LtoR: Moderator Patrick Frater, Director/Producer Shekhar Kapur
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Here's the synopsis:
Academy award winning director Shekhar Kapur is one of the globe’s most critically acclaimed film directors. He is one of the few talents that successfully straddle the commercial and cultural demands that come with working in India and in Hollywood. His repertoire ranges from British period piece Elizabeth, through sci-fi film Mr India, to the provocative Bandit Queen and more recently to a segment of New York I Love You.
This In Conversation session will discuss Kapur’s film-making journey. His travels have taken him from oil industry executive, to film-director, Oscar-winner, founder of an animation studio and on to talent show judge.
The session will discuss Kapur’s views on the nature and structure of story-telling, the narrative differences that exist between East and West, how this places the Asian film industries and ask which is better placed in the current multi-media world.
Bringing the tale up to date, it will discuss Paani, Kapur’s passion project and the mythology behind it. He describes the film as “a story with music, set in the near future when water wars have broken out.”
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1009 Brought up the example of Ang Lee where through his films you may not know he's someone from the East.
1008 Fundamentally regardless of East and West we all have similar subconscious needs and morality. New York I Love You, his 12 minute segment was an Anthony Minghella script. Deliberately made his short into something everyone can interpret in their own way.
1005 Elizabeth anecdote - how do you introduce Elizaeth, Ans: She's dancing. Horror around the table lol. Used Bollywood norms and forms and took it to Elizabeth
1003 Idea behind the documentary - want to tell the social history of Indian cinema through the theatrical expperience of song and dance,
1001 Teasers: captures people's attention more than a script
0959 When you make a film, it's incumbent on you to show it. Discusses grabbing of attention through various channels
0957 Creative view - people from all over the world coming together for a production
0955 What constitutes co-productions? It's a desire for people to work and promote their films internationaly. Ultimately it's a financing question not a creative question, eg. tax breaks in different parts of the world
0954 Question on co-productions - what do you think are the best ways to work in co-productions.
0952 Shared an anecdote about Bandit Queen with someone approaching him to include a song into Bandit Queen
0949 There was a time where there were 12 to 14 songs per film, now it's about 6. Fundamental need to make a film is because of the music
0947 Indian folk art got adapted to theatre in a more discipline form which got adapted to film. Therefore Indian film became a form of story telling that includes comic interlude and song and dance. It got addicted and there's no reason to dislodge it
0943 Pitching Paani - Paani is the story about a world where water has become privatized... alright I'm already intrigued! A search on the net says Paani stars Hrithik Roshan
0942 "The Pitch Zone" - you can tell whether you have or have not captured ; always learning from your pitch. A pitch is a great way to understand your story.
0941 Patrick asking if he does pitch. Shekhar: when you pitch you're pitching yourself and putting yourself on the line when you pitch.
0939 Discusses scriptwriting. Doing Paani now, developed in his mind and consciousness for the last 5 years.
0935 Do you derive meaning from the experience of the art, or derive experience from the meaning - Shekhar Kapur
0932 Denying oneself of options. Shooting ratio of 1st film is 1:3. Bandit Queen was requested to shoot at 1:10, didn't understand until later that options was requested, eg for editing. Usual thought process was of course to use less stock
0930 Sharing his experience with handling his first big budgeted film for Elizabeth
0927 In filmmaking you need chaos which provokes creativity, otherwise there will be conformity
0926: Physical aspect of making a film in India is like going to a bazaar, not sure what you've got, but there's a great sense of adventure. In the West there's a veneer of organization, like going to a supermarket.
0923 Western storytelling: structure is very strong, morality tend to be clearer
0920 Keep knocking on doors, fight to make the film you want to make
0918 Rebellion which is the desire to encompass that which is unknown - Shekhar Kapur
0915 Realized that he's being completely irresponsible in predicting the future, which he did as an oil executive where he was good at predicting trends. As an accountant his balance sheets never added up
0915 Was asked if he was any good as oil executive or accountant before becoming filmmaker
0914 And it begins #ScreenSingapore #InConversation
0904 Moderator today will be Patrick Frater, CEO Film Business Asia
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