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Mumbai Podcast & AST Controversy

Finally put up the podcast interview I did with Phil Jeng Kane (from the FTI) a week or so ago on the 9th Mumbai International Film Festival. The sound is a bit thin because I had to remove a slight buzz.

Today I'm teaching 3 classes of students internet studies. I wanted to get these podcasts ready for them so they could see some of the technology working. I was surprised to find that a few friends of mine had no idea what a podcast is and fewer knew the meaning of BLOG!!!

Well, guys, this is about all there is to a BLOG. You're reading it. It's an online, public diary.

In response to Phil's comment . . .

Yes, I know filmmaking is a team sport. 100 people worked on A Stone Throw (AST). Without them, or yourself, there would be nothing. Obviously. The writer, producer and sound designer overpowered me with an idea and I went with it. It's possible that 50 people may have approached me after the film with, "What were they saying in that long shot?"

My last post came over as a bit of an I told youse all so and I apologise for that.

What I might insist on the next time we make a film is some kind of test screening. Very few people were allowed to see that film as it was getting made and I don't like to work that way. I like to involve everyone in the final stages because my eyes are so polluted by familiar images durnig picture editing.

A huge test screening will probably iron out any future problems. And a day of pick ups!

Three days to shoot 11 minutes with relocation moves of (sometimes) 30kms and such a huge crew was nuts!

AST is only 70% there as far as I'm concerned.

We got 96% of the script right and I achieved about 70% of my intended direction.

The AST shoot was more rushed than when I did an episode of Streetsmartz!

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