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Storytelling Doesn’t Depend Mostly On Tech: Shyamalan

Shyamalan believes that storytelling doesn't need much support of tech tools

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Shyamalan talks about his journey as a filmmaker. Wikimedia Commons

BY NISHANT ARORA

M. Night Shyamalan who is “an Indian dude” living 3,000 miles away in Pennsylvania from here and did not go to school with “their kids” in Hollywood, is thrilled to be back with the psychological thriller titled ‘Servant’ on Apple TV Plus — a genre he mastered long, long back.

The energetic 49-year-old filmmaker came to limelight with Bruce Willis-starrer “The Sixth Sense” (1999) after his first two ventures flopped miserably.

Today, as modern technology takes over the art of making films, Shyamalan still aspires to make movies the old-fashioned way because for him, storytelling still doesn’t need the support of too many tech tools.

“I have been an opposite of technology and still aim to direct my work in the same old way. However, technology today is helping more and more people tell their stories. A little kid from Minneapolis can tell her story. For me, limitations are still the things that make you hear yourself,” Shyamalan told a packed house during software major Adobe’s flagship creativity conference called “Adobe Max” here on Wednesday.

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He made his directorial debut in 1992 with “Praying with Anger”. Pixabay

On November 28, people will begin watching the first season of “Servant” on Apple TV Plus which follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage, and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

“The half-hour TV show is super minimum, one-location shoot. It’s like a play. We shot it at a house in Philadelphia and that’s it. We have concentrated on the basic ingredients, just the ingredients, to tell a super story,” he said.

‘Servant’ could bring him back into the limelight again, the way “The Sixth Sense” did.

According to reports, Shyamalan envisions the show to have at least 60 episodes — six seasons of 10 episodes each.

Born in Puducherry on August 6, 1970, Shyamalan came to the US with his parents e both doctors then e when he was just six weeks old.

No wonder that his parents wanted him to be a doctor too but destiny had other plans.

“Yes, seeing me as a doctor was the plan. In India, everyone wanted to become a doctor then. I was fairly accomplished academically too. When I told my dad that I applied for New York University’s film school, he didn’t even look at me. He just didn’t react. Fast forward, everything has fallen in place for us,” Shyamalan told the audience.

He made his directorial debut in 1992 with “Praying with Anger” and his second movie was the comedy-drama “Wide Awake” (1998) — and both tanked.

The supernatural thriller “The Sixth Sense” changed his destiny and he went on to produce some great films, like “Unbreakable” (2000), “Signs” (2002) and “The Village” (2004).

“When my first two movies failed, I realized it was not working for me in Hollywood. I realized there was no way for me to recover. Then the magic happened. In such situations, you can hear yourself clearly and that’s a beautiful moment. All you have is yourself at that moment so whatever you do resonates with you.

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Shyamalan is thrilled to be back with the psychological thriller titled ‘Servant’ on Apple TV Plus, a genre he mastered long, long back. Pixabay

“I got to minimalistic style of filmmaking which started to resonate with me then,” he noted.

And right people soon started knocking at his door.

“We need to realize that there are certain things we can control and certain we can’t. We need to stay in the column where we can control things. And work towards building things with all sincerity, within that column of life. Success will follow seamlessly,” the filmmaker elaborated.

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In 2019, he released “Glass” as a sequel to his previous films “Unbreakable” and “Split”. The movie grossed over $240 million worldwide.

Despite not being grown up with “their kids” in the LA community of celebrities, Shyamalan has found his way and believes you can find yours too, if you remain in the right column of life that you have control on. (IANS)

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Upcoming Smart TV of Nokia gets Certification from BIS

Last week, Flipkart entered into a strategic partnership with Nokia to launch Nokia smart TVs in India

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Nokia is a globally popular technology brand and enjoys immense brand recall, Thus its Smart TV is Much Awaited in the Market. Pixabay

Nokia upcoming smart TV has been certified by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), hinting that there will be a 55-inch display with 4K UHD resolution and is expected to launch soon.

The 55-inch TV will have Android Pie and will come with Google Play Store pre installed along with Intelligent Dimming technology providing better contrast ratio.

Also, it has been confirmed to feature JBL Audio, GSMArena reported on Wednesday.

Last week, Flipkart entered into a strategic partnership with Nokia to launch Nokia smart TVs in India.

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The 55-inch Nokia TV will have Android Pie and will come with Google Play Store pre installed along with Intelligent Dimming technology providing better contrast ratio. Wikimedia Commons

As part of the collaboration, Flipkart will leverage its understanding of the needs of Indian consumers to develop, facilitate domestic manufacturing and distribution of Nokia-branded smart TVs and manage the end-to-end go-to-market strategy.

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“Working with Nokia allows us to further expand the choice of high-quality, technologically advanced products for Indian consumers. Nokia is a globally popular technology brand and enjoys immense brand recall. We’re excited to start this journey with them to extend the brand into a fast-growing product segment,” Adarsh Menon, Senior Vice-President and Head-Private Brands, Electronics and Furniture at Flipkart said at the time. (IANS)