Sunday, September 07, 2008

When stars fall asleep.

Ying & Yang

In the script, I had written, "Melur looks clean and showered, dressed in her usual boy-style pyjamas. She’s lying on the floor of the living room. Mahesh is also lying on the floor. They both have a pillow each and they’re facing each other, their legs stretched out in the opposite direction."

When it came to shooting the scene, I had an idea to make them do more than face each other. We made him teach her his language.

It was a quiet moment that turned out more sensuous than we thought. They were speaking, but you will hear nothing, except for the gentle, dreamy strains of Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune" ("Moonlight").

Then, tired out by the day's activities, they fell asleep. We framed it quite closely at first, but it looked too much like that table scene from Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights".

Then my cinematographer did something miraculous. He framed them loose and pushed to the corner of the frame, and then he rotated the camera clockwise, causing the bodies to float across the frame until they finally rested in the centre. I gasped. Suddenly, they were more than just Melur and Mahesh.

They looked like the constellation, orbiting against the sky. They were so close, but they did not touch. They were two sleeping stars that looked as if they had been together for millions of years. They looked destined to be together.

They became the Yin-Yang.

ying yang