Short film director Ramana at many film festivals his short film Living Idle clocked 47 awards and is prepared to reach the 50-mark very soon. He acclaimed internationally and won awards at many stages and is assured that the film would earn him at least 100 awards.
Meet Short film director Ramana, a native of Barua in Srikakulam district, who did his BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from Andhra University. He turned to film animation after doing a film and animation course in Mumbai in 2000.
The Hollywood director Shekar Kapur fascinated by his work gave him an chance in pre-production work for his films and that’s his first break in film career.
In starting with ‘Paani’ in Hindi and English, Ramana was worked for Mr. Kapur as his assistant for about a decade, the films like ‘Buddha’ and ‘Elizabeth’ his doing the pre-production work.
The short film director Mr. Ramana says “Pre-visualisation used to be greatly used in Hollywood at that time. The concept of visual development and concept artiste was not there in the Telugu film industry and even in Hindi it was new.”
Mr. Ramana says “A concept artist has to visualize the background for a sequence, based on the story, and design the backdrop. This eliminates the need for ‘retakes’ of shots as the film director can get a clear picture of the background and arrange the set accordingly.” Pre-visualisation started in Telugu with director Rajamouli. I had designed the title for the films ‘Eega’ and ‘Rajanna’ apart from designing the background sequences for these two films and ‘Damarukum’ and ‘Dammu’.
The story of ‘Living Idle’ is about a sculptor, who gets in the habit of using alcohol, and neglects his wife and his girl baby. The Sculptors Workshop, located in a dingy tent in a slum in Mumbai, doubles up as his home. One night, he coming back to home in the rain after a drink and tries to force himself on his wife even as she feeds her baby.
The rain water enters the tent through the openings in the roof and the idol of goddess Durga falls on him and he turn in to a paralytic. His wife grasps the art and makes idols to support her husband and child.
The story, screenplay and directed the film by Ramana, is also the art director. The lead actors were Anil Charanjeett and Gitanjali Mishra, live their roles.