My grandfather was born on the 25th March 1948 in the city Nadiad which is located in Kheda District, Gujarat, India. He began school up until the 8th Standard at Sonarola High School. However, due to his parents’ small, tailoring business they had to shift to another village. He passed his matriculation exam in 1964 and then joined Nadiad’s College for further study. Unfortunately, after a few months he had to leave college, as his family’s condition became extremely poor. Even though he wanted to study further, financial struggle erupted. His dreams were to become a Chartered Accountant.
He became a typist.
“When a human is born on Earth, God always sends them with a purpose…”
The documentary will heavily be about how a simple person’s life began through such struggle and crisis. He had an ambition, but couldn’t study further. Therefore, he had to get a part time job, which included being a Junior Clerk (far from his dream) whilst taking care of his siblings. Yet at one point he managed to turn his life around in a difficult era.
I also want to integrate that personal, family side. Of how he is happy, settled down with his family and has achieved the position of being a Bank manager. The documentary will show this person with a real story of having an ascribed status. Also referencing back to Britain, and how he has a family abroad whom look up to him.
Towards the end, he will recite his quote. As during the point of struggle in his life, he always questioned; “What is my purpose?”
Now his purpose is what defines him.
His journey began with struggle. But ended with happiness. This is the story of a helpless, brave typist who became a hard working bank manager.
To begin the documentary, I want to use the airport as an establishing shot. As my granddad comes out of the terminal doors, I want to shoot his and the family’s initial reaction, emphasizing the relationship but also immediately creating that emotional impact. The first shot would be a plane landing, which will gradually fade into his welcoming.
The establishing shot located at the airport will fade into the interview, where my granddad will begin to talk about his story.
In terms of visuals, I have a few ideas of the types of shots I could use to match his dialogue. I would definitely integrate old and new photographs of himself younger, with his family, his wedding. Moreover, I could use a slow panning shot on a sentence or two of the letter he sent me. This would heavily make those words stronger and create a memorable visual.
With reference on the personal family aspect, I may use Skype to show the distant family relationship. As well as this I will play around with some family panning shots, showing us gathererd around the living room looking at his photographs. Also, I could use shots of me and my sister with my Grandfather, simply spending time with him. These shots may be of him telling us his past stories or simply us sitting beside him looking at photographs.
Since, my Grandfather’s story is mainly based around India and the locations based there, it would be quite difficult to capture those aspects. Having said that, I have decided to use shot of him at the park, sitting on the bench, walking, panning shots of him thinking and several close ups. This would portray him emotion, thoughtfully capturing his persona but also give an interesting visual to the film.
Visually I want the documentary to be quite calm, slow paced with several close ups, medium long shots and pans. Therefore the film will mainly be focused on the interview with fading in transitions of these visuals mentioned above, where appropriate.
In terms of setting the soft mood and pace, I will use orange/warm lighting to lit the subject and the room. I am planning to shoot the interview in the living room, as this conveys a family ambience but also seems relaxing. In the frame I may include some objects which are out of focus, for example a family photo frame or a clock to represent time, hence complimenting the title.
Below is a short 30 second clip filled with various photographs of my Grandfather.