Inspired by the Other Mother (Beldam) from Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline.”
Click on the image to see work-in-progress images, details, etc.
People photographed in Bangalore.
Shot with a Canon EOS 600D. All pictures clicked between 26th August and 7th September 2013.
In those two weeks of intense photography, in which I clicked hundreds and hundreds of pictures, I decided I would ask permission of my “subjects” before I clicked them whenever I could.
Also, I was careful with my camera settings; these photos either have very minimal post-production or none. This is an attempt to make my film-making/photography less reliant on post work and more based on deliberate production.
Hey followers and whoever-else-is-reading…
So I’m trying something new: posting announcement-things! Let’s see if this goes anywhere.
First off, you might notice that this website isn’t called krishnabalashenoi.wordpress.com anymore; I bought my own domain name, so yaay! And as you can see, things have changed a lot since you were last here. Are the changes for the better? Do let me know.
The main reason I’m posting this, however, is to let you peeps know that I now have a Behance page! It doesn’t have nearly as much content as this place does, and with reason; the Behance page is meant to be a tighter, more condensed (and more drab and businesslike) portfolio of my work. But please go ahead and share it if you like what you find there, and I’d appreciate it if you appreciated some stuff too. And maybe commented, though that might be asking for a bit much.
Also, just so this post isn’t devoid of new content, I’m posting two tiny new things that I’ve done in the recent past.
The first is just a sonic experiment, sampling one of my favorite composers of all time, John Williams. I had a lot of fun making this:
The second is a little animation. I spent hours on these ten seconds, using a newly acquired software TVPaint Animation Pro. I suspect it will open new doors in my work.
And finally, I’m soon to start work on my first proper music video for a new up and coming band in Bangalore, “Machli.” You can check out their awesome work here. Of all the projects I’m working on at present, this is the one that excites me most. Hopefully, you’ll see the final thing soon.
Live long and prosper,
A much too formal description of the film:
“Maximum Metropolis” is an experimental film that aims to encapsulate a variety of responses one could have to urban Bangalore.
The audio design of the film is a coalescence of sound recordings and original musical compositions. Some of the sounds were created utilizing and manipulating the sounds of objects that one finds in the quintessential Indian urban space—plastic bottles, staplers, pill bottles, to name a few. Also in the mix are ambient sounds of such spaces; schools, supermarkets, urban and suburban neighborhoods.
The composition is comprised of three movements:
The first, “Cat in Concrete” is a microcosm of that sensation one sometimes experiences when overwhelmed by the cacophony in an urban space. The movement conjures up a domestic cat, lost in the terrifying concrete jungle that is the city of Bangalore.
“Sweaty Uniforms” transposes the listener to the quieter public urban spaces, to the schools, to the parks, and eventually settles into the sunset of the day.
Preceded by a brief conversation with an elderly man, “Family Bonfires” celebrates the more pleasant, more private moments of an urban lifestyle; the moments born out of human interactions. Chats, arguments, laughter, contact and song. Human voices are the key instrument here, but they have been reversed, for what is being said is less important here than how it is being said.
Close your eyes. And listen.
A new original composition. A companion piece to “Onwards.”
Again, I don’t think this is complete, but it won’t ever be.
A reworking of a track I created last year. Just another experiment. As I made it, I thought of things like messages from extra-terrestrial life in deep space, religion, waking up and remembering how horribly yesterday went and yet being optimistic about it, discovering a person, acceptance, and so on. As pretentious as that all sounds.
The cover art is from a photograph my father clicked while on his travels. I thought of him while I created this as well, actually.
Before he died, Roger began writing “The Molecules of Titan”, a story about space exploration set in part at his beloved University of Illinois. He never got a chance to finish it. In the spirit of Roger’s belief in crowd participation, RogerEbert.com is holding a contest to help complete the story.
I was offered the job of illustrating the story, which I readily and happily accepted, but I had just a day to work on it. I ended up with the two illustrations below.
The first is a fictional “Amazing Stories” cover, inspired by a line in Roger’s story and the kind of covers pulp magazines had in the late 20′s and early 30′s. The second illustration is one that attempts to capture the sense of wonder, mystery and simplicity associated with the story. In addition to Roger’s story, I kept in mind movies like “Close Encounters” and “Contact.”
To see 36 illustrations that I later worked on for “The Molecules of Titan,” check out this gallery.