Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Yet another super difficult day as the team struggles to make the audio and video work. Some progress has been made but we are still a long way off from completion.
But again, what made a difference? People!
Today I even had my extended family members calling in to support. Everyone was sounding so very concerned, it was actually pretty sweet. My in-laws too called up and they sounded super worried too. But everyone has tremendous faith in the project, and talking to them made me feel much better.
Not just that, I even got a very heartwarming and encouraging note from a total stranger. She said that she has been following this blog for a while and decided to write in. Her note gave me a huge smile! That is so very much appreciated!
So I guess what I am trying to say is...thanks, I owe all of you one!
505 more to go.
Honestly it wasn't a great day. Simply because the work was only inching forward on the sound design. No matter how much the team seemed to work on it, progress seemed way too slow. And needless to say, I had started to panic. There are only a few days left for the screening after all.
But certain events kept me smiling still, thanks to some wonderful people around me.
Every now and then I got a message on email or Facebook or even via a call - encouraging me to carry on, wishing me all the best, saying that they are praying for a successful completion of the film, etc. It made such a difference!
I should specifically mention this teacher from my primary and seconday school in India (yeah, from more than a decade ago!) who took it up as her personal mission to spread the word about Mausams among her contacts in Singapore. Her effort actually got me in touch with some juniors of mine from the school and even those girls were so fantastically supportive! It was very overwhelming, really.
It's like God's way of saying "You are gonna face a real tough time but hey, let me make it a bit better for you by sprinkling a few good souls all around you." Surely, am not complaining for that.
506 more to go.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
When I got back home after the BM college today, I heard from my technical crew who has been working on the sound design and background score work that they have lost 1.5 hours of sound design files because the system crashed. That's 75% of the movie. It had taken my composer cum sound designer weeks to get it done so far and now it's all gone. Pretty shitty stuff.
There was major disappointment, no doubt, but no body panicked. No body showed their frustration or even cribbed for that matter. They just said, "We just have to redo it again but first let's take a break and have dinner together."
And we did just that.
The four of us had a very nice dinner together and relaxed for a while. Now they are about to start on reworking the whole damn thing again. I don't really know sound design work.... so I am just staying apart a bit and watching them. I feel helpless but seeing their commitment and drive to make this happen, I feel pretty good too.
This might sound like a cliche, but honestly when you have a great team, even the crappiest of events seem not so crappy.
God bless them.
509 more to go.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
March 21, 2011
What a day! It's the beginning of a very hectic but productive week, I can tell. I ended up going to bed at about 5am thanks to the Mausams work and had to wake up in a couple of hours for the first day of Brand Manager college at Marina Bay Sands.
And I had an amazing time! This was hands down the best day of training I have had in P&G and it was highly inspiring and energizing!
After the training ended I also got to visit the Marina Bay Sands Skypark for the first time! The view from there and the infinity pool were stunning!
Back at home, I was back to the Mausams grind and the day ended at 4am at night.
So yes, am exhausted but happy!
514 more to go.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I had written here about the one person I really idolize - Michael Jackson. He is, of course, legendary but the very close second idol is our dear own A.R.Rahman! I love him and his music to bits! He is a freaking genius, an unbelievably humble one at that and as my Twitter says today, am very glad to be born in the same era as him!
And today I got to see him performing for the first time! It was a dream come true! One of my biggest regrets is not having had a chance to watch a MJ live concert, so the fact that at least with Rahman it worked out, meant a lot! And it was such a wonderful experience.... God bless that man!
OK... I don't think I have to elaborate further. Today was the day I watched my first (and hopefully not the last) A.R.Rahman concert. Period.
P.S I must also mention that my own music composer (an A.R.Rahman-in-the-making, if I may point out) landed today too and we have already made some great progress on the BGM work. So things are looking very exciting!
515 more to go.
Today I ended up reliving memories of my "painting days". It all started because this production house asked me for the pictures of my paintings for the web infotainment episode they are creating. This meant I had to dig up some of my old paintings from the store room.
What was really interesting was the fact that my old paintings were really... well..."old". I didn't realize that the last time I did an oil painting was in 2003! Most of my paintings were from 1997-1998 and a couple from 2003. That's it! Nothing since then!
Now I have an overwhelming urge to paint. I want to once again set a clean canvas in front of me and figure out what's gonna appear on it, I want to feel a brush in my hand, I want to enjoy the smells of the paints and the oils and I want to be part of a creative process that has only me and me alone involved in it.
But of course, that will have to wait until the Mausams premiere is over and done with.
So for the time being, I am happy hugging my old paintings, feeling the texture of the dried up paint as I touch the canvas, fussing over the fungus that has started to appear because I never bothered to varnish them, and telling the hubby and my editor who is visiting, "See? Once upon a time, I used to be a painter!"
516 more to go.
OK guys, it is FINALLY the FINAL stretch of Mausams.
To kickstart the last lap, my editor is back in town. He is gonna be here for a few days together with my composer who is flying down in a couple of days as well. Nett, it's gonna be back breaking work to finetune everything over the next few days.
But am more excited than I have ever been before. This has been so long in the offing. Fingers crossed!
P.S. This also means expect super short posts for a few days.
517 more to go.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Today was one of those perfect days. Like, the kinda day that I would love to have every other day.
It began with a bright, early and wise start to the day. I woke up earlier than usual and actually got myself to... wait for it.... meditate! I am so proud of myself!
After that great start, rest of the day ended up being positive and productive. Work in the office saw some good progress, there was some good progress on Mausams publicity work, and the day ended off with a 8km jog. This is the longest I have ever jogged after my one time record of 10km, so it is definitely pretty good.
So it was in every way, a very complete and perfect day.
519 more to go.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
It was one of those blue Mondays. Lack of interest in working, zero motivation, feeling utterly and completing disgruntled and lazy. You know the type.
After making some really unsuccessful attempts at being productive, I ended up feeling rather frustrated. On top of the lack of motivation my eyes were back to their tearing and itchy selves, making the work look harder than ever. In short, it was a sad little situation.
So I did the only thing I could do at that time. I packed my stuff and went home in the afternoon.
I relaxed the whole afternoon, only attending to the important emails and calls. Later in the evening I went for a jog and then had dinner with hubby and a friend who came over, topping it up with Tiramisu at the end.
And THEN, I got down to work. I worked a fair bit until midnight. I wouldn't say that I was swimming in motivation by now, but things were definitely better. I dunno whether it was the relaxed afternoon or the jog or the Tiramisu that did it, but I wasn't at least feeling like banging my head against the red wall of my study. And yes, the productivity was way better than in the morning when I was just staring at the laptop being unable to make sense of whatever I saw on it.
So yes, in a nutshell: today I didn't force myself to do something that I absolutely didn't want to but instead, waited it out until a drop of motivation was available.
It made a world of difference.
626 more to go.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Eventful day, really.
For the first half of the day, I was feeling rather good. My HR manager had decided that I should present the film trailer at the monthly category-wide business update meeting. Initially I was apprehensive (almost embarassed actually) to talk about my film at that venue where everyone else would be talking business! But then I thought what the heck, let's see how it goes! It's free publicity after all!
So I did take the trailer there. My slot in the whole agenda came right at the end. I gave a quick background to the whole film experience and then played the trailer. It was my first moment of truth with a whole bunch of people (about 80 of them I think) sitting and watching and reacting to a part of Mausams. I must say they took to the trailer rather nicely. At the end of the presentation, I wanted to remind everyone that there would be tickets coming up soon but I realized that it took quite a long time for the applause to die down and for me to get a chance to say something. I am not sure whether the same thing would happen for the film, but as for now this made me really very happy.
Then came the panic part of the day. We had submitted for the film's censor certificate and are still waiting for the final rating. Initially the understanding was that we could proceed with ticketing etc., but the rating should be available before screening and we should be well in time for that. However, yesterday the bomb was dropped that even ticketing will not be possible without the rating being published!
That was a total disastrous situation. If we wait for the rating before ticketing starts, it means ticketing will be delayed which in turn means the publicity can't start on time which in turn means, in a nutshell, I won't be able to sell many tickets. Needless to say, I was upset. The only solution seemed to be pushing back the screenings. But that was easier said than done because so many cast and crew had friends and family flying down for the premiere and to change everyone's plans so last minute wouldn't be easy.
The panic lasted for about 5 minutes. Strangely enough I calmed down. The frustration evaporated and my brain started functioning in a chilled manner. Another option soon presented itself in my mind. I considered the idea of a closed door premiere - which means the close friends and family get a private screening which wouldn't need any censorship ratings and then we push back the rest of the screenings to the public post the ratings are out. That was a good solution really, because then all the special guests from abroad still get to watch the film on a big screen without having to change any of their plans and we get around the rating issue too.
I must say I was relieved. There was a solution after all. I would go to the extend of saying that I felt pretty pleased by my brainwave.
But more than that, I felt pleased that I could think through the situation calmly. I could have let the panic eat me out and make me cry and make me once again think that this film was the worst idea ever. Instead, I chose to sit down and think about it rationally.
Am not sure why I behaved in such a wise and saintly manner but for today, that was special.
533 more to go.