Animesh Aich tells New Age

Virtual direction can’t reap desired results

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 23:06, Jul 13,2020


Animesh Aich

Acclaimed filmmaker Animesh Aich said that directing productions virtually cannot be an option to traditional method of shooting as virtually directed productions can’t match up to the expectations. He added that many directors have directed videos or productions virtually in the days of general holiday as there was no other alternative.

‘Many directors resorted to virtual direction for making short films, advertisements and other contents during the general holiday. Many tried their hand at virtual direction to see whether it works or not. I think that it is not a fruitful option as face-to-face communication is always better,’ Animesh Aich told New Age.

Animesh Aich also spoke on his recent venture. The director uploaded a short film titled ‘An Escapist’ on his YouTube channel on May 13. The film revolves around a person who doesn’t think about anyone else but his family.

‘I started the shooting for “An Escapist” in 2019. The film gives viewers a glimpse into the contemporary society where people do not think about anyone else but themselves,’ mentioned Animesh, who bagged the National Film Award as the Best Art Director for the film ‘Guerrilla’ in 2011. Besides, he directed ‘Zero Degree’ in 2015 and ‘Vayankar Sundar’ in 2017.

When asked whether he has any messages for the aspiring filmmakers, he replied, ‘All of us are going through a critical time. People from all walks of life are facing financial hardship. I urge the aspiring filmmakers to be patient. They must wait until the situation improves.’

Animesh also spoke on his upcoming venture.

‘I will direct a 20-minute short film titled “Gharbandi Samayer Galpa” which aims at raising COVID-19 awareness. The film will go on shooting floor very soon. I hope the viewers will like the short film,’ he said.

The director has been spending his days at home and not going out unless it is absolutely necessary.

He said, ‘I have been spending my days like everyone else at home. I have been reading books, writing and watching Television and so on.’

He urged all to exercise caution and follow heath directives.

‘As people have to go to work in this time of crisis, anyone can become infected with COVID-19. I urge all to stay on guard and follow health directive when go outside. I hope the crisis will soon pass and people will be able to breathe freely again,’ he ended.

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