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26 July 2006

Another Awesome Trailer

I love Michel Gondry's work - his music videos, his animations. I really enjoyed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and so I'm looking forward to ... The Science of Sleep

The Prestige

Here's the trailer for The Prestige. Again, this is another amazing trailer. I'm really looking forward to seeing it, especially because it's directed by Batman Begins and Memento director Chris Nolan AND because it has Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine.

How can one go wrong with that combination?

Enjoy -

The Most Beautiful Trailer I've Ever Seen

I recently came across the trailer for a movie called The Fountain, starring two of my favourite actors - Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

The imagery and symmetry in this trailer is so powerful - you have to see it to believe it. The film is by Darren Aronofsky, the director of Pi and Requeim For A Dream.

This trailer reminds me a lot of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I really can't wait to see it. You can stream it below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (I've seen it several times already!)

21 July 2006

Too Much Cholesterol

Monsoon Fiesta at NID is coming! I remember last year - I was co-ordinator for VC (Visual Communication) and although we won, it was a draining experience.

This time, I'm more interested in watching from the sidelines as my junior batch work their asses off on giant posters and other things.

There's always a T-shirt design opp during Monsoon Fiesta. There are T-shirts for both the Fiesta as a whole and for each side (VC - Visual Communication, ID - Industrial Design and Foundies - The freshers).

So this time, I thought I'd try my hand at a T-shirt design for the fiesta. The brief was simple - three colours, including the T-shirt colour and it had to have "MF '06" and the NID logo on it.

Here is the front: (Click! for a high-res version of the image)

And here is the back:

Do post your comments about the design.

Meanwhile, I'll get started on a VC T-shirt! Ciao.

PS - "Enthu Cutlet" is what we call people who are over-enthusiastic (Especially during MF) to the extent that... well to the extent that makes this design funny.

Blogger Returns!

Ah! It's so good to have my blog back. Now that the Indian Government has lifted the temporary ban on Blogger, it's time for me to stop taking things for granted and to start posting again!

Look out for more new posts coming this way.

Rohit out.

17 July 2006

Scriptwriting 101

Today began a new course; a course on scriptwriting with Arun Gupta.

Like any course with Arun, this one hits you hard. It all starts at 9:30 am sharp and as the day progresses things just get more and more intense.

He makes us think. At the same time, I have a sneaky feeling that he also gets some pleasure in seeing our blank faces after he asks us something like, "What is the capital of Finland?", "What countries border Afghanistan?", "What are sardines?" and so on.

Sometimes, we even know the answers. I suppose we're just not sure enough to reply.

Coming to scriptwriting. I love writing. Untill now, my forays into the world of the written word have been limited to short stories, fun poetry and this blog. I'd love to write scripts as well. I do feel very comfortable among words. I think it is because they have such consistent usage in terms of meaning that they give ample space for clarity in communication.

And yet words can be misleading to a great extent as well.

I love reading scripts. Thanks to the internet one finds the shooting scripts of ones favourite films. It's good fun reading what was cut out and also to get an idea of what the writer saw as opposed to what the director created.

But there is one gripe - animation has its own language in terms of writing scripts. The technique and treatment definitely varies from the way that live-action is interpreted through the written word.

And that's why I'm glad that Arun didn't start with the terminology, methods and conventions of writing scripts, but chose to focus more on the content.

I hope this course lives up to that promise. For now, I'll get cracking on my next assignment!