Tuesday, April 25, 2006

shooting chitrakoot editing bombay!

...my gang of five from chitrakoot came in to edit what they had shot over the last 5 months during our video workshop. this is to be the grande finale of the 4part journey we had begun in sept last. it took me a while to adjust to the fact that "they" were here as opposed to me being there...looking distinctly uneasy navigating bombay, i wondered if we were doing the right thing...(maybe they were doing just fine n it was me being my usual self?)

...at the onset of the workshop, i felt that video being such an energy-intensive medium, it just wasn't the way to go in a place which had electricity for just 6-8 hours a day and that too wildly fluctuating. they seemed to have such a rich tradition of song and dance, i wondered if it might be better to enhance their story-telling skills and expression using their own indigenous visual art forms.

but then, video being this "sexy new" medium and "who are we to deprive them of this sexy new techology?", i went along...but today, that feeling crept right back. sitting in a tiny, under-renovation edit studio in central bombay got me thinking...maybe we should've gone low-tech (vhs-vhs cut to cut edit) staying back in chitrakoot...instead of this city-based appleG5 mumbo jumbo.

afterall, this was to be their first editing experience...but then funding pressures require a "presentable" end-product...

which took me back to my days at cry..."giving children a better tomorrow"
...because of which we had our todays!

kaput!...just like that...i lost my thought(s)...

off to goa again tomorrow but more about that on sunday!

3 comments:

Arundhati said...

Ach! You rekindled the desire again :-)!

I have been wanting to do something in the audio-visual medium for a long time but keep stopping myself as I have meandered enough in life...
But, hey, maybe I just would :-) as the wanderlust beckons..

Great post and a great blog!

Sundar said...

hey ajay, glad to c the flow in full....u seem truly into blog-addiction...

Chaitali said...

Hi Ajay,

Got to know about your blog from a fellow blogger. It's quite interesting. Actually had contacted you a couple of years back for a copy of your film Bhaile on pedophilia in Goa.

I work with an NGO that is involved in healing and counseling. We have a blog on sexuality. Wanted to contact you regarding the same. Can you get in touch with us?