The dynamic crew of Lakshman Rekha is a diverse mix of student filmmakers from AISFM. Many of them have won awards and recognition in their fields for other projects.
Geetika Tondon (Writer, Director, Producer)
Geetika has been a media professional for the past 15 years and has worked in the capacity of a Writer, Production Manager, Director and Stylist for feature films, Ad films, television series, music videos and corporate films. Her film credits include: Dhoop, Siskiyaan, The Film & Good Boy, Bad Boy. She has directed promos for the Telugu version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu starring Nagarjuna) and has written a television series and 3 telefilms for Cartoon Network India. She has also been associated with leading film and media schools in India. She was the Head of Student Productions at Whistling Woods International (2007 – 2009) and the Head of Screenwriting for Balaji Telefilms’ academic venture ICE (2010 – 2011). In 2011 she joined Annapurna International School of Film + Media in Hyderabad as the Head of Academics and was instrumental in launching Bachelors and Masters degree programs in Filmmaking and a Media MBA for the school. She has a Masters in Film Directing from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University, Hyderabad.
Chris Higgins (Producer)
Chris Higgins is an experienced film educator and marketing professional, with 15 years of management experience across India, US, UK and Australia. In India, Chris has held senior roles at two of India’s top film schools. He was the first President of Annapurna International School of Film + Media in Hyderabad and the Head of Admissions and International Affiliations for Whistling Woods film school in Mumbai. He has been involved in the development of more than fifty short films, many of which have gone on to win festival awards. Chris worked at Mumbai Film Festival in 2014 and 2015, overseeing the social media, blog and video production teams. Currently, Chris is a Business Head with one of India’s leading digital and video marketing agencies.
Gauri Nori (Production Designer)
Gauri has a Masters in Film and Literature from The University of York, U.K. and a B.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses for 4 years as part of the Liberal Arts & Film Studies departments at the Annapurna International School of Film + Media. Her research interests include adaptation studies, popular culture, and aesthetics of film and media. She also enjoys working with a wide range of artistic mediums and dabbles in cartooning, wire sculpture, recycled art projects and street art.
Sukruth R (Director of Photography)
In a short span of 3 years, Sukruth has managed to work professionally on a multitude of industry projects. His most notable film credits include Prema Geema Jaane Doo (DOP) and 10PM (DOP). He has assisted established cinematographers like C Ram Prasad (Legend, Malini & Co) and Andrew Babu (Chinnadhana Neekosam). He has a Masters in Cinematography from Annapurna International School of Film + Media. His graduation film Ali’s Letter (as DOP) won the Golden Young Leaf Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival. The film was also screened at the Canadian International Film Festival and nominated in the competition section at National Students Film Awards.
Sudeep Patil (Editor)
Sudeep has been working as a Freelance editor for past 4 years and is a founder and managing director of Sanidhya Motion Films which was established in 2013. He has worked as an editor for a Telugu feature length film ‘Yathartham’. His other media experience includes working as a Director, Editor, Associate Director, Production Manager and an Actor in 4 corporate films, 28 short films, 8 music videos and an Ad film. Passionate about dance since childhood, he was a finalist in a couple of well-known Indian Reality – TV Shows. He went on to pursue his Bachelors Degree in Mass Media from Mumbai University after which he graduated with a Masters in Filmmaking specializing in Directing and Editing from Annapurna International School of Film + Media in May 2016.
Ashwin Bharde (Sound Designer & Recordist)
Ashwin’s stint with performing arts began with his childhood experiences in theater. Slowly he developed interest in the boundless scope of audio-visual exploration that films afford. He graduated from Annapurna International School of Film + Media in May 2016 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Editing & Sound Design. Parallel to his academic endeavors, he interned and assisted on features for theatrical release, like Katti Batti (UTV Motion Pictures, 2015), Brothers (Dharma Productions, 2015), Jagga Jasoos (Picture Shuru Productions, 2016) and Duronto (2016). His film credits include Video Editing, Location Sound Recording, Sound Design and Mixing including 5.1 mixing.
Mustafa Yusuf (Music Composer)
Mustafa Yusuf graduated with a Masters in Filmmaking specializing in Sound Design from Annapurna International School of Film + Media in May 2016. His professional work includes a slate of films in the capacity of a Music Composer, Sound Designer, Location Sound Recordist and Mixing Engineer. His short film credits include Colour Temperature Orange (Location Sound Recording, Music & Final Mixing), My Hero – A documentary on Kiran Dembla (Location Sound Recording, Sound Designing & Music Direction), Khwaish (Location Sound Recording, 5.1 Mixing), Navvu – A documentary short on Medical Clowning (Location Sound Recording, Background Score & 5.1 Mixing). He is currently Working in Beyond Studios Hyderabad as the Chief Sound Engineer.
Kushal Raj Patnaik (VFX Artist)
Kushal Raj Patnaik has studied graphic design and animation from Supinfocom, India. Being very fond of visual arts, his interests lie in Photography, Videography, Mix Media, Graphic design, Web Page Design and Animation. His works have been shortlisted for many competitions such as Adobe Design Achievement Awards for Photography & Animation and IFP Award for cinematography. He craves adventure and loves to travel. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Film and Media, specializing in Cinematography from Annapurna International School of Film + Media, Hyderabad.
Snoopy Films (Production Company)
Lakshman Rekha – The Unwritten Law is the first film produced under the banner Snoopy Films. The idea behind choosing scripts for the company is to try and dig a little deeper under the surface, to literally snoop around. To not take things at face value. To assess the merits of ideas and principles those are presented to us. To try and produce films that go beyond the obvious and attempt to make the viewer think, inquire and question.