A Broken Egg
Cannes Short Film Corner 2017
The story of a dysfunctional family that go through varied emotions over dinner due to the recent discovery of their teen daughter being pregnant.
Hi Tushar, thanks for talking to TNC, congratulations on having A Broken Egg part of this years Short Festival Corner, what does it mean to have your film at the festival?
It feels great to be a part of festival corner; it’s an amazing platform to have your film presented to so many people attending the festival.
Are there any nerves sitting ahead of the festival?
No, not any type of nerves as such, I attended it last year, Cannes Film Festival is a very fun experience, there are amazing films, people, food, culture and yes beach. In all Cannes is amazing fun place to be specially during the festival.
Tell me a little bit about A Broken Egg how did the film come to life?
Broken Egg is about - a teen-age girl named ‘Ann’ who is 5 weeks pregnant, and she recent lost her boyfriend in a car accident.
The film is about the dinner where ‘Ann’ has to confront her parents once again with her final decision that she wants to keep the baby, no matter what. As it’s the only thing left of her boyfriend.
Its a high intensity drama you know crying and yelling.
The process was bit challenging as I had a very clear idea of how I wanted the film to look like, I wanted a warm, colourful location and all the high intensity drama-taking place, just like a pressure cooker where pressure keeps increasing. So I teamed up with one of my writer friend and it took us about 6 months to write the whole thing.
What was the inspiration behind the film?
Most of my inspirations come from watching human behaviour or listening to them.
I remember one day I was sitting in the park and a teen age girl on the next bench was talking to her friend about her being pregnant situation, and how her parents are not being supportive, and she said one thing that stuck with me. It was – the shape of moon is not necessarily the same if you look at if from different points in the same night. My whole inspiration was – how sometimes situation can be a mess if 2 people involved in a situation are absolutely right in their own places.
Like in film itself – Her parents think she should abort the baby as he is too young, having a child will affect her life badly at such a tender age, on the other hand she thinks her decision is right of keeping this baby as that this is only one last link left to the guy she so dearly loved.
What was the most challenging scene for you to film?
The whole film is one scene – A dinner scene, the most challenging part was I think keeping the track of continuity as we had candles, food , glasses of water & wine – and actors drinking from those glasses of water & wine. I remember at few points my script supervisor – ‘Sophia’ would not let me roll unless the new candles were burnt to the same height of candles we used in master shot. so continuity was bit challenging part but after looking at final product I think we nailed it.
"Editing is very important part of the process, I believe films are actually made work in the editing room, this is how I explain it to my non film makers friend…"
Looking back is there anything you would do differently on this film?
I don’t think I would do anything differently if I were provided with a chance to do it all over again, but for sure I would add two more production days , so that its less stressful.
Have you always wanted to be a filmmaker?
Always!, I have been sort of a kid when every one use to play football I use to sit beside trees, look up in the sky and wonder what’s beyond that blue sky, I always wanted to show people how its like to be inside my head, and the only way I can paint my ideas the way I look them inside my head is filmmaking
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have taken from making this film?
Each film is a lesson with in itself, you keep learning about the challenges and solutions of filmmaking as you progress from your one film to another – Editing is very important part of the process, I believe films are actually made work in the editing room, this is how I explain it to my non film makers friend - shooting is like buying vegetables and editing is - chopping them, adding oil & spices cooking them and making them presentable to serve
But a lesson I would say I have learnt, try to do most part in the production phase leave as much less as possible for; in post to fix.
"...you have to understand there are other faces of same dice marked with other numbers like 1 2 6 5 and more."
Now if you can be reflective what advice would you offer a fellow filmmaker?
I would say keep making films, keep creating, It’s the best profession to be in.
And finally what do you hope people will take away from your film?
I hope people will take away from this film is little bit of an understanding of life & situations, life is like a dice if it throws three in front of you, you have to understand there are other faces of same dice marked with other numbers like 1 2 6 5 and more.