Hindi Feature film “Newton”, directed by Amit Masurkar, is India’s official entry to the Oscars this year and the Director of Photography for this movie is Swapnil Sonawane our 6th Batch Cinematography Alumni.
ABOUT Swapnil Sonawane’s
Swapnil Sonawane’s journey with photography and cinematography started at his father’s manual colour lab where he grew up seeing pictures of all kinds. After graduating in arts, he enrolled himself to study cinematography at Mindscreen Film Institute, run by ace cinematographer and director Rajiv Menon.
After wielding the camera for movies like Angry Indian Goddesses, Zubaan and Taandav, television ventures like Dewarists and MTV Sound Trippin and television commercials for Flipkart and Vodafone, his latest venture Newton has been selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars.
Newton, a political black comedy, features the election process in a remote village in Chhattisgarh. Shot mostly with natural light, the film doesn’t fall short in featuring the conflict-ridden jungles of Central India at its best.
He believes the most challenging part of being a cinematographer is to match his sense of aesthetics with the director’s vision with existing technology.
Swapnil Stoneware’s cinematography emphasizes the jungle’s dusty tones and finds interesting vantage points to capture the action from, using some visually appealing wide-angle shots.
Swapnil Sonawane, the cinematographer, chose to shoot the film in natural light so as to make it look real. Great care had to be taken to shoot scenes at the right time. A fair amount of research went there as well – in choosing the right camera and lenses.
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