ABIN BHO FOCUSING THROUGH THE LENS OF PASSION
Barely having been on the earth for around two decades, this young prodigy already has major videos accredited to his name. Abin Bhochhibhoya, who goes by the name Abin Bho, started around two years ago and now is a larger name nationally and internationally. He is one such example of how following one’s line of interest with whole heart is fruitful. Below is the talk we had with him:
What got you into film making?
My dad is also a film maker so I used to watch him work. That aroused interest in me. I used to observe his work styles – the photos and videos he took. That was before the internet. After the internet, I would come home from school and just watch tutorials online. My dad had a camera and I used it for my exploration. That developed a childhood passion in me and got me into film making.
A film isn’t just what’s shown, it’s about what we hear as well –the music. Your content has a peculiar kind of music unlike the one’s we usually hear. How do you work around that?
Music is the most difficult part while making a video as it plays an important role. For this, I have an amazing music producer, Kobid dai, working together with me. I let him know what project I’m working on at the moment. For example, we were doing the Kolkata Project. I told him about it and right away he started arranging music as we shot the video. After we finished our shoot, we got back to him, sat down and listened to his draft. Here again, the music doesn’t get finalized right away; I tell him what scenes are there, what music I need in what part and we again revise the first draft to fourth and fifth and then we settle down on one that’s most suiting and pleasing. All this process is what I believe makes the music in my video stand out.
Is there anyone or any video that inspires you for your work?
My very first inspiration is Leonardo Dalessandri. An acquaintance of mine showed me his video named “Watchtower of Turkey” around two years ago back and that’s when I got really encouraged. I got so motivated that it kickstarted “Aura of the Valley” –my first video. The guy creates professional level ads and videos. He is still my biggest inspiration.
It’s not easy to be creative all the time. When you feel your creativity waning, how do you keep yourself fresh?
Talking about ideas, no body actually has fresh ones, per se. Fresh and big – ideas mostly start from small ones, thoughts perhaps. For example, if you need to create a music video, you need to think about a concept for it. This thinking part is the most time-consuming part. Therefore, in such situations, I decide what I need to do right at that moment, the first wave of thought, and the small idea.
This band I follow called Ok Go did this cool thing with their music video by shooting it entirely in an airplane at zero gravity. That must have started from something as small an idea as an airplane.
The point is, no matter what it is, staying focused on the small spark is important. The rest is just the buildup, that’ll happen on the way once you pair it up with teamwork, efficiency and perseverance. This whole process keeps me motivated for my work.
Is it harder to get started or to keep going? What was the particular thing that you had to conquer to do either?
I believe to keep going is much harder than getting started. One can get started on anything but after reaching a certain point, one feels like giving up. Not only in filmmaking, but in any field as well. Passion should be present, the fire that was lit in the beginning should keep burning. Even if one is having a block, the show must go on. Learn more, if one must, but keep pushing oneself.
“Aura of the Valley” got you the recognition that you deserve. What about the video you’d made with Shrinkhala Khatiwada. Would you call it your greatest achievement?
Yeah! “Aura of the Valley” was national level. Honestly, I hadn’t thought people would really watch the video. It was unexpected. But the video Shrinkhala didi and I made, I knew that it was going to be something big. I observed her vibes and her energy and was convinced she could make a difference so I contributed harder from my side. I don’t know if it was luck or effort or combination of both, because at the end, the video was liked by everyone nationally and internationally. Hence, indeed the video is my biggest shot till date.
“The point is, no matter what it is, staying focused on the small spark is important. The rest is just the buildup, that’ll happen on the way once you pair it up with teamwork, efficiency and perseverance. This whole process keeps me motivated for my work.”
What challenges do you have, or have you overcome?
I had this most depressing moment of my life after I completed my A-Levels. At that time, all of my friends had something or the other set for themselves. They were either going abroad or getting themselves enrolled here. But I wanted to study Filmmaking and the courses in Nepal weren’t that good. If I were to go abroad, it would cost me around 80,000 USD i.e. 1 crore a year which is super unaffordable for me. That’s where I felt distressed. I had the choice to either do what my friends did and join any college or convince my parents and taking the reins of my studies on my hand. That’s where I had to struggle.
To figure this thing out, it took me around a year. So, in that one year I explored a lot – played around with concepts, ideas, videos, and edits, and found my niche. I did what I did and then “Aura of the Valley” gave me the direction. After that my family too was convinced about what I wanted.
So, the challenge that now remains for me is maintaining my quality. I have already made a mark with my videos, I need to keep that up. Also, there is a difference between national level videos and international videos. People may not notice it but it is there. The hurdle here is to bridge that gap.
Lastly, what beholds for your future?
People normally have plans about what’s next in the 10 years, but I’m not that. For me, I give 100 percent of myself to whatever I’m doing at the moment. I believe in giving 100 percent because in doing so, my future can alter. I’m not fully sure but right now I have few projects at hand and maybe those projects will bring in other projects as well. So, right now, I know I will do something in the future and maybe make a movie itself. That’s the last objective of my life – to make a movie on Nepal’s burning issues. But that’s another chapter, right now I’m growing so that’s about it!
Interviewed by Abhigya Subedi
Photographed by Gaurav Xhompate Sunuwar