A Look-Back: My Journey at MoviepilotU

Yeah, that's me
Yeah, that’s me

Well, hi there (again). My name is Manas Rai, and this is my last article you will ever read… EVER….!

Haha… Just kidding (it was a bad joke, okay)

I am a sarcastic git who has a truly horrendous sense of humor (you know, that probably explains why I actually like Superhero Movie), but that’s beside the point, in my previous article, I talked about the stuff I have learned from MoviepilotU and I always knew that if I ever made it to the very end, this article would be the way I would conclude the course

Today, I want to talk about this course in a little more detail. Don’t worry, it won’t cross 1000 words, hopefully. So, here we go.

I started this course around the same time I moved to college as a freshman. So, I was a bit worried with the fact that I would not be able to keep up, but I loved writing on this site and I wanted a reason to keep writing-so I decided to join it anyway and I started the same week I got into college.


From there on, we were supposed to write 5 articles each week, based on the topic that given in the videos posted in on our Facebook group. Each video wasn’t specific to a particular subject matter or genre. I won’t reveal the topics as I am not entirely sure whether I am allowed to do so. But, let me put it this way, these videos were more about how to write rather than what to write. How did they pull this off?

Well, a group of us were assigned a mentor, someone who was a part of the Moviepilot community. My mentor was Samuel James Harries, who was one of my first admirers. He was one of the first people to comment and appreciate my very first post on Moviepilot. (He didn’t go easy on me, btw). So, I am kind of glad that I got him as my mentor, plus I learned a lot from him, so that’s a good thing. Anyways, our mentors would check and annotate our articles with suggestions and corrections, which we would then apply to the post and publish.

But there were some rough days. Sometimes, I hit a wall. I didn’t know what to write about. Sometimes, I just developed some articles I wrote on my blog prior to joining Moviepilot (sorry Samuel!) and posted them when I had no idea what to write about. In fact, I am sure my mentor would have noticed that I wrote some articles clearly for the sake of it, or at least, he knew I wasn’t giving my best.

But then there were those days when I knew what I needed to write. I would sit on my laptop hours on end to write something because I was passionate about it and I cherished that feeling. Soon, I realized that ideas would come from interacting with people, not by forcing yourself to think, and that is something I loved doing once I cracked the method.

This is my last week on the course and this is my last article for it. After six weeks, I am really not sure what to say. My fellow MoviepilotU’ers, I will miss the new articles I was always excited to read. My mentor, Samuel, I love you man. Thanks for everything. You put up with so much and you still took the time to find the positive stuff in what we wrote and encouraged us to do more. I loved your closing notes, and I sure as hell am going to miss them the most. I am going to miss the times when I used to come back from my classes and think of what I had to write. And finally, I want to thank Moviepilot, for opening up such a wonderful platform for people like us who want to be heard. I know a single thanks from a guy like me doesn’t mean much, but it is what I can say at the moment.

I...I didn't mean to
I…I didn’t mean to

Thank you so much for reading, it really means a lot. You readers are the reason we creators have a voice, and there is no thank you without you guys. You made our journey worthwhile. Oh, and in case your wondering whether you should join such a course in the future-believe me when I tell you “You Better”. Also, in case you are wondering…

Before MoviepilotU: Total Reads – Around 970-980

After Moviepilot: Total Reads – Around 7, 745 (as of now)

And with that I would like to announce that I will be on a hiatus for a while (don’t worry, not for too long). It’s just that I have reached a point where I need to focus on my studies a bit more. But, not to worry my dear friends for when I return, I shall be bigger, badder and better. So, until then…

Cheers….and take care


5 Difficulties We Encounter When We Write An Article

#1 – Keeping up with the length

I mean it...literally
I mean it…literally

If there is any difficulty that most writers come across, it is the length of our article. We write what we want and how much we want. But, the fact of the matter is that those who take the time to read these articles may not necessarily have the energy or the conviction to read them after viewing how long it is. This forces us into a dilemma, should we write it for audiences to keep up? Or for ourselves? If we choose the former, then its harder to get our point across sometimes, which may have been done better with a longer article. If I choose the latter, then there is a high probability that not many will read it.

#2 – Typing Fatigue

We've been there
We’ve been there

Let’s face it. When you type an article, you reach a point where you are bored of typing. Does this happen all the time? Not necessarily. But there are times when you know that you are tired of what you are typing. It may be due to the lack of energy to do so, or because you are completely lost and have no idea what you were writing about in the first place. Regardless, typing out articles (long ones in particular) can be a bit of a headache. I had such an experience when I wrote an article about My Favorite Protagonists Of All Time.

#3 – Trying To Get Your Point Across To Others


One of the main issues I think a lot of people have (including me), is trying to make sense of what you are writing. When you have a point to make, it may be easy to understand for you but the same cannot be said for people who are reading it. The person who may be reading your article needs to get the point of it. This generally leads to us creators facing major problems when trying to write our article. I had a major issue with this when I wrote an article on Anime vs. American Animation.

#4 – Trying to Remain Consistent in Quality

Yeah...Yeah...I get it
Yeah…Yeah…I get it

This is probably one of the bigger issues that we face. When we write an article that many consider to be good, we tend to spend far too much time on making the article as good as the one everyone liked that we forget about writing our own thing. We tend to forget that we are suppose to write for ourselves, because we are exposed to this new community of fans who are amazing and willing to read your stuff. This is something that before writing, you never had. We never had people to appreciate us, and now we get all of that. It is only natural that we end up trying to impress others. This leads us to the difficulty, of trying to make good articles continuously and that does leave us a bit damaged.

#5 – Coming Up With Ideas

Well....this is really hard
Well….this is really hard

This is probably the biggest issue that writers of articles face, especially for those who write on a scheduled basis. I know for a fact that this is the biggest problem that I face whenever I write an article. Whenever you sit down to write, you either have way too many ideas or no ideas at all. It becomes a major problem for us because we want to write something that we hope that other people will find interesting and worth the read. This always leads us to the main problem, trying to come up with something to write. If we don’t have the basis, then we can’t write. Ever since I joined the MoviepilotU course, this has been by far the biggest problem for me and I think it has for others as well.

So guys, thank you so much for reading. I appreciate it very much, whoever you are. I really, really thank you. As a creator on Moviepilot, with so many people to choose from, if you are reading this then you chose me. I can never thank you guys more for that, because I am inconsistent, and you read my stuff anyway. Also, thank you so much for reading a post that was not about movies. So thanks, but before you leave.

A Look back (2 years of roasting on fire)

Well, hello there guys, I am back, but not to review anything or put up a countdown, or put up a rant on Bollywood, or anything like that, there’s a lot more to life than that, so I decided that I put up something on my blog about my own life and the reason I am doing this is because I want to share my experiences with you and hopefully you can find something you can relate to in my pathetic little journey. I have been studying in the science stream for my 11th and 12th grade (big shock!!), and my God a lot of stuff have happened these past 2 years. In so many ways, these 2 years have made me who I am today, for better or for worse. I directed a skit, which was my directorial debut that took me 3 months to make and present to the graduating students of that year, I made some of the closest friends I will ever have, I started reviewing film, I started my own blog, I joined a website to create content, I captained a house, I gave a farewell speech, I gained weight (that’s probably not a good thing), I WROTE the bloody EXAMS I always feared, boards, entrances, you name it, although with the exception of my boards, almost none of those exams went as well as they could have.


You see, the time of the entrances is pretty much the most important portion of your life as some would say, as it gets you into a college and depending on your performance, you either get a good college or a bad one, if you get a good one, you get a good job and hence a good life, as many would put it. It was during these times that I found myself lacking the necessary information that I needed or the motivation to study more to do better, hell I will admit it, I was more scared for my boards than I was for my entrances, I doubt my fear for them would have even amounted to the size of a rat’s ass at all. I did awfully in most of these exams (Jee mains, Bitsat…..etc..) and I did fairly okay in others like CET and Comedk, at least from my standards, which probably wouldn’t amount as much to anyone else’s concern either, but regardless, I did get a couple of colleges and none of them met to my tastes, I just felt that my life was going to move on like a cycle, one that is complete with regret. My parents were worried about me of course, and the gradual decline in my hope for a good life or college and my arrogant and ignorant behavior always hurt them, I really do apologize to them, because I should have been a bit more mature in my approach, but in my defense, it was probably one of the lowest points in my life, I just thought there was no getting out of this, each day was the same, the dull, boring, hopeless and pointless life, waiting for my imminent doom that was my results, and something happened….

My boards came out, and I thought I did great, 90% was never a bad thing for me, and after that, I wrote an exam for a college that I am now getting into called SNU. Of course, not all of this happened in an instant and hell, I even had some rough days in between, you see, not getting a college is one thing, but risking your queen to get checkmate is something else entirely, and that is exactly what I did when I chose this college, and to a certain degree, it paid off.

I finally found a college that met my tastes to some degree, why? You may ask. Well explaining that would take ages, but let me put it this way; it gave me a key to study filmmaking whilst doing my engineering, how? Well you can check it out on their website. But regardless, back to the story, for the first time in my entire life I finally felt like I was getting somewhere, and even if it turns out not to be as true as I expected, I can tell you one thing, I am just glad I can feel this way, even if it is for a short period of time.


So, yeah..I wrote the exam to get into this college and I got in, and I am leaving to Noida soon, and finally leaving for a new life ahead of me, sure I don’t mean to say I got into a fantastic college, it is certainly no IIT, or NIT, or Manipal, at least that’s what others think and I get that, but man am I glad that I got into some place I liked, and if you have gone through a metamorphosis like this, then you would completely understand where I am coming from.

But the real reason I am writing this, is because I am a sarcastic douchebag, who wants to say ‘Screw You Suckers…Peace’ and acknowledge that none of you helped me in life….hahaha (OKAY I AM KIDDING, I AM KIDDING)

The real reason I am writing this, is because I want to say goodbye to a city, a city that I have lived in for as long as I can remember, 12 years is a long time, and I would be shocked that you wouldn’t love something or someone that stuck with you that long. Bangalore was, is and always will be my home, no matter where I go, where I settle, Bangalore will always be my home at my core, yes, technically I am from Delhi, but who gives a shit, I have lived here long enough to be qualified to write CET for heaven’s sake.

I have met so many people, built many new relationships, built on existing relationships in this city, and I could never thank it more for giving me that. My friends, the potato group (Iniya, Sai, Shruti, Padma, Aarti, Amogh, Nisar and Ajit) in particular, I can’t thank you guys enough for the help you gave me and the great memories we have had on our trips together whether it was at school, or elsewhere, thanks for being there, and I am sure I will meet you one last time before I resign my role as The Godfather, but for now I wish you people the very best for your futures, but I am more than sure that you will pull through.

My parents, have helped me more than they should have, during my times of angry outbursts or depressed sighs, they made it a point to reassure me that everything would work out eventually, and you know what, they were right. Thanks for everything mom and dad, you’re awesome, no, really you guys are, but now I have reached that point in life where I need to learn to live without their support and I know that I need some time on my own. My younger sister, god your brilliant, your smile, your innocence always made me laugh in a good way.


So this is The Godfather signing off, saying ‘Bangalore, I love you, thanks for everything, the weather, the friends, my loving parents and sister loving me even more, my apartment, my film interests, my enemies and everything else, I’ll see you soon’, and thanks to you for even bothering to read this, and in case I don’t see ya’

Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Good Night.

Cheers..and take care