From 14th to 16th of June 2017, a three day workshop on Mise-en-Scene was conducted by Prof.Samar Nakhate who was a former Professor and Dean of FTII, Pune. This is the third consecutive year he has been doing this workshop for the first year Direction and Cinematography students.
On the first day of the workshop, a thorough study of construction of a shot and scene was done by Prof. Nakhate, he has used Indian and International film clips to explain these in his day long theoretical classes. On the second day, students presented ideas for a mise-en-scene exercise, a particular idea was selected by most of the students and pre-production work for the idea began on the same day.
On third day, the idea was shot as a mise-en-scene exercise in two different ways by two group of students. In the evening, the mise-en-scene exercises were screened and feed back was given by Prof. Nakhate.
The 10th Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala was held in Thiruvananthapuramfrom the 16th – 20th JUNE 2017 . The festival, a unique venture in India is being organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy for the Dept of Cultural Affairs, Govt of Kerala as part of its endeavor to catalyse a vibrant documentary and short film movement. KEEDANU (The Germ), a short film done by Jayshlal, Linda Susan Mathew and Naseer Sab - the students of the Short Term Course in Digitial Film Making was screened in the Competition Section of Campus Film Category.
A 3 day Cinematography Workshop was conducted by renowned Cinematographer Fouzia Fathima from June 5th, 2017 for the outgoing batch of Cinematography students of L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy, Thiruvananthapuram. The workshop included Crane movements in day/exterior, large space lighting in night/exterior, Interior night and day lighting etc.
On Saturday, 13th May, 2017, Chezhian, a well known cinematographer, writer and scholar shared his experiences and gave tips to young filmmakers who were completing their 15 day, week-end course in Digital Film Making. Chezhian who won the Best Cinematography award at 2013 BFI London Film Festival for a Tamil film directed by Bala explained in detail how he worked with Bala and his art director in selecting the perfect real locations that depicted the period of the story. He said, “we got a bit of real location, then through art direction we extended it and later adding the right tone and color in shoot and post production we brought out the period of the film”
He pointed out certain mistakes in the students’ work and emphasized that making mistakes is an important part of learning film making. He stressed that reading books helps both Cinematographers and Directors to shine in their work.
Nirav Shah, the noted Cinematographer of Indian Cinema spent long hours with the students of L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy, Chennai on 22nd April 2017 sharing very valuable insights and experiences.
He started off his master class by sharing his experiences with students and later answered all the questions with his practical wisdom. He stressed on the fact that update of technological knowledge is the basis requirement for modern digital cinematography. Mr.Nirav continued this with his practical session where he demonstrated use of soft boxes and intelligent lights. He brought his own specially made soft boxes and intelligent lights. He also demonstrated advertising lighting scenario using a model in the LV Prasad Film & TV Academy shooting floor.