Interview with Filmmaker Chandni Srivastava (PROCRASTINATORS UNITE!!!…TOMORROW)

PROCRASTINATORS UNITE!!!…TOMORROW was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the January 2021 COMEDY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I made “Procrastinators Unite! …Tomorrow” during the lockdown period. It had been a while that I had made anything since my last experimental film ‘Here’ (https://vimeo.com/330302189 ) and i wanted to utilise the time I had in hand. I was watching amazing short films online everyday and that motivated me to make one myself.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took me three months to finish this film. I am a big procrastinator myself. I believe i could have finished it in a month’s time but as I was new to this medium of illustrations and drawings, it became a lengthy process, I had to learn few techniques online and then try those out in editing. Also, the delay was intentional as i strongly believed that more i delay it, more perfect it will become. 😋

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Procrastinators rock.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

My biggest challenge was to draw the illustrations as I am not an illustrator nor I have ever done anything remotely related to animation and this was the fist time I was trying something like this. So it took time as I didn’t use any software, I just drew and then clicked pictures of the drawings from my phone camera and edited those in premiere pro afterwards. That was the only software I used, no photoshop no after effects as I dont know how to work those.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It felt really good to watch these wonderful people talking about my film and giving their valuable feedback. Its an award in itself. For any filmmaker, the greatest satisfaction is when people have to say good things about your film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

One day my friend who also happens to be a filmmaker called me and we were discussing how in our 20s we used to go out and make short films in a weeks time and how we were so active and excited about creating something new every time. So while analyzing ourselves and coming to the conclusion that its the age that has slowed us down, we decided to take up a challenge and make one short film each in next three days. We said we ll come up with a story idea and reconnect the same night, but we didn’t. We didn’t make anything in next three days either. But this idea came to me during that time and it was building up in my head, also i was procrastinating and was being lazy about working on it. But finally when the story idea was developed and it was all making sense to me, i made the whole film in my head and decided to experiment with this medium. That’s when I decided that I should draw it. Little did I know that it will take three months to complete it.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

The French film “Amelie” directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I find film freeway really convenient for the Independent filmmakers like us to submit our films with just one click. The whole process is very smooth and easy. This platform is so organized and the filters they have on the website makes the submission job really simple and effortless.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I keep listening to soundtracks from different films. Its not just one song. It all depends on the mood and the contrasting phases I go through in my life. Every phase in my life has a background score and it is very much relatable. One of my favourites is Yann Tiersen’s song Comptine d’un Autre été.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I haven’t really thought about it. I will make one when a good convincing idea will strike. I hope I don’t procrastinate it much.

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