In conversation with YNK cinematographer Shammy
Cinematographer Shanmugasundaram, popularily known as Shammy is known for his incredible camera work for films such as Rowithram and Aarohanam. Currently Shammy is all excited about his upcoming release Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka starring Aadhi and Nikki Galrani, slated to release on June 26th. The suspense thriller which is based on a true story is directed by Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty. According to the cinematographer, working with the debutant director was very easy, as he was very clear about his script and what it required. This helped the cinematographer to understand and work according to the mood of the script. During a recent interaction with our correspondent, cinematographer Shammy expressed his gratitude to director Sathya Prabhas for giving him enough time to work on a detailed story board for the film which helped a lot at the time of execution. Shammy is also a brilliant story board artist, whose sketches are so realistic they look like photographs! Infact veteran actor Nasser stated at the film’s trailer launch that if Shammy’s story board is played at a stretch it would almost be like the animated version of YNK! It must be appreciated that the artist took pains to sketch each and every shot of the film. When asked about the need for a story board, he said that a story board is one of the most important elements that helps the cinematographer show the beauty of the shot to the director. This way the two of them can see if they are in sync. For YNK Shammy took actual photographs of the locations, converted them into sketches using an application called Bamboo, adjusted the lighting and placed the actors in it. Based on discussions with Sathya he could alter the look and feel of each shot to suit the director's ideas. On the interaction with our correspondent Shammy, expressed his disappointment in the declining trend of using story board as a cost-cutting measure. And so he encourages every budding cinematographer to use a story board to strengthen the script of the film. Shanmugasundaram who does not follow a conventional style of cinematography also suggests that budding cinematographers avoid following a particular style of making and travel according to the mood of the script. Shammy's cinematography and dedication to the work has grabbed the attraction of many in the field, which led to him signing up for the Kannada remake of Ivan Vera Madhiri. He has also finished one Tamil film titled Pa Para Pam which is on the verge of completion.