Amity School of Communication organized its annual film festival ‘Cineaste 2016’ on 31 March, 2016 which comprised a Film Making Workshop conducted by Dr. Ashish Rao. It was followed by screening of movie entries selected for the Film Making Competition.
The event was initiated with an interesting session conducted by Dr. Ashish Rao, who is not only a wildlife photographer and a wildlife documentary film maker for the National Geographic and Discovery Channels. But, he has also worked as an Assistant Professor, and Senior Manager, ASCO Studio, AUUP. He has studied Photography and Digital Photography at the New York Film Academy and Deakin University, Australia. He is currently working in Amity University, Rajasthan. Dr. Rao spoke about differences in film genres and also explained various camera angles and shots used in film making.
‘A documentary is a very effective medium to give a strong message in a short time’, he said, while talking about the specifications of a documentary. He said that India still needs to progress in this area as we are more inclined towards the main stream cinema. Dr. Rao showed a few short yet impactful movies and explained their technicalities. At the end, there was an interactive session in which the students got answers to their queries on the subject.
In the post lunch session, a screening was organised in the university auditorium in which the best of the received entries were shortlisted for the competition. A short film made by P. Anand Naidu, ‘Think and Change’ won the award for the Best Film. The movie focused on the elements of a youth’s life that includes fun, mistakes and later working on them to make a change. The movie ‘Ghost Part 1’ received a special award for its clever use of VFX. Overall, the event remained a very interesting and enlightening experience for everyone.