Chinnamatur's short film, THE LAKE is premiering in
New York Intl. Independent Film Festival this weekend
on 11/12/2005 at New York.
anyone living in NJ/NY wishes to attend the premier,
please write to Srikanth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He has a few VIP passes which he can pass on."
ground (educational, career)
I belong to Kurnool. I did my schooling and engineering in
Kurnool. I moved to Hyderabad after my MBA. I worked in Hyderabad
for sometime before coming to US.
How you got interested in films?
I am a movie buff right from my school days. I watch lot of
movies and always thought of making a movie myself. But due
to the time constraints, I could not pursue my very favorite
The journey to the New York International Film and Video Festival?
All the hard work involved. how did this film come along?
I got this idea while driving home from work one night. I
stopped at a traffic signal and when I looked at the next
car, I felt as though it was me in the other car. Before I
could react, that car vanished. As soon as I went home, I
started writing and added some fictional characters around
that plot and after working and re working for a few days,
I was ready with THE LAKE script. I got my script registered
with the Writers Guild Of America http://www.wgaeast.org/
. I called my friends and told them that I got this idea and
want to make the film. Everyone was excited and readily agreed.
But I had only a weekend to shoot. So we started early in
the morning and shot till evening and the next day we just
had about 4 hours. I was so bent on making this film so I
got all the footage to work with. I shot on a Hi 8 Sony Camera
which is a very low end camera. I did not use any boom mikes
or lighting. We shot in friend's houses and used our vehicles
and Halloween make up. But it all turned out very well.
specialty of this movie is that though there are 7 characters
and a killer, none of the characters talk to each other. There
are no dialogs. The narration is done by the news cast. The
festival officer, Eric told me that the concept was very good
What is your short film all about and what kind of feedback
you got for it.
In this film, I wanted to highlight the fear in human beings.
Fear is a complex human emotion, which stays even after death.
We have fears like "what if someone is standing in front
of the door when you open"? "what if someone is
hiding below the cot when you are alone at home?" "what
if someone breaks open into your house" "what if
someone comes right in front of your car". I tried to
show glimpses of some of these fears that we have.
film featured on the most happening film festival of India,
SHORTCUTS, www.shortcuts.in earlier this month. I got a very
good feedback from the people who watched the movie and the
media. They all appreciated me for the innovative concept.
I grew up watching Telugu movies. I watch almost every movie.
Mayabazar is like an encyclopedia to me. I watch MAYABAZAR
every now and then and try to absorb the screen flow. Each
time I see I learn a new thing from that. The other movies
that fall in this category are Sholay and Godfather.
never miss a K. Vishwanath and Bapu gari movies. Sagarasangamam
and Muthyalamuggu top my list. Abhilasha is another movie
which I relish each time I watch. I dream to make one full
length silent movie like Pushpakavimanam one day.
watch all kinds of movies. I enjoy mix of comedy, action and
films which highlight human relations. I would love to make
movies which would have universal acceptance. I love Ram Gopal
Verma's movies too. Shiva is still the best of RGV's movie.
I love Trivikram's one liners.
you plan to do commercial films?
I think movie making is a creative business. I would surely
love to make meaningful commercial films. I do not intend
to do message oriented and preaching movies. I would like
to make movies which would have right mix of emotions. I am
sure there would be lot of like minded Telugu people here
in US. I would love to hear from them and get associated with
my new projects. One thing I observed is post production work
is very effective and economical back home. We have loads
of talent there.
can reach Srikanth Chinnamatur at
visit official website at www.thelake-movie.com
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