A short film by a couple of feisty final year engineering students was released yesterday |By Noora Kamar
On Aug 02, 2012
Trivandrum: 'CET Life', a short film under the banner Filmy Engineers was released on Wednesday with its debut show at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. This premiere was part of the inaugural ceremony of ESTAA – the Electrical Students Teachers and Alumni Association.
The short film was received well by the audience that was left craving for more as the climax was withheld. The audience was asked to check it out on YouTube. The crew is confident after the tumultuous response it received at its debut screening and they expect it to be a hot item on the internet in the coming days.
The short film is based on the average life of a B.Tech. student and his quest to find love, with quite a touch of humour. What sets it apart is that, in spite of being a rookie effort, the short film along with its teaser and promo videos oozes professionalism.
The directors Arun Kumar S and Sarath N S (Akku and Saru) were final year Electrical engineering students when they started work on the short film back in January, with the story by Shersha, another Electrical Engineering student, who incidentally plays the male lead. The female lead is played by Nikita J, currently a second year architecture student. Not that they didn’t get any professional help. Professionals like Sidhartha Pradeep did their music while editing was done by Appu N Bhattathiri (assistant director of the movie ‘Second Show’) and visual effects by Arun Lal Pillai. All of them were friends with the engineering students and were only too happy to be involved with the team.
The crew was supported by almost the entire Electrical Department students including juniors, batch mates and some seniors, who had already graduated but had come back to get a feel of the college again.
CET Life had been initially planned to be released in April. Some unforeseen roadblocks postponed the release, but the crew is not worried as they believe the viewers would love it just as they loved the teaser and the promo videos. The primary shooting location was CET, the other locations being Loyola School and the Akkulam Tourist Village.
The team put quite an effort on the promotion of CET Life, beginning with a teaser, which left the viewer wanting for more. Four promo videos were also released along with several e-posters.
With CET Life hitting the web, the crew expects a good response. “We had a fantastic live audience response from CET, no reason to expect any less from the internet,” says Sarath, one of the directors. He says, “Thanks to all CETians, we came up with a ‘spaar’ (CET slang for terrific) short film.”
These folks mean serious business. With director Arun yearning to become a film director and each of the crew having their distinct dreams, they have already started thinking about a second endeavour under the same banner. Sarath has, in fact, started writing the story. If CET Life is anything to go by, then Filmy Engineers have only started on their journey.