Day Scholar, made a by group of youngsters, talks about the preoccupations of the youth
Making this film has been largely a labour of love. So, obviously, they have answers to why they set out on this adventure. And why they made such a film.
A bunch of engineering graduates, friends, with a passion for cinema, have got together to make a short film titled Day Scholar, which will be premièred at Don Bosco IMAGE, near Ernakulam Medical Centre (EMC), on August 24. The 18-minute film will be screened between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The film is on the spirit of youth, their dreams, their frustration in their attempts to realise them. Scripted and directed by Anand P.S., the film clearly determines his and his team’s objectives. The parameters are well-defined, including their target audience. “This is our first attempt. We have consciously tried not to be experimental. The film is about the life of a day scholar with no real beginning and end. Of course, we do provide space for the viewer to trace a linear sequence and also infer meanings. It’s a sort of New-Gen film with the youth as our target audience,” explains Anand.
A simple script, the director attempts to nail it with double-entendre laced dialogues, vibrant original music and modest production values. “Some of those dialogues were used deliberately. We hope it will connect with the audience we are looking at .” Perhaps, it is one of those vital viral properties inserted into the narrative to help it spread on the Net. “Yes, we intend to upload the film on YouTube and similar platforms. We have already uploaded a teaser. The response is what we are looking for.”
Making the film, for the group, was an experiment, an opportunity to demonstrate their skills. “Certainly, it has created a working group with whom we can collaborate with in the future on other projects. And when we do that it will not be a youth-centric film,” promises Anand Ram Krishnan, who, along with Arun Krishnan did the camerawork and also wrote the lyrics.
The film does have a strong upfront in a central character (played by Samarth Ambujakshan) around whom the film revolves and the audience is expected to identify with. There is focus on images that help build meaning. But on the flip side is the heavy negativity in the creation of almost every character and the absence of a stunning twist, a classical rhetoric of the short form.
“Yes, we have realised the negativity aspect. It was not deliberate. We were only trying to bring out the dreams and frustrations of a group of youngsters. There is a subtle twist that we have tried to give. After all there is always an element of subjectivity,” says Anand.
Acting, sound (MCM Audio and Video), lighting, camera, direction, editing (Mathew Jacob) deserve kudos. Also good is the music, which though at times tends to become a bit too loud. The background score by Shine Jose, the original song by Ajith Manalath, who has also sung it, gives Day Scholar a different flavour.