VIDEO FOR NCETIS
A lot of things were going right for me with my life as an independent filmmaker when suddenly 'project NCETIS' video happened. Nothing will ever be the same. Sadly my faith in the IIT system which had quivered when I was a student is further shaken with the NCETIS's approach to my project.
When Seema Periwal called me first time to go ahead with the projec, a lot of my fellow filmmakers who had been contacted by NCETIS earlier told "the whole deal regarding the video seems fishy and the lady is playing around". However my instincts told me to go ahead with the project. The same evening she canceled the project since being a freelancer my payments can't be processed. The next day she said she had figured a way to go around the project and get my payments on time. (In the meantime she had in-fact asked one of my friend/fellow filmmaker to make the film which upon her inconsistent vision made him step out ).
I decided to take it up.
The video is designed according to documents and requirements sent by Seema Periwal ( Senior Project Manager )and Abhay Karandirkar (Head of NCETIS, . He is currently spearheading IIT Bombay's efforts in setting Research and Innovations Park at IIT Bombay. He is also the Coordinator of Tata Teleservices IIT Bombay Center for Excellence in Telecom.).
Seema was indeed very sweet to help me with my queries and had a vision regarding the project. I had constant discussions with Seema to see if we were making the same film with its right aspirations. Here 'right' means 'right for NCETIS' and not politically right.
I collaborated with Dhaksha animation regarding the animations of the project. This was very fruitful and my editor Rakesh was on the edit.
The visuals in the video are designed around interviews. Most people in the bureaucracy spoke about the need and vision of NCETIS which is repeated throughout the video. The video has more dialogues than vision (this is against my approach but here things cant be helped).
Everyone who speaks about vision and idea of NCETIS speaks to the camera and everyone who is a team member in the project speaks to the interviewer. This is to create a candidness to the members and direct eye contact for the owners of the project.
The prompt work of Manu from Dhaksha animation needs to be acknowledged. Rakesh created the entire structure of the video and I like the way he has chosen content. The order of interviews is also his choice. Vishnu Haridas was my chief associate in the project and had done a wonderful job with blocking and lighting.
Anil Kumar , Professor Department of Chemistry
Head, NCETIS and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay
Subhananda Chakrabarti, Professor,
Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Hemanth Manchella and his team working on the ROV
Anirban Guha and his teammates
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
CRPF members - NAVI MUMBAI
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Meeran Borwankar, IPSDirector General, BPR&D
I was caught by the Mumbai police while I was filming the 'Gateway of India'. They were taking bribes and feared if that appeared in the video. Moreover I was filming on DJI OSMO which scared them. They were rude , unapproachable, arrogant and confiscated the DJI OSMO and my ID-cards. I had to call the chief of CRPF whom I had interviewed earlier that morning. Rahul Bhasarkar spoke to police over phone and they let me go.
Assistant Commandant, CRPF, Navi Mumbai
The music given was progressive to create a feeling of 'unfolding'
. Ajmal Hasbulla did music to the film. The sound design was done by Sam Santosh who worked on the film throughout the 6 months of its inception. (WAIT !!! 6 months ..how did this project go six months)
The timeline is given below. The project has been closed from my side. I have got the bulk payment, thanks to Abhay Karandirkar and Sudesh Balan who understood clearly that the project is going in the right direction and released payment.
Several times during the project after everything is completed and my team got on with their personal work, Seema would pop in with changes. Most of these changes were incorporated and the video took its final shape. Seema would also tell me how she had intimated the concerned departments regarding my payments and video. However I understood that she was pre-occupied. I had to take care of this part myself and it is clearly sorted. Indeed she has done a lot for releasing my money nevertheless it was not a priority for her. Maybe if my point of communication was someone else this would have been different. Maybe it would have been worse but I always hope for better.
21st August 2016
Project confirmed from both sides, The project was promised to be wound up by 8th September from both sides subjected to payment of entire advance amount before shoot starts.
Initial Proposal without TDS
23rd August 2016
Shoot started in iit - All people mentioned by Seema Periwal and handled personally by her team members were shot in the next 3-5 days.
27th August 2016
First token amount paid from NCETIS
26th August 2016
Editing first line up started
Rakesh did the initial line up which was available to the directors perusal
27th August 2016
Animation started with Dhaksha Animation
First token amount paid to Dhaksha.
29th August 2016
Specification sent for IG-SPG’s shoot
30th August 2016
Voice over script confirmed from NCETIS side
31st August 2016
Shoot in Delhi and all interviews completed
1st September 2016
Voice over - with Neelima
5th September 2016
Revised amount proposal with TDS sent to NCETIS
6th September 2016
Entire Advance paid by NCETIS with TDS cut
Advance amount paid to all artists and technicians
7th September 2016
Advance paid to animation studio from Krishand’s side
10th September 2016
First final edit sent to NCETIS
14th September 2016
First set of corrections from NCETIS side (TBRL needed to be changed to State police forces, Designation change, animation change)
Re-edited version with changes submitted to NCETIS
Submitted on-time before the scheduled meeting of NCETIS on September - 19th
23rd September 2016
Rework on ven diagram motion graphics with Dhaksha
26th September 2016
Re-worked on the audio since animation duration changed
Audio synced and mixed
October 5th 2016
Received IG -SPG file from Smita (NCETIS)
The file video quality and sound quality was low and hence discarded
October 6th 2016
Reworking with animation of the organisations
October 11-12-13 2016
Sams date blocked for shooting Prof Karandikar’s interview
Shoot couldn’t happen because the professor was unavailable
October 14th 2016
Final edit sent for sound and music (Long version and short version)
October 17th 2016
File sent to NCETIS - FINAL
October 21st 2016
A new Request to include the director of IIT-bombay in the video.
Proposed to shoot in december since technicians were unavailable.
October 24th 2016
Request to NCETIS to wind up the project and insert the add-on’s as a separate work in December
No response from NCETIS/Seema
Oct 25th 2016
Sudesh sir offers to use his team to complete the project
Oct 26th 2016
Sudesh sir , Jishnu and Sam shoots IIT director and sent file online- file transferred to edit. Informed Seema about the updates
No response regarding payment from Seema Periwal.
Animation company sent a complaint mail regarding policy of use of footage.
Nov 2nd 2016
First update from Karandirkar sir regarding payment that payment will be made
Nov 8th 2016
Sudesh Sir finished shoot and sent an updated file via we-transfer
Nov 9th 2016
Update from Seema Periwal that the bill has been prepared by IRCC
Finished file and sent for Sound - Still waiting for Payment - Enquired with Pradeep in IRCC who said the process will take another day
Payment reflected in account from IIT bombay. transferred money to all
Sam Santosh re-edited the sound and sent files to Rakesh
Completed the project nd shared files with Seema and prof. Abhay Karandirkar
Seema Periwal sents a minor change request
Two of these changes could have been incorporated in the earlier version. This would have saved a lot of effort. Since animation studio is under re-vamp
Spoke to editor and animation studio regarding changes
Confirmation mail sent to Seema to lock changes and asked for further changes. Confirmed with the studio that changes can be made.
Confirmation mail with Screenshot sent to Seema.
Seema confirmed on the changes also gave a set new changes. Asked Seema to check if the changes are final
ANother set of additional changes which include expanding the organisational names demanded by Seema .
Additional changes conveyeyd to Rakesh
Final version and additional fee sent to Seema
No update from Seema or Ncetis regarding final file - remaining payment
Reminder mail sent to Seema
Seema Periwal informed that professor had not seen it and will get back in a day.
Some images and visuals from the project. (I have crossed checked with NCETIS and have not put anything which hey have not published in their website.)
Remotely operated vehicle to search and destroy bombs
circuit of ROV
A small reconnaissance drone from prof. Hemant Aryas lab
A device to detect explosives from far away
The thermo imaging project under NCETIS
Vishnu Haridas -Associate Director for the shoot
Seema Periwal has not communicated in the last 30 days. The bulk amount has been paid and I have paid all the stake holders. There is a small amount pending. My TDS documents are pending too. I am worried NCETIS which does research for paramilitary forces, has such a pedestrian attitude when it comes to their own videos.
Lot of learning.
Meeting Meeran Borwnkar and IAS officer Ajay Kumar was very refreshing.
Director and DOP
Script and Design
Krishand (with supervision from Seema Periwal)
Creative Director of Animation
Motion Graphics Chief artist
Stock footage and templates
Additional Music Design
Sudesh Balan Sir
(who decided to help me out since a lot of additional clips which were not there in the initial script were demanded)
Deljo Thekkekara (typography animation)
Syama Bindu (pace and emotion )
I usually put my mistakes and learning in my blog.I have tried hard to be diplomatic here.(very -very hard ) . However this time the most important learning is that "When a number of filmmakers prefer not to take a project there must be a reason"