I often get asked, “What does ‘Filmlore’ mean?”
It’s a simple play on the word ‘Folklore’, but instead of people (folk), the medium is film.
Today we’ve shifted base closer to the shooting locations on the outskirts of Phagwara and Jalandhar and most of the day has been spent finalising last minute outstanding tasks before filming commences tomorrow. It feels similar to the panic in the days leading up to an Indian wedding. Buying clothes, items and making sure all the guests (cast and crew!) will arrive! All that remains is for the marriage of music and motion image to take place.
We visited some more of the provisional locations today and seeing them for the first time, I felt one of the sites for a key scene wasn’t completely suitable. In searching for a wonderful replacement location, we came across the most fantastic village which had a wonderful Colonial charm from the times of the British Raj. We instantly decided that we wanted to relocate one of the other scenes to this amazing location. I wish I could show a picture, but I think saving the character of this village for the video will do it far more justice.
As mentioned previously, we are shooting two videos. The first video is a two day shoot over tomorrow and Monday. The second is a mammoth four day schedule starting on the 9th August till the 12th August. There is a real sense of excitement amongst everyone involved in tomorrow’s production and even amongst local people who have come to know of the proposed filming. Pitch a camera on a tripod in India and expect crowds! There is great interest in everything peculiar in this frenetic landscape – particularly filming in progress. Perhaps it’s seen as an opportunity for the individual to momentarily stand out from the sandy mix of a billion plus faces, should they be caught on camera by chance.
An absolutely monumental administrative effort remains to be done this evening. All the final schedules and call sheets have to be drawn up and sent out to the cast, crew and equipment suppliers. This effectively a list outlining procedural order of the day and ensures everyone is fully in the loop as to what is happening, where it’s happening and who is involved. Call sheets are often a rarity in the somewhat ad-hoc nature of Punjabi music video production, but I like to ensure full call sheets are provided for every production we carry out.
So due to it being the night before the shoot, I’ll begin to draw this post to a close. From tomorrow, this blog will function more as a visuL behind the scenes insight into the on set production process, through imagery, video and of course written content too. The weather seems to be cooling somewhat, but we must also remember that this is Monsoon season…..