Ro­mance is just an­other world away

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Start­ing out: Amit Jain is about to start film­ing his first fea­ture-length film.

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