variety of emotions. Leaving certain scenes empty would'nt be the right thing. So I have used some very low frequency sounds that dont interfere with the dialogue and at the same time keeps up the mood of impending danger. The sound engineer, myself the composer, the musicians, and sound designer had to work together almost throughout the night before the day of release to do the final mix. We have used some church choir kind of vocals which we usually see only in Hollywood movies. So that was another speciality. It takes around 8 -10 singers and various drum programmings are needed to be done. So it is a very special project to me. Music was subtle.
What were all your other project(s) and were there any award(s) / recognition given to them ?
My other projects as an associate have been received well. Since the film depends on the director, though we work hard on the sound department, we don't get good recognition and awards. My music have received good criticism from renowned Film critics and some Music directors.
As a music director I would keenly watch the movie and then try to improve my sound quality in the future projects.
What's your future plans ?
I have around 5-6 more films that are yet to be released. Apart from that we have plans of making a music video. Our studio "Euphonica" will be upgraded as and when we get financially stable. We would be doing short films and under favourable situation we would like to score the music for a Feature film too.
yes true and young talents are definitely being recognized by sites such as CDTV.
What's your advice/suggestion to budding short film makers ?
Put in your best. Be passionate towards your work. Never expect immediate appreciations. Ur talent will surely be recognized and you will be richly paid for your hard work.
What's your view about CDTV ?
CDTV is the only site that helps the short film directors expose their talents. It gives honest reviews. And the reviews and their verdicts have so much of recognition among the various short film makers. they give the right amount of constructive and destructive criticism.