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 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 - https://youtu.be/Vyb0Sr_dNFA).
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'
Bluebird Moving Stories is an initiative to reach more subjects and share with a wider audience. You are in a way seed funding it. :)
- Recover the cost of production of this film.
- Help me to make more such films by allowing me to focus on such content rather than client work.
- Boost me to grow 'Bluebird Moving Stories' at a faster pace.
- Travel & Accommodation: 10,000
- Equipment: 15,000
- Shoot, Edit, Music license: 20,000
- 'Bluebird Moving Stories' Seed Funding: 5,000