Gurmeett Singh talks about his career from being an editor to director and now his first directorial film Warning is all set for a release.
From Editor To Director
I was not an out-and-out editor. After studying graphic design, I started my career as an editor and edited many ad films and music videos. But I found being confined to the editor’s table very boring so I took up work as an assistant director. Then I moved to Mumbai and worked as an AD for films like Gandhi My Father, Don, Jodhaa Akbar and many more. I thoroughly enjoyed the art of direction.
Approaching A Producer
I have worked in the industry for more than 12 years and people are familiar with me. So it wasn’t very tough to approach a producer. One of my friends introduced me to Anubhav Sinha, who was then looking to launch his production house Benaras Media with new directors.
I narrated a love story I had written to Anubhav and we were on the verge of shooting the film when I asked him about the kind of cinema he would like to make. He said his kind of cinema couldn’t be made on a regular basis. So I told him about the idea I had for Warning. I asked him if he would be interested in making a film that was largely underwater. He asked me for more details and we started working on the script in a matter of days.
Underwater & 3D
The idea of shooting a film underwater sounds very exciting and we were shooting the film in 3D. But water brings a whole lot of baggage. The film also features a dog and a child. And we were not shooting in a pool but in the middle of the ocean! Water is very difficult to work with and there are many things that could go wrong. It’s very unpredictable.
So we hired crew who had worked in water before and an Italian cinematographer who specialises in underwater shoots and in 3D. We also had to train the actors for underwater shoots.
On His Producer
Anubhav was the backbone of the film. It is his first film as a producer but he gave me my own space to direct this film and stood by whatever I wanted.