Notes from editor Jabeen Merchant’s Masterclass

Ever since I have started to take an interest in film editing, I have learnt how crucial editing is to the documentary. More often than not, a documentary film gets made on the editing table. While shooting a documentary there are far too many elements out of your control, so the use of determining the structure of the film in a screenplay is quite limited.

There are a number of blogs, website and video channels that help you know more about the craft of editing (documentary as well as fiction films), but nothing beats a live interaction with a stalwart in the field. So when I learnt of a Masterclass on ‘Constructing the Documentary Narrative’ was to be taken by veteran editor Jabeen Merchant at the ongoing Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), I made it a point to attend it. And as expected, it was quite an enriching experience. These were the major takeaways from the Masterclass:Continue reading “Notes from editor Jabeen Merchant’s Masterclass”

In Conversation with Editor Nitin Baid: Masaan Tales and More

Nitin Baid is a film editor based in Mumbai, India. He made his debut as a feature film editor with Masaan (2015), which received the FIPRESCI Prize and the Un Certain Regard Avenir Prize at Cannes this year. Born in Kolkata, Nitin did his graduation from Christ College, Bangalore, post which he pursued a course in Film Editing at Whistling Woods, Mumbai. Soon after his studies, he worked as assistant editor on Gangs of Wasseypur. Later, he worked as an associate editor on Hasee Toh Phasee.

He is the promo editor for some of the latest Indian films such as The Court, Supermen of Malegaon and The World Before Her which had received worldwide recognition. A Berlin Talent Campus alumni, his script has been selected among top 15 scripts from around the world to be pitched for the Berlin Today Award. He was also one of the very few who got selected to be a part of a workshop with Abbas Kiaraostami at Busan Film Festival.Continue reading “In Conversation with Editor Nitin Baid: Masaan Tales and More”

The Story of Twin 'Births'…

Guns & GuitarsMr. Murphy simply loves us. And constantly demands our attention. Whenever there is a deadline looming, he makes sure that we don’t ignore him one way or the other. This time also there was no exception –just as we were rushing against time to finish our film ‘Guns and Guitars’, Murphy’s Law made its presence felt loud and clear… and our editing computer crashed!Continue reading “The Story of Twin 'Births'…”

The Lootera Journey: Through the Eyes of the Editor

Dipika Kalra, who had edited Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan earlier spoke to MAM about her experience of working in Lootera. Here is the complete interview.

 We’ll start with your experience of working in Lootera.

Lootera was a great learning and growing experience, both personally and as an editor. It was so complex with all the emotions, snow, VFX… everything fell into place only at the end. Vikramaditya Motwane is one of the most sorted directors you will ever find. It was because of him that Lootera was so much fun and a great learning curve!

The promos of the film show that it is a love story which also has an edge-of-the-seat thriller element into it. How did you then, as an editor, take care of the pacing of the film?

See the pacing comes from the camera and character movement and not just editing alone. The film is set in the 1950s. The first half of the film is set in Bengal. There is this classical approach. It has been shot on tripod and has a very warm look to it. The second half has been shot in Dalhousie. So there is this cold and gritty look and shot mostly on hand held camera. It was a combined and planned effort which decided the pacing of the film. Of course I had my discussions with the director and arguments but all for the good of the film so that everything falls in place at the end.Continue reading “The Lootera Journey: Through the Eyes of the Editor”

Jeevan Main Cinema Ke Fayde

Mr.Ravi Shankar

A radio station in Mumbai called Oye (104.8FM) has this hilarious program which tells us what Bollywood has taught us in life. It has mostly stuff like ‘Govinda Ne Hume Khatiya Sarka Ke Sona Sikhaya‘. Though it may be true that Bollywood has little to inspire and change lives, ‘cinema’ is otherwise a very powerful medium for any sort of propaganda. It is common knowledge that impressionable youth victimised in riots are shown videos by parties with vested interests just to use these young men and women as a tool in achieving their aim.Continue reading “Jeevan Main Cinema Ke Fayde”