Saturday, April 23, 2011

Apple Motion Pictures – The Story of Robot Boy

It was just another night in Palghar. Only this time around we were completely bored and had nothing to talk about. Just then Amal broke the silence, " Why don’t we make another AMP video?”. We all looked at him with surprise. It had been a year since the last one had been made. And the prospect of being in another gasped us all. The discussions for the back ground song had began , with all pouring our inputs. At the end we all settled for Green Days – 21 Guns. And when were we supposed to begin? That night itself.
All we had that night was a 5MP mobile camera, 7 friends and  few spare candles. The shoots were completed that night and we all thought its over, little did we know that it was just a start of a very long journey. Something that would impact and change our lives in the long run.
Three days later Amal breaks out the news that the videos shot that night were not matching the format used in the movie maker software. So that meant that the scenes had to be shot all over again, only this time around, it was a whole new project with a completely different theme. Also, there would be a change in the song used. It would no longer be 21 Guns, but Linkin Park‘s – Robot Boy.
If you have ever seen any AMP videos in the past, such as Pallaavatam, Home Sweet Home , My Generation etc. You would notice that the name given to the video is that of the background song used. And in this case , it was no different. However, unlike the usual AMP videos which completely emphasized on lip sync and acting according to the background music, Robot Boy was planned to be all different. It would be made in a documentary format and it would be AMP’s biggest venture up to now. Two parts were planned. The first part would be a documentary (volume 1 ) and the second part would be typical AMP video format, (Volume 2).  And that’s the beginning of the Robot Boy series.
The shootings commenced a few days later, hoardings were made, the first part was done in our very own flat in Palghar. Each one was individually asked a set of questions about ones true career  dream. The second part of the video was shot in college, with the help of hoardings. Each displaying a meaning and its opposite. The entire shooting finished in two days.

→ Part 1 : We are back

Since it had been over a year for the last AMP video, Amal decided to make this comeback on a large scale. A separate video marking our return as well as a trailor video to the main volume 1 video was made. What better way to mark a comeback? ;)

  • Apple Motion Pictures – The Return

Name        : Apple Motion Pictures – The Return
Cast           : SJCET friends
Location   : Palghar (main)
Theme      : The video was made from parts of the footage from the supposed 21 guns video, shots from the previous AMP videos and the up coming   Robot  Boy Series
Feedback : The video generated 174 plus views on AMP’s youtube channel within a week.

  • Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 1 (Trailer)

Name        : Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 1 (Trailer)
Cast           : SJCET friends
Location   : Palghar (main)
Theme      : The video was made as a base to the actual release of the Main Robot Boy Volume1 to provide viewers a glimpse to the main release
Feedback : The video generated 155 plus views on AMP’s youtube channel within a week.

→ Part 2 : A day long awaited

Finally the day had come for the long awaited release of the main AMP video. A lot of publicity had been done prior to its release. It also paved way to take AMP productions to new heights with the creation of a separate Facebook Page and a separate article written on the day of Volume 1′s release. The video was finally released on 25th September 2010, and as expected turned out to be AMP’s biggest release till date

  • Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 1

Name        : Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 1
Cast          : Rishabh Singh , Melwyn Viegas, Nehal Gaokar , Lester Pereira, Marvin Cordoza, Darren Sequera, Amal Baiju, Wensley Saldanha, Abhilash Yadav, Irfan Shiakh etc
Location     : Palghar (main)
Theme        :  Hardships, obstacles and barriers are all a part of one’s life, but dealing with all these and yet following your dream is a whole different story.  That’s what AMP’s latest video is all about. The topic of “Hope”. Based on the music of Linkin Parks-Robot boy, the video is a small story which portrays the true dreams of 10 students and the reality we all face.
Feedback    : The video generated 513 plus views on AMP’s YouTube channel within a week, more than any of the previous AMP videos ever made

→ Part 3 : Intermission

During the shooting of Robot Boy, the Common Wealth Games were commencing in Delhi. India’s biggest individually held sporting even in history. Amidst the scandals many people showed their support to the event and AMP was not behind.

Name : Apple Motion Pictures – CWG support
Cast   : SJCET Friends etc
Location : SJCET
Theme : Our way of showing support for India’s biggest sporting event
Feedback : The video generated 80 plus views on AMP’s youtube channel

→ Part 4: Preparations for Volume 2

Followed by the successful launch of Robot Boy Volume 1 , as pre planned the shootings for Volume 2 had begun. This time however we got in more of our friends increasing the count of the crew cast to 20. Volume 2 was supposed to be based on the topic of being accepted in society, eve teasing and other related problems faced by today’s youth. It laid emphasis on the hoardings displayed in the first part. The video was made 50% lip sync to background song  and 50% acting to the scenes on topics displayed on the hoardings, such as acceptance, strength etc. A separate scene was based on each such topic. The shootings were completed in 3 days time and all that was left was for the video to be processed and released. Everything seemed to go on the right path until something happened that we never expected…………….

→ Part 5: The sudden tragedy and the change in plans

On 5th October , one of the character for AMP’s robot boy Volume 2 , Meldon Sampey met with a horrific train accident at Virar station. Emotions were high and we were all taken aback by the unexpected loss of our friend. Being a close friend to our group, we decided that the second volume of Robot Boy be entirely dedicated to Meldon. So the original Robot Boy Volume 2 video plan was scrapped and plans for the release of a completely new Robot boy was paved. We started of by collecting all old videos of Meldon we could find. The new Robot boy  vol2, was planned to be released in two parts. The first part , depicting his final journey prior to the accident and the second part a tribute video from all his friends.  Our main motto was to complete the video before his months mind mass on 5th November. By the time the start of the whole new video had begun, we had already lost around 15 days in the process. A venture(Robot Boy series) set out to be completed in a months time  had already been dragged to 2. It was now a race against time.However two trailer videos were
  • Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 2 (Trailer videos)
Name : Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 2 Trailers  
Cast : SJCET Friends etc
Location : SJCET
Theme : Made from parts of the original shoots for volume 2, parts from volume 1 and videos of Meldon gathered. The video was the base for the two parts of volume 2 yet to be released
Feedback : The first video generated 121 plus views and the second video generated a record 702 plus views in a weeks time

  • Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 2 ( Part1 – His last journey)
Name : Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 2 (Part1 )
Cast : Meldon (as camera view ) Nikhil Malankar, Genesia Rodrigues , Vismay Kawli , Raunak Miranda. Etc
Location : SJCET college , Palghar station , Virar station
Theme : The video was shot from a first person view , it enacted Meldon’s last few hours of his journey prior to his accedental death
Feedback : The first video generated 465 plus views  on AMP’s youtube channel

→ Part 6: The final tribute

A major hurdle in making part 2 was that we wanted to expand the tribute video on a larger extent by not only getting in our college friends, but also including Meldon’s area friends in it. Finally on 2nd November two members from the AMP crew set out for the last shoot at Vasai fort where the shooting with Meldon's area friends were finally completed. With just 2 days left for the video to be processed.

  • Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 2 ( Part 2 – The Final Tribute)
Name : Apple Motion Pictures – Robot Boy Volume 2 (Part2 )
Cast : Meldon  Sampey’s college and Area friends.
Location : SJCET college , Vasai fort
Theme : Paying our last respect to our dear friend.
Feedback : The first video generated 425 plus views in weeks time

So with the release of the final tribute, the Robot Boy series had finally come to an end dragging for 3 long months. A venture which started as an idea , one gloomy night in Palghar, and ending with Amal handing over the Robot boy series CD to Meldon’s  family, The Robot Boy series will always remain an unwashed memories throughout our lives…

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