name Vinda sounds bit strange? What is your real name?
My name is P Govinda. My friends used to call me Vinda. Hence
I prefer my name to be PG Vinda.
us about your background?
I am born in Hyderabad and completed most of my education
through scholarships by studying in AP Residential schools.
During my studies, I used to paint a lot. At one point of
time, I had to choose between photography and painting. I
preferred photography and it offers much wider reach. I did
my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography at JNTU. During that
time, I completed my internship at famous photographer Madhu
Ambat for the film Lajja. After completion of graduation,
I assisted Madhu Ambat for two more Hindi films. I also used
to follow Rajiv Menon to learn about aspects of ad-film making.
did Grahanam happen to you?
I met the director Indraganti Mohana Krishna during screening
of films at Hyderabad Film Club. I am a fan of Telugu literature
and it excited me when he said that he would be making a film
on Chalam's work. I immediately accepted the offer to work
camera did you use for Grahanam?
Initially we wanted to do that film with regular camera. But
our budget constraints forced us to use digital camera that
is used for TV news coverage. We used AG DVX 100 A model digital
camera. It costs over a lakh. We rented it for Rs. 1200/-
a day and completed the entire shoot in 18 working days. There
are more than 1000 such cameras that are being extensively
used by TV channels in Hyderabad alone.
is the lighting equipment used?
I used 6 KW worth of lighting which includes two bay lights,
two multi 10's, two multi 20's and a custom made soft box.
I had to hold the custom made soft box in one hand and camera
in other hand while shooting the film.
different is it to shoot in black and white when compared
To tell you the truth, we started the film in color and during
the middle of the shoot Mohana Krishna got the idea of making
it black and white. Since the digital camera has the option
of changing the color schemes seamlessly, we did not have
any problem. Since the story set in the backdrop of early
50's, the theme of black and white suited the film.
you think there are many artificial colors that are generated
due to digital colors?
In the old days, the colors were created from the dyes extracted
from earth. Since the dyes are natural, the colors used to
be natural. But in this digital age, we have more than million
different synthetic colors.
kind of feedback did you get for your work in Grahanam?
Lots of European filmmakers who visited Calcutta film festival
got impressed with my work. More so, because we did it with
a digital camera on a shoe-string budget.
us the shots in which you tried to match the mood of the film?
When you look at Saradamba's house, I use full lights to make
it appear bright to signify the holiness of the place and
serenity of Saradamba's heart. If you look at boy's hut, its
dim lit. I used less light and more shadows to signify the
disease. When Saradamba is thrown out of her house, I used
half shadow on her face to signify the false allegation put
is your next project?
I would be doing cinematography for Indraganti Mohana Krishna's
next film based on Buchibabu's story 'Chivaraku Migiledi?'
This film would be made on Dega Arts banner that produced
Ammayi Bagundi film in the past.
is your future ambition?
I want to select films with good scripts that have scope for
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