Learn filmmaking at IIT- Madras

Learn filmmaking at IIT- Madras

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking? Or wanted to write scripts for films? Or just curious about how movie legends create their magic on screen?

Well, here is your chance to find out. A short-term course in screenwriting and filmmaking called ‘Imaging Cinema 2012’ is about to be conducted by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, between June 1-10, 2012.

This ten-day programme, for which an IIT-Madras certification of participation will be awarded, will be handled by a high-profile resource team that includes Atul Tiwari (Screenwriter of Mission Kashmir and Dashavataram),  K Hariharan (Director, LV Prasad Institute of Film and Television, Chennai), Rohan Sippy (Director of Dum Maro Dum and Bluffmaster), Shridhar Raghavan (Screenwriter of Khakee, Dum Maro Dum, and Apaharan), Sriram Raghavan (Director of Agent Vinod, Johnny Gaddar, and Ek Haseena Thi), Anurag Kashyap (Dev D, No Smoking, Gulaal) and Patricia Gruben (Director, Praxis Screenwriting Programme, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver).
IIT-M has conducted an international screenwriting Workshop in 2009, and a session on the emerging trends in filmmaking in 2010.

Mechanics of movie-making

The programme will be delivered in four sessions. The first one will be a film-appreciation module conducted on the first three days of the course. “Understanding how to read a film is the basic theme of this section”, informs Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-M. The second module addresses the mechanics of filmmaking including camera handling, lighting, sound, sets, editing, special effects etc, over the next two days. After this, to understand the process of film-script construction, participants (in groups of four or five) will be asked to write scripts and analyse their work in class. Following this, the student groups will be shooting five-minute films based on  scripts that they have developed, along with recording sound, editing and post-production work. On the final day, all the films made by the student groups will be premiered, rated and awarded.

How to apply

Fee for the programme is Rs 10,000 for professionals, Rs 9,000 for attendees of the 2009 and 2010 Imaging Cinema events, Rs 8, 000 for students and 250 USD for NRIs and international students/professionals. A video camera is not a must for participation. Cell phone cameras will suffice. The last date to buy application forms is April 30, 2012. Filled-in forms must be mailed to draysha@iitm.ac.in before May 2, 2012. The course is open to all professionals and students, not just to students of cinema. Participants can make use of campus accommodation, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Rent for hostel rooms is Rs 150 for a day. For more details and to download application forms, log onto www.imagingcinema.wordpress.com or call +91 95517 83161.

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