domination of cameramen in Tamil cinema in recent
role is as significant as the plot in a movie, and
hence the argument of cameramen dominating a movie
does not hold water. It is only during recent days
that technicians behind the screen are brought into
light with more mediums like TV and Internet exploring
the technicalities of a movie.
you plan to become a cameraman?
is a rather emotional story. I lost my mother when
I was very young. Just before she died there was a
wedding in our neighbourhood and my mother’s
image was accidentally captured by the wedding photographer
in one of the photos. I went to a studio and asked
for a picture to be enlarged and learnt what ‘out
of focus’ is. Thus, I developed an interest
in photography and later bought a still camera and
started practicing it.
actor is a treat to watch from all camera angles?
there are no such specific preferences, I love Kamal
Haasan and it’s a delight to watch him perform
when the cameras are rolling. That apart, I like Savithri;
and among the contemporaries, Jyothika whose eyes
are lively and enliven the shot.
the common phenomenon of retakes?
have no issues in the director going for retakes,
since at the end of the day he wants the scene to
be perfect. While some shots would be okayed in one
or two takes some even go for 30 – 40 retakes,
which is perfectly fine with me.
graphic effects lessen the camera effects?
usually not the case. It depends on case-to-case and
solely rests with the cameraman.
trend towards camera assistants turning directors?
don’t think that’s a possibility. Then
again, it is based on the individual and his knowledge.
opinion on the new digital format?
a welcoming change and I think digital format is here
to stay for a longer period.
experience working with Shankar and Gautham Menon.
are stalwarts and expert storytellers. Gautham’s
story will be two-hundred percent amplified in screen;
however, Shankar has the capability to narrate a story
to its onscreen effect even before the movie is filmed.