Direction Dreams: 'I got detained by authorities for carrying knives'
This weekly column brings to you a promising assistant director, and their aspirations and this week it is the assistant director of Vijay Milton, Vignesh Ramanathan
Vignesh Ramanathan is an assistant director of Vijay Milton and has worked with him on 10 Endrathukulla, Kadugu, Goli Soda 2 and he takes care of various departments
Why filmmaking? How did your journey commence?
After graduating with a degree in Visual Communications, I pursued a course in Visual Effects at Maya Academy. I made a short film titled Idam Porul Eval and submitted that to Vijay Milton's office. I got a call from his office and thus began my journey.
What’s the oddest thing you have done as an assistant director?
There is one I will never forget. We had to travel to Rajasthan for a shoot and needed to carry some knives as props. Just before boarding, I got detained and grilled by the authorities. Thankfully, it all ended well.
What do you like the most about Vijay Milton's style of filmmaking?
Precise framing. I love how he frames his shots. I've also learnt from him how to innovate with limited resources.
What’s an area of filmmaking you are having a tough time with?
Dance sequences which involve a lot of junior artistes. It's a monumental task to get them all in sync.
Who’s a director you wish to work with?
Gautham Vasudev Menon. Also, Anurag Kashyap.
What are your future and upcoming projects?
I have finished scripting an action thriller.
Debut films are often the result of compromises. What’s one area you will never be willing to compromise on?
I guess I am ready to make compromises with regards to locations. I cannot compromise on any other aspects.
Who’s the dream cast of your debut film?
Dulquer Salmaan and Vikram
Have you ever been star-struck?
Yes, when I met Vikram. He never loses his cool and is really down to earth.