Interview with Sahil Luthra: one of the the makers of the Live Short – “Captured”
When Sahil Luthra along with his batchmate Charanjit Singh decided to make a live movie, they were posed with a total lack of knowledge about the art. Having to make a career start didn’t make things easy either. Faced with a dilemma they took the route to discussing it at their favorite haunt – Arena Chandigarh. That turned out to be the start of the unending journey’s to the centre library (a place they literally hated when they were doing the course) and buried under pointed advice and guidance, and of course a lot of books on film making, they started to unravel the film world, thread by thread. Film Theory, Camera Angle, Set Design, Continuity, Rule of Thirds and techniques of story telling began to make sense in their heads. Well let’s watch the Movie and then have a frank talk with them.
I think i owe a lot to Arena Chandigarh and Vineet Sir in realizing my dream of making films. He introduced me to "Citizen Kane". He introduced me to Hitchcock. I’ve read and re-read books on his recommendations through the Arena 17 library. I have always preferred Modern Cinema but if it wasn’t for him, i wouldn’t have discovered the likes of Orson Welles, Hitchcock, Coppola and many other greats. Though it’s been almost an year since the completion of my course, i still visit him occasionally for an update on my knowledge of films.
Which software did you use for this movie?
I used after effects for color correction and tracking and adobe premiere for editing.
What was the one incident you remember from the making of this movie?
In order to shoot on time , i had to clean the entire location myself. The house had been abandoned for a while.
Any other incident?
I cant seem to remember another one.
Charanjit Singh had problems sitting on his knees with those jeans on, with the amount of retakes we did, he almost didn’t want to do it. But we took a little rest and went on again.
We had ganne (sugarcane) ka juice during the break and he was ready to do it again. That was a cheap trick, but it worked 🙂
My next project is a prequel to my very first short film. Its titled “Precaptured” and we are shooting this in the second weekend of November with the same cast and a few new additions. Thank you!