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Rising Stars: Meet Vivian Pullan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vivian Pullan.

Hi Vivian, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I come from an Indian family where most are in the engineering field but I got into commerce and worked as a Software Business Developer for about 3+years. I finally gathered all my courage and quit my job and switched my career into being a Cinematographer. I had always wanted to visit New York at least once in my lifetime but my fate was generous enough that it let me study, live & work in New York while doing the thing I love the most, filmmaking. I have always been interested in films and the whole process of filmmaking ever since my childhood. I still remember back when I was a toddler, innocent & dumb (maybe I still am), I watching TV and there were two different movies, starring the same actor, playing on different channels and my instant reaction was, “how come he’s at two different places at the same time?”. That was the curiosity that always made me watch more movies and learn as much as possible about filmmaking. Although I have gained a lot more knowledge than my toddler self, my hunger for more knowledge and curiosity to trigger the emotions of the audience through movies keeps me running. And I think this curiosity is what drives me to keep making and being part of filmmaking till the end.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A smooth road is a dream which cannot be real in dreams too. Wow! I don’t know where I got that from. So, I don’t think anyone gets anywhere smoothly there are always obstacles, challenges, struggles one goes through in achieving something and in life. My main challenge was switching careers so late in life (when I was 30yrs old) and hoping I’d at least be able to survive, let alone be successful.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
This is how I usually would introduce myself whenever someone asks me “What do you do?” and my answer would be “I am a cinematographer who occasionally writes and eventually wants to direct while being a film photography hobbyist”. That usually takes them some time to process. Whenever I am not playing the role of a cinematographer, I am a Gaffer for other cinematographers. Even though I am proud of some of the projects I have shot, I feel proudest when other cinematographers, directors, or anyone else calls me back for the next project. I feel that if you are called back for work by the same people then you are definitely on the right track. I try to keep myself as knowledgeable and updated as possible on the role I am playing on set while having the best attitude towards everyone, I think this is what sets me apart from the most. This eventually gets you to work with new people and increases your reach.

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