So Away Behind The Scenes

Hello Everyone! Last few months had been quite a super busy time in my life. On one hand, I had my engineering final semester project, exams and everything and on the other, I had this dream of making a video from my song “So Away”. (I’m assuming here that you HAVE heard the song. In case you haven’t, you can get it on SoundCloud)

And in between my final semester exams, I formed a small (and awesome) team of 5 members and we started developing the idea of this video of hours. On the technology side, we were just having a Canon EOS 550D camera and a tri-pod to shoot with. Thought this seemed almost impossible at that time, but we managed to shoot everything with whatever we had and I think we did a pretty good job.

 

And for those who still haven’t seen our Super Amazing Video, here it is. Plug in your headphones, turn up the volume make sure to watch in HD:

 

As far as the process goes, it took us around 15 days to come up with the story board and around 1.5 months for all the shoot and 3 days of Video Post Processing. With countless sleepless nights and numerous meetings at the college coffee shop, Me and Mayur were able to set a story-line for the video. In around 1.5 months, we were able to shoot every scene according to the story line and it took me 3 days in the studio for the editing and post production stuff.

Then came the problem of technology. Since we just had basic SLR camera, we weren’t sure that we would be able to pull it off with our ideas. We tried getting advanced camera equipment but for whatever reasons, that was a fail idea. And we just decided to do everything with that single camera.

Then came the problem of casting people. Though I was sure for Anurag as the male lead, I wasn’t sure who to pick for the female lead. Mayur kept suggesting me about some juniors in the college itself. But somehow my Gut Feeling never matched those options. Then, I had this idea of asking Shweta for the lead role. And I can proudly say this now, that was THE BEST decision I ever made! I always trust my Gut Feeling for  making any kind of decisions. And this time, that was bang on target! No one could ever do that role with the amount of perfection she (and Anurag) did. And before I go on with more behind the scene details, here are some funny moments from the shoot 😀

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This was the first day of our shoot at the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. A beautiful place. And the most awesome thing is that, the movie Rehna Hai Tere Dil Me (RHTDM) was also shot at this location. Pretty Cool eh? Yep.

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We needed a cycle shot for our video. Since we did not have any cycle at that point of time, we requested a cycle from a passing by dude and he happily gave us his cycle to experiment on 😛 And this was how I was trying to make Shweta understand how the shot is going to be.

 

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Yes. That was the shot 😀

 

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And our awesome camera person, Rituraj Singh Pundeer. Scary name? You bet 😛 Mayur busy in some shot selection on the spot

 

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One of my favorite shots from the movie. And as you can see, required lots of efforts!

 

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This is the scene that we set up inside my own room. We bought around 10-15 small colorful bulbs and made a circuit out of them and hung it on the ceiling for the set. Believe me, setting up the circuit was no easy task. And owing to the fact that RituRaj was an EC engineer, we pretty much made use of some engineering stuff there For The First Time Ever 😛

 

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Yep. This was how all the set was being staged. All the Polaroids were printed and attached to the wall around the mirror that we placed.

 

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And here comes our heroine. The first thing that she did (and always does) on any shoot location was to request “An Awesome” pic of hers. And for what? Because she has to change her profile picture on Facebook everyday.. Haha!

 

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Surprise moments are very normal if you’re working with us 😛

 

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Failed shots, time pass and planning for the next shot. All phases in one photograph

 

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Trying to make Shweta understand that this isn’t a scene where she has to look good. Instead, this was the scene where she has to look BAD. Ever tried any girl making understand that she has to look BAD for whatever reason? Try it to feel the amount of time and persuasion it takes 😛

 

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YES! SHE HAS TO BEG IF SHE WANTS TO GET HER PHOTOGRAPHS CLICKED FOR HER FACEBOOK PIC… HAHAHAHA! NOTHING COMES FOR FREE. WE ARE EVIL 😛

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And oh, there were some good moments too around the shoot

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Don’t know what are they upto 😛

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And wherever we go, regardless of what we’re doing, there HAVE to be some super amazing photographs.

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And THE DIRECTORS 😀

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Uh, No Smile ?

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Ah, There it is

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Again, This wasn’t supposed to be a happy scene but that’s too hard to explain to her. Sigh!

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Shweta is preparing her mood because there is some serious acting in this shot

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FINALLY 😛

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Colors all over. Probably the most colorful shot in our video.

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Yoyoyoyo! TEAM SO AWAY.

From the left: Anurag, RituRaj, Shweta, Me and Mayur

And here’s something I made tonight

So that’s all what we did. I thank you all my team members Rituraj, Mayur, Anurag and Shweta for being with me every single day in shaping this dream. And I’m sure that each one of us can never forget all  the fun we had while making this video. Every single day was a memory. Every shot, every set, every time we used to shoot from 6 am to 10 pm 🙂

Thank you everyone for being a part of this. And thank you everyone for watching. If you have anything to say, you can leave your comment below.


  • Anand Anjaria

    Hi Rishi,

    I bumped you in Google + via some circle because I thought you were a geek guy and a photographer but this project of yours looks so good… Great work… Keep it up…

    • rishabh

      Thanks Anand 🙂

  • RAHUL

    dude thats was really touchy…………………..nice 1 !!

    • rishabh

      🙂

  • Neha singhal

    superb work Rishabh. cud see ur hardwork and the amt of dedication in u. cool yaar. i hav becom a fan of u.

  • rishabh

    Thanks Everyone 🙂

  • sudhanshu shekhar

    great work rishabh and rituraj……………really appreciated and liked this video………guys u have done excellent job………..anuraag and shweta r luking really good………pehle mujhe laga tha koi mujic video dekh raha hun……….but it was really good experience after watching my 2 friends are acting…………thanks a lot guys………….very natural acting

  • rupali

    Good effort… Appriciated..:)Keep going…

    • rishabh

      Thanks Rupali 🙂

  • Neha

    Awsummm sir….. 😀
    luvd it…
    basically i luvd d simplicity…yet the class….
    d first time thng…yet d perfectn….
    d cast…d crew….evrythng….luvd it ol… 🙂

    n wel m a fan f urs ever since u clicked our pic on farewell…which happens to b my best pic eva….lolz… 😉

    grt wrk… 🙂
    kudos to u n ur ‘cheetah’* team..!!! 😉

    (* cheetah z basically “faadu”.. ;-))

    • rishabh

      Haha.. Thanks Neha 🙂

  • Om

    Phots are really really good. You should explain what all you have done for lighting, lenses and how you shot it.

    Very good video n song too.
    All d best.

    ~Om.

    • rishabh

      Thanks a lot Om 🙂 Actually, it would be really difficult to explain what all we did for lighting, lenses and the final editing in a single post. It may require a full-fledged workshop to make someone understand all that we underwent. So, by the time that happens, this is all we have so far 😀

  • yeshvanthkumar

    hi rishab great work dude .i happened to one of ur upload on picassa and surfed through ur site.ur portraits are my favorite section.ur song is awesome man.iam still learning the basics of photography and still along way to go to catch u up.fell free to teach me some tips and keep going…

  • shobi

    hi admirer…
    semma… nice effort man u nd ur team… very nice… i came acrs ur foto in google bkgnd pics (lemon time warp).. got impressed on vistng ur website.. all pics r fabulous… keep it up… congrats to ur team…

  • kshitija

    nice photography i simply luved it…. 🙂

    • rishabh

      Thanks Kshitija 🙂

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