SANKALP BHATNAGAR

DESIGNER + FILMMAKER

ISOLATION

CONTROL FOCUS

#MONTHOFMAKING

EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

CARNEGIE CAFE

DANASA

ISOLATION

A short speculative fiction that investigates the domestication of Virtual Reality as a self-prescriptive measurement taken to disrupt and subvert an individual's own visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses for personal and psychological fulfillment. In this scenario, a narrative unfolds around a masochist who repurposes this psychotechnic advancement to embrace his most ritualistic instinct, self-preservation, through immersion-based exposure to his most dormant fear: isolation.

SPECULATIVE FILMMAKING + DESIGN // ELECTIVE COURSEWORK // 1 WEEK

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PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

Control Focus

Recently, "vision-correcting" screens have emerged from development at the MIT Media Lab. Though there seem to be many immediate benefits of their implementation, do there exist any immediate repercussions? Could this technological achievement be repurposed towards developing "vision-defecting" glasses? If so, how might we control them? This project delivers a speculative promotional video that demonstrates the finished "control" and a filmic timelapse of the rapid prototyping component of my process.

SPECULATIVE FILMMAKING + DESIGN // STUDIO COURSEWORK // 2 WEEK

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if video is private, password is: studio

To use the control, an individual must simply position the device so that it faces the object (or person) on which he wants to focus, then tap-and-drag down the main panel on the back of the device. When the user drags his thumb downwards, away from the target, the device will immediately "pull the object into focus” by gently blurring out his immediate surroundings. As a consequence, all audio emerging from any objects (or people) not "in focus" in the nearby vicinity will be muffled, to better aid the individual focus. When done "focusing", the user can simply slide his thumb back up the panel, and the device’s blur and muffle capabilities will be released. In addition, below is a working timelapse of a rapidprototyping session in which materiality was explored to expedite ideation through iteration.

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PROCCESS VIDEO

if video is private, password is: studio

#monthofmaking

A recent selfdirected creative sprint wherein I challenged myself to stay creatively agile through a series of violent graphic-filmic design experiments. During this period, I allowed myself time to seek inspiration for, change direction of, make-meaning around and publish various self-conceptualised exercises that critically explore tone, narrative and imagery. In doing so, I have created new making-based rituals that have helped both depict my aesthetic taste and represent my technical capabilities as a graphic-filmic designer.

CRITICAL FILMMAKING + DESIGN // SELF-DIRECTED EXPERIMENT // 4 WEEK

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SHORT FILM

This particular selection represents three of the filmic shorts that resulted from the sprint.

the RITUAL (story-in-use) is a narrative exercise that attempts to critically vignette our relationship to "things" from our own troubled pasts: people have the capacity to traumatize children, can things do the same?

the BREAKDOWN (present-at-hand) is a narrative exercise that captures the moment concept of letting your creativity become entangled by your resources: when might you become aware of these constraints?

FRUSTRATION vibes (three-point lighting) is a technical exercise in lighting and editing, namely the use of three-point lighting, of cinematic standards, to highlight a subject and the use of fast-cutting to convey both tone and mood.

Experience Education

What is education? Where can it be experienced? How might we live more fulfilled lives as students? In my senior year, I sought to engage an entire undergraduate community in a broader public discussion, centered around these themes, drawing from both individual and shared student experiences. Aiming to inspire personal reflection, encourage community conversation, as well as shift the mindset-posture of incoming, current and graduating classes, I created a digital callto-action: the development and distribution of an anonymous short film that released to viral acclaim, garnering 10,000 views in 10 days from and within the student, faculty and alumni networks of my own institution, Carnegie Mellon University.

NARRATIVE FILMMAKING // INTERDISCIPLINARY HONORS THESIS // 5 MONTHS

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SHORT FILM

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WRITTEN SCRIPT

"There are those...those would convince you that the chance to learn during this time in your life should solely be spent here.
That somewhere in the back of an auditorium, between the dimly lit corridors of a library, or at the corner of a studio, you will somehow experience education. And though it will only breed regret, this phenomena is sufficient enough to keep you content, idly disengaged.

Because you see, we are defined by what we do with the time not required of us. It is our afternoons that will fulfill us, our evenings that will bring us peace. Our weekends are our freedom.

You see, our exploration is our ideation and our adventures are our solutions because our choices are our priorities; you are young, you are resilient and you are blessed with an extraordinary opportunity, an obligation to write you own memories -- to narrate your own lives.

So -- introduce yourself to the arts, embrace your taste through music, drive to get lost, seek comfort in your conversations with friends, no matter the time of night. Explore this placerecognize its physical existence as the truth that has kept you deceiving yourself from otherwise missed opportunities: chances lost to the surely mistaken decision to merely be content with the education you've placed your faith in thus far.

Strive to learn outside of these halls, out there, amidst the brilliant cityscape.

You are an extraordinary generation, catalysts of opportunities, afforded the gift of youth, aided by the identity of an entire city; it is your responsibility to discover your own education through its avenues. Because this city lives at every vibrant hour of the day, your adventures will breathe character throughout every journey into its darkness, there, for you, ready to wander into, explore and learn from.

And though you may find pride in the exams you crammed for or the papers you've tirelessly scribed -- I assure you, memories will only be found in the lessons you've learned outside of academia, reflections that will find their value in the time spent out there.

You see, education is not a promise to your family, it is not an obligation to your peers or your professors, education is a commitment to yourself that cannot be confined to a classroom -- it is an experience, as free and brave as the world around you, which you and you alone must foster.

You are your own education.

Your time is now."

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RECEPTION + AWARDS

The short film was later chosen as the Undergraduate Orientation video and made an official selection of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.

In 2014, a single physical copy of the film was produced and placed, upon invitation, within the Carnegie Mellon Student Body timecapsule for having effectively captured the spirit of the campus, since the inauguration of the university's new President.

Note: due to the anonymous nature of the project, specifics regarding creative process, research and distribution strategy have not been made public, but are available upon request.

Carnegie Café

As a freelance graphic-filmic designer, I worked alongside Kai Roberts, a City of Pittsburgh musician, to create a promotional short for his most recent creative endeavor: a kickstarter that aims to transform his latest hip-hop album release, Carnegie Cafe, into a community-facing visual narrative that promotes mental health awareness. As such, the first half of the project works to build a documentary narrative around his past whilst the second half resonates as a more traditional crowdfunding promotion.

PROMOTIONAL FILMMAKING + DESIGN // FREELANCE WORK // 1 MONTH

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PROMOTIONAL IMAGES

Danasa

As a freelance graphic-filmic designer, I worked with student representative from a local organization, YALA: Young African Leaders Association, to produce a short promotional piece for an upcoming community-centered celebration, Danasa. The film employs fastcutting and studio videography to stir campus excitement, capture the spirit of the event and promote the organization's heritage.

PROMOTIONAL FILMMAKING + DESIGN // FREELANCE WORK // 1 WEEK

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