We grew at a still analog age and rapidly observed it unfold into the digital universe we have today. My first encounter with using one of these marvelous analog devices was during a family vacation, when my grandfather entrusted me with his Yashica Electro 35G Range-finder. To the naive thirteen year old back then, the camera was merely a toy, but I cannot deny the spark of happiness that shot through my body every time the shutter clicked. A greater epiphany occurred ten days later when I finally got to see the positive prints of the first photographs I had made. This delight to capture a memory forever evolved into a passion that in time nurtured my interest for cinematography.
2019 has been one of my most exciting and busiest years so far. I got the opportunity to DP my first long format film and also got to shoot two web-series. Working in different roles in the lighting department on features, commercials and TV-series also gave me a chance to learn about the different lighting equipments as well as industry standard work-flows to achieve moods that support the story indoors and outdoors.
Right from my early days, I had always been an enthusiast of music and the arts, securing several accolades in music, sculpture, painting and crafts. As I turned fifteen, I got a Kodak Camera and three rolls of Kodak 200 color film. Playing around with my new toy arose my curiosity and interest to learn photography. It is this very same curiosity that led me to experiment with a series of digital cameras, DSLR’s, mirror-less cameras and cine cameras over the years.
While pursuing my program at Sheridan College in 2017, I had the opportunity to be the cinematographer for five short films and two short documentary films shot on the Sony PMW F55 and Canon C300 respectively. My final film as DOP also got officially selected at the Toronto independent film festival. I also directed two short documentaries and have been a part of multiple other productions as a Camera assistant, Photographer, Gaffer and Grip. Apart from college films I work as a freelance cinematographer and gaffer in and around Toronto.
Upon the completion of my Bachelors degree, I decided to work as an apprentice under Mr. Ajay Chitnis, a reputed documentary film Producer and Director. I worked with him for a span of 8 months as a Cameraman on the TV documentary series “Trailblazers”, which airs weekly on the Zee Business news channel nationwide. I worked on the Sony alpha A7S and Sony FS7 cameras shooting interviews on multi-cam set-ups and capturing candid moments of the places we visited.
In 2016 I did a film making course at the Asian Academy of Film and Television(AAFT), in Camera and Lighting Techniques for Film under the guidance of Prof. Kalyan Sarkar, a renowned Cinematographer and the Dean of AAFT. The importance of visual juxtaposition for cinematic storytelling has begun to create a flow in the films I have shot since. The Institute also taught me how to use HMI, LEDs light panels, Kino-flo and other industrial Tungsten Halogen Lighting for indoor/outdoor single camera and multi-camera shoots to create dynamic and dramatic lighting moods.
Having experience working in the Indian and Canadian Industries I have got proficient in professional Camera, lighting and editing techniques. I believe there is an ocean of new learning opportunities in this ever evolving technological world Today and I still have a long way to go. Joining your Team will give me an opportunity to explore greater things in visual story-telling.
The latest project I'm currently working in is a youtube series of reviews for air guns. The project involved cinematic shots of the air guns in a studio environment with dramatic lighting moods followed by a table top review of the gun on a multi-cam set-up and ending with shooting the gun on a target range. It was an exciting project none other than something I had expierienced before. The videos have already started bringing in sales for the company.
CONTINENTAL CATERERS | CORPORATE FILM | CINEMATOGRAPHER
I had the opportunity to DP my first comercial using Panasonic GH5 and vintage lenses. A story about a hard working man and his catering company since 1974.
SUBARU FORESTER | CORPORATE SHOOT | PRODUCTION ASSISTANT/ GRIP
Shooting in the infamous Steam-whistle distilery in downtown Toronto with the subburu car and matching the light from the huge windows was a great challenge.
The Panasonic GH5 in 4K mode is a great camera to shoot short format video content in various locations across Toronto that made this music video a reality.
Having the oppurtunity to be a part of the Annual Contact Improv Dance Collective was just amazing. Dancing with the subjects with the GH4 and Ronin S was blissfull.
I helped in the lighting and camera setup as well as the production design of the shoot as it was only a small crew of four people.
Using the Ronin gimbal and Sony A7S, I had the privelage to shoot with this nine man jazz band of which two band members are Grammy award winners.
The charismatic NDP candidate roamed around the city of Toronto targeting various people to create an intersting short video before the elections.
With ever changing setups using HMIs, Skypanels, Kino-flos and Litemats, this film was a great mix of indoor and outdoor lighting setups.
Setting up a 18K lamp on a Genie lift and using 6 Arri Skypanels for one shot through the night was an exhilarating experience
I used different colored gels and a haze machine with multiple Quasar tubes to create a dreamy haunted house effect for the music video.
This indie feature was shot in a run’n’gun style through various locations in Ontario. A great film-making expierience to learn from.
I shot the commercial with many kids using the Black-magic Pocket 4K on a Ronin S to get dynamic movement and great RAW footage.
UNA MANANA CUALQUIERA | COMEDY FEATURE FILM | CINEMATOGRAPHER
I had the opportunity to DP my first feature film using Sony FS5 and vintage lenses, A dark comedy about Latin American workers at a warehouse in Canada.
A documentary shot in verite style following the lives of a celebrity couple getting married soon. Shot on the Lumix GH5 with audio on Zoom H6 recorder.
The bio-pic of a Chilen Canadian theatre artist, playwright and actor shot on the Sony FS5 & DJI OSMO.
With an ever evolving society around us, every individual follows their own religion. So do you define religion or does religion define you?
The film explores the dual life of Marcio da Cunha as he is living in the past and the present through historical re-enactment.
Following the life of Colleen (The Soap Lady), capturing the most candid moments on the Canon C300.
A thriller-action film that required precise planning and storyboarding, shot on the Sony PMW F5 with vintage Cooke 20-100mm lens and multiple VFX shots. Also selected in Toronto Independent Film Festival.
An experimental comedy-horror shot with just 2 long takes, once on a Dana-dolly and the other hand-held on the Sony PMW F5 camera.
A wedding, a funeral and a baptism with blue, yellow and orange lighting moods using Arri Lights. Installing a fog machine in a coffin to achieve tydall effect was something amazing.
A comedy with changing in-sync lighting, camera and dolly movements on the fly using Leko, Kino-flo celeb and ARRI tungsten lights.
Using HMI’s, Kino-flo and tungsten lights created dream like mood with gels and gobos for shadows and contrast. Lit and set-up green screen for VFX
The journey of Leela from India to Canada shot intirely in Ontario using Green screen and VFX.
Shooting almost the entire film hand-held on the Canon 5D M-II, It is the escape story of an aborginal indian man during British rule in Canada.
THE INSPIRATION | SHORT FILM | CINEMATOGRAPHER
As the writer’s block sets in, we show the difference through different shooting styles between reality and fictious shooting on the Cannon C300 .
Using available lighting sources by tweaking them to the desired mood of this short film shooting on the Cannon C300.
Shot in Cinespace studios with custom designed indoor set with green screen for exteriors. Set in the future world armegadan shot on the Sony PMW F5
camera. Due to lack of time in the studio space, the entire film was realized before the shoot using storyboards and pre-viz.
Lacy and her girlfriend enjoy time in the city of Montreal in mid-winter, with only a 3 person crew shooting with the DJI Ronin and Canon C300, I was pulling focus, lighting and helping out the Director and Cinematographer as we shot through the city.
As a pissed off Director moves through a his set with multiple lights involved and a very slow Doorway Dolly oner shot on the Sony PMW F5.
A psyhco-thriller set in a laundrymat with multiple LED and Tungsten lights inside washing machines, I was helping as 2nd Camera assistant and Swing.
MONOCHROMATIC WATERWAYS | EXPERIMENTAL | CREATOR
The journey of the Parvati river from it’s origin, Pin-Parvati, creating the Rudranag Falls and finally descending into the concrete Parbati Dam.
The large blue gates of the pracheen(ancient) Bhairon Mandir stand out among a pile empty liquor bottles and drunken urchins blundering around with empty glasses bothering devotees for a share of the offerings.
A short excerpt from a series of small documentaries that capture the most candid festivities of Holi in the vibrant city of Mathura shot on the Sony A7s with
Voigtlander lenses and a Glidecam.
BLACKSTONE POTTERY | SHORT DOCUMENTARY | CREATOR
The sheer hard work and time required to create Blackstone Pottery and the financial difficulties faced by the artisans of this long forgotten craft to create
distinctive daily use objects.