Dibakar Banerjee's Valuable Tips On Digital Filmmaking!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on February 10, 2015

Digital or film? This debate has been raging for a while now. Most cinema halls and filmmakers globally have embraced digital recording and cameras as the future of cinema, but filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan have been vocal about their displeasure on that front.

Dibakar Banerjee is one film maker who has no qualms in accepting it. Banerjee's Love Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD) bears the distinction of being India's first film to be shot completely on a digital camera. It depicted the voyeuristic role cameras play in our lives today. Intelligently shot, it made filmmakers in India sit up and take note of the potential of digital filmmaking.

Also read : Anurag Kashyap's 10 Commandments Of Zero Budget Filmmaking

Dibakar feels that the digital format gives cinema a unique aesthetic. In a series of five videos, Dibakar Banerjee and Nikos Andritsakis (cinematographer of LSD, Shanghai,Ugly etc) talk in detail about the tips, tricks and other things filmmakers must keep in mind while shooting in digital format. The quality of videos is not very great but the advice is priceless. So watch it anyways. :-)

Part 1 - Challenges Of Digital Filmmaking

In the first part Dibakar and Nikos talk about the various challenges filmmakers face in digital filmmaking. They also recollect the experiences and challenges they faced while filming LSD, the post production process and the different digital shooting formats that  a filmmaker  can use.

Part 2 - Pre-Production Is The Key

Dibakar feels that a well planned shoot is very essential for digital filmmaking. Filmmakers must know their workflow and should resolve camera or other issues during pre-production itself. This enables them to avoid crisis management which might occur during post production as a result of a badly planned shooting process.

Part 3 - Tell Stories That Are Unique Yet Universally Identifiable

Filmmakers should attempt to make films that are unique in content and execution. This according to him is the only way filmmakers can find universal acceptance and recognition from audiences.

Part 4 - Don't Take Failure To Heart

Dibakar is of the opinion that filmmakers must send their film to various film festivals all across the world. He feels that rejection is a part of every filmmaker's journey. In his opinion, the rejection of your film by festivals and  their audiences should only push you to improve your skills. That is the only way one can evolve and be a good filmmaker.

Part 5 - Test Everything Before You Start Shooting

Once the shooting starts, several unexpected problems surface which maybe beyond a filmmaker's solving capacity. Therefore it very essential to test your cameras and do several test shoots. This helps you to save ample time and make best use of available resources for shooting your film, as you had planned them.

Do also check Anurag Kashyap's advice to young filmmakers and Raju Hirani's mantras for success.


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