Working with The Anon. Productions was a learning experience. We’re a bunch of young adults who were passionate but not very erudite about how things work.

The first day of work came with a lot of anticipation and nervousness. It was a blend of unabashed excitement and a small little voice in everyone’s head, saying, “You don’t know how to get things done!”

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is where Anon comes in.

Sreyan in front of the rickshaw

Sreyan M. Chowdhury explains a particular shot in a heated discussion with a teammate during an outdoor shoot | Photograph by Nayanika Mukherjee

The first day of indoor shoot required us to work with a kid, about 6 years old. We, being new adults and some still waiting to step into adulthood don’t particularly score high on the patience bar and boy, did the kid make us go bonkers. I remember holding a half-eaten ice cream in my hand, as a bribe for the little kid to finish his scene. I wasn’t thrilled to be doing so, to say the least. Sreyan da would look at me and go, “Kheye ne tui” and giggle.

Alekhya and Somnath

Alekhya da and Somnath the kid in the midst of a shot |
Photograph by Monideepa Majumdar

The scorching heat wasn’t doing much either, but, I can say with confidence that none of wished to be anywhere else. The heat hardly bothered us – we were too overwhelmed with the thousand little things that went behind shooting even a little scene or getting the lighting just perfect.

 

Virsa and Anon working together was an experience worth cherishing for both the teams. Starting from running about to find the perfect frame, to arranging props for the shoot, the air around us had a vibe of ‘We’re all in this together’ and it couldn’t have been any better. Anon houses a bunch of really talented, patient and hardworking people who do things in a way that is methodical and particular.

Shooting in the field

Photograph by Swarnava Ghosh

Making ‘Time Travel- the Story of Oriental Seminary’ was Virsa’s first attempt at filmmaking and we couldn’t have asked for better associates.

I’d like to end with saying a big thank you to Anon, for teaching us everything they know and making the whole experience a memorable one.

Team Virsa and The Anon. Productions groupfie

A group selfie clicked outside the gates of The Oriental Seminary School after finishing shooting for the day |
Taken by Alimpan Ghosh


Written by

Maitreyee Chakraborty (Team Virsa)

Photographs by

Swarnava Ghosh, Nayanika Mukherjee and Monideepa Majumdar. Groupfie by Alimpan Ghosh

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FMS TFOTP Time Travel: The Story of Oriental Seminary


 

The Anon. Productions has temporarily suspended all operations in Kolkata. This unavailability is for an indefinite period of time.

We hope to return soon.

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