My Influences

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – is one of my favourite film directors / screenwriters. I’ve mentioned him in previous blogs as well. His films rely on realism, and his characters are taken on a swirl of emotions. He also manages to tell his stories in a non linear structure, but manages to retain an effective narrative.

For example he usually shows a little snippets of the end at the beginning of his movies, which still create an intrigue equal to an inciting incident. I borrowed this technique for my documentary Wedlock, where I used the Vox Pop at the beginning of the film rather than the end. I also chose to conceal the question. By hearing the reaction of all these individuals, the audience immediately gets hooked, and wants to know what the question is, and what they are reacting to.

Inarritu was recently hired to make a commercial for Nike for their World Cup Football Campaign. And what an amazing advert, it manages to say so much about the cultural & emotion involved in this global spectacle.

His next film Biutiful is being showcased at the Cannes Film Festival:

Adam Curtis – is a documentary film maker I have immense respect for. He has a great use of tackling real issues, for example his films about the Government, and scare tactics. His documentaries are as cheap as chips with just interviews and archival footage. He always manages to find the right cut-aways, and has strong voice over narration for all his films. As my documentary will be dealing with events that have already taken place, I will most likely use archival footage and voice overs too. I would like my documentary to have a similar style to this, but my only criticism of this style is that it’s not very visual. I will probably look to create my own relevant visuals.

One of my favourite documentaries THE TRAP:

AR Rahman – many of you might know AR Rahman for his Oscar for scoring Slumdog Millionaire. However, he’s very famous in India’s film industry. He has produced some amazing musical scores, and songs that I have grown up listening to.

Before I would solely appreciate his music, but as I’ve grown older, I enjoy his work patterns too. He begins work late at night, and continues into the early hours of the morning. The day can often bring many distractions, but at night you tend you have a peaceful setting. And ideas seem to flow best for me at this time as well.

Another trait which I’ve borrowed from AR Rahman is experimentation. He’s not afraid to use singers that no one has heard of, or instrumentation that isn’t conventional. Its the treatment he gives each song, which makes him unique. In the same way, I’m also looking to do things in a different and unconventional way by creating a hybrid form of merging drama and documentary. One form is seen to be unreal, and the other is deemed as real. But I’m trying to do something which isn’t one or the other.

Here’s one of my favourite AR Rahman songs, which further catapulted his fame into Indian Cinematic history. Also this is the song that Andrew Lloyd Webber first heard when he became a fan of AR Rahman. He later worked with Rahman for the BOMBAY DREAMS:

Indian Classical music –  I’ve always been a fan of Indian classical music. Most of the time when I’m working, studying or just relaxing, I’m always listening to some music. I just enjoy having it on in the background. I don’t really listen to pop music, and often I feel lyrics get in the way of the real beauty of music. Here’s some of the stuff I mostly listen to:

I am most likely going to be using some of this music for my documentary.

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