While carrying out an assignment for Albatros Travel in India a month ago my partner in crime here at FLOW MEDIA, Emile Carlsen found the time to make this little short film about Ann Rozario on his free days. To give you an impression how it came together and what thoughts went into the filming and editing process, I asked Emile to give us a short write-up about it. But first, here is the film!- Simon
In south India a month ago I was introduced to Ann Rozario by a friend. We had a cup of tea and she straight away started telling about herself. Many things were special about her. She is in many ways very Indian and at the same time influenced by her roots as an Anglo-indian, whom originaly came from Portugal. Her husband passed away a long time ago, so she lives by herself only accompanied by her dog Blackie.
When I decided to use my limited time in Fort Kochi with Ann, I had no idea what the angle on her story should be, because I barely knew her. I spend a couple of days at her place with the camera, drinking lots of sweet black tea and just observed her daily rhythm.
I began with just filming. She had never really been filmed before, so it started with her things, the house and the garden. I felt I had to still win her trust before I could allow myself to point the camera at her. In situations like this it’s a great thing to work with such a small camera like the Lumix GH3, which do not draw to much attention to the whole filming and at the same time captures amazing footage.
The third day we agreed that I should film her daily routines, so I arrived around 6 a.m. to follow her from the early hours. Of course a great cup of tea was the first thing Ann insisted I should have.
On this day I really started getting close to her with the camera. I would not interfere at all in the way she did things or ask her to slow down for me to take different positions, so I had to be ready when she was doing stuff.
The last day we had together I made the interview with her. We talked about a lot of different things without there being a specific agenda. In a way that made it a film where Ann talks about the things that is going on in her life, thoughts she has and what she thinks is important.
In the evenings in between my visits at Ann’s place I sad down in my room and startet to do rough editing of what I had filmed during the day. This is a great way to work because you are able to quickly find out if you miss a specific shot or something else to build the story the way you want it.
My favorite thing about this film is the sound of Ann’s voice and the way that she talks. This kind of soft Hinglish with great pauses I kind of used as a startingpoint and guide line thru the whole edit process. Of the same reason I liked it without music. Where music in most occasions really add something great and makes the impression stronger, it was the complete opposite in this case. Whatever I tried out nothing never really fitted it.
The editing process reflects the pace of her life a lot. The slow life she is living and her loneliness is driving the story with slow and long pictures that more work as a window for the viewer where one can decide where to look at. Filming and editing should always reflect the story in itself and not be just a tool to tell the story. In this case the elements of sound without additional music & the slow pacing of the editing reflected that best for us at the end.