Nurturing the budding filmmaker

A workshop is being held to help budding filmmakers polish their skills

Nurturing the budding filmmaker

Exciting and glamorous though they may appear to be, but filmmaking and acting are very difficult to pursue as careers. ‘Cinema Calling,’ a workshop, is being organised (from July 27) for budding filmmakers and actors of all age groups to help them build and expand their skills along with providing first-hand experience in various areas related to the field.

The two-month long workshop is being organised by a Delhi-based acting and film training organisation Mark 5 Films. Taking the filmmaking out from classroom to refre­s­h­ing locations, the participants will be given a hands-on knowledge of working on a real film’s aspects – acting, direction, camera, screen writing, editing and more.

The shooting location chosen for ‘Cinema Calling’ is Jim Corbett National Park. Participants will be living, working and shooting in the park. This workshop will be conducted by the leaders of the industry themselves including professionals working in eminent TV channels and film production houses such as Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Productions, Cartoon Network, Film and Television Institute of India and Wide Frame Pictures (makers of Pyaar ka Punchnama and Bittoo Boss) and many more.

Creative director and programme coordinator of Mark 5 Films, Vikram Khattar, says, “We want to help the commoners and other film enthusiasts to make their own films and give them a chance to be like any great actor or director. The workshop will extract the best out of person’s natural talent and fit it to complete the jigsaw that is a film.”

The workshop has been regularly organised since 2006 but for the first time it is being taken outstation. It also aims to bridge the gap between the students’ learning in film schools and the real filmmaking situation. The workshop is open to all and the participants will be selected on the basis of an aptitude test.

“After an initial training in all aspects of filmmaking, the participants will choose their core interest area. They will then work under their mentors. All of them will work together to make one film. The purpose is to give an insight into the film world and explore each and every area of filmmaking,” says Vikram.

The workshop is open to true cinema enthusiasts of all age groups and from all walks of life who have passion for expressing creativity in the field of moving images.

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