Today we’d like to introduce you to Ishan Seth.
Ishan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was accepted into NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2012, and it was one of the most creatively rewarding experiences I can think of. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been surrounded by really knowledgeable and engaging people.
I wasn’t ever a very confident person. During my time in film school, we had the chance to make and share our short films with the class. I respected these peers dearly, and to see them respond to the things I was making really gave me the chance to feel good about myself. It gave me the confidence not only as a filmmaker but just as a person going about his day.
After school, I landed a PA job on the Blacklist. I was able to work on exciting projects that I am truly proud of: Homeland Season 6, Unsane (Steven Soderbergh’s famed iPhone feature), and Maniac (Jonah Hill and Emma Stone Netflix Dramedy).
I moved to LA in 2018 with the plan of one day working as a writer/director. I’m actively pursuing that goal as we speak and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Fortunate enough to have many struggles.
In film school, making the films we made was incredibly challenging. It required loads of organization, budgeting, logistics, creativity, compassion on the part of your creative collaborators and much more. It was all-consuming and I loved every moment of it. Making those types of films was incredibly challenging and with not much help from professors – they were teaching us the way to make movies the way it usually is: on your own and with very little resources.
I remember the days of lugging 50 pound lighting kits up and down buses and towering subway stairs in the middle of the biting New York winter. It was torture. But you did it because you loved it and more importantly because you had a movie to make.
Working in the professional world of production has its own set of challenges. Production is all about time and money because all of its costs so much. Film production is similar to wedding planning in that way. Only it’s like planning a wedding every day for 6 to 8 months. I don’t think most people who watch a show realize the gargantuan level of process that takes place around the radius of a movie camera – and maybe they shouldn’t.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’ve been spending this quarantine time writing a feature film based off of a short I made at NYU. It’s called Incognita and I’m very excited to get it circulating around town. It’s about a novelist who can visualize his characters as he writes about them, but one of them takes on a life of his own and convinces the novelist that his wife is having an affair.
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