Here’s How This Guy Made This Sci-Fi Short Film In Just ₹5500

 

Contributed by Krishna Prasad

₹5,500. Ee money tho oka short film tiyyagalara..?

Haa..! Endhuku tiyyalem anthakanna thakkuvalone tisestham.

Okay! okay! mari meeku 5,500 kadhu gani.., oka 10,000 istha.. oka manchi visuals and Vfx vunna Sci -Fi short film teesthara…?

Silent aipoyaru.. kashtam kadhandi… !

But oka athanu tisadu only 5,500 budget lone. Athani peru M.S.N. Karthik. Athanu teesina aa short film “THE COUNTDOWN” oka Sci -Fi thriller. Yedho tisesam ani kakunda… Oka global message tho teesi andhari appreciations pondhuthunnaru Karthik.



Evaru Ithanu?

“Karthik majeti” dhi mana Hyderabad ae… Austria lo IIT internship chesthunnapati nunche manodiki film making ante istam perigindhi. Appatinunchi Ika thana margam Film making ae ani fix ayyaru. Alagey thana ki entho istamaina Travelling chesthu, enno documentary lanu, travelling videos ni rupondhinchi thana YouTube channel aina “adwhyta” tho panchukuntunnaru.



“The Countdown” ela start ayyindhi…?

“Oka 15 years tharuvatha mana andharam oxygen kosam mask lu pettukovalasindhe…” ane news tho vunna, thana friend pamipna oka Article chusi mana karthik ki ee short film thought vachindhi. Idea aithey vachindhi kani dhinini andhariki reach ayyela ela cheppali ani anukunnaru. And budget kuda ekkuva aipothundhi em cheddham ani anukuntundaga… Appude ee sci – fi idea vachindhi. Ventane thana cousins aina Chanakya and Chaitanya la support tho start chesaru. Chankya astronaut ga act chesthey, Chaitanya assistant director ga chesaru.


Story Boarding

Ee idea taruvatha ventane screen play modalu petii one day lo complete chesesaru. And all story shots ni detail ga draw chesi shoot ki vellataniki ready ayyaru.


Sets and Costumes

Shoot chese palce antha dry ga vundali. So, Andhra Pradesh loni Gandikota ni first finalise chesaru. But konni problems valla aa location kudaraledhu. Aa taruvatha chala companies ni approach ayyaru industrial and mining areas kosam. Kani evaru reply ivvaledhu. Finally after 40 days, oka company manollaki open – cast coal mine, Telangana lo shoot chesukovataniki permission ichindhi.

Oka scene mana Karthik thana room lo tisaru. Mottam room loni walls ki kanipinche 2025 to 2032 news articles ni Photoshop lo create chesaru.


Costume Designing:

First vallaki kavalasina space suit ni rent ki tisukundhamani chusaru but yekkada kuda rental basis meedha dorakaledhu. But konni chotla dorikinappatiki 10,000 varaku vundatam tho own ga design cheddham ani fix ayyaru.

60’s nundi current India, Russia, China astronauts space suit lani chusi oka rough design rupondhincharu. And space suit ki kavalasina vatini Hyderabad loni konni Industrial stores lo konnaru. Ika aa taruvatha, one week lo space suit ni kutti ready chesesaru Karthik.

Ika aa next, costume mottaniki entho important aina Helmet kindha mana karthik thana intlo dorikina old bike helmet ki white colour spray chesi and Inka enno add chesi finally oka manchi Helmet ni thayyaru chesaru.


Properties

Oxygen tanks and test tube containers ni Karthik thana intlo vunna waste materials and cardboard boxes tho chesaru. Alagey vatiki rusted metallic look ravatam kosam acrylic colors ni paint chesaru.


Acting

Ika acting vishayaniki vasthe Chanakya, movies lo astronauts characters ni chusi valla body language etla vuntundhi anedhi telusukuni, mana Karthik valla terrace meedha practice chesevaru.


Post Production

“Davinci resolve 15”, “Blender”, “Adobe after effects and Premier Pro” application softwares tho Editing, color grading, music editing, sound effects, animation an VFX Ila mottam anni karthike onti chettho chesaru. Adhikuda less than 2 weeks lo.


Budget:

Space Suit costume + Helmet : INR 2,400

Travel + Lodging at the location : INR 2,500

Set design + Type writer rental : INR 600

All the cast and crew worked for free & VFX completely done in house

Total cost : INR 5,500

Yedho tisesam ante tisesam ani kakunda entho dedication tho manchi messege tho, teesina ee short film ni tiyyataniki MSN Karthik entho research chesaru. Movie or short – film ante vipareethamaina karchu ane bhavan nunchi manalni bayata padesi.. Low budget lo tiyyataniki vision vunte chalu ani entho mandhi kotthaga vasthunnaa,ippudunna short film makers ki inspiration ga nilicharu Karthik.


 

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