Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University, UK. Ghosh's first independent film Tales of the Night Fairies (2002) is about the sex workers of Calcutta mobilising to fight for their rights. A major part of her current work involves theoretical interventions in public debates around issues of sexuality, speech and censorship. Ghosh works on popular culture and the media for both academic journals and the popular press.
Sabeena Gadihoke teaches Video and Television Production at the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia University in New Delhi. She is also an independent documentary filmmaker and cameraperson. Her film Three Women and a Camera won awards at the Film South Asia at Kathmandu (1999) and at the Mumbai International Film Festival (2000). She was a Fulbright Fellow during 1995-6 and has received research grants from India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, the Charles Wallace Trust and the Majlis Foundation for her research on photography. Her book Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla (Mapin/ Parzor Foundation) on India’s first woman photo-journalist was published in 2006.
Thursday, 18 September
ASPECTS OF FILMMAKING III On Style in Documentary Cinematography…by Ranjan Palit
What is style when you’re shooting a slice of life? When things are beyond your control, when there are no lights for you to set-up, or when you don’t have the option of doing a re- take if things go wrong… do you even consciously give a thought to the idea of style?
Ranjan Palit has shot nearly a 100 documentaries, won the National Award for Best Cinematography, twice, and worked with the best filmmakers in the country. Ranjan is a cinematographer who has also directed and co-directed several documentary films including ‘Follow the Rainbow’ for Channel 4. His film ‘Voices from Baliapal’ won the National Award in 1989, the Golden Conch (1990) and the City of Freiburg Award (1991). ‘The Magic Mystic Marketplace’, won the Golden Conch (1996) and the UNESCO Prize (1997). He has also shot 7 feature length fiction films, including Dreaming Lhasa, produced by Richard Gere and Sir Jeremy Thomas. He has worked for the BBC and UNICEF.
Friday, 19 September
ASPECTS OF FILMMAKING IV Essentials and Techniques of Sound Recording by Uma Shankar
The Workshop aims at sensitising the participants to the audio aspects of a film. Very often the audio element is given least attention while planning a film shoot or production, despite its vital role in the process. Planning the audio is a prerequisite to a good film.
Uma Shankar started his career as a journalist with the Indian Express in 1976 where he wrote the science column and edited the arts page on a regular basis. He came to Delhi in 1977 and worked as script writer for science films with Pradip Krishen. When he forayed into films, he decided to work on Sound and Audio, an interest for many years. He has worked on a number of films since and is currently Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Culture and is researching Ancient Acoustics. He is also associated with the Archive for Music.
Saturday, 20 September
ASPECTS OF FILMMAKING V Editing by Rajesh Parmar
How is the film made? What gives it a shape, a form and a body that is uniquely it’s own? The Workshop will focus on constructing a film and creating its narrative – of putting together images to tell a certain story.