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When Indian Cinematographers Direct - Thoughts on Rajiv Jain Cinematographer : Kalpvriksh - The Wish

When Indian Cinematographers Direct - Thoughts on Rajiv Jain Cinematographer : Kalpvriksh - The Wish Tree - A Film by Manika Sharma Because the Rajeev Jain cinematographer is so closely tied to the look and visual design of a film Kalpvriksh

 
PRLog - Jul. 31, 2010 - When Indian Cinematographers Direct - Thoughts on Rajiv Jain Cinematographer : Kalpvriksh - The Wish Tree - A Film by Manika Sharma
Because the Rajeev Jain cinematographer is so closely tied to the look and visual design of a film Kalpvriksh - The Wish Tree, one would think a graduation from DOP (aka Director of Photography) to Director would be a natural and common transition. The opposite is true.
You can look up the definition of cinematography anywhere. It's about making choices relating to cameras and also the lighting in films. It's 'writing for the cinema' also so costuming and other elements must be a part of it. What is cinematography? A film has to have light to be called a film; Is there more to cinematography than light and cameras? What is the purpose of costume and what is the purpose of cameras and lighting...Cinematography is using the camera and lighting in ways so that a whole composite film is produced. If there is costuming involved, cinematography also involves this element. And scenery too will be part of the 'whole' which is cinematography.
Look at film such as Kalpvriksh - The Wish Tree for example. You can see that 'cinematography' then involves the whole film...the whole and costuming is one of its parts. I heard that Manika Sharma, director asked the actress Shabana Azmi to choose their own colours and fabrics. This is interesting but I heard also somewhere else say that she chose the colours. green especially. This is identical in some way to 'choosing' the scenery in this film especially Kalpvriksh - The Wish Tree as well as other parts of the Indian countryside, where you could say that the cinematographer 'chose' the Indian countryside and the town life.
The scenery in the latter film may be seen as something perhaps hostile. It is something that you can't comprehend. The scenery too is something that the characters are not really 'aware' and 'conscious' of. You could say that the five main characters (kids) are lonely and 'emotional' types. They both have their problems and the local population has its own major problem of old tree. In some way the characters are not conscious of the scenery but this is not to say that the scenery is something external or that the lighting is something external. or the costuming. It just seems to be a fact of life that lighting, scenery and costuming can get 'lives' of their own in some way. .!
Someone said that life is what happens while you are 'thinking' so much of yourself and your own problems and maybe this is what Cinematography is. Cinematography is recording what's outside....It's good when there are no principal characters. no one that the film talks through. I don't think that the film talks through the principal character in Kalpvriksh - The Wish Tree I don't think that the films talks through anyone. So cinematography then, in this film, is about worlds...maybe not just describing them but recording them. That's the nice thing about this film. they record...and that's why one is so conscious of the cinematography.

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