This short-film tells the story of a Kashmiri guy during who is away from his home in Kashmir in a foreign city, Dhaka, desperately trying to contact his parents, showcasing the struggle to make a single phone call to the valley of Kashmir, the mental breakdown caused as a result and the hardships Kashmiris face everyday amidst the ongoing communication blackout imposed by the Government of India on Kashmir, following the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5th.
Will he ever be able to make a phone call home?
Sofi Nabeel Ahmad
Director of Photography
Being the the man behind almost everything with only my iPhone 5s (for BTS and some shots), an iPhone 6 borrowed from a friend (for the short film), a broken mini tripod, a Lav Mic, a RODE VideoMicro, two table lamps and a few rubber bands in hand, I had to deal with a lot.
The biggest difficulty was the phone camera, which does not perform well in low light, and the opening theme was to be taken in a back-lit desk. So I had to use two home-use table LED lamps to create light for the phone camera to detect decently, since I had no video lighting. For the same reason, I relied on daylight, shot during cloudy weather to achieve that gloomy look I was looking for.
I had to film and act, so framing shots of myself was tricky. So I filmed frames in such a way that I could get shots desired with the broken tripod, which took a lot of tricks to keep steady on a desired level and frame.
Later, I added in subtle zoom-ins and rotations in post, to give the narrative and the emotions some life. I asked help from a few friends where it was impossible for me to keep my phone in place.
I kept the dialogue minimal and let the shots tell the story. In the only dialogue in the film (phone call), I kept the phone very close to my face so as to achieve some depth of field as well as closeness to the protagonist and his emotions.
I used the Rode for sound effects, ambience