sHumday – FMP Proposal Pitch

below is my FMP proposal pitch for sHumday. The sizzle reel is made up of trailers and music videos from Youtube, which have been referenced in a previous post.

I feel if I that i need to work on the organisation of the project, which i have found by doing the pitch i still have a lot more to work on, but I hope this project can get approved because I am truly excited to make my vision for the film and reality.

Stylistics – sHumday

I have been the writer for the project, I will also be the director and cinematographer, and this will allow me to have full creative control over the narrative and the visual of the film. For inspiration I have been watching short film and feature films to get an idea of what types of shots would work well. One short film that I really liked called, ‘Bidoon’ directed by Mohammed Alibrahim. I really liked the cinematography and the tone of the film. It has a similar storyline in terms of two people not being able to be together.

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sHumday will have a coming of age style, with simple edits because I want the audience to be focus on the story and what is been told. As it is influenced by the Indian culture and Bollywood is full of colour, I would like to keep that style. But keeping it light. I have made a sizzle reel to give an insight of how I would like my film to look.

I feel that the one location that will be most important is the Gurudwara scene. I have looked at three places. I want it to be open and light, so it almost looks like heaven. As the gurudwara is a place which is meant to be important in an Indian’s life, the three that I have seen there is a lot of natural lighting with will be good for lighting as I wont need to set up, if any, lights.

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For the main characters I am looking for two British-Indians, for the boy I am looking for someone that is stylish but is down to earth, and for the girl I would like someone that in innocent looking, and reserved as a character she is passive. I have potentially found my main male character, however he is out of the country and hopefully when it comes to filming he will have retuned.

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reference:

Bidoon. (2012). [film] Qatar: Mohammed Alibrahim.

Logistics – sHumday

sHumday is the biggest project I have ever done, from the numbers of actors to the location, as well as equipment. If I was to prices this project all together with the real world prices it would come up to over £20,000 with would include everything from actors, location, equipment, prop, crew for production and post production with other expenses added in with the duration of 7 days. However the budget will cut down due to hiring equipment through the media loan shop, and with the crew I will be enlisting help from my course mates. So my budget will consist of location, actors, props, and additional expenses for post production adding up to £3000.

I will be raising the funds with the help from friends and family donation, also I will set up a Indiegogo campaign and I will try to raise some money with a bake sale with was successful the last time we need to raise money. I also came cross a website which lets you sell t-shirts which they make, all I do is design them.

I would need up to 4 actors, the main male and female, the groom and a parent. I would also need a lot of extras as there is a scene in the guruwara, which is the wedding. I have looked onto locations and I would only need two locations the guruwara and a house. I have spoken to a traditional Indian cloth about have the cloths leant out to me; in return they will be credited.

sHumday is the most passionate project i have been involved in. it’s also something that hits home for me. This is my culture and and it isn’t perfect but that’s what i want to show, the imperfections are what help the us grow and change.

reference:

CU Media (n.d) Media Production Rate Card

Impact – sHumday

sHumday is a short film which gives and insight to the a life of a British-Indian’s life. It is set out to show my audience the culture we will in now. And how it hasn’t changed as much as we thought. I would like for my short film to be seen by the British-Asian community, as this is a story, which questions our traditions and we can change the law by it doesn’t change everyone’s view. This is what I want my short film to do; to be able to change the view on relationships and that love is something that can’t be forced.

I have looked in to film festivals, which relate to my target audience. Like the London Indian Film Festival, London Asian Film festival, British Urban Film Festival and many other local festival. I would like to reach a wider audience as I feel the story is gripping and different. I have looked in to submitting to the Raindance festival and Sundance festival. Also in other countries like The New York Indian Film Festival, I will have to submit my short film through general or late application due to the shooting schedule.

I have for the last few month have been interning at BritAsia which is the biggest british-asian channel in the UK with view-ship of over 4 million, and I have been in talk with them to poten4b20ec1b5b64514a27c4a3181665c2ddtially have my short film aired on the channel.

 

I have also have looked in to the costs, the average fee is £20 – £50 it will depends on the time I get my short film submitted.

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Context – sHumday

sHumday is a short film, which gives an insight to Indian culture and how the caste system is still effecting lives in a modern day and age.

I started with looking into the way the Indian culture has changed, especially in Britain. Girls becoming independent, going and living out at university, travelling on their own and being able to marry outside there faith. Has I started to research into the topic, the question I kept asking myself was, has it really changed? It made me look at my own upbringing and question my parents to compare along with my friends. I realised that yes our community has changed with the acceptance of girl and having more freedom. However that freedom only stretches so far.

Marriage. A word that is meant to be about love, a bond between two people before god but for an Indian it is about honor, duty, no just two people but two families. And with that come rules and politics, which don’t make sense to me, because everyone has a rigEnd-Honor-Killings-in-Pakistanht to be with whom ever they want. Love has no bounds so why do we as people put them in place for others. I began researching into religion and looking at the rules on interfaith marriages/relationships.

I found that interfaith relationships are no so uncommon. I also went around town to ask people first hand to hear what they through of the issue. I found that it wasn’t much of an issue, because most people said they won’t religious and it wouldn’t be a problem if their partner were.

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I started to look into other issues that may relate to marriage in the Indian culture, and I came across the subject of honour killing, and how in India and other eastern parts of the world it still occurring. With up to 1000 cases in Indian and Pakistan a year. These types of violent acts happen to main girl/women who have been married into families with different upbringings also caste. I ended up looking in to the caste system, because even through it was abolished almost 50 years ago it is still present and in place for most families.

And with that I decided to basic my short film on the issues of the caste system and how it is still effects lives of British-Asians in the 21st century. Some of my influence for the story, I have heard from friends and families. Also by literature, I love to read and a resent book that I have read, ‘when you were mine’ by Rebecca Serle, is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet but before they met. Which is anyone has studied about Shakespeare will know about, Rosaline. I have taken inspiration from this book because I love the idea of an untold story. Which is the tone I would like my short film to be, an untold story with gives an insight in to a world others haven’t seen or heard about.

References:

website:

http://creative.sulekha.com/impact-of-westernization-on-indian-culture_27724_blog

http://hbv-awareness.com/statistics-data/

Books:

Rebecca Serle, 2012. When You Were Mine. Edition. Simon Pulse.

William Shakespeare, 2014. Romeo and Juliet. Edition. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

 

 

sHumday – Treatment

FMP: Treatment 2 – sHum-day

The opening scene starts with a young Indian boy, Ravi, getting dressed in smart wear. Clearly he takes pride in the way he looks. He has bhangra music playing in the background. He is excited and upbeat. Cutting to a girl, also Indian buying coffee, Jas, with her friend. She’s on her phone texting, the audience see’s the message, ‘good luck, and you’ll be fine’. A massive smile comes across her face. Her friend is talk but knows Jas isn’t listening. Her friend starts teasing her about ‘Lover Boy’.

Jas is on her laptop working, with her earphone in, disconnected from the world. Suddenly her screen has closed. Shocked looks up, the audience doesn’t see his face, Jas asks, “how do you know I didn’t save that?” the person replies “because I have known you for how long now Aloo? I bet you saved it after ever sentence”. Raising an eyebrow. Jas rolls her eyes “not every sentence”. Both have a small smile, because they both know its true. There is a momentary pause. Ravi starts the convocation again, “so, where have you been hiding? For months you have been so busy and randomly you text me. How did you even know about today?” Looking nervous, rubbing the back of her neck, “well it was just that, I was busy. And don’t just put it on me you haven’t been around either, how is she? Ravi is now confused “she? who?”, “the person keeping you busy, and I bumped into your sister and mum, they told me.” Ravi looks away announce on his face, “first of all there is no ‘she’ and you are the one who told me you was busy every time I wanted to make planes. When I came back from my Internship”. Jas simply says, “whatever, doesn’t matter, you’re here now” a quick smile, Ravi knows something is on her mind by doesn’t comment on it. Taking Jas mug and drinking from it “you know, my mum would love to have you as her daughter-in-law, it’s a shame about the narrow mindedness. Jas looks away, shy, shrugs and opens her laptop.

Jas walks into her room, blowing out a long breath she mindlessly places her bag on the floor, a box catches her eye she goes to get it and sits on the bed opening it. She takes out bits and pieces from her memory box. Smiling she removes a picture of her and Ravi smiling. She hears her mum calling; scared she pushed the things under her pillow. Replying she puts the picture at the bottom covering it with the other item. She places the box back and leaves her room. While leaving the room, the scene looks back to the box, fading to a flashback.

At a party Ravi and Jas are sitting at a table, we see it’s a small party from Ravi to congratulate him on the Internship. Ravi turns to Jas, looking at her for a minute get’s up and leaves. Confused about where Ravi has gone Jas goes to find him. She finds him in her room. She asks him what he is doing there, closing the door lightly, worried about being seen. He reassures her that it will be fine, because they are old friends that it will be okay. And then he tells her, that he’s going to miss her. And that she is his best friend and he loves her. She smiles at him and tells him it will be okay, that he will come back and it will be fine. She hugs him and as she pulls away Ravi leans in. They are about to kiss but Jas stops it. We can’t do that you’re my friend, Ravi is upset tells her He wants more and he knows she feels the same. Jas gets up and moves across the room, “it will never happen you know that. We are different, different people our families will never agree. I see the way your Dad looks at me when we was younger, the only way we are friends is because of your mum, but something more, no way. Ravi is hanging his head. Coming back to the present day, we see Jas coming back into the room and Picking up what looks like an engagement ring, and puts it on.

Opening on Ravi sitting at home, he keeps checking his phone, getting restless. His phone rings, jumping to answers. “Oh Aloo … yeah no, through it was someone else… yeah that’s fine, you don’t need to ask silly, see you in a bit”. Ravi opens the door to Jas. Sitting in the living room. Jas is nervous, Ravi starts to talk, “I know what your gonna say” shocked Jas doesn’t have an answer, Ravi continues, “it wasn’t fair on you, what happened before I went, to just blurt it out was just… (Shaking his head) I’m sorry. But I have been talking to my mum and I think she can make my Dad come around and his family. This can work. And I know you are just gonna say no but Aloo you have to try to…”.”I’m getting married Ravi” Jas closes her eyes; she can’t take the look on Ravi’s face. “W-What?” She takes a breath and continues “and before you go on one of your ‘don’t do it, this can work’ rants, it is done and I came here to ask you something, which I understand if you say no, Mum wanted you to step in as my brother and give me away, (laughing) which is crazy.”

Jas whipping a tear away Ravi is just looking at Jas. Jas gets up saying she will let her mum know his answer. He grabs her hand and simply says ‘I’ll do it”. She takes something out her bag and places it on the table and just leaves. Ravi picks up the wedding card and throws it across the room. With tears in his eyes leaves the room when he hears the door, knowing it is his parents.

The audience sees Jas, going through the wedding preparation. She looks lost and not at all being happy. Meanwhile the audience sees Raving arguing with someone. Which results in him getting a slap. While this is going on, old punjabi folk songs are being sung.

Jas is in her room dressed in her wedding dress, “it’s not to late” turning around she sees Ravi, giving him a look, he puts his hands up, “you can’t blame me for not trying, you are the only one for me, I’m not going down without some kind of fight, shumday you’ll be mine, get it Hum, in you and me, we” walking into the room, she meets him half way. Jas Smiles at Ravi and gives him a hug, “I’m not joking” she pulls away “I know, and its scary because it’s what I want but it can’t happen not now not ever, you’re a Jatt and I’m a Chamar” “I don’t care about that, something which is the dumbest thing ever, which doesn’t even actually exists, and the people that think it does, we can just forget them, I LOVE YOU.” Ravi garbs her face, and kisses Jas. A moment late she stops it “I’m sorry I can’t let you do that, I can’t do it, we have to respect our parents wishes”, There is a knock on the door; it’s time to go.

At the Guruwara, Ravi is stoned face and he does his duty. Walking Jas in. As he gives Jas the grooms scarf, he whispers into her ear, I will always Love you. When the time comes for Jas to walk around the holy book. She stands and is expecting to have Ravi there, but she turns and he is leaving, she starts to walk but she can’t stop thinking about Ravi.

Stopping on the third round, she runs after Ravi, everyone is shocked and calling her name. But she can’t hear them. Running and calling Ravi’s name, she catches him going to his car. He stops and turns. She tells him “I can’t do this without you” walking to each other, Ravi suddenly has a shocked face and is screaming and running to her, but Jas doesn’t see the car and is frozen. Suddenly it goes black and all the audience hears is a car crash.

Inspiration from words

writing a script for a subject that is personal and not talked about often, which is also interesting and gripping is becoming harder then first thought.
I Happen to be reading a novel ‘When you were mine’ by Rebecca Serle. Which I love because it is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the way she tells the story in a modern time before Romeo met Juliet. Rosaline. Remember her?

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I simply love Shakespeare, and when I read retellings it makes it even better. And the habit of reading as helped me come up with a story along the lines of,

two best friends, develop feelings for each other. However with the issue of caste they can not be together. However the boy has to still watch the love of his life marry someone else. or something along the lines with a different ending.