First Time Cinematography

12 Oct 2020 Admin

Checkmate – A very close to heart film, was watched and appreciated by my Mentor Balumahendra sir and was screened in AVM preview theatre.

This was the first short film where I tried my hands on cinematography. We shot this film with the minimum light source we had. We shot with Canon 5D Mark-2 with just two lens 24-105mm and 50mm block. Professional Lights were tagged with high price for renting those days (2013). We shot the entire film using Sun Gun commonly known as video light and we had no budget for color correction so it was delivered as it was shot. 

Govarthan (director) was very sure about my output and he took the risk on me and my methods. 

I had made him suffer by walking the streets of Parry’s corner, Chennai to buy cinematography supporting equipment. 

The 3inch thermocol for DIY dolly, see through glass, the netted dustbin, the steel rods for DIY Jib Crane (which wasn’t ready that time) and an unusual bolt for which we walked back and forth 4kms. 

The shoot team was limited with a span of 8; Manu Manoharan, Arya Haridas, Abinaya Gunalan, Vivian, Arul Sir, Vinodini Madam, Govarthan and Me which includes the actors. Everyone in the team would have shared the screen space in the film if you watch keenly you would notice it. 

Caine Sidarth scored the music for it and D.A.Vasanth took care of the foley and dubbing (Vibrant Studios).

In this film I used a DIY Dolly & DIY hand rig made out of PVC pipes which would cut the shake to minimum (Glidecam wasn’t affordable those days 2013). 

It was an incredible experience which boosted my confidence in the cinematography. And it was a team effort I couldn’t have done without my teams support for sure. Thanks to the whole team.

Sivaraj Parameswaran

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