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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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OnePlus Plans To Bring Premium Technology for Offline Users in India

The company is also mulling to inaugurate its largest and one-of-its-kind Experience Centre, spanning 16,000 sq ft, in Hyderabad soon

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This comes at a time when OnePlus is experiencing stiff competition from Apple, which has witnessed a turnaround in the highly-competitive premium smartphone market with an increased market share. Pixabay

Aiming to cement its position in the highly-congested premium smartphone market in India, Shenzhen-headquartered handset maker OnePlus is working towards bringing premium technology to more offline users in the country in 2020, a top company executive has said.

OnePlus continued to lead the premium smartphone market in India in Q3 (July-September period) last year, according to Counterpoint Research. The company, with 35 per cent market share, grew 95 per cent year-over-year (YoY).

“In 2020, we plan to scale up investments in the offline retail space and bring premium technology to more consumers who are primarily offline-based through our OnePlus Experience Centres and retail partnerships,” Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India, told IANS in an interview.

This comes at a time when OnePlus is experiencing stiff competition from Apple, which has witnessed a turnaround in the highly-competitive premium smartphone market with an increased market share.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), Apple garnered 51.3 per cent share in the Rs 35,000 and above price segment in Q3 of 2019 that ended on September 30.

According to Agarwal, “Expansion of retail presence is one of our key focus areas this year.”

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Aiming to cement its position in the highly-congested premium smartphone market in India, Shenzhen-headquartered handset maker OnePlus is working towards bringing premium technology to more offline users in the country in 2020, a top company executive has said. Wikimedia Commons

The company is investing heavily in creating premium service experiences for customers so that every touchpoint with the brand is a remarkable experience for its users.

“The plan is to have at least over 5,000 stores across India in 2020. We are already working to open 100 new ‘Experience Centres’ in the country’s top 50 cities this year,” the OnePlus executive informed.

In terms of offline presence, the company has collaborated with large-format retail chains including Croma, Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales, Bajaj Electronics, Poorvika Mobiles and Sangeetha Mobiles.

It currently has presence in over 2,000 retail stores.

“We will continue to expand our partnerships so that our community and OnePlus enthusiasts can walk into their nearest electronic store to experience our latest products,” added Agarwal.

The company is also mulling to inaugurate its largest and one-of-its-kind Experience Centre, spanning 16,000 sq ft, in Hyderabad soon.

Asked if OnePlus also wants to bring its concept phone with colour-shifting glass technology that makes the rear camera “invisible” to India, Agarwal said: “The OnePlus Concept One phone and its camera setup are an innovative experiment in the future of smartphone design, and OnePlus’s R&D and product teams are continuing to test and extend this technology.

“A new technology application requires valuable user and market feedback, and when the time is ripe, we will introduce it to the market.”

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OnePlus continued to lead the premium smartphone market in India in Q3 (July-September period) last year, according to Counterpoint Research. The company, with 35 per cent market share, grew 95 per cent year-over-year (YoY). Pixabay

The handset maker unveiled the OnePlus Concept One at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

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Concept One is an exploration into the future form of smartphones (including camera layouts and exterior form) and ECMF (electronics’ colour, materials and finishing), and offers a breakthrough solution to the growing problem of unsightly protruding camera designs. (IANS)