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Interview with Nikhil Joshi

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Nikhil Joshi

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

I love watching and making thriller especially psychological thrillers, which has engaging and meaningful dialogues. The original inspiration of this story was from A Few Good Men, however instead of dragging the story into a court room drama, I wanted a script that would engage audience with only one location and just two actors with a compelling story left for viewer’s imagination to perceive the end.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

When filming on shoe-string budget there are always challenges but that’s where most of the fun is, when you can achieve so much from so little. The most challenging part was finding the right like-minded people who would understand my vision and would like to collaborate. I also had challenge with the set and with no budget for dolly. My visualisation was, that the camera will rotate 360 around the two actors of the interrogation scene but had limited space. I had an option for gimbal, however just before the shoot I had knee injury and had to ask a friend to operation the camera who was not very comfortable using gimbal. However, i was able to use a tracker mounted on two tripods to give the subtle motion and hand-held for the fight scene. There is always a room for improvement and always wish we could make it better, yet I am happy with what I was able to achieve.

How has the short film been received?

This short film was well received on social media and here on Think Shorts. Interrogation was listed as No.2 under Top Thriller/Australian Film category for the month of April 2021. I also received feedbacks from viewers who are asking me to turn this into a full future length Action-Drama film and I am definitely giving it a serious thought.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

After ‘The Interrogation’ was released, I had already started working on my dream script, ‘Identity’, a psychological thriller. Again, the movie predominantly revolves around a single character with a compelling storyline and engaging dialogues. This short film has been submitted in many International Film Festivals and have already won 5 laurels as a semi-finalist and and Official Selection. I haven’t released this film yet on any other platform for now. This is a 3 years old script which is finally appearing on screen.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

To all my budding filmmakers, I would say do plenty of research, have a compelling story and make that short film. But before you say “Action” you need to do your homework well. Your homework will involve a proper character arc, camera movement, attention to lights, sound and a good editor. Remember a movie is made backward, i.e you edit the film before you shoot it. Homework – Observe and study film of your genre, plenty of youtube tutorials on the art of making a film; learn and grow. Camera – Movements is important because motion creates emotions, so make sure your camera is moving even if it is ever so subtle. Don’t just put the camera and tripod ask actors to act. Lights – Creates mood so use appropriate lighting, even natural lights are good. Sound – Proper sound and music are important, plenty of royalty free music available online and respect the artist who have created music; finally he/she is also a fellow-artist. Don’t use music without proper permission. Editing – Editing is not about joining clips, remember a film is made thrice, First when the script is written, Second when it is shot and third when it is edited. Editing is an art, it is more about what you can add to your story then cut.

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