Crowdfund a short film on Air Traffic Controllers

About me:

I am a self-taught documentary filmmaker and animator based in Pune. Born in the sunshine state of Rajasthan, I have spent two years working as a software developer before entering the creative industry professionally.

I made my first documentary ‘Madhur Bhav’ in 2015 while I was working in corporate. It encouraged me to explore the non-fiction genre even more. My next documentary ‘Bamboo Lawada’ got officially selected amongst 6 others for a national level film festival - Prakriti Documentary Film Festival 2016 organized by CEC, an autonomous body under UGC.

Since then I have produced short films on varied subjects and received recognition across national and international film festivals. I recently founded my own media brand as 'Bluebird Moving Stories' which explores the lives of inspiring people on this planet.

Inception of this film

I was always fascinated with the aviation industry as I grew up watching lot of Air Crash Investigations on National Geographic. Last year in the month of May I visited ATC Tower for the first time in Mumbai. On knowing the life and culture of ATCs I expressed my desire to make a short film. Hence the inception.

In the pic: Me (left), Devendra Patodiya, ATC Mumbai (centre), Bharat Verma, my friend (right)

The Making
Travel and stay at Mumbai

The film production took almost an year due to heightened security at the ATC Tower. Nothing like this has ever been attempted before. There exist only one such film on Delhi ATC produced by Nat Geo (available on YouTube -

Devendra coordinating with agencies

Thus began a long and arduous journey. Countless emails, phone calls and trips were made to Mumbai to secure clearance from several governmental & private agencies. Heck it was a lot of pain!

Above: Screening at the ATC Complex, Mumbai

Finally on April 11, 2018 the film was premiered at the ATC complex, Mumbai in the presence of GM, Jt. GMs and other senior controllers. It received a huge round of applause. On April 14 it was published on YouTube & Vimeo for the world to watch.

About the film 'Being an Air Traffic Controller'
The short film 'Being an Air Traffic Controller' revolves around the lives and work of Mumbai ATC Officers. It is an attempt to create awareness about the unseen efforts of Controllers in providing safe and expedite aircraft movements to cater the ever increasing number of air travelers.

Why am I crowdfunding?
For the whole process of pre-production and shoot I made close to 10 trips to Mumbai and spent a considerable amount in travel and equipment; all this while I was freelancing. This surely took a toll on my commercial projects.
To make a film like this I had to sift through hours of footage to carefully assemble a story in crisp 7 minutes. It takes considerable horsepower and skill which can't be easily quantified.

Why should you contribute?
This film is produced completely from my personal expenses for the world to watch it for free. As an independent filmmaker who has a desire to share such stories - money become a limiting factor in order to sustain the journey. If you loved the film it would be great if you can generously contribute a little as it would help me a long way in crafting more such documentaries. Even the cost of a cup of coffee/tea will be much appreciated.

Bluebird Moving Stories is an initiative to reach more subjects and share with a wider audience. You are in a way seed funding it. :) 

How will the funds be utilized?
  1. Recover the cost of production of this film.
  2. Help me to make more such films by allowing me to focus on such content rather than client work.
  3. Boost me to grow 'Bluebird Moving Stories' at a faster pace.
Expense breakup
  • Travel & Accommodation: 10,000
  • Equipment: 15,000
  • Shoot, Edit, Music license: 20,000
  • 'Bluebird Moving Stories' Seed Funding: 5,000
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30th April 2018
Dear Supporters,

A big thanks for your generous contributions. Even though I am miles away from reaching the desired target but hey every penny counts. :)
You will be happy to know that with your encouragement I am stepping up the efforts to produce more content on my channel. Consider subscribing to Bluebird Moving Stories if you haven't yet. Do share with your family and friends.

Thanks again.
Keep rocking!

- Bidit Roy
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raised of Rs.50,000 goal

9 Supporters

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Beneficiary: Bidit Roy info_outline

Supporters (9)

Anonymous donated Rs.500
12 days ago
Nevin donated Rs.1,000
21 days ago
Anonymous donated US $10
about 2 months ago

So wonderful to see, Bidit! - Excited to see the next series!

Srihari donated Rs.100
2 months ago
Sandeep donated Rs.500
3 months ago

You are doing a fabulous job. Wonderfully made. You must have taken so much of statutory approvals before you could actually do this. Superb.

Siddharth donated Rs.1,690
3 months ago

I really enjoyed your short film on the people who work at Mumbai ATC. Donating to get you past the 10,000 mark. Keep up the great work and I hope to see more films from you in the future. :)