Masterclass in 'Directing Actors for the Screen' with Actress & Dubbing Artist Irawati Harshe
Film Heritage Foundation's Director and Founder, Mr. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur speaks about film preservation and share his experiences in the field of Film Restoration.
Graduation Day for the first two batches of regular students and 3rd and 4th batches of Weekend Digital Filmmaking Course was conducted on 23rd September 2017. The chief guest of the function was Mr.Kamal, renowned Filmmaker and Chairman, Kerala State Chalachithra Academy. After distributing the certificates Kamal urged the students to fight for creative freedom. There were 10 regular students and 20 Weekend students who completed their course. Managing Director of KINFRA, Mr.Sooraj Ravindran offered felicitations. Mrs.Bina Paul - Regional Director, Thiruvananthapuram and Mr.Ravi Guptan - Regional Director, Chennai also addressed the audience.
A get together of the L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy Alumni was conducted on 23rd September 2017, at the Prasad Film Lab campus in Chennai. For the alumni who were able to attend despite their busy schedules, it was a time of home coming recalling the days spent at the campus. All of them appreciated the fact that the Academy was trying to get the alumni together. It was suggested that a formal Alumni Association be formed. The Alumni decided to select the office bearers for their Association after a discussion with more of them. The occasion became even more memorable when Mr. Ramesh Prasad dropped in and spoke about the need to bring together the L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy family. The meet ended on a warm note with lunch which was followed by a workshop by Canon.
Mr.Prakash Moorthy, renowned animator and production designer conducted a workshop on Visual Storytelling for the first year regular students at L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy, Thiruvananthapuram. The workshop and projects helped the students to visualize a story keeping aesthetics, creativity and economy in mind. Prakash Moorthy is a former faculty at National Institute of Design, Satyajit Ray Film & TV Institute and is currently at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
A combined workshop was held for students of L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy from Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai between 18th and 22nd September 2017. Mr.P.Baburaj, National Award winning documentary filmmaker, who has more than 100 films to his credit, conducted a one-day session giving practical advise on documentary filmmaking. 24 students from Chennai and 8 students from Thiruvananthapuram formed into 4 groups and executed projects on a musician, on College of Fine Arts, on an NGO named ‘Thanal and on a Thattukada’ (night-time eatery).
Ayananka Bose, one of the leading cinematographers of Hindi Film Industry known for his unique style in the glossy world of cinema and an equal flexibility in the visual grammar when it comes to the world of advertising, spent a day with the students of L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy, Chennai. He advised the students that in the beginning however small the work may be, they should willingly and sincerely work on any project, ‘for you never know when this work will play a Big Role in your career’. Known for his colorful and soft lighting style, he kindly provided three rolls of Lee Filter Rolls for the use of the students. He emphasized not to leave visuals to be corrected in the C.G stage – ‘the minimum you tweak, the better is the result’.
Recently, the Tamil feature film “Vikram Vedha” created a big impact both in box office and with the audience, getting critical acclaim. The film was appreciated mainly for its innovative narrative structure within mainstream framework. A special screening of this film with English subtitles was held at Prasad Lab Preview theatre for the students of L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy on 5th September. This was followed the next day by an interaction with Directors duo of this film Pushkar and Gayathri with students. Sivakumar Mohanan, HOD, Direction started off the discussion by conversing with them on the film and later the floor was open to students to ask questions. Students were deeply engaged with the way both the directors articulated on various aspects of scripting and filmmaking. The session went on without break for 150 minutes. In addition to sharing their experiences they also gave useful tips to students on preparation of scripts.
On the 11th Graduation Day Function of L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy, Chennai, Mr.Hansal Mehta was the Chief Guest. The function which was held on 19th August 2017 at Prasad Digital Film Labs, Chennai, started at 4 pm to a packed house and the event was loaded with interesting information, experiences and interaction.