SIFA 2017 is set to be our most participatory edition yet, and perhaps you’ve already heard that The O.P.E.N. audiences will get a rare opportunity to be part of the cast in award-winning auteur K. Rajagopal’s latest film, Lizard On The Wall, which is inspired by Balli Kaur Jaswal's novel "Inheritance". The completed film will premiere at an exciting red carpet gala at SIFA 2017.
If you’re not sure what to expect from this unique experience, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know:
Image courtesy of Akanga Film Asia
Q: So what is going to be filmed over the three days?
Raja and his team have arranged for the most happening scenes to be filmed during these three days, so you can definitely expect plenty of action, exciting moments and of course, drama.
The first two days cover two scenes in the film – Amrit’s engagement and her wedding. Go all out with the outfits and come dressed to kill for a traditional Punjabi celebration. Of course, this also means there’ll be plenty of singing and dancing in the first two days, and you’re most welcome to join in the fun!
At least, while it lasts.
The drama begins right from the engagement, and tension snowballs up to the third day of filming, where the unexpected revelations along the way culminate in one final twist.
What happens to Amrit at her engagement ceremony? Who is the stranger that arrives at the wedding? Is he really a stranger to the family? A family falls apart as shameful secrets unravel.
Q: That explanation was as cryptic as the secret venue of the filming. What can we expect to see when we finally go to the filming site?
Those who enjoy analysing symbolism and hidden meanings will be thrilled to know that for Lizard On The Wall, Raja has decided to forgo a naturalistic set for a more experimental one.
While the final designs are still in the works, you can probably expect to see abstract installations inspired by motifs in "Inheritance", courtesy of set designer James Page (who also happens to be the set designer for Boo Junfeng’s award-winning film "Apprentice", for all you local film buffs out there).
Image courtesy of Akanga Film Asia
Q: What will I be doing during the filming?
Raja and his team are producing a real film here, so you can be assured that you’ll get an authentic experience of what it’s like to be backstage on a film set , from being directed like actual actors to doing re-takes of a scene.
Don’t worry about being cooped up in a dingy room while waiting for your turn to participate in the film shoot though; you’ll be able to watch the filming as you wait, whether on specially-provided screens or on set, just be sure to keep your volume down while the cameras are rolling!
As the star of the show, the scenes shot with you during the three days are precious, and Raja is hoping that they will all be included in the final film. Come down to Red Carpet Gala: Lizard On The Wall, The Film on the last day of SIFA and you might just see yourself on the big screen!
Q: Do I have to be a fantastic actor to participate?!
Leave the onions and the eye drops at home. Clap, laugh, gossip, gasp. You won’t be asked to do anything too difficult. Just relax, be natural, and have fun!
Of course, if you’d like to show off those slick bhangra moves, or if singing sets your soul alight, you’re more than welcome to contribute your talents too.
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