Ram Krishna Tripathi, a young Nepali colourist, has made it big in the UK, by joining Filmlight—a world-renowned company in the area of post production.
Popularly known as Samaveda, Tripathi has joined FilmLight as a Product Specialist-Colourist.
Formerly a freelancer in the film and TV post-production industry in the UK, Samaveda will work with FilmLight clients, assisting them with training as well as implementing workflows to take advantage of the unique collaborative potential of FilmLight’s colour grading and colour management technologies.
“Rather unusually for a manufacturer, many of us at FilmLight have a post-production background so we set great store in people with strong real-world experience,” said Steve Chapman, director of FilmLight. “We are very pleased to have Ram Tripathi Samaveda join us as a Product Specialist. His creative experience as a freelance colourist greatly impressed us and we are sure he will help FilmLight's customers, especially those in South Asia, appreciate the artistic capabilities of our products.”
It’s been a long but rewarding journey for Samaveda, who grew up in Malekhu – a town in Dhading distric—well-known for fish from local Trishuli river and fresh produce of fruits and vegetables.
Thirty-three -year-old Samaveda spent several years composing music before arriving in the UK in 2007 following his wife, Prasuna Kandel Tripathi, who works as a Senior Nurse at a London hospital. He has had several hits in Nepal and has already unveiled half a dozen albums including ‘Timle malai diyeko chinu’ which was released in the UK last year.
“I do take out time to write new songs and background scores every now and then. Music and sound is the gateway, which takes me where I belong to. It’s my passion,” said Samaveda.
While in Kathmandu, Samaveda also tried his hand at editing documentaries. These skills came in handy when he got to London. One of his first jobs in the UK was to edit a TV programme for MATV—a television channel for British Asians. He also worked as an editor for Sunrise TV and as edit and media support at Evolutions TV—one of the largest post-production houses in London.
Three years ago, Samaveda graduated with a first class honours degree in Television Production from the University of Bedfordshire where he also received a prize for technical achievement. He was then selected by a panel of expert judges to take the ProductionBase Freelancer of the Year award in 2012, beating six shortlisted candidates and 300 nominees to win the title.
After completing his MA in Digital Post-production at one of the world’s leading film schools, the National Film and Television School, Samaveda is now pursuing a Professional Doctorate in colour perception and management in the UK.
FilmLight (www.filmlight.ltd.uk) is headquartered in London, where its research, design and manufacturing operations are centred. Sales and support are conducted through regional service centres and qualified partners worldwide.
“I decided to join FilmLight to help increase awareness about the most flexible and efficient ways to deal with colour management. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn and share my experience as a colourist—on both Baselight and most current grading systems—with people around the world who truly care about image quality,” said Samaveda adding, “I’ve always had a high level of respect and admiration for FilmLight technology, which is at the forefront of colour management, and to be a part of it is just amazing.”
Samaveda has worked on well-known TV programmes and independent films in the UK as well as for the US market. Several of the films and documentaries he has worked on have been recognised and awarded in various festivals, including the short films ‘Six Feet Under’, which bagged the Short Cut to Hell (Winner 2013), and ‘El Valley’, which was officially selected for IFF, Rotterdam.
The documentary ‘Honey on the Wounds’, directed by Iulia Stoian, has secured its place in the Official Selection for Sheffield Doc Fest 2014. Similarly, ‘My Stuffed Granny’, an animation film directed by Effie Papa, has been selected for the Oscar-qualified Anima Mundi in Rio De Janeiro in July/August, as well as the Annecy Animation and Edinburgh International Film Festivals in June. His latest project is the British feature film ‘The Quiet Hour’, directed by Stéphanie Joalland, which he worked on as Post-production Supervisor and Colourist. It is set for release later this year.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who have placed trust in my abilities and supported me in gaining invaluable skills. I feel as if my journey has just started. I would like to share what I have learnt so far and collaborate with like-minded people in Nepal and around the world,” said Samaveda before leaving for India on a two-week-long official trip.