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Monthly Archives: March 2012

What’s in a Name?

Turns out we might be renaming our film. That kind of makes my blog title redundant. That was my first thought. Yes, terribly selfish of me. Anyway 3 nights of shooting await us. So no time to mull over this. Preparing for all-nighters since yesterday by sleeping all day. Went home and woke up only to eat and feed the cats. Genius. Tons of extras to work with for the next 3 nights so fully prepared for chaos and commotion.

Let’s get this show started!

 

 

At Work We Play

No need to say that when someone works as an AD it’s to learn about the process of making movies. So it was thrilling for me that Rafey sir started a game with me that’s just between the two of us. I joined the project because I wanted to see, not only how the production works, but also if i have a good idea of execution. And seems like I do. I have extreme regard for Rafey sir’s work so if he thinks I get the essence of what the scene should be, I think I’m good. As plagued by self doubt I am, I have to say I’m pretty confident about where the heart of a scene lies. I really cannot thank him enough for how important and dare i say, talented, he makes me feel.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

Perspective

Not to be dramatic but seems one of the things that takes the biggest hit on set are your trust issues. The very people you help and work with and consider friends throw you under a bus and turn you into a subject of gossip. Did that make you look good or feel good, darling? good for you. happy to help.

I would imagine that experienced people know who’s who and what’s what. The only thing you can do in such situations is either ask for a department shift or in my case, do the work as usual even if it irritates people and beyond that say Ram Ram. Though it does help infinitely when people with donkey’s years in the business come up to you personally and say you’re doing a good job.

So just take what you should. The rest is nothing but white noise.

Little song dedicated to all my fellow worker bees. You’re awesome and let no one tell you otherwise.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

Break 3

So my roommate has gone home for the night and I’m all by myself in the hotel room. Chocolates, Chris Martin and a little souvenir from Goa are all that are keeping me company. I’m surprised that we’re almost done with March and it’s going to be all over, at least for me, by April 11.

I wish I could share more about the shoot and the movie. But it’s all hush hush for a while. Can just say that at times it’s really tough but usually it’s like a masterclass in filmmaking; a completely different approach from what I expected or have seen till now.

It’s not all peaches and cream though.

Anyway, I’m calling it a night. Mr Martin’s soothing voice is acting like a side effect-free Ambien.

Goodnight.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

Day 43 – Spring is in the air

The break mentioned in the previous blog was to give our location a feeling of Spring. Will get to see the outcome tomorrow. Am just about to leave home and head back to the hotel. Got a lot of work done. EG: filling forms for the Tajik visa so that I can see my sister after 11 months! i just realised it’s been 11 months since i last saw her. wow. Well, the wait’s almost over now. A roadtrip to Uzbekistan is on the cards too. Should be fun. So that visa also has to be dealt with.

After this 2-day break, i’m super charged and looking forward to starting work again. See you next time from the hotel.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

PS: technically this is nowhere near ‘Day 43’. It’s more like Day 54 but i’ve been behind and so consider this ‘Post 43.’

Break 2

These little breaks between shoots give me time, not just to sleep and meet people outside the job but also to assess everything. Without any bias or prejudice, I know what we’re doing on set everyday is game-changing. I have to say, our lead actors are just beyond inspiring. Their level of concentration and commitment is extremely humbling. I wish I could name names but I don’t think I’m allowed. Once the movie comes out you’ll know what I mean. The way they internalize their words and gestures it’s, wow. Their work, it’s unquestionable.

I cannot wait to get to a stage where someone will say that about me.

It took forever but I think I’ve found a comfort level at work, a voice too. I hope this confidence or whatever this thing is lasts for a while.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

Day something.

I’m not sure what day it is but i do realise i have a lot of catching up to do. Haven’t been able to blog since the second schedule started, not that many people read this but it’s just a question of diligence.

plus it’s a little tough to blog about the film without giving away things i cannot. so it’s a tricky thing. But here’s what i can say, Meenal’s art Rafey Sir’s framing and Rajat’s eye, it’s a really freaking remarkable combination. Every frame looks like a goddamn painting to me and just wow. I don’t know how much i can reveal about the cast but i have immense respect for so many of them. They understand their craft ever so well and just nail it every single time. Very inspiring.

I also must mention the attack of the monkeys. Shooting in Old Delhi would have been incomplete without it. Suddenly the terrace was taken over by our cousins and if we locked the doors they were smart enough to enter from the vents. that was straight out of a crazy Sci Fi movie.

anyway no more monkeying around. I will go now and get ready for a 2pm to 2am shift.

Mansi
The Yedi AD