Note: 100+ votes later and I am OVERWHELMED by all the love and support for the #ProjectFilmSupply contest. Thank you! If you're reading this and have no idea what I'm talking about, click here. If you want to know how I got this crazy idea, read on:
Around this time in 2011, I was getting ready to start class again at NYU and I had to come up with an idea to pitch for my screenwriting class. That's also when Hurricane Irene was about to hit. So what do you do when you're procrastinating and have to brace for a hurricane? Watch Netflix!
I found this cheeky Bollywood movie called "What's Your Raashee?" which means "What's Your Sign?" It's a 3 hour comedy about one man's journey to date his way through the Zodiac to find his perfect match. It was delightfully cheesy and painfully long, but it inspired me in a weird way.
Then I remembered this Huffington Post article about the discovery of a 13th Zodiac sign that was going to screw up the entire Zodiac, and push all the signs' birthdays back! I was a Capricorn, and now I had to be a Sagittarius? So I thought, why not combine these two elements, and make my own love story?
So I wrote the first draft of The Serpent Bearer with that in mind.
The first draft was a steaming hot mess. It was littered with plot holes, weak character arcs, and was possibly a little sexist. It was also my first feature film, ever. After the semester ended, I just shoved it deep into the depths of my hard drive and forgot about it.
Since then, lot of things have happened:
- I had the pleasure of working for one of my favorite film directors for 2 years
- I walked the red carpet to my first film festival screening ever
- Made a web series and a bunch of short films (all dating/romance related)
- Went on MANY internet dates
- Acted in a short film about internet dating
- Wrote a book on internet dating
It seems like dating and filmmaking seem to go hand in hand for me. So I decided it's time to awaken The Serpent Bearer and give it another run. But I'll start small. I'm going to film it as a short, and use that to make the feature film I've always dreamed of.
Just as I was finishing up the script for the short film, this contest popped up in my newsfeed. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, as this would give me almost everything I need to make the film.
So what's next? We keep collecting votes until August 31st. Share it with your friends and family. And keep an eye out for the short film soon!
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Kabir Chopra is a filmmaker and actor who is slightly obsessed with Batman. That's all you need to know right now.