Film your thoughts

An 8 days hands on online film making workshop

Online, June 18th – 25th, 2020 (15.00 hrs to 18.30 hrs (IST)

UNLOCK!

As the pandemonium is spreading itself out, something is stirring inside. We are no longer the same people, no longer the same society or state. A new world is emerging and our consciousness is changing… In this post-lockdown world, can we truly unlock ourselves? Can we truly open up with our introspection and impressions of what is within us and what is happening all around? What do we hear and see? And how do we feel about it? Can we record our times and preserve our memories?

We had 3 successful editions on ‘Film your thoughts in times of lockdown’ and we happy to announce collaboration with Deviprasad Goenka Management College Of Media Studies to launch our next online film making workshop from 18th to 25th June 2020. 

Workshop Overview

This workshop will familiarise the participants with the basics of media and audio-visual storytelling – to enable them to produce their own stories within the confines of their own spaces; using handy equipment like personal computers, cell phones or any other cameras/ gadgets readily available at home. 

The workshop will begin with facilitating a basic understanding of media – its sources, roles, functions, forms and effects, particularly in times of the pandemic. The participants will be encouraged to observe and share media’s effects on one’s own personal psyche and larger social sphere. Exploring the relationship between the self and the surroundings, the workshop will hold space for the emerging stories, and help participants to acquire a language, a possible form of expression.  

Along with a few lectures, the workshop will be mostly interactive and based on practicals. Through various exercises like observing actuality, creative writing, photography and soundscape recording, the participants will be mentored to articulate their personal state and social settings in the form of short films.  

Through this workshop we would like to inspire autobiographical stories and stories on lockdown. 

Participants will be encouraged to critically examine their media environment; delve deep within oneself and freely articulate what one thinks/ feels about oneself, one’s families, societies, communities, country, the world in general and this could range from climate change, nature’s wrath, globalization, capitalism, consumerism, safety to surveillance among other things.

Type: Online documentary film-making workshop reflecting on self, surrounding and stories.

Duration: 8 Days

Medium of Instruction: English 

Participant Profile:  Proactive youth – interested in media, social media, journalism, art, film-making, photography, story telling, politics, environment and ecology – who are willing to articulate their reflections in the film form within the given constraints. 

Curriculum and Board Schedule:

Day1:

15:00 to 15:30 Introduction to the Workshop and the Facilitators by Richa Hushing.

15:30 to 16:30 Introduction to the Workshop Participants – participants will introduce themselves and share briefly their lockdown situation. As an introduction, they will also share one story from the media that touched them the most – and talk briefly about it.

16:30 to 18:30 Introduction to ‘Actuality’ by Richa Hushing & a brief on exercise of the day.

Exercise of the Day Observe an ‘actuality’ within the confines of the home space / extended society and write an incident report.

Day2:

15:00 to 15:45 What it takes to make a film?

15:45 to 16:00 1-Shot exercise 

16:00 to 17:00 Feedback and Interaction on Exercise

17:00 to 17:45 Lecture on ‘A Reflection on film making and film form today’ A documentary filmmaker and cinematographer’s perspective by Rrivu Laha

17:45 to 18:15 Interaction with Rrivu Laha.

18:15 to 18:30 Tips of Recording Sound on Smart Phone & Briefing on Exercise of the day

Exercise of the Day Record a Soliloquy

Day3:

15:00 to 16:00 Reading of Actuality Reports – feedback, discussions & understanding actuality better.

16:00 to 17:00 Listening to the Monologues – feedback & discussions

17:00 to 18:00 Lecture on “Idea to Film” – How to develop ideas to actualize them into films by Richa Hushing & Rrivu Laha

18:00 to 18:30 Briefing on Exercise of the Day – “Make a list of visual images and audio images that one wants to record for the potential film.

Day4:

15:00 to 16:00 Basics of Cinematography and Tips of Shooting with smart phone – by Rrivu Laha

In addition to the 15:00 session of the day, the facilitators will be available online throughout the day the for feedback and refining participants ideas for film.

Participants may begin shooting their own film after one-on-one session.

Day 5:

Shooting Day

The facilitators will be available online throughout the day for feedback and guidance.

Day 6:

15:00 to 16:00 Basics of Editing by Richa Hushing

In addition to the 15:00 session of the day, the facilitators will be available online throughout the day for feedback, guiding them through challenges of the shooting and editing.

Participants may begin editing their own films after shoot.  

Day7:

The day of Rough Cut.

Facilitators will be available online throughout the day for one-on-one feedback to guide through the rough cut of the film.

Day8:

The day of final cut and presentations.

Facilitators will be available online throughout the day for one-on-one feedback to guide through the rough cut of the film.

15:00 to 18:30 Presentations of final films and Q&A with all filmmakers.

Method of Training and Interaction:

The online course will be conducted on ‘GoogleMeet’. Details will be shared with each participant.

The course will be a combination of lectures, followed by live interactions, facilitated Q&A; and mentored practical exercises towards production of short films by the participants – within the confines of their home space and extended society – with whatever gadgets readily available at home –  without defying any norms of the lockdown. 

Course Facilitators:

Richa Hushing & Rrivu Laha

Facilitators’ Profile:

Richa Hushing & Rrivu Laha are documentary filmmakers, both alumni of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Richa specializes in Direction and Editing, while Rrivu’s specialization is Direction and Cinematography.  Their films are often character portraits; and portraits of indigenous cultures in face of conflict and at the threshold of change. Cinema verité style is their strength.

‘Nicobar, a long way…’  a documentary observing Nicobarese identity and resilience in wake of state sponsored relief and rehabilitation post Tsunami – is one of their latest works, winning ‘Special Mention’ award at the Millennium Film Festival, Belgium, 2017. Some of the other festivals where it won accolades was Pêcheurs du monde, Lorient, France, 2018; Film South Asia, Nepal, 2017; Viscult, the festival of Visual Culture, Finland, 2017; World Film Festival, Estonia, 2017; Festival Film Library of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Bristol 2017; Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, 2017; Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Croatia, 2017; International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2016. Their prior works too have been recognised internationally.

After a decade-long practice based in Mumbai, in 2017 Richa and Rrivu moved to Auroville, an intentional international township dedicated to the ideals of human unity, free progress and transformation of consciousness. In Auroville, they’ve found Auroville Timelines, a media pedagogy and video arts unit, researching and curating recorded memories of Auroville, creating mnemonics of the dream.  

Richa and Rrivu have also co-founded ‘Auroville Film Institute’ dedicated to the ideal of cinema education, integrating world cinema and world citizenship, experimenting with a new pedagogy, encouraging new practices of conscious cinema. Auroville Film Institute has begun to offer short term courses; and is preparing for long term plans, individualised mentorship, student exchange programmes and cinema-centric learning journeys.

Certificates: 
Digital certificates will be issused jointly by AVFI and DGMCMS. Completion of production is mandatory to receive certificates. 

Queries:
For queries, if any, please write to:

filminstitute@auroville.org.in or call / message on +91 9969879319.

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