Part 1: New Documentary Project
Over the past several months, I’ve been trying to brainstorm some ideas for a new film project to work on. After officially completing and screening They Called Me Osama last year, I wanted to take what I learned and start a new endeavor.
For those of you who know me, you know that filmmaking is a passion of mine. Not a profession. So it is important to me that the topic that I choose is something I will actually enjoy working on. Naturally, I think I’m going to stick with the Sikh theme, and keep the film focused on a topic within that spectrum. With this in mind, I also made the decision that I wanted to keep this film targeted towards a more specific audience. With TCMO, it was difficult to get into deeper topics since it was meant to be watched by people who never heard of Sikhi before. I want this next film to be a little more in-depth, and on a more specific subject.
SO. After a lot of thought I landed on the idea of making a film on Guru Granth Sahib. For those who are unfamiliar with this, the Guru Granth Sahib in its physical form, is simply the scripture Sikhs around the world follow. It contains all of our teachings and writings. However, on a deeper level, Sikhs treat this scripture as our living Guru. If you ever enter a Sikh temple, one of the first things you will do is is walk into the main hall and bow down to the Guru. Without getting into all the details here, it is safe to say that the Guru Granth Sahib is more than just a scripture, but rather a living being that Sikhs communicate with on a daily basis.
I hope to use this blog as a way to document my journey in creating this film. I am by no means an expert filmmaker (or blogger). But this will be a cool way to show some behind the scenes, and breakdown some filmmaking concepts for anyone who might be interested!