‘Positive mind leads to a good film’
I got an opportunity to chat up with Mr. Kaushik Bhaumik, who is the Deputy Director of Osian’s Cinefans of Asian and Arab Cinema, New Delhi and is also the co-editor of “visual sense” a cultural reader published by BERG Oxford, about recent changes into the film making process and documentary making. Here is what he said.
Digital technology has transformed the way of making movies. What is your take on that?
Now the technician and technology are great. If you want to make a theatrical or cutting edge, out of the box film, so you can do that. With this technology, anything is possible. Two kinds of films are being made. One side complex films are made, which are a challenge to the existing technology. More sharper the technology becomes, you can come closer to what it is actually. The opposite is also happening, really slow films are also being made, they capture time, nature beauty, duration and silence.
Is digital technology taking over the traditional techniques?
Digital technology allows the equipment become lighter. Camera can go everywhere, you can experiment your wild ideas. It allows you to play with extremes. Digital is something by itself. Digital cannot be mixed with analog or electronic. Surely you can work with 35 mm camera but you can do wonders with a digital camera. Digital is like a magic box, it’s a manipulative device. Traditional methods are like sophisticated toys, where within the boundaries you can play. But digital is like a toy meant to break all boundaries. Digital is a playful medium.
There is less audience for documentary films as compared to main stream cinema, what do you think about it?
After 1940-50’s there came a boom in the documentary making. Documentary is made when there is a crisis; today there are many environmental crisis films, because that is what happening. Crisis allows audience towards these crisis related films. India in recent year has been seen having a certain level of excitement, there is not much of a crisis but there is an emotional change. So the change in thinking there and gradually it will definitely change.
Do you think that ever the documentary will come up to the level of main stream cinema?
That is not the point. It’s about what people want to watch. What we need is a matured society where people are allowed to make what they what to and also find audiences for that. Point is to just allow things to happen.
Anything that you would like to say to young film makers.
Young filmmakers should be sure of what they are making. People start compromising on what they believe in and try making other people happy. Other most important thing is learn the technology well. Try and do something experimental and out of the box. Lot of attitude goes in making a movie.