Back in September I got involved in a Nepali Feature Film “Sunkesari“. It has been a privilege working along side Arpan Thapa, a very well known Nepali Director, Actor, Writer who is not only passionate about film making but very talented in telling stories in a unique way.
Interesting fact: We had three options for locations, Melbourne, Sydney or Nepal itself with its famous historic castles. It’s very difficult to find a castle in Australia for filming.
Having long nights of pre production with Arpan (Director), Manoj Adhikari (Producer) and Sharleen Cornish (1st AD), we finally had luck. The first day we went to Camelot Castle was astonishing, I did not expect a castle to be present in the hut of Western Sydney. Being a Western Sydney film maker I always try to put film making a priority in Western Sydney to allow upcoming creatives to emerge into film production.
Pre Production team assembled a core team of 10 people calling “Sunkesari” home for most of September.
Screen Grab – Sunkesari
Sunkesari is the latest film by Nepali Actor/ Director, Arpan Thapa. It is a collaboration between the Australian and Nepali film Industries. With a stellar cast and and handpicked crew of local industry professionals, this ambitious project seek to make waves internationally as the first Australian/Nepali Horror.
LEAD Cast of Sunkesari
Reecha Sharma – Sunkesari
Manoj, an Australian Director / Producer who got me involved in the project did mention a well known actress being lead of this feature – Reecha Sharma, I mean yes, we both have same surnames, are all Sharma’s super talented? 😀 It was an absolute pleasure working with Reecha as “Sunkesari” the lead actress of the film. I still live have flashbacks to the moments we all had in the castle and yes, spooky conversation between Reecha and I.
Lauren Lofber – Emma
This year I have been involved in a few different productions, I was extremely excited to find Lauren Lofberg playing “Emma” in Sunkesari. Lauren is a talented actor and I have worked with her in other productions such as Back in the Game – Web Series. I seriously do not believe anyone else could have done a better job as “Emma”.
Sunny Dhakal – Rupen
Rabindra Jha – Yadav
Bhim Neupane – Ram
Prerana Thapa – Prerana
Tamanna Sharma – Srijana
I really don’t think I can say enough about about the crew that I was surrounded with.
Arpan is a very talented director, I have enjoyed working by his side on the set of “Sunkesari”. His vision and his way of story telling is out of this world. I love the fact that most of the time we were thinking about the same shot and style. This allowed me to easily understand the director’s vision. On the last day of set, we wanted to continue filming yet it was over. I look forward working with Arpan again in the future.
Adam Reaver – First AC
Let’s start with our First AC, Adam Reaver for 3 weeks handed my bullshit, his a great First AC and the ability to also Focus Full and understand the basic of lighting just gave me a little bit flexibility to spend more time with the director.
Shav Kumar – Electrical / Second AC
This guy is super talented, his a Lighting Engineer, DJ and a Second AC. What else could I ask for?
Akash Tanna – BTS Video & Data Wrangler
The guy with the touch (on the shoulder) – That’s what I would like to call him. It’s okay A-Kash-You-Later, it can be “Sunkesari” secret. An amazing person who was prepared to jump on board and help not only with BTS but becoming our Data Wrangler.
Ben Mezups – BTS Photographer
Below you will be a Gallery full of Behind the Scene photos from “Sunkesari”. It from no other but our talanted photographer – Ben. Be not only captured the moments necessary but also stood up into capturing my beer belly which I need to loose very soon. Be sure to check our his website: Ben Mezups Photography
Kathy Le – Second AD & Continuity
If you want your film to be successful, you surely need a structured person for continuity. I have worked with Kathy Le on other products such as the shepherd and the orb and it was absolutely amazing to see Miss Le put on the Continuity Cap on for Sunkesari. She also takes cares of her crew with head massages.
Sharleen Cornish – First AD
Yes, the one who keep’s you in loop on what’s happening on set. An actor, script supervisor, First AD, SFX artist, the list just goes on. There is nothing that this girl cannot do. First AD is your primary contact of schedules and management on set. I am glad to see Sharleen not only stepping up her game with this international feature but being a great friend always ensuring the crew and cast are met with their needs. The job she does really get’s your head. 😀
Wez Debono – Production Assistant
Look, let’s be honest. Your mind does not work after hrs of production at 2 am in the morning thinking about getting lighting right for your next shot. Sharleen and Wez always ensured what ever the crew and cast needed are delivered. There has not been a single day without great food, drinks and lots of chocolates. Thank you lover boy (Wez) for all your input towards this feature film.
Kaniz – SFX / MUA
I am pretty sure we can call her a, hidden secret in this film, she has worked her magic getting normal people looking paranormal.
Kent Fry – Sound
Sometimes I keep on forgetting Kent is out sound guy as he is always there to help carry lighting stands. His a character I tell you, waking around at night alone in haunted castle with a head light on. I have worked with Kent in the past and it’s always a pleasure having a mature and experieced sound engineer on board.
George Saliba – Stunt
It was an honor to work with the famous stunt coordinator – George. Saliba and his team has been fun to work with. No matter how stressful the set might become, they were very relaxed and ensured the stunts are up to the director’s expectation.
Special thanks to Emily Williams and Vikram Vetrival for joining set for the main days. It was great working with you both.
Dharma Raj Adhikari … associate producer
Manoj Adhikari … executive producer
Bhim Neupane … producer
Sharmila Sapkota … producer
Reecha Sharma … producer
Arpan Thapa … executive producer
I own a URSA Mini Pro and with the look I was after, we decided to attach Red Pro Prime Lens on the Blackmagic URSA Mini. I would like to thank our one stop shop, Digital Logic for having availability on a truck full of gear. Marcel from Digital Logic has been a big help throughout the Pre Production process. Be sure to check Digital Logic website.
The film is currently in Post Production and it’s planned to be released internationally next year. I am now onto the next project starting New Year.