Panasonic Digital Film Fiesta: CheckMATE
The Panasonic Digital Film Fiesta is happening just tomorrow, and here’s an interview with one of the finalists, N. Mohamed Yahssir, about his film CheckMATE.
Catch CheckMATE, and more, during the Panasonic DFF screenings on the 24th and 25th of February.
How long have you been making films, and have you been doing it full time or part time?
I have been doing films full-time for the past 5 years in this industry. Other than doing shortfilms, I have directed for Vasantham,Mediacorp whereby i had finished a 50-episodes drama “Devathaigal” and a 44-episode Info-Ed series “Naam”. A major milestone in my career was producing Mathimayangum, the 1st HD Tamil Telemovie in 2008 under my own production house, Millenia Motions Pictures.
CheckMATE is a story about two different lives from 2 different eras and where their lives becomes intertwined, one fine day through a game of chess.
Where did you get inspiration for your film?
I got my inspiration from the people I have met or seen in my daily life.
Which is your favourite scene and why?
My favourite scene is the inital part where the boy(Surya) tries to engage the old man in a conversation. I like the way the boy continues talking without a care even when the old man ignores him.
What were some of the things you learnt from the mentorship?
I learnt many things during the mentorship with my mentor, Victric. However, the thing that struck me the most and the one which I am trying to follow now is to put my heart and soul into whatever I am doing.
Any plans for your next project?
My next project is still under progress. It could be either a drama series or an info-ed programme.