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Kishor extracts meaning in moving images of Tamil cinema

With more than 14000 subscribers and rich content in form of video essays, the YouTube channel Moving Images offers a lot of film lovers. The channel analyses and present video essays on various aspects of film. The YouTube channel is owned and operated by Chennai based bio-engineer Dr Kishor Lakshminarayanan who currently researching on human brains at Cleveland Clinic, US.

Cinema Peedika had an opportunity to get connect with Kishor who was kind enough to share few words on his passion of understanding Indian cinema “while he was not researching on human brains”.

Who is Kishor?

Kishor was born and raised in Chennai till high school and then  moved to Cuddalore. He later moved to USA in 2010 for his Masters, and later, PhD in Bioengineering. Kishor is now working as a Research Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic.

Kishor Lakshminarayanan
Kishor Lakshminarayanan

Inspiration behind Moving Image?

In internet era, social media helps people to participate in social and political discussion. But only very few find a success in producing quality sustainable media contents. Talking about his inspiration to start Moving Images, Kishor states that “India has been a pioneer in many art-forms and were very early to adapt the celluloid art-form. We began the parallel cinema movement even before the French new wave, and Chennai, in many ways, was the capital for Indian cinema. This pride over Tamil films and the exceptional directors and inspiring films I grew up with prompted me to start a YouTube channel to appreciate Tamil films and later Malayalam films.”

Kishor is now introduced to South Indian film industry – mainly through filmmakers who watched and appreciated his videos. “I didn’t know anyone in the industry when I started this, but I am happy to say I have made some good friends through this channel who are directors and assistant directors”, he adds.

Feedback from Industry

Moving Images are getting positive note from both audience and professionals

I’ve been lucky so far to have all my videos so far watched by either the respective director or the cast of the film and the responses so far have been good and encouraging. Director Parthiban was gracious enough to give me a phone call and appreciate my work and so did Director Mohan Raja over Twitter. Director Sri Ganesh has become a good friend and finally Director Dileesh Pothen sent me a fb message appreciating my video on Maheshinte Prathikaaram“.

Screen shot of Aruvi The Decay of Lying/ Moving Images

On Film Studies?

“I started with “Conversation with Mani Ratnam” by Bharadwaj Rangan and that helped me a lot in restraining myself. When you start theorizing about hidden meaning, you tend to go overboard and start fitting scenarios to your theories, which is always a bad sign. The conversations and the matter-of-fact replies from Mani Ratnam helped me get into his mindset and truly see scenes as part of a narrative structure and not just singular moments. This helped the theories to form organically. Recently, I’ve been reading “The anatomy of story” by John Truby. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to learn the rules of writing a captivating story.I’d recommend certain YouTube channels similar to mine. Nerdwriter, Wisecrack, Channel Criswell, Lessons from the Screenplay, Patrick H Willems, Every Frame a Painting, and Screen Prism”.

Kishor uses software like Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Audacity for recording and editing. He thanks all the wonderful people who appreciated my work and did the promotions for me through their channels and pages on social media.

Here is an interesting episode uploaded on Moving Images


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4 thoughts on “Kishor extracts meaning in moving images of Tamil cinema

  1. This is a great inspiration for film lovers. I wish to do learn more about the technique and creative skill needed in this.

  2. As a lover of Tamil cinema, I really liked the videos from Moving Images. The Thalapathy was the best. Looking forward more articles.

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