Duped

  • Sai Kesavamatham
    Director
  • Edward Ruben
    Writer
  • Edward Li
    Writer
  • Sai Kesavamatham
    Producer
  • Waves and PiXels Films
    Banner
  • Edward Ruben
    Key Cast
    "PHILLIP POWANDA"
  • Maya Palem
    Key Cast
    "JANET"
  • Ana Rodriguez
    Key Cast
    "DAISY MAHONEY"
  • Edward Li
    Key Cast
    "JACK"
  • Sai Kesavamatham
    Camera
  • Vincent Bumgarner
    Music
  • Sigurdur Petursson
    Music
  • Sai Kesavamatham
    Editor
  • Naveen
    Assistant Director
  • Yathi Sreebhashyam
    Production Assistance
  • Ana Rodriguez
    Production Assistance
  • Maya Palem
    Production Assistance
  • Edward Ruben
    Screenplay
  • Edward Li
    Screenplay
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 12, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Sai Kesavamatham

I have always been drawn to the art of story telling. I believe story telling is part of the human genetic code. My first memories are of me narrating stories to friends and family as a five year old kid, growing up in the by-lanes of a small town in rural India. I grew up watching neighborhood theater artists perform live and remember being in awe of the playwrights and with the whole craft of theater production. This gradually turned into a passion of film making, with me devouring tons of books on the craft and watching gazillion movies from all corners of the world. While I could not make it my profession, due to missed opportunities, I have never lost love for films and film making.

Finally, in 2018, I decided to take a plunge and turn my dormant knowledge into a tangible product. I gathered a group of friends and family and shot my first short film in 3 days with a crew of 3. Since then, I created multiple short films of various lengths with various friends and colleagues who were kind enough to indulge me in my efforts.

I revel in all aspects of film making and most of my films have me donning multiple hats - writing, editing, VFX, camera and of course my favorite part - the direction. More recently, I have been dabbling in music as well and thoroughly enjoying it.

You can check my work by following the youtube link under my profile. More films in the pipeline.

Enjoy the world of cinema.

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Director Statement

Duped is made for a 48 hour film project. The contest is to create a film under 7 minutes length within 48 hours, from start to end, including developing the story.

The following three elements were given at the beginning of the 48 hour dead line.
Genre: Mistaken Identity
Character Name: PHILLIP POWANDA
Profession: Hypnotist
Prop: Food Container

The creative process of writing a story line, developing a screenplay to filming, editing and then for the music directors to work on the music - everything happening in 48 hours. It is a real challenge and tests the film crafting process from end to end. It can be chaotic at times but tests the passion of the team.

The entire team had lot of fun working on this project.

Hope you enjoy the film.