November 15, 2009
Today’s day was probably the best day for us. We worked very hard today and all of it was worth it. Out of the four hours we worked, Tom Sir was only there in the beginning to give us the feel of the story. After that, we did all the work ourselves with Tom Sir seeing us at regular intervals. After we got to know what was required and how could that be expressed, writing the dialogues was not very difficult.
Methodically, we went step-by-step to finish each scene. We didn’t divide the work but we collaborated on a single scene to get it done faster. It was a great combination of work and play. It was necessary for us to understand each character and write accordingly. This play was not to be very long and fancy so we had to choose the right words that could express the emotion with accuracy, but would not hinder the meaning of it.
We used the skills of summarizing and editing. Summarizing was used in grabbing the gist of a long dialogue and making it a short and crisp one. And during work, we removed several parts to make it crisp but we balanced it by doing the same thing through display of actions, emotions and expressions. We genuinely hoped that our script would do well, and it did!
Now that the actual writing is done, we need to spend time with each committee to let them know our expectations and to make sure that the tone of it matches to that of the words on the script. We need to work with almost all committees including music [for recording], dance [for Zara’s story] and light and sound [for specific lights so that they display the right emotion]. This may seem it, but we still have a lot ofwork piled in. –Vidhatri Rathi
November 16, 2009
Today was the first day when my committee, Music, got some work to do. The music was dependant on the script, so the script got finalized only yesterday (Sunday, 15th Nov.) In our previous interactions with Tom sir, we understood that he was looking for Indian classical music for the themes. So today we tried and COLLECTED all the pieces of music, heard them and noted down the ones we liked. I got to appreciate another kind of music (classical). Our whole day went in doing that and we didn’t get much time to start editing and merging the pieces. But overall, on the first day we have made a good amount of progress… Let’s see what tomorrow has in store for me… – Preet Shah
November 17, 2009
After collecting all the pieces yesterday, we now COLLATED all of them by finally narrowing down to the pieces needed. We also got the sound effects like – bomb explosion, children shouting, and footsteps of children. We needed some recordings of teachers, and students speaking, so we recorded that. We learnt it only after Alistair helped us. I, personally, had a lot of fun hearing different people speak and then by adding weird effects to it. In order to merge all pieces, I learnt a new software – Adobe Premiere Pro form Tushnaa ma’am, who is one of our mentors. I understood that it takes so much time to make even a small piece of music. To make a 15 sec. piece, it took us more than 2 hours!! My patience was also tested… Unfortunately, we couldn’t work on Zasha’s and Sachin’s theme – Preet Shah 😉
Day 3 in the eyes of Acting Committee:
Today we did a run through of the whole play twice, so that we could correct our mistakes and work according to our potential. We did some exercises to improve our voice projection, with Abhishek sir. We learned that when you talk you have to talk from your stomach and when you talk in a loud voice, you do not necessarily have to shout. Today our performance was much better, in the sense that people were much more serious, had memorized their dialouges and understood their character much better.Naren Desai