Two Worlds | Interview of Nithya Gopalakrishnan
Cult Critic: The plot of the film is extremely social and less talked about. What made you
start a discussion on this aspect of exploitation?
Nithya: First Of all, I would like to thank World Film Carnival Singapore for this opportunity and appreciating so many other films around the world.
Coming to my film, when I started writing I didn't think of it as a social awareness concept. The simple thought of how we normalise and undermine the struggles of the people whom we meet on a day-to-day basis was shocking enough for me and it served as the starting point behind this film.
As I started to develop the script, I was myself surprised by so many underlying social issues associated with it. So I decided to give it a new perspective and present it in a raw/hard hitting manner so that it can leave a lasting impact on the viewers.
Cult Critic: Will your future film approach be like this one i.e., social or will explore another
genre? If so, can you enlighten us with your future in regard to filmmaking?
Nithya: Yes, I would love to explore other genres with my own touch of storytelling. As of now, I am currently working on a light hearted love script for a feature film aiming to again give an unseen perspective/dimension to it. I am sure it will come across as unique and refreshing.
Cult Critic: The cinematography was creative and exciting and must have been time
consuming for a 12minute long film. Can you share your experience and
difficulties regarding this?
Nithya: We actually shot the entire film in only 2 days. That was possible only because of my cinematographer Mr. Vignesh Raj with whom we had done the shot division extensively before the shoot. So we knew exactly what we wanted. The most challenging portions were the bike sequences which had to be shot convincingly that too on limited resources and tight budget. But with a lot of planning we were able to pull it off at the end. Also I would like to thank Mr. Vjay Chander, ReelIt Media and Mrs. Varsha Balabharthy for giving me an amazing cast and crew who were extremely professional and that's the reason we were able to get such quality output.
Cult Critic: Can you discuss the initial process or preproduction process of creating the film?
Nithya: Firstly, I would like to thank my mentor Mr.Prashanth Ramasamy who motivated me to write and add as much detail as possible during writing itself. Being a short film, I made sure that every shot /scene should have a purpose and convey something. After writing, I practiced extensively in narrating my film to others. During the narration I would observe their reactions closely, if they don't seem connected, I will go back and work on that scene again. It was through this method I was able to build a strong script. Only after getting that confidence I decided to go ahead in making this film.
We had put in a lot of time and effort in the pre-production process of the film. The locations, props, artist rehearsals, costumes, art work, etc were planned in advance. So it made our shooting and post-production process easy.I would like to thank my Direction Team who were there from the time I pitched my script till now. Mr. Yavana Rajan, Associate Director, with whom I had countless discussions regarding the script and Ms. Nila, who not only acted as Asst. Director but also helped me out with the story/mood board for the film which helped to a great extent in visualizing the scenes. Mr. Vinothraj was extremely helpful in organising everything during the days of shoot. Of course my family, who has been my pillar of strength and the biggest cheerleader for me. Without them none of these would have been possible. I would also like to extend my thanks to my friends and well wishers for being extremely supportive.