A unique Malayalam film project offering a variety of ways for the public to participate including rewards and filmmaking training opportunities. Shashilal Nair who has made several successful films (E.g. One 2 ka 4, Kroadh, Angaar etc.) is the Producer-Director.
Unique opportunity to partner in the making of a refreshing romantic Malayalam movie. Renowned filmmaker Shashilal Nair will produce and direct this project in the beautiful state of Kerala India. A wide variety of Rewards is offered to those who participate in the project. Shashilal has arranged that this project will offer genuine and hands-on training in the various facets of filmmaking - camera, lighting, set design, choreography, dialog, editing, music and lyrics, direction, production, acting and playback - so if you are interested in learning any of these skills first hand from a successful and senior experienced film producer-director - now is your chance. Besides the legendary direction skills of Shashilal, the film project has signed super talented and successful music director Karthik Raja, who is the son of musician maestro Ilaiyaraaja. Karthik's chart-busters include Ullaasam, Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar, Kadhala Kadhala and Dumm Dumm Dumm among others. He also debuted in Hindi films with Grahan which won him the R.D. Burman award for the best new talent.
Shashilal K. Nair is an Indian film director and producer. He begins his career as an assistant in films like Shankarbharanam, Sargam and Kaam Chor. He made his directorial debut with the film Bahy Ki Awaaz in 1985. Which was described by the Directorate of Film Festival as a "Strong comment on bride burning and dowry", and since then has directed eight motion pictures, which include Karamdaata (1986), Parivaar (1987), Angaar (1992), One 2 Ka 4 and Ek Chhotisi Love Story (2002). For his special effects in Angaar, he received the National Film Award for best Special Effects, for "his absolutely convincing miniature work in the film".
The movie is set in the backdrop of Kerala. It is a love story. At this stage the story line is highly confidential. All that can be shared is that it is destined to be a super hit. Shashilal, Karthik and team certainly know how to entertain the audience!
We are keen to try CROWDFUNDING as it is a proven technique- albeit more in the other places in the world. My objectives are several.
FIRSTLY, we are not just targeting backers and the media buzz that gets associated with Crowd Funding approach. We genuinely want to draw out potential partners as well offering crowd funding opportunities empowers people from all walks of life to consider being part of my film. These opportunities are rare.
SECONDLY, we want to bring a new level of transparency to the filmmaking process. All those who support the project by buying into the rewards will receive full details on how the money is being used, progress and all other entertaining information and clips about the film being made at regular intervals.
THIRDLY, we want to avoid antisocial elements from forcing their way into financing films in return from selfish profits. A film project should benefit all who are involved, not just a few chosen ones.
FOURTHLY, I believe that Crowd Funding helps build a team of loyal customers and stakeholders. People come together for a combined vision and objective. Big ticket participants and small ticket participants are all given the same respect.
The funds will primarily be used for the purpose of making the film. Rewards and arrangements for fulfilling the rewards would also come from the funds. Publicity and Fund arrangement costs would also be costed from the funds.
Accounting would be done by a certified finance firm and records would be made available to participants as and when required. This is a genuine film project put together in full sincerity by the collective team, with many interesting benefits for all who would elect to be involved.
While very successful in his Hindi film offerings, this is the first time he is directing a movie in his native language. It's an opportunity which he is excited about. Bringing the sensibilities of the Hindi film industry.
Film production carries one major risk - that of the project not being completed. So one may end up not receiving or not fully receiving the selected Reward. The reasons could be many. But the key mitigation is that this Director-Producer has a very good experience.
1. Who would this project interest?
If you are a film buff, familiar with Indian cinema, or someone who is interested in learning acting, or any facet of filmmaking - then please consider this project. It could be the break you are awaiting. Else this is like being an armchair producer. From the confines of your home you will be the part producer of an exciting new movie!
2. What kind of Rewards are on offer?
There are a wide variety of Rewards for your participation. Opportunities to act/sing/perform in the film, learn filmmaking
(All facets - direction/camera/choreography/lighting/costume/set/editing etc.) Besides this, there are many items and souvenirs, opportunities to meet the stars and crew, enjoy grand buffet dinners
3. What kind of film is it?
It is a romantic film, which will be made in a very different way and will have Shashilals personal touch. The film will be shot in Kerala and the dialog would be in Malayalam. The story and script would remain confidential at this stage.
4. How long would the film take to complete?
Anywhere between 9 months to a year. This is a typical time-frame for a full feature film.
5. Who is the cast of the film?
The cast of the movie will be disclosed once we complete the funding and start pre-production of the movie.
6. How will participants in the project be kept updated about the film' progress?
Shashilal' team will provide regular updates, video clips and sound bytes and real life anecdotes to all participants via the website www.mediaplatformz.com - these updates are exclusively for the enjoyment and pleasure of the participants. For financial updates re: the utilization of funds, the appointed Accounting firm will share details to the participants at regular intervals too. Participants who want to have this info on an ad-hoc basis too would be able to request for it.
7. When is the schedule to start the project?
The funding period starts during December 2016, and continues thru for three months or until the required fund is received. Assuming the minimum funds are collected within that period, the film project will kick-off. Participants would be kept in close contact and updated on all developments. Typical film projects of this nature take between 9 - 12 months to complete.
8. What if I participate and pay my share - and the project fails to gather the required funds?
If the minimum fund is not collected, your amount would be refunded. Depending on the nature of the Reward selected, a small administrative handling fee may apply to process the refund.
9. Can I ask for a refund once the film project starts, if I should change my mind along the way?
Please study the project offering carefully and participate only if you are sure. Refunds would not be entertained once the film project achieves the minimum funding and kicks-off.