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ಆಸರೆ - Making

posted Dec 22, 2014, 5:28 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 22, 2014, 5:56 AM ]


ಹೇಗೆ ಎಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಕಛೇರಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭ್ರಷ್ಟತೆ ಹರಡಿದೆಯೋ ಹಾಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮನೆ-ಮನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭ್ರಷ್ಟತೆ ಹರಡಿದೆ. ಪರಿಣಾಮ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಪ್ರಾಕ್ಟಿಕಲ್ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆತ್ತು ಹೊತ್ತು ಬೆಳೆಸಿದವರಿಗೆ ಸಮಯ, ಮನಸು ಕೊಡಲಾಗದ ಎಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಪ್ರೌಢರು ನಮ್ಮ ಕಣ್ಮುಂದೆ ಸಿಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ವಯಸ್ಸಾದವರು ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆಯವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಉಂಡ್ಕೊಂಡು ತಿನ್ಕೊಂಡು ಖುಷಿಯಾಗಿರಬೇಕಾದವರು ಅನಾಥರಂತೆ ವೃದ್ಧಾಶ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿರ ಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಸ್ವಂತ ಮಕ್ಕಳೇ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಅಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಅಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರೂ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಮೇಲಿನ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಒಂದ್ಚೂರು ಚ್ಯುತಿ ಬರೋದಿಲ್ಲ - ಅದು ಹೆತ್ತ ಕರುಳು.

ಒಂದ್ಕಡೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟಷ್ಟೂ ಬರಿದಾಗದ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಮನಸು, ಇನ್ನೊಂದ್ಕಡೆ ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಕೊಡಲು ಮನಸೆ ಬಾರದ ಮನಸು - ಇವರೆಡರ ನಡುವೆ ಇರುವ ಸಂಬಂಧವನ್ನು ಎತ್ತಿ ಹಿಡಿಯುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೈಟೂ ಕಾಫೀ ಫಿಲ್ಮ್ಸ್ "ಆಸರೆ".

"ಆಸರೆ"ನೋಡಿ ವಯಸ್ಸಾದ ತಂದೆ-ತಾಯಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳು "ಆಸರೆ"ಯಾದರೆ ಇದನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಸಾರ್ಥಕ. ಈ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಕ್ಕೆ ಇಂಬುಕೊಡುವಂತೆ ಯೆಸ್ ಫೌಂಡೇಷನ್- ೧೦೧ ಘಂಟೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿರುಚಿತ್ರ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಸ್ಫರ್ಧೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊದಲ ೫೦ರಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾನಗಳಿಸಿ People Choice Award’ಗೆ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಆಗಿದೆ. ತಾವುಗಳು ನೋಡಿ ಇಷ್ಟವಾದರೆ ಯೂ-ಟೂಬ್(YouTube)ನಲ್ಲಿ ಲೈಕ್(Like)ಮಾಡಿ, ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗೆಲ್ಲಲು ಆಸರೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.

ಆಸರೆ ಕೊಂಡಿ: http://youtu.be/T4rSTgyYFRw

Making: ೧೦೧ ಘಂಟೆಗಳ ಪಯಣ...

ಆಗಷ್ಟ್-೧೫ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ .೩೦ಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾವುದರ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಿರುಚಿತ್ರ ಮಾಡ್ಬೇಕು ಅಂತ ಗೊತ್ತಾಯ್ತು. ನಮಗೆ ಬಂದದ್ದು "ವಯಸ್ಸಾದವರ ಆರೈಕೆ". ತಡಮಾಡದೆ ಅದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿಚಾರ ಮಾಡೋದಕ್ಕೆ ಶುರುಮಾಡಿದ್ವಿ, ತಿಂಡಿ-ಕಾಫಿ ಬ್ರೇಕುಗಳು ಬ್ರೇಕುಗಳಾಗದೆ ವಿಚಾರ ವಿನಿಮಯಕ್ಕೆ ನಾಂದಿ ಹಾಡಿದವು. ಏನು ಮಾಡುವುದು ಅಂತ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ ಮೇಲೆ, ಒಂದು ತಂಡ ಭರತ್ ನೇತೃತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಥೆ-ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆ ಹೆಣೆಯುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಮಗ್ನವಾಗಿದ್ದರೆ. ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ತಂಡ ಅಮರ್ ನೇತೃತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ವೃದ್ಧಾಶ್ರಮ ಹುಡುಕುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ತಲ್ಲೀನವಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ಕೇವಲ 101 ತಾಸುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮಾಡಿ ಮುಗಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೂ ಇಂತಿಷ್ಟು ಸಮಯ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಂತ ಯೋಜನೆಯನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿದ ಪರಿಣಾಮ, ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕೆಲಸಗಳು ಶರವೇಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದವು. ಎಷ್ಟೊಂದು ವೃದ್ಧಾಶ್ರಮಗಳಿಗೆ ಕರೆಮಾಡಿ ಕೇಳಿದ್ವಿ ಯಾರೂ ಶೂಟಿಂಗ್ ಮಾಡಲು ಅವಕಾಶ ಕೊಡಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇರೆ ದಾರಿಕಾಣದೆ ನಾವು ಸೇರಿದ್ದ ಜಾಗ, ತಂಡದ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಅಣ್ಣನ ಮನೆಯನ್ನೆ ವೃದ್ಧಾಶ್ರಮವಾಗಿ ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಲು ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ಮಾಡಿದ್ವಿ. ಅವರಣ್ಣನ ಒಪ್ಪುಗೆಯನ್ನು ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಪಡೆದದ್ದು ಎಲ್ಲರನ್ನೂ ನಿರಾಳವಾಗಿಸಿತ್ತು. ಯಾವ ಪಾತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾರ್ಯಾರು ಅಂತ ನೋಡಿ, ಅವರುಗಳಿಗೆ ಕರೆಮಾಡಿ ಮರುದಿನ ಬೆಳಗಿನ ಜಾವ ಬರಲು ಹೇಳಿದ್ವಿ. ಒಬ್ಬೊಬ್ರು ಒಂದೊಂದು ಕಡೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಪ್ರೊಡಕ್ಷನ್ ಸಲಕರಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ತಂದ್ವಿ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಕಥೆ-ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆಯೂ ರಾತ್ರಿ ಅಷ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ತಯಾರಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಮರುದಿನ ಅಂದರೆ ಎರಡನೇ ದಿನ ಬೆಳಿಗಿನ ಜಾವ 5 ಘಂಟೆಗೇ ಶೂಟಿಂಗ್ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭ ಮಾಡಿದ್ವಿ. ಇಲ್ಲಾ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಒಂದಿನದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮುಗಿಸಲು ಆಗ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಒಂದೊಂದು ಸೀನ್ ಆದಹಾಗೆ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಅವರು ಸ್ಪಾಟ್ ಎಡಿಟಿಂಗ್ ಮಾಡ್ತಾ ಇದ್ರು. ರಾತ್ರಿ ಹತ್ತಕ್ಕೆ ಶೂಟಿಂಗ್ ಮುಗಿಸುವಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಒಂದು ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಎಡಿಟೆಡ್ ಕಾಪಿ ತಯಾರಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಅದನ್ನ ಸಂಗೀತ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರಿಗೆ ಮರುದಿನ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ತಲುಪಿಸಿದ್ವಿ. ಒಂದು ಕಡೆ ಡಬ್ಬಿಂಗ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಮುಗಿಸಿದ್ರೆ, ಇನ್ನೊಂದೆಡೆ ಕೊನೆಯ ಹಂತದ ಎಡಿಟಿಂಗ್ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಗೀತ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.

ಸಂಗೀತದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಡ್ರಾಫ್ಟ್ ಸಂಜೆ ಸಿಕ್ತು. ನಾವುಗಳು ನೋಡಿ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಳೋದು, ಅವರು ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಆವೃತ್ತಿ ಕೊಡೋದು ಹಲವಾರು ಸಲ ಆಗಿ  ಕೊನೆಗೂ ನಾಲ್ಕನೆ ದಿನ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ತಯಾರಾಗಿತ್ತು. ೧೦೧ ಘಂಟೆ ಮೊದಲಿಗೆ ಕೊನೆಯ ಆವೃತ್ತಿ ತಯಾರಾಗಿ "ಯೆಸ್ ಫೌಂಡೇಷನ್" ತಲುಪಿತ್ತು.


ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿಗಳು: ವನಜಾ ಕೊಲಗಿ, ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಬಿಜ್ಜಲ್, ಅನುಷಾ ಮೂರ್ತಿ, ಡಾ|| ಸೋಮಶೇಖರ್ ಬಿಜ್ಜಲ್, ಶ್ರೀದೇವಿ ಬಿಜ್ಜಲ್, ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ ಸಮರ್ಥ್ ,ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಜಿ ಹಾಗೂ ವರುಣ್ ಪಟೇಲ್

ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ತಂಡ:

ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆ-ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ: ಭರತ್ ಬಾಳೇಮನೆ

ಛಾಯಾಗ್ರಹಣ: ಗುರುರಾಜ್ ಬಾಗ್ಲಿ

ಪ್ರೊಡಕ್ಷನ್: ಅಮರನಾಥ್ ವಿ.ಬಿ

ಕಥೆ-ಸಹ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ: ಶ್ರೀಧರ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ

ಸ್ಪಾಟ್-ಎಡಿಟಿಂಗ್ ಮತ್ತು ಸಹಾಯಕ ನಿರ್ದೆಶನ: ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಜಿ.

ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆ ಸಂಗೀತ: ಅಜಿತ್ ಪದ್ಮನಾಭ್

ಎಡಿಟಿಂಗ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸೌಂಡ್ ಡೀಸೈನ್: ಹರೀಶ್ ಮನೋಹರ್

ನೂರೊಂದು ಘಂಟೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಯಾರಾದ ಆಸರೆ, ನೂರೊಂದು ಜನರಲ್ಲಿ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ತರುವಂತಾಗಲೆನ್ನುವ ಆಶಯದೊಂದಿಗೆ...

 ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ,

ಬೈಟೂ ಕಾಫೀ ಫಿಲ್ಮ್ಸ್ ತಂಡ

Aasare - Making

posted Dec 22, 2014, 2:13 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 22, 2014, 6:37 AM ]


Please cast your vote by clicking "Thumbs Up" icon in the YouTube for "Popular Choice Award" http://youtu.be/T4rSTgyYFRw

Making of Aasare

 ~Bharath Balemane

It had been quite a long time since our award winning short film SeventYn, we had not taken up any major film making assignments.  It was at this point in time, we came to know about Yes Foundation 101 Filmmaking contest. We decided to take up the challenge. Team by2coffeefilms geared up for this task. Rules were simple. Once after registration, Yes Foundation would provide a concept/theme on 15th Aug at 6:00 AM and in the next 101 hours we had to make a social film of 5 minutes length with a team of 7 members and submit it. It was quite an exciting challenge!!

 Preparation (Aug 1st and 2nd week)

After registering the team, we started watching old short films on Yes Foundation website. We got a rough idea on the concepts (Woman empowerment, Child Rights, Everyday Hero etc). Core team started a daily conference call to shortlist few inspiring stories. Idea was to had some good concepts before-hand and we did come up with different story-lines on variety of themes. In the mean time we made a casting call through which we received not less than 25 profiles and thus we created an Actors’ DB. Also, our filmmaking team was fixed; shooting gears, lights etc were booked.

The Challenge

 Day1: 15 Aug 2014 : Pre-production:

At 6 AM we received the concept. And to our utter surprise the topic given to us was “Elderly Care”!! All the storylines we had developed earlier turned futile as we had been given an entirely different theme about which we never thought of.  We had to come up with a new story!!! All of us gathered around 6 AM at Girish’s brother’s (Dr Somasekhar Bijjal) place at KHB Colony which was vacant as family members were out for a trip. We started brainstorming on the topic. Different storylines were discussed and finally by 8:30 AM we decided on the story which was based on a WhatsApp message!!! We split into two teams

  • Filmmaking TeamWe (Shri, Guru, Raghu, me) started fine tuning the script. Started screenplay; added dialogues. Did storyboarding and list of shot division. Started looking at Actors’ database for the roles. Girish Bijjal was the unanimous choice for the lead role. For Mother’s role, I called up Vanajakka who had earlier worked in one of my previous projects. It was a very short notice for her and she had to cancel some of her work to attend the shooting. For the Care-Taker role we called up few and finally zeroed down on Anusha Murthy based on her availability and interest.
  • Production Management Team – Team (Lead by Amaranath V B. and supported by Varun) started calling up Old Age Homes expecting that we might get a location and people for the shoot. But unfortunately most of the old Age home admins declined our request thinking that we were from Media and we might show the pathetic condition of their homes. Few people even demanded money to shoot. Location scouting went till noon and we unfortunately we couldn’t progress any further on this front. In the evening we decided to shoot in the same house where we had discussed the script. Only issue was getting the consent as family was supposed to return in the night. But Dr Somasekhar happily agreed to give his house for next day shoot!!

 Team dispersed to collect the camera, lenses and light kits.

 Day 2: 16th Aug: Shooting

We started shooting at 5 AM as we had considerable amount of scenes to complete in a day. We dint want budget to shoot up due to two days schedule. So the idea was to shoot in a day. It was awesome experience converting a colony house into an old age home and shooting entire day. We had to request few neighbors and elders strolling on the road to be a part of the film J. While I directed the film, Guru, DOP of the film quickly composed and shot the scenes. Shridhar managed Associate direction role along with lights. Actors (Girish, Vanajakka, Anusha) were spot on in terms of their performances. Raghadndra started doing Spot editing which helped us to remove few technical glitches. Mrs and Dr Somashekhar Bijjal and their son kindly agreed to take up a supporting roles in the film!! Amaranath and Varun took the complete responsibility of production management and made sure the team didn’t go hungry!  By 8PM shoot was complete and we had a first draft cut as part of spot editing.

 Day 2.5: 16th Aug Midnight: Editing

We handed over the footages to Harish, editor of the film; he straight away started editing; by midnight he had 2 versions of the film, one a linear version which remained true to our screenplay and the other was a nonlinear version. We had a tough time in deciding the version to consider and after much debate we decided to go for  nonlinear version.

 Day 3: 17th Aug: Music/Dubbing

When I first called up Ajit, music director of the film on day 1 explaining him the story that we had finalized, he had already started working on the tunes; and when we gave him the first cut, he came up with beautiful compositions. We had a tough time in getting the dubbing studio on such a short notice but luckily we got a slot in one of the studios for dubbing. Final cut of the film was ready in 80 hours. Title was discussed and decided as “Aasare” – Support - and we uploaded the film that night.


It was an amazing experience for all of us with a grueling filmmaking experience given the small team we had.  Every one of us enjoyed the entire process thoroughly. We were extremely happy to know that film has made a mark as it has been shortlisted as one of the top 50 Inspirational Films out of 1750 films across India. Given the fact that this film will be showcased across India as part of Yes Banks’ CSR initiative, we believe we too have become Agents of Change. We are looking forward for more such opportunities.

CineShorts - Terms & Conditions

posted Aug 23, 2014, 10:30 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 24, 2014, 9:35 PM ]


By2coffeefilms is inviting for inspirational stories to make a short film for competition.
Terms and conditions

Story Invite:

  • Story is invited to make a short film in Hindi with a theme of "Against All Odds" to participate in the Viacom 18 Mary Kom* Short film contest
  • Story can be based on real life heroes and/or fictional work where part of the script can be based on inspirational personalities.
  • It has to be noted that that the short-film will be under 5min. So your Story should take this into account. Concept/script can be from few lines but shouldn't exceed 1 page. 
  • Last date to send your entry is 5th September 2014
  • You can send your entries at contactus@by2coffeefilms.com or whatsapp the concept to 9008999200
  • Credit as Story Sourcing or Story will be given to you if your story is selected.
  • No remuneration or rewards in terms of cash or in any other form will be given to the story writer or to the inspirational personality on whom the story is based as film is self-funded by Team by2coffeefilms and is not made for any commercial purpose.
  • If your story is based on the real life hero, it is expected that the requisite permission to bring it on-screen has been taken by you just to avoid any future legal issues.If our film wins a prize then part of the winning amount will go either to the real life hero on whom film is based or will go to NGO(s). Amount to be partaken will be decided by the team by2coffeefilms.
  • Any disputes with the inspirational personality in terms of authenticity of your story or any other legal matters arising forthwith has to be settled by you.  

* Read more about Mary Kom here

SeventYn - Feedback

posted Jul 5, 2013, 10:31 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 8:21 AM ]


From Email

Hi Amar,

Fascinating movie. I was wondering where it was going till the dialog came on. Then I realized how deep the movie was. And how metaphorical the meaning. It all made sense.

Then I read the subtext and was amazed at the extent of thinking that had gone in. Reading about the source of inspiration for the movie as well as the various details was fascinating. And I did read the making (at least to sections). It does look like a lot of effort. Well, maybe one can think of getting aspirants for a PMP certification in project management to instead do production management for a short movie!

Congratulations to you and all the crew and cast for a very well made movie
.

~ Arun Tanksali


Saw the shortfilm!! It was really good! Specially the Cinematography and acting by some key actors. Nice attempt!

~ Biswajith Krishna Setty


Totally loved it, Bharath. Not many would dare to choose such a theme for a short film and execute it so well. Kudos to you and everyone involved. :)

~ Swaheel K


Congrats Team…. You people did a amazing Job… Proud of you all…. Expecting more and More creative projects from you.

Wish you all success in your Future endeavors. Good Luck Team!!...


~ Ramachandra Hegde


The  message that you want to send out to the audience is wonderfully depicted in simple scenes and dialogues

Adding the making of the film is also a good improvement. A video would have been better though. This movie has definitely taken by2coffee to the next level

~ Suma S B

nice. I liked it. cheers.

~ Sudheendra


A very good direction , cinematography , editing ..

Kudus to the music team which I guess was the main backbone of the movie.


~ Prashanth Nayak


SeventYn is an awesome film. My hearty congratulations to the team.

~ Preetam AG Mangalore


I have seen your short films and found it very interesting. The concept is good and the way you have presented it on the screen is beautiful.

~ Shwetha Kannahalli


I watched your movie today morning. It is a very nice concept told in a very innovative way. One could feel the effort that has gone behind the scenes. The actors have also given their best. Congratulations to the entire crew!

I have read through the details of how carefully you have selected the raagas. But I felt the Carnatic music background gave a feel that the guy is very pious and gentle which he is not. Also, I could not understand what the Yakshagana actor represented.

~ Raj


I have sent it to all my of friends :), at least whoever is interested can watch & comment. I really like the way the music has covered all scenes and sequences. Good work Bhatta :)


~ Krishnananda V Prabhu


Hi,

Elru nimma short film nodidvi… It’s very nice… Everything is thought of in so much detail… It’s an excellent job J Congratulations .

~ Sharadhi H S


Great Stuff. Cleanly Done. Took time to sync in, but gets in nicely. Will pass it on.


~ Zunder Lekshmanan



From Youtube Comments


In the journey of Life Car as a body, Driver as a soul person attains his youth @17. Then he gains samskar(Yogi) from parents & society, He get addicted to intoxication(drunkard) followed with material opulence(Nata) when he encounters opposite sex he least bother abt Samskaar what he received & drop it(Yogi) though his consciousness Says "NO" to what he decides. His youth leave him @70, When he analyze his mistake he remembers his samskar but at that time Light of Body goes off

What a presentation Bharath !! Simply Superb !! I am not pampering you.. I have not seen such videos after Malgudi Days Series... I pray, May your work reach many and enlighten them....

~ Dhananjay Bhandarkar



Sakkhath aagide bharath..!! Tandada ellariguu abhinandanegalu.. :-)
~Guruprasad R


class bharath.......class.......
~vinay.k.s. Koundinya



Awesome execution Bharath! Genial stuff!
~preetsujitsu


Good One..Keep it up.
~Shiva Kumar Hassan


From Facebook


Short film directed by my friend Bharath Balemane .. I can assure you will appreciate the concept. One of best I have seen from By2Coffee films :)

~Girish UT


A short film with an amazing concept and an even amazing execution! Kudos Bharath Balemane! Great work on music by Vishwesh Bhat! Super stuff!

~Ajit Padmanabh


Hi friends, Please watch the short film by ByTwo coffee films with a unique concept.. Thanks to our music team for the wonderful classical musical treat - Manjeera Valluri Phanindra Bhaskara Aditya Mp Krishna Prasad Sahana Bhat Sushruth Kanathur Ashwini Bhat Ramesh Bhat Vishwesh Bhat
~Sushruth Kanathur


Bhanu Prakash K C very meaningful short movie.. i am so glad that I watched it ! thanks
~Saurabh Rao

Movies - Bharath Balemane

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Movies Watched (2011 onwards)

Books - Bharath Balemane

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Books Read (2010 onwards)

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My Dream Event Partners

posted Apr 24, 2013, 2:38 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 25, 2013, 12:57 AM ]

 
Nirantara Foundation
 
My Dream is the brainchild of by2coffeefilms and Nirantara Foundation has taken keen interest and great effort to take the program to underprivileged schools from Bangalore and remote areas of Karnataka. With this joint venture My Dream is already taken to 4 districts of Karnataka.
 
More Info About Nirantara Foundation:
 
 
 
GMR Varalakshmi Foundation
 
by2coffeefilms has joined hands with GMRV Foundation to spread its project "My Dream" in the tent schools that is run by GMRV in association with Govt. of Karnataka. As part of this venturte Films will be screened regularly in a tent schools across Bangalore 
 
 
More Info About GMRV Foundation: http://www.gmrgroup.in/foundation.html

Making of SeventYn

posted Apr 15, 2013, 11:38 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 8:21 AM ]


Making of a Travel Film: ...On A Journey...

posted Oct 17, 2012, 1:26 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 18, 2012, 12:32 AM by Unknown user ]

A journey that was not thought; a journey that was not planned finally culminated with us travelling close to 400KMs in a day with memories to cherish for a long time to come.  It was on Oct 1st, just a day before we embarked on this road trip that we got to know about the competition organized by WorldNoMads.com from Face Book. Rules were simple. At max two people (one role to be played by Film-maker and other a Presenter) have to bring out a 3-minute travel video.

Pre-production:

Once we had made up our mind that we would throw our hats in the ring, the first and the only task we did was to rent a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens for a day. We knew from our past experience what this lens could do with respect to the quality of the film. Apart from this we packed cameras, additional batteries, tripods along with other things like umbrella, snacks and a road-map of Karnataka.

We hardly had time to think through deeply about the concept and were not sure how we wanted to bring the video on screen since the last date for submission (October 15th) was too close to our comfort. Even on the day of the journey on Oct 2nd (A national holiday on the eve of Gandhi’s birth Anniversary) just before we left early in the morning at 5, we were unsure of the idea and were thinking that this could literally mean ‘our kind of adventure’ if we successfully pull it off!! What we were sure though was the place(s) we intended to travel.  They were Shivanasamudra to start with followed by Talakaadu and finally to conclude our journey with a visit to Somnathpura.  

Production:

Though we had decided about the places to be visited a day before, we were clear in our minds on one aspect. That is to not to follow and create a regular travel-video where in the presenter is seen interacting with the local people and explaining about the significance of the place(s) since this information could be gathered from the internet. The video had to be something different. As mentioned earlier, we started at 5 in the morning. As we were travelling we were still engaged in discussing the story-line and how we would like it to be presented. An idea, though blurred, hit us just when we hit the NICE road. We thought we shall narrate a story of a person on a road trip and his inner transformation along with the journey. This is something that both of us liked instantly. We changed the style of the film and shot around three hours of footage to include thoughtfulness of the presenter, his journey, photography, food, depicting the culture, country-side, river, temples, waterfalls and interaction with people. Some shots such as the one celebrating Gandhi Jayanti at one of the rural schools, I riding on a bullock-cart, the Cauvery protest by the people by blocking the roads and burning tires were so impromptu ones. We had never imagined and thought to have such footage. We just went with the flow keeping the concept at the back of our mind! That is the beauty isn’t it especially when we think of the nature of the assignment we were on?? We were completely exhausted from a day long travel and filming, riding, acting, planning and coordinating at the same time. We completed the shoot and wonderful trip after 15 hours of non-stop travel!!

Travle Film Poster
Post-Production:

Bharath began editing the film. We had so much of footage that he was quite confused what to add and what not to while editing!!  A day was spent just to select the scenes that would suite our theme. And in the next 3-4 days he was able to make 7-8 revisions of the video. And finally a day more was spent to make the film more crisper to fit it to 3min. Fortunately, Bharath had access to one of the albums of Vishwesh Bhat in a Kanfusion style (Blend of Karnatic and Western music) and he decided this would be the b/g score of the film. The modulations in the ragas would blend in with the visuals and thought that the rise in the alaap specifically at the end would give a perfect ending to our travel film – i.e., A sense of “Realization” – He got in touch with Vishwesh for his consent and he wholeheartedly agreed to use his creation. Music bit was taken care of. In the meantime, I started to work on the narration-script. We didn’t have any footage to show that the protagonist was busy and frustrated with his hectic life. We didn’t have anything to depict his show his state-of-mind (Frankly we didn’t have the time to fit in all that in those 3min even if we had shot it). But it had to be told nicely.  There in lied the challenge for me. I think I was able to nail it with the first two lines. For me, the best lines of the lot are “I want to quit ordinary LIFE…” and “I want to LIVE LIFE”. Later, I was able to write few random lines as to what he desires, what he intends to do after quitting.  The lines just flowed. We chose some lines to suit the visuals and re-arranged according to the screenplay.  Once satisfied, we quickly recorded the narration. It took another two-three days to complete the film with further 3-4 more rounds of fine-tuning in editing after getting the feedback on draft version from some of our family members/close friends.

In hindsight, it scares us even now to think how we managed to pull it off without having anything concrete in mind!! Thanks to the competition, we were able to create what we believe is a nice film. The whole experience was surreal to say the least. We hope you enjoy as much as we have enjoyed being part of and in bringing it to you people.

PS: We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to  rest of our  B2C members for not involving them in this video in any of the tasks!! We wanted to strictly adhere to the rule of the competition which said that not more than 2 people should be involved. Also, we wanted to test if we can shoulder the whole responsibility of film-making of this magnitude on our own!! I think we now know!!
All in all two of us covered ~380 Kms on a bike trip. Route: (South-East Karnataka, India)
Bangalore -> Kanakpura -> Sathnur -> Malavalli -> Shivanasamudra -> Talakaadu -> T. Narsipura -> Somanathpura -> Malavalli -> Maddur -> Ramnagara -> Bangalore
 
~ Gururaj Bagli

My Dream - Anniversary Event II

posted Sep 14, 2012, 2:16 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 20, 2012, 4:05 AM by Vivek Shivaprabhu ]

Dear Friends,

Time, it really flies. Otherwise, how do you explain that My Dream is now 2 years old, conducted 13 events, reached over a 1000 children and a few hundred adults. What started as a though turned into a hobby and has become a serious entity in about 2 years time. We chose Karnataka Public School in Haveri for our Anniversary event. Since Aug 15 fell mid-week we conducted the event on Aug 18. This school, though not government run was chosen for a purpose. It is run by a trust and a person with a vision to provide quality education to rural children.

It was a beautiful day to drive on the NH4. In a drought like situation it was heartening to see the rain fed fields on either side of the highway glistening in green carpets of maize, jowar, groundnut and mulberry. The light drizzle and an overcast sky completed the perfect picture. The kickbacks for spending a weekend for a worthy cause J !

Ullas and I were joined by my parents, Bharath, Shwetha, Shruthi and Amar. While we were busy setting up the projector, banner etc we dint realize that the students had taken seats. For the first time we experienced such disciplined students who were dot on time and not a voice to be heard until the event started. They needed no guidance to sit in an organized fashion! A big shout out to those students and their teachers.

They were very excited to see our films and were equally curious to know about short films, how they are made and what they are like. The discussions were fruitful. They were rapt and articulated the theme of each of the short films very well. They were not afraid of opening up and were encouraged to speak out as we started giving them small gifts whenever they spoke. They enjoyed watching these short films and we believe they took home the message.

It is a strange feeling when someone very elder to us takes time to sit through the event, appreciates what we are doing and shower praise on us for the kind of work we are doing. It is a big boost. This is what Prof. Virupakshappa C. Koragal did to us that day. He advised the students to look upon us as role models and congratulated us for our social concern, enthusiasm. He also advised us to come up with films on substance abuse, water/ energy conservation and on saving the environment. We have planned to take these subjects ASAP.

Our biggest supporter and boost in terms of morality and ideas, Dr.Shivanand summed up the event with a fine story about how to increase one’s worth by acquiring talents, fine tuning them and putting them to good use. He reiterated what Prof.Koragal had previously said. He also highlighted that we held a regular jobs, had responsibilities  but still take time out to create such films and bring it to such students. He also appreciated all our supporters, donors and volunteers for standing by us.

Friends, it is really difficult to put everything that went on in words. I really wish all of you were there to take in the moment, listen to those appreciate words, be with the enthusiastic children and experience such lightness of heart, that satisfaction and that humbling of ourselves. I request you to join in our next event to soak in all of it yourself.

Regards,

Ashwini

 

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