Readers Write In #538: Dreams from the Cityscape

Posted on January 7, 2023


By Sudharsanan Sampath

This is a film. 

Not a narrative film. But maybe a documentary? 

I don’t think it can be called a documentary. It is something. 

I’ve been living a very nomadic life, moving from town to town, city to city and country to country. I’ve always liked visiting and living in a big city. Maybe not always. I didn’t know why I wanted to make this film. I think it was in Bangkok. I was in my high rise hotel room. I was in bed looking out the window. Looking at the rain drenched night city. That’s when I decided to make this film. 

The moment I decided to make a film about cities, I knew I wanted to somehow emulate the grainy and burnt look of 16mm or 35mm. Of course it helps that I am a big fan of Wong Kar Wai and Andrei Tarkovsky. So I wanted to replicate a certain look for this. Shot this in many different countries and spent a lot of time color grading to achieve the film emulation. At this point, I am not sure if it’s any good. But I think it’s alright. 

Hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it.