Posted by: Ranjith Sankar | June 22, 2011


Watch this movie if you havent already guys!
All those who cringe about budget constraints in movies should defenitely watch this.
More than money wha u need is great imagination like this maybe!
A cracker of a script!Unbelievably shot!!
US,Iraq,Internaitonal laws,,buerocracy,politics,poverty.plight of a common man all inside a 6 feet coffin…
Hats off to the makers..Really sad this movie dint receive the honours it deserved!
This is something which shook me up after very very long.
Wish there were more:)



  1. Had watched this movie twice. completely agree with you – budget should not be a constraint for creative minds (another movie which i think now is ‘Following’ by Christopher Nolan, maker of Memento and Inception).

    Did you watch the cute ‘flipped’?

    salil drishyan

    • Thanks salil.i will be watching following and flipped soon.

  2. HAI SIR,

    • Only u can help urself sujith.Gud luck.

  3. Dear Ranjith,

    You are right on with your observation of “Buried” about its budget. I am encouraged to know that you do watch such movies and make note of such possibilities. I am on a break right now and wanted to take the time to share with you what I thought of the film. I hope it is useful to you.

    The production budget for this film – Buried – is unknown, but one can imagine a low figure – the whole movie is set inside the coffin and shot in only 17 days – speaks for itself. This movie written by Chris Sparling and directed by Rodrigo Cortés was screened at the 2010 Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah. At this film festival, Lionsgate (a distribution company) purchased this low budget movie for $3.2 million. It was released worldwide on September 24th, 2010. At last count, it garnered a total $19,153,480 worldwide gross in revenues. This goes to prove that the consumer is willing to pay for the premium experience of a well told story.

    If you ever watch the TV Series called CSI or CSI-Miami, or CSI-NY or JAG or NCIS, you will see several such gems (with suspense oozing out of almost every frame) among its episodes. Here in the USA, several TV Series come across more like feature film on the small screen (sometimes even better than feature films). For example, for action, you should watch 24 (which ended in with its 8th season last year. For drama, you should watch “The West Wing” which ended in its 7th Season several years ago. For medical drama, you should watch ER which ended in its 15th season several years ago. For suspense, thrills and drama you should watch LOST which ended in it’s 6th Season last year. Many of the episodes in these TV series are awe inspiring in its writing, cinematography, sound editing/mixing, editing and directing. I have a rather large library of such TV Series and many acclaimed films at home (on DVD), that I continuously study and research to sharpen my own understanding of the art of story-telling.

    Speaking of “Buried” it is not just the story, but the “ART OF STORYTELLING” that stands out. If you take any of the acclaimed feature films from Hollywood, like Inception, Social Network, The King’s Speech, The Black Swan, or even “The Slum-dog Millionaire”, it is the way the story is narrated using actors, pictures and sound, that stands out. This is something our Malayalam (for that matter, Indian) Film Industry needs to grasp. Yes, a crisp and well written script is definitely the first order of business. If you can get your hands on the script for Buried (Google it – you will find it in pdf format), read it while watching the movie. Observe how what is on the page translates to the frames on the screen.

    The protagonist in a coffin – that is the whole movie on the screen. There are three fundamental elements that any Director gets to manipulate to tell any story – the actor, the picture and the sound.

    The actor: Ryan Reynolds, as I understand, after the first read of the script rejected the idea because he thought it cannot be done. It took the conviction of the director and his detailed frame by frame narration for Ryan to be convinced that it is do-able. The character development in the script is phenomenal – every action, every word, grunt, sigh, sound coming out his mouth, every expression on his face tells the story, his relationships, his support system, and the back stories. The actor had to not only tolerate the claustrophobia, the physical and emotional trauma of the experience, but express a number of extreme emotions from primal fear, to anxiety, to panic, to hope, surrender, acceptance, to disgust, etc. all in a confined space of a coffin. It helped the actor to be in character with intense isolation through the 17 day-shoot, as it was shot on a sound-stage in Barcelona, Spain where he and the crew felt isolated with the language barrier.

    The picture: The coffin from the inside, lit sporadically by the Zippo cigarette lighter is all that you see on the screen. But still, that in itself needed to look believable and dramatic on the screen whenever it is visible in the limited light condition. Talk about being crafty and innovative with production design, cinematography (angles, compositions, pans, tilts, etc.) and lighting. The level of detail that had to be thought through to capture realism, is commendable. The scene description in the script does a good job of getting the imagination of the writer onto the page, but the production design, camera and lighting did the rest.

    The sound: The idea of capturing intense isolation through sound and score is key to the success of this film. It is very tempting to become over indulgent with sounds and score when the visual realm on the screen is so limited. However, the sound and score in Buried embodies the myriad of emotions expressed by the actor through the different stages of the story. Even the silence speaks volumes in conveying the emotion felt by the actor. If you get to watch the movie through a 5.1 channel home theatre system, you can feel the sound/score penetrate through you as it defines the space, emotions, tensions, isolation and desperation.

    I felt on watching Buried that it takes the lessons of suspense from Hitchcock to a totally new level. The material was exceptionally well handled by the director to work the audience’s imagination and it evoked emotions in the audience that gives them a nail-biting experience at the edge of their seat, through out the movie from start to finish.

    There is so much to learn and adopt from these kinds of movies. I wish more of our directors and producers of Malayalam/Indian films are able to experience such films and rate their own products against such global production successes.

    You take care.

    Best regards,


    • Thanks sajeev.I will try to watch the shows u mentioned.

  4. saw the movie arjunan sakshi …… view is
    1. wonderful script
    2. realistic direction
    3. to the point
    4. good climax

    1. action sequence of automobiles chasing prithvi and demolition of it………was not much realistic . Other action sequences also was not up to the mark.
    2. Cinematography

    • thanks john.

  5. Ranjith, that is an awesome movie. The usually claimed cliche of low budget does not suit the class of the movie. Went to lot of film festivals, this one.
    When you have time, try to get to Speilberg’s earlier movie ‘Duel’ – Low budget, hardly any story line, keeps you glued to the seat with almost nothing. Certainly a talent. By the by, I was at IBS some time back, and have shared some DVDs with you….
    – Abhi

    • Sure abhilash.I even enquired about u to smitha recently.Any new himalayan trips?

  6. Talking of low-budget films…

    Hollywood’s Hottest Short Film: ‘Plot Device’

    Seth Worley created the microbudgeted short that has the town buzzing. Now he’s coming to LA to meet with agencies and producers.

    Plot Device is the latest short film to get execs and talent scouters hot and bothered here in Hollywood. The short hit the town a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t take very long for the man behind it, Seth Worley of Nashville, to find himself in the spotlight.

    Worley works for Lifeway Christian Resources, where he produces videos for everything from conferences to summer camps. Last year he made a promo for a Lost fan contest that got him noticed by Red Giant, a software application maker, which asked him to make a promo for Magic Bullet, a color correction tool.

    A couple of rejected ideas later, and using a budget of $10,000 and a crew paid in free software, Plot Device was hatched.

    It’s a simple tale: A guy buys a how-to device that magically transports him into different storytelling genres, but it’s done with humor and with a certain amount of pizzazz that is quite winning. Worley wrote and directed Device and did the visual effects himself; Worley’s brother is the star and provided music.
    When it hit the web at the end of June, the video started making the rounds at film studios and agencies, and calls started coming in. Now the 27 year old is planning an August trip to Los Angeles and has lined up meetings with CAA, UTA, WME, some management firms and producers.

    His favorite movie is Jurassic Park, and he hopes to follow in the footsteps of those who have inspired his work.“(Jon) Favreau, (J.J.) Abrams, (Alex) Kurtzman and (Roberto) Orci, I’m ripping those guys off in my videos,” Worley tells Heat Vision. “They are doing exactly what I want to be doing.”

    Here’s the link to the video of the short film on Youtube…

    I hope you like it…

    Best regards,


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