How Air pollution is Altering the Manner Movie Trade in India


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By Meg Shields Published on July 26, 2021

Welcome to The Queue – your daily distraction with curated video content from across the web. Today we are watching a video essay on how pollution is changing the film industry in India.

Supposedly, movies are an escape. This is, and always has been, one of cinema’s greatest promises.

Only in one of the many lessons Ms. COVID-19 taught is this not really true. Movies have a creepy way of reflecting real life, on purpose or otherwise. As Latham Hunter states in her dissertation The Celluloid Cubicle: “We allow, even long for film to speak to us and for us.”

Like dreams, films always contain a core of truth, no matter how strange, crazy, or surreal they may be.

The climate crisis is very real. Disasters such as rain floods increase in magnitude and scale, and unequivocally underscore the devastating reality of life on an increasingly polluted planet. But some of the more damaging environmental impacts of climate change are decidedly less bombastic. As such, they have had a far more devious impact on daily life and, in turn, on movies.

If you’ve had the pleasure of living near wildfire, you’ll know heaven gets really strange. The same goes for smog and pollution. The resulting visibility-reducing particles have a major impact on the ability of cameras to capture things like true blue values ​​and highlights.

The video essay below provides a fascinating and tech-led breakdown of how air pollution is affecting cinematography in India. The essay does an excellent job of breaking down the technical realities of taking outdoor shots in heavily polluted environments. Which, unfortunately, can become more and more a reality.

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Who did that?

This video essay on how pollution is changing the film industry in India is from Jyotishwar Singh. You are an India based video producer whose work is primarily focused on Bollywood content. If you’d like to learn more about Singh’s work, you can subscribe to her on YouTube here.

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior executive at Film School Rejects. She currently heads three columns at FSR: The Queue, How’d They Do That? and horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer. Meg can yell about John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’ here on Twitter: @TheWorstNun. (You / you).

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