Cinema or filmmaking is often called the highest form of art. Ever wondered why? Because as a medium, movies incorporate every form of art possible. Think about it. From writing, story, photography, drawing, painting, concept art, visual effects, acting, music, and a whole gamut of skills and talent come together to make a film.
This means that the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. It is like an intricate jigsaw puzzle with an infinite number of small pieces and details combine to make a final feature. The sheer amount of pure art and labor that goes into creating a film elevates it to an enviable position.
For the film production house, the process of releasing a film is quite similar to giving birth to a child. Right from the conception to the final delivery, it is a journey filled with anticipation, excitement, worry, and elation. The film producer shoulders the biggest responsibility of the successful delivery and creation of a piece of art that makes people think, express, and connect with the medium.
Over the evolution of cinema, filmmakers have strived to improve the craft and skills, whether it is experimenting with technology or new formats, or different acting and writing styles. Simply the amount of thought and effort that goes into creating a two-hour or three-hour film is incredible.
Films are ostensibly linked to painting, music, and literature and there are many popular adaptations of classic literature.
Not always easy or fun but worth it
K Asif’s magnum opus Mughal-e-Azam is widely considered as one of India’s greatest contributions to the cinematic world. But Mughal-e-Azam was an extremely challenging project, which took 16 years to complete. The entire cast had to be revised and the sets took months on end to be set up.
The cost of a single set-piece was sometimes as much as the budget of a full-length film. Due to the length of the film, even after heavy editing deleting of songs, they had a run time of 197 minutes. The film ran into countless troubles and financial woes due to its many firsts – including the use of technicolor.
Yet, when the film opened its booking at Maratha Mandir, it caused a frenzy among fans to buy tickets leading to almost a riot-like scenario.
While Mughal-e-Azam is just one such example, there are countless other films that can be termed as real works of art.
The amount of dedication and craft that is required to put together a great movie, can’t be simply valued in terms of box office returns or success. After employing hundreds of artists, technicians, and crew, the final vision of the writer and director breathe life on celluloid, the result is extraordinary.
However, if one has any romantic notions about the work and effort required to put a film together, just a simple day in the life of a producer can put these notions to rest. Some days are plain bad when nothing goes as planned. Waiting for the right take can be as boring as watching paint dry. There are countless sleepless nights, shooting in tough conditions, preparing for unforeseen circumstances.
But for those who are passionate about the medium, the worst day of filmmaking beats the best day at a regular job. Watching the fruits of your perseverance come alive on the screen, even years after the film has been made is magic of a different kind.