Hands on! Basic Film Orientation.

An 8 days hands on online film making workshop in association with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

06th to 14th July 2020 ((except Sunday 12th July 2020)

Course Overview

This course will familiarize the participants with the basics of audio-visual storytelling – to enable them to produce their own short films 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 course will begin with facilitating a basic understanding of media – its sources, functions, forms and effects. Further, exploring the relationship between the self and the surroundings, the course will holdspace for the emerging stories, and help participants to acquire a language, a possible expression in film-form.

Along with lectures, the course will be interactive and based on practicals. Through various exercises of observation, 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.

Timings:03 to 07 pm (Indian Standard Time – IST)
“The workshop is intensive. Participants will have to engage in various exercises such as observation, creative writing, photography, videography and editing beyond the classroom hours. (Please refer to curriculum details at the bottom)

Max. no. of participants:
30 (Course will be conducted only if min. strength of 24 participants is reached)

18 years & above as on 01st July 2020 (participants born on or before 30th June 2002)

Educational Qualification: HSC (12th std. pass). In exceptional cases, SSC (10thstd. pass) may be considered.

Medium of Instructions: English

Per Participant Course fee:
Rs 11,200/- for Indian Nationals and Rs 33,600/- for Foreigners including NRI, OCI etc. Course fee is inclusive of GST. Course fee of selected participants will be non-refundable, non-transferable, non-adjustable, etc. under any circumstances. Course fee of all the non – selected participants will be returned within 07 – 10 days of the course commencement.

Mode of payment: Online through SBI Collect (along with application form).

Selection Criteria: On First – Come – First – Served Basis.List of selected participants will be published on FTII website. Also, selection emails will be sent to all the selected participants.

Online platform: FTII will be using “Google Classroom” and participants are requested to get familiarized with the same. Steps to join online class including login id & password will be shared with each selected participant in the selection email.

Computer literacy: It is the participant’s responsibility to be technologically capable to take an online course. Participants must be computer literate.

Since the course is online, participants must have following facilities;
(i) Participants to have a smartphone or any other camera they are comfortable shooting with. For the editing, they are expected to have an editing software they are familiar with. Else, ‘kdenlive’ or any other open source software is recommended.
(ii) A Desktop / Laptop having minimum 8 GB RAM, 1.6 GHz or better processor (Intel i3 or i5 or better).  (Windows / MAC)
(iii) Operating system: a) Windows 7 or 8 or 10. b) MAC OS Sierra or later 
(iv) Audio – Video software: Latest versions of VLC player, Windows Media Player or Quick Time Player.
(v) Compatible good quality headphones/ earphones with mic
(vi) Compatible HD webcam
(vii) Internet pack of minimum 5 GB per day exclusively for this course. It is recommended to have fixed wired Internet connection with minimum speed of 10 Mbps or more.
(viii) Web browser: Latest version of Google Chrome (Preferred), Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari.
Use of Mobile Phone (in place of Laptop or Desktop Computer) to attend the classes is strictly prohibited. Such participants will not be allowed to join the classes.

Faculty members:
Mrs. Richa Hushing and Mr. Rrivu Laha
Richa Hushing & RrivuLaha 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 recognized 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.

Guest faculty:
Aloke Thakore is a journalist, researcher and teacher. He has worked in print and television. He has been a newsroom coach for The Times of India (Chennai and Kochi), Hindustan Times, People (magazine), Bangalore Mirror, and Mumbai Mirror; and a management and editorial consultant for The Emirates Evening Post (Dubai).

Having started his career with The Statesman in Calcutta, Thakore worked as a Producer with ABNI and its merged avatar of CNBC, and was responsible for the channel output from Mumbai. He used to write a media watch column for The Hoot (thehoot.org) called ‘Hammer and Tongs’, and has also conducted, and consulted on, media research and training initiatives of the Media Foundation, Panos South Asia, and PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action & Research), Mumbai.

A Media Leadership Fellow of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Thakore has a Ph.D. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an AM in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Calcutta University. Thakore is the Honorary Director of the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism. He serves as a trustee of the Informed Voter project (MumbaiVotes.com).

Assistant Faculty: Mr. Sanket Ray
Mr. Sanket Ray is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India where he trained as a cinematographer. He graduated in Journalism from Mumbai University in 2012 and worked as a journalist in The Times of India. Later he worked with Times Now as a web editor and assistant promo producer for two years. He then shifted to NewsX where he worked as Assistant Producer in feature shows. Since 2015, he became involved in cinema and studied under Richa Hushing and Rrivu Laha, documentary film makers and co-founders of Auroville Film Institute. He assisted in television serials and assisted in many documentary films. He also conducts photography and drawing classes for children.

Broad Curriculum: 

Introduction to the Workshop, the facilitators and participants.
Basics of Media followed by interaction
Basics of the art of observation
Brief on exercise of the day

Basics of Photography
Reflections on film making and film form today – A documentary filmmaker and cinematographer’s perspective; followed by interaction.
Basics of sound & tips of Recording Sound on Smartphone
Brief on exercise of the day

Reading and discussing select exercises from Day1 & 2 – understanding basic techniques and film form better.
Brief on exercise of the day

Lecture on – Idea to Film – How to develop ideas to actualize them into films followed by interaction.
Basics of Cinematography and Tips of Shooting with smartphone followed by interactions
Brief on exercise of the day

Day5: (shooting day)
One-on-one sessions with participants to prepare them for their short film productions.
Participants may begin shooting their own short films after one-on-one inputs.

Day6: (shooting / editing day)
Lecture on ‘Basics of editing’ and editing with open source softwares.
Participants may begin editing their own short films.

Day7: (editing day)
One-on-one facilitation (telephonic conversations) will be available throughout the two days for participants to seek inputs on their edits. Each participant’s rough cut will be reviewed and basic guidance will be given for final cut.

Day8: (final film presentation day)
Presentations of final films and Q&A with all filmmakers.

How to apply:

1. Click open the link – https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect/icollecthome.htm
2. Select All India in State of Corporate / Institution, then select Educational Institutions in Type of Corporate/ Institution and click Go
3. Search/Find FTII Fees Account in Educational institutions name and click submit. 
4. In the payment category select “Basic Film Orientation Course (Online)”. 
5. Fill-up the application form with requisite details and proceed for payment.
6. Make necessary payment of Rs 11,200/- OR Rs 33,600/- as the case may be.
7. Once payment is done, please note “SBIcollect Reference Number” (mentioned in payment confirmation receipt). This may be required for future reference.  
8. If possible, digitally store the receipt of payment. This can be carried out in one of the following ways;
(i) by taking printout of receipt of payment, scan & save it 
(ii) by taking screenshot of payment (if using mobile) or printscreen (if using computer)
(iii) by simply taking a photograph from mobile
9. No document/ certificate related to educational qualification, age etc. is to be attached.Participants’ self – declaration in the application form is sufficient.
10. Terms & conditions: By agreeing to the terms & conditions in the application form, participants are confirming that they have read & understood the website advt. They are eligible to apply and fulfill all the requirements as stated in the advt. Further, participants agree that decision of FTII Director regarding admission to the course and its conduction will be final.

Communication with participants: All communications with the participants will be carried out through email only. List of shortlisted participants may be published on FTII and selection email will be sent to the selected participants on their registered email id. A video testing session on how to use Google Classroom will also be held which will be communicated in same email. It is mandatory for all the selected participants to attend this video testing session.

Certificates: All participants would be given participation e-certificates on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

Queries: For any queries please contact
Ms. Richa Hushing on timeslines@auroville.org.in / 9969879319
Or Prof. Sandeep Shahare on ftiipuneonline@gmail.com / 9923242654

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