Romance is just another world away
A novice film director hopes his romantic comedy will have what it takes to make it big.
Production is about to get under way on Amit Jain’s QOM.
The feature-length original film tells the story of a computer hacker who finds love online with a woman from another world.
‘‘It’s a combination of science fiction and fantasy but ultimately it’s a romantic comedy. In today’s world, everybody is so stressed. I want to make people relax, make them laugh and focus on the lighter side of life,’’ Mr Jain says.
The film is the culmination of an 18-year career in television which started with the Discovery Channel in India and more recently involved producing a boxing show for Maori Television.
But Mr Jain’s success was not enough to drown out the call of the big screen.
‘‘Film is where my heart is. When I came to New Zealand it was my only goal to make one.
‘‘It’s taken a bit long but I got there,’’ he says.
Mr Jain does not have the budget of the likes of James Cameron and Steven Spielberg so he will be doing half of the post production work himself in the tiny studio he has set up in his lounge.
Industry friends will be on hand to help with the most technical aspects, along with his wife Chipra.
‘‘These days with the software you can do most of what you need from your own work station unless you’re making something like The Hobbit. The last film I did, I did completely at home,’’ he says.
Please Forgive Me was the Mt Albert man’s first film and was released on DVD in February.
The short silent movie is also a romance and like QOM gets its story line from what the director sees around him.
It is about a young couple who have to overcome the pressure of an overbearing parent in order to be together.
‘‘There is always some sort of conflict between the old generation and the new generation. Sometimes there is a lack of communication. ‘‘This story sort of shows a lot of things can be resolved if you communicate well,’’ he says.
Mr Jain plans to enter Please Forgive Me in a number of up-coming film festivals.
Starting out: Amit Jain is about to start filming his first feature-length film.