Archive for December 3, 2013

Debutant director Swapnil Salkar has released the teaser of his indie feature, ‘ A Night Long Nirvana’. Have a look.

More about the film in Swapnil’s words – The film tries to trace and draw parallels between the lives of a locus of population in the city of Panaji. A writer obsessed with Dostoevsky, and a Doctor battling with his divorce being the fulcrum around which other characters evolve. Like the various melodies and their harmonies in a symphony, these lives have common characters and circumstances. The movie tries to stage a day in the lives of these people when a “Metaphysical Conspiracy” tries to untangle the life of a principle character. inadvertently affecting others. Some will await their turn while others relish their ‘A Night Long Nirvana’.

anight2Written and Directed By Swapnil Salkar
Shot, Cut and scored by Ashish Prabhu Ajgaonkar
Cast :  Bhupesh Bandekar, Nitin Bhajan, Mia Maelzer, Ritu Janoti, Natali Antonowich, Saurabh Karkhanis and the city of Panaji among others

It is independently produced by Swapnil Salkar and Bhuesh Bandekar under their  production company Om Bhu Swa Haa Haa Haa Productions.

Directors-LabWHAT : NFDC LABS – 2 week, fully residential workshop challenges and empowers directors to enhance, fine tune and balance these complexities.

– Working with actors and script is at the core of this programme and each participant will workshop and develop his/her approach to scenes using scripts provided but also work-shopping scenes from their own upcoming films.

MENTOR : The full time two week programme lead by London based director Udayan Prasad (My Son the Fanatic, The Yellow Handkerchief) and professor of Directing at the UK’s  NFTVS -National Film and Television School, and LFS-London Film School among others.


  • Acting for Directors – being on the other side of the camera.
  • Working with actors and the value of understanding the various processes actors employ in inhabiting their characters
  • Preparing a scene: the building blocks for directing actors
  • Casting – Masterclass & individual consultations
  • Opening reels; a look at the ‘set-up’ from various movies.
  • Point-of-View  – Masterclass
  • Dialogue in cinema.
  • Examination of story, structure and form
  • Screenplay & Writing : Masterclass
  • 1 to 1 script consultations on each directors script from internationally renowned script editors.
  • Use of dramatic space and light in movies.
  • Light, space, colour, framing and movement : Cinematography – Masterclass
  • Music & Sound in film  – Masterclass
  • Choice and manipulation of space : Production design – Masterclass
  • Film screenings and analysis will be used throughout the lab.

– The workshop is designed and will be lead by Udayan Prasad and he will be joined by top professionals* from the industry who will share world class knowledge of their particular discipline.

– Accomplished and acclaimed actors* will add their talent and craft to the scenes which will be work-shopped throughout the programme, and share their personal feedback and experience with the participating directors.

ELIGIBILITY (Profile of Directors) : This lab is for working film directors with experience and/or training in the field.

APPLICANTS : should be currently preparing to shoot a feature or short film script which is moving towards production, and be prepared to workshop scenes from their script within the lab.

WORKSHOP DATES : January 19th to 31st 2014

PARTICIPANTS : Strictly limited to 12, by application and selection.

LOCATION : The ‘Directing for Directors’ lab will be held within a hotel/resort style setting within driving distance of Mumbai, but outside the city to allow a full creative retreat experience to unfold.


FULL LAB FEE (on selection): Rs 1,50,000

– Food & accommodation is included in the fee.

* additional experts and actors will be announced in 1st week January.

– To know more about the lab and to apply, click here.