From Wardboy to Independent Filmmaker


post originally published at : http://stagephod.org/filmmakers/santosh-padwal-from-wardboy-to-independent-filmmaker/ 

Santosh M Padwal is a storyteller, always in shorts and from Mumbai.  According to him, this is it and his introduction ends here. Well, he had also travelled 70,000 km in 13 months all over India doing photo/video documentation. He also knows a lot of cooperative games and has been associated with Shikshantar, Udaipur and was a Khoji in Swaraj university in the very first batch. Here are the excerpts of the talk we had with him:

Tell us about your life journey in brief?

I am basically from Mumbai, studied till 10th. Post that I spent 5 years working as sales executives in max york life insurance, airtel, vodafone etc. and then as a Wardboy. After that I got a chance to join Swaraj University (It follows a self designed learning philosophy with no degrees and no exams) which completely changed my life and my thought process.

What prompted you to start filmmaking?

Well, I didn’t have much interest in filmmaking initially but I had an inclination towards camera. Whenever I used to get a camera, I used to try clicking pictures from various angles etc. Slowly from photography, I learned filmmaking and then I learned editing on my own. At that time, I got my first opportunity as a filmmaker from Kisaan swaraj yatra which I took and thats how I became a filmmaker. Post that yatra, got another projects because of my work including projects from Jan Satyagraha. In the meantime, I also attended mentorship sessions form Abhivyakti – Nasik etc. After all these experiences, I realized that film making is a very strong tool to communicate stories and with youtube and other social networking sites, reach of a video/ film has increased. So, I decided to pursue it full time.

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What kind of films have you made?

I like to make documentary films. It helps me in telling stories of people who are doing real good work. In the process, I also come to know about the challenges people are facing, how they are overcoming them etc. I have made films on Jan Satyagraha, Om Creations, Cycle marathon initiatives etc. Somehow fiction films don’t give me that kind of kick. In future, if I get a chance to make a fictional film, it would be a docu-fiction only.

What is your dream/ vision?

My Vision is that documentary films should get the same (if not more) recognition like fiction or feature films. I would like to work in this regard on how to make documentary films more entertaining and interesting.

What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?

I can make good films with my simple camera also, but when you have to execute a project, there are many things you require and there is a project cost involved which many people don’t understand. You need equipments, there is a travelling cost involved, if you are shooting in a village you need lights so it becomes very difficult to manage project cost. Having said that, its all part of the game and thats how you grow as an individual and and as a filmmaker.

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Any fun/ memorable incident?

Once we were travelling for shooting and we took a wrong turn and reached a place full of mines. Very big vehicles were looking so small there. So we thought of shooting that place. We hardly shot for 2-3 min and suddenly a group of 40-50 people came running towards us. We got so scared that we all sat in our car and drove as fast as we could. If they would have caught us, they must have broken our camera else our bones :)

What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbee in filmmaking?

I will not call it an advice but my belief is that when you are making a film, whether its a fiction, documentary or anything else, the audience should connect to it. They should have ‘some’ feeling after watching the film. Also, you must financially sustain yourself, and you must have a plan for it.

The music of plants !!!


Ever wondered, what would the music by plants be like ??

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Plants are very much alive. Not only do they dislike human noise but they also posses the capacity to learn and communicate.

Perhaps even more astonishing is that plants can also make music.

Have you ever heard the incredible music of the plants?

Plants can actually sing and compose music and listening to it is truly beautiful and relaxing!

read the full post at : http://www.lifeadvancer.com/amazing-phenomenon-of-singing-plants

Zostal !!! The chain of backpacker’s hostel …


CHECK OUT THE INDIA’S FIRST EVER CHAIN OF BACKPACKER’S HOSTEL….

Zostel is India’s first chain of branded backpacker’s hostel. What? Sounds weird! a backpacker’s hostel! Read on Sires and Madams,and allow me to help you.

Zostel is not for you. I repeat, Zostel is not for the ‘Regular’ you. Zostel is only for that crazy traveller hidden inside you. It is an accommodation facility for your social self who wishes to meet new people and exchange travel stories. It is for your casual self who prefers a safe, hygienic, centrally located and affordable stay but at the same time want a relaxed and super friendly experience. It is for your playful self who feels that travel keeps them young at heart. It for your comradely self who believes that friends should have non stop fun while travelling in a group. It is for your dreamy self who dreams but never dared to step out for a solo trip before.

In short for your crazy travel freak self, Zostel whips up a perfect brew that will leave you wanting for more. So Why are you waiting? Bring out your crazy traveller avatar and experience Zostel, because more travel,more friends, more stories, more fun and more awesomeness.

check out more at — http://zostel.com/

The free store !!!


EVERYTHING COMES WITH A PRICE TAG ???

With total crises situation with environmental crises as well as economic crises very rarely voices of hopes are being heard. A system built by us which is no longer serving us, on the contrary damaging us to an extent that survival of our species is at stake, there are new experiments popping all over us with the intent to work in cooperation with mother nature instead of competition or take over, few of them are aimed at reinstating the faith into nature and its abundance. A feeling of trust in universe that there is abundance of everything on earth and scarcity lies only in human mind.

DARIYA DIL DUKAAN !!!  As it is commonly called is a experiment happening all over India with same intent among several communities.
 
THE FREE STORE  is another small experiment to channelize this vast abundance. 

 

About the store —-

We are The Free Store !!!

An initiative towards a more effective and need-based redistribution of resources.

We are modelled on the concept of the non-monetary Free Stores that have been working in the US and several countries in Europe.

We are NOT barter-based. We believe in people chipping in resources they have but don’t need and taking away what they require.

So you have that extra keyboard you don’t think you’re gonna require? Let’s put it up!
And you see something up on our table you think you need? You can have it. 🙂

It’s just a small realization – it’s not give-and-take; it’s sharing.

To know more  check out there facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/FreeStoreThane

Aasvishkaar !! a learning space …


Recently came across the facebook  page of Aavishkaar which is a learning space for young minds to have fun with hands-on science, math, reading, writing and music in a curious and creative way and focus on shifting our educational system from teaching to learning. Working with various schools in the region of kandbari (himachal), AAVISHKAAR  team visits various school promoting practical learning with special emphasis on science and maths and even hosting science fairs or Vigyaan mela’s and are even open for volunteering opportunities.
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Started by a Amazing couple Sandhya and Sarit along with there home-schooled daughter Shyamli.Do check out there facebook page for amazing pics from there journey and any further information:
facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AavishkaarPalampur
Or e-mail at – aavishkaar.palampur@gmail.com

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Why you should take your kids out of school !!


THEY DISAPPEAR FOR HOURS. WHEN THEY RETURN, THEIR BASKETS ARE HEAVY WITH SMALL TREASURES OF THE WORLD AND THEIR HEADS ARE FULL OF SMALL STORIES OF THEIR WANDERING: THE MOOSE TRACKS THEY SAW, THE FORKED MAPLE THEY SAT BENEATH TO EAT SNACKS.

This phrase above mentioned in the article made me remember my childhood days.

As it further mentions:

It is already obvious that unschooling is radically different from institutionalized classroom learning, but how does it differ from more common homeschooling? Perhaps the best way to explain it is that all unschooling is homeschooling, but not all homeschooling is unschooling. While most homeschooled children follow a structured curriculum.

 

The first incidence of compulsory schooling came in 1852, when Massachusetts required communities to offer free public education and demanded that every child between the ages of 8 and 14 attend school for at least 12 weeks per year. Over the next seven decades, the remaining states adopted similar laws, and by 1918, the transition to mandated public education was complete and from there on it spread to world.

With recent rise in awareness about compulsory education, several movements and people have risen up to the challenge to provide better model of education for our people, making industrial model obsolete.

To know more about alternative learning spaces in India scroll down a bit in our Alternative spaces section .

To read this beautiful article about the homeschooling adventures of Fin and Rye “WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION”  click here.

Free energy generator from India, another hoax ?


With growing energy crises all around the world, and also search for alternatives there goes parallel search of FREE ENERGY. The concept is not new its mention dates back thousands of years, with its mention found in almost all ancient culture including Vedic, from which the great inventor Nicola Tesla was inspired and there were even claims that he did made possible to trap free energy from zero point.
There have been reports and claims from all around the world about free energy generators, but none came to light or was commercially produced, with added reports of big corporations never wanted such a invention to come out as would devastate their profits.

बिना ईंधन से चलने वाला जनरेटर!
So, well this time here’s another one from India itself, I am not sure if its another hoax or is true invention and this too will be suppressed  by big dominant corporate sector.

A 10th grade failure (failure according to present education system), have made energy generator which charges its own battery.

to read original news  : click here

Indian knife innovation


Jugaad has been integral part of Indian life style,  creating useful items from the limited resources is the basis of jugaad technology,   Check out this amazing Indian knife innovation.

 

Swapathgami magzine – WALKOUTS/WALKONS NETWORK


For those who have taken the bold and bright decision to walk out of schools, colleges, or other institutions of thought-control — and walk in to taking their learning and their lives back into their own hands…

for more info visit – http://www.swaraj.org/shikshantar/walkoutsnetwork.htm

Bhoomi College – For sustainability studies


Step into the world of Bhoomi College — http://www.bhoomicollege.org/
A unique community-based institution focused on fostering Earth Consciousness and Sustainable Living…

Bhoomi College has been an idea, a dream in seed form for a long, long time. It continued to grow through the Prakriya Green Wisdom School, where in subtle and tangible ways they continued to work on building consciousness about ecologically wise living.
In 2007, a group, began working on an Earth Citizenship seminar and then went on to organizing conferences on Food, Health and Climate Change(2009) and on The Good Life (2011). As Bhoomi Network this group expanded, and after 2 years of bringing out the Bhoomi magazine and organizing several programmes on Inner and Outer Ecology, they are now a formal college as well.

to know more check out – http://www.facebook.com/BhoomiCollege

Also check out – www.prakriyaschool.org

The everlasting bulb


Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again.

Benito Muros is one of the world’s businessmen who haven’t accepted planned obsolescence,The founder of the SOP movement  (Sin Obsolescencia Programada= Without Planned Obsolescence), has hit out against planned obsolescence by making an everlasting light bulb and establishing a movement with the aim of putting an end to the abusive practices of multinational companies.

read more about  “The Everlasting Light Bulb”  at – http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fight-against-consumerism-and-planned-obsolescence-the-everlasting-light-bulb/5336950

until we get some one inspired by the SOP movement and we start getting these bulbs in India too, here is quick DIY about what to do with old fused bulbs.

30 desi ways to go eco-friendly


Sustainability, eco friendly, go green may sound like new slogans of  India, but as far as an eco friendly lifestyle goes, most of the traditional Indian ways serve as a model example! Each region in India has its own set of eco-friendly habits. It is important to educate our younger generation about these habits.

Check out this wonderful article by RAMA COUSIK.

http://thealternative.in/environment/30-desi-ways-to-go-eco-friendly/

Paperjewelz – vrinda gokhale philip


Paperjewelz is costume jewelry that is truly unique. It is the culmination of influences from different cultures and of course the eras of ever changing fashion statements, especially the psychedelic sixties and seventies. The Hero of this brand is recycled paper, teamed with a wide range of embellishments – from glass beads, and melon seeds to silver and semi precious stones. The results are alluring and glamorous pieces that are simply unparalleled. Ranging from the delicate to the chunky, the wild to the elegant, there is something in it for everybody.

check out more at – http://www.paperjewelz.com/
buy  online at – http://www.itokri.com/collections/paperjewelz-by-vrinda-gokhale
facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paperjewelz/184590961593092

E.L.F Project – Nitin das


E.L.F.Project is an initiative of One Earth Environment Foundation – a non-profit created to raise awareness and action for the environment. We hope to highlight problems and spread solutions for environmental challenges facing our world in an engaging, entertaining way.

Our aim is to use these fables to reach out to at-least 10 million people around the world. To build a community of like minded people who wish to make our Earth a greener, more peaceful place.

To know more – http://enchantedlands.wordpress.com
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nd – http://www.elfproject.org/

facebook – https://www.facebook.com/elfproject


Awara art – pankhuri singh


Inspired by the diverse interconnections and the endless creativity in the web of life, here are her efforts to bunch up our collective dreams and harvest goodness with the work she have been doing with her hands.

know more at —
http://awaraaart.wordpress.com

facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/AWARAA-art-Heartfelt-handmade-gifts-to-the-world/121038431270641

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Jadav Payeng Of Assam – The Man Who Grew His Own Forest



A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly.

Read the full article here: Jadav Payeng Of Assam – The Man Who Grew His Own Forest | In search of Greener Pastures.

and here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=216605465149445&set=a.207233416086650.53652.206783812798277&type=1&ref=nf

Gunter Pauli: The Blue Economy


Inspiring person: a serial entrepreneur who’s making business models that are more in tune with ecology, from which everyone can benefit. He converted 20 million hectares of deforested Savannah in South America back into forest, and in the process multiplied the land’s value 3000 times over in 25 years : a better investment than, say, investing in microsoft.

“Gunter Pauli has a dream. The Belgian economist and entrepreneur has a plan to develop 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years. All with zero emissions and no waste.

He calls it “The Blue Economy” with innovations covering the full gamut of industrial activity, from energy to mining, from medicine to banking … all of it inspired by science and biometrics. And Pauli isn’t all talk … there’s plenty of action in the many startup-style projects around the globe funded by his organisation Zero Emissions Research and Initiative, which is now a global network.

Memorable achievements include recycling coffee waste for mushroom farming, making biodegradable detergent from discarded citrus peel, and the conversion of petrol stations into ‘charge stations’ for electric cars.”

via Gunter Pauli: The Blue Economy – Science and Technology – Browse – Big Ideas – ABC TV.

Check out a video/audio in the linked article, a 1 hr presentation where he shares most of his work.

Nitin Das – 7 year old superhero (short film)


The story of a 7 year old super-hero from the Himalayas and her quest to save the planet.

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