The Palmerston North filmmaker is gearing up for a new short

Palmerston North filmmaker Arka Gupta is preparing his next short film project Dirty Dishes.  From left to right, Taryn Field (production coordinator), Ben Pryor (actor) and Arka Gupta (writer, director).

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Palmerston North filmmaker Arka Gupta is preparing his next short film project Dirty Dishes. From left to right, Taryn Field (production coordinator), Ben Pryor (actor) and Arka Gupta (writer, director).

A filmmaker from Palmerston North, buoyed by the success of his latest films, is looking into a new project.

Arka Gupta, whose latest short film, Distancing, has been recognized at international film festivals, is in the process of directing his next short film, Dirty dishes.

Distancing, which Gupta showed at the Globe Theater last year, won Best Short Film at the 51st Calcutta International Cult Film Festival in India.

Actors Cameron Dickons and Taryn Field were also nominated for Best Acting Duo at the Indie Short Fest in Los Angeles for their roles in the film.

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Arka Gupta hopes to shoot his next film, Dirty Dishes, in April.

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Arka Gupta hopes to shoot his next film, Dirty Dishes, in April.

Gupta told the story of Dirty dishes was about a teenager meeting his estranged father for the first time and reassessing his relationship with his single mother.

Gupta, who works as a research scientist, said he always had a deep connection to character dramas that explored the character and his journey.

“Personally, I tend to like movies that have this realistic feel, like it’s real life.

“Shorts are about the vision of the filmmaker, it’s not commercial, it’s the whole vision.”

Ben Pryor, who recently received a special mention at the 2022 Regional Theater Awards for his performance in Chicagowill make his film debut in Dirty dishes.

Pryor said a strong feature of Gupta’s directing was his method and the way he broke down the story.

“[It’s] not just a superficial “this is the lines and this is where you’re going to walk” but it’s actually about digging into the very essence of why the characters interact the way they do and then building layers.

In his two previous shorts, Gupta had done it all – writing, directing, lighting, cinematography and editing.

This time around, he would take on some of those roles and focus on writing and directing.

“Because I was the guy who did 20 different things at once, I couldn’t direct my actors as much as I wanted.

“The director should be the collaborator, he or she should be open to collaboration.”

For Dirty dishesGupta had enlisted five actors and a crew of 17.

They had started rehearsals and hoped to shoot the film in April.

Gupta had applied for funding and was going to launch a Boosted campaign in order to compensate the artists involved and acquire the resources necessary for the filming.

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