I shot..a few scenes

I shot a few scenes for a rural education video 🙂

It is a video tutorial for an NGO called ETS which is a part of IL&FS. IL&FS ETS works for the improvement of the social infrastructure of the nation. They have various educational, rehabilitation, environmental programs covering training in English, Computers, cleaning Gorai, rehab programs, etc. The rural educational initiative is called Speed and is a part of Blended Learning. Understanding English or for that matter any language, means knowing to speak, read, write and to understand the use of vocabulary in the correct context. To achieve this goal, the NGO would be supplying workbooks with the video wherein simple everyday scenarios are disussed and talked about.

I got a call from Jij on Friday asking me to act in a video that he’s directing. He said that I suited the role well. I was taken by suprise…Me? In a video? Sounds surreal, isn’t it? 🙂 I told him that I’d ask my folks and only then I would confirm. Mom was ok but I had to ask my dad too. Pa got home only around 11.45pm and he reluctantly agreed. I called Jij then but he had selected someone else as I was late in calling and he thought that I wouldn’t be interested. I was a bit dejected..I wanted to attend the shoot desperately and see how shots are called. Acting in it was secondary. Jij told me that he’d let me know if the replacement backed out. I had office to attend the next day and would have to make arrangements about it.

The next morning around 9am, just when I was about to get ready for work, Jij called and said that I was ‘in’ and I should grab a few simple salwar suits and western outfits and get to the location. I took a quick shower, called work to excuse my absence and dumped half my wardrobe in plastic bags and made it to the shoot just on time.

The location was Trinity Academy in Kurla which is a bit confusing to reach. I finally got there and was introduced to other members of the crew..most of whom were from ad agencies. A few of them had theatre experience and had taken part in shoots before. I, was completely fresh to this. I asked to get dressed for the role, and have my make up and hair done by the stylists. I still had no idea what part I was playing. The fact later dawned onto me that I was to be ‘Sheela’ a young government employee. I had to speak slowly and clearly. I had 9 scenes to enact with a combination of other actors.

I was cool about the entire thing and gave my shots with ease. By evening, we had shot 4 scenes. We continued the next day and finished with 3 more scenes.

It was quite an experience shooting and seeing Jij directing. Everyone including me are in praise of him for his patience. I had never expected or thought of acting but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Update: Weekend 2

I played my part as ‘Sheela’ and was through. As I was leaving, Jij called and asked me if I’d fill in for ‘Zoya’ as well because the girl playing her part had to leave for some family problem. I agreed and acted the remaining ‘Zoya’ scenes too. So in all, I’ve done 15 scenes 🙂 Feels good 🙂

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