Friday, December 26, 2014

Tag Line for Puppetica

After a long search for what Puppetica Media should stand for, we found an apt line given by Jagadguru, the saint of Kanchi - which extolls the virtues of friendship and harmony. Puppetica Media will stand for "Shreya Booyaath Sakala Janaanaam - Let all experience bliss". Feeling blessed.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

More good news in the last weeks of 2014

One of the most exciting years in my life personally and for those 100s who are supporting one of the unique projects - a crowdsourced Sanskrit animated feature film. What started as a dream in early 2014 has been developed into a script and storyboard. With support from the best minds and institutions around the world. I could not have asked for more.

It has been a week of joy and work as more teams experessed their support for the movie. What is keeping us busy? A feature in Kannada press, the original language in which the folksong became popular. And an interview with the Independent Film Makers group in Chennai. More friends pledging support for the movie. And more support from my mentors. We now have someone to advise on legal issues. And a dynamic portion of the website is getting coded this week. Work on animatics for Act 3 is moving at a good pace. Each passing day brings more good news and faith. Collectively, one shot at a time, we will make this happen.

I may squeeze in a trip to Kerala to meet the studios there. The first month of 2015 is going to be hectic as well. I am visiting London and there is a likely trip to Bhubaneswar as well. February may see another workshop on Punyakoti in Chennai and Bangalore. We will keep you posted.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How much will it cost to make PUNYAKOTI?

Many ask me how much it will cost to make Punyakoti. The estimates keep varying as we are receiving support in cash and kind. Some of the talent we have received are the best in the market and they are coming absolutely free.

A funding mechanism that I am thinking is simple. If a 1000 India loving families give INR 1000 or about USD 40  - perhaps what they would spend on a dinner or a cinema or a joyride - every month for the next one year, the dream can easily be accomplished. We can pay off the studios, artists, online storage, artists etc. without any hassle.

All they need to do is to start a standing instruction with a bank. I already have about 10 people who have promised to do that. I just need another 990 to make Punyakoti happen, if you know someone who can do this, please share this post. In return, we can arrange for 10 premium tickets for the contributors and their friends once the movie is released.

We are also working to enable a PayPal button and online form to fulfill this. Given the limited bandwidth of the team, this is taking longer than usual. Will update everyone when this is done. Let me know f you have an alternate idea, after all we are all in it together. Until then, you can use the bank account details given below.

Account Name: Puppetica Media
Company Address: E-10, Industrial Estate, Guindy, Chennai 600032, India
Account Number: 00000067285964950
Bank: State Bank of Travancore
Branch: Ashok Nagar, Chennai – 70988
Bank Address: Gth B & C, 12th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai 600083, India
IFSC Code: SBTR0000988
MICR No.: 600009029

The making of Freak Of The Week

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics joins hands with Team Punyakoti

This is truly becoming a project of the nation. When we conceived the project, and I was asked to lead the initiatiave, I was apprehensive about all of these would come together. But by god's grace, things are falling in place, one by one.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The making of 'Chaar Shahibzaade'


Tucked away inside the residential 'Mains and Crosses' of Indiranagar is Varnam, a social enterprise that works with the women in Channapatna to give a contemporary interpretation to the traditional craft. Using high quality materials, this boutique shop is for the true connoisseurs of handmade craft.

Had a interesting chat with Karthik Vaidyanathan who found Varnam at the store in Indiranagar. If the website is bewitching, you should go to the store. Fell in love with the work. Both my kids went berserk.

Highly recommended. Karthik and I agreed to collaborate on the merchandising aspects of the movie. Karthik also does excellent product photography as well. All this along with his day job. Isn't that awesome? Truly someone who has allowed his passion to use him. Salute Karthik.