It was a warm afternoon with no electricity in the college. The camera, lights and the related equipment was set but of no use. We were all given assignment topics to shoot a movie and edit it later on. My topic did not require indoor shoot and electricity. The natural daylight was suitable to shoot all the scripted sequences. Hence I had to lead the shooting assignment, as I always did.
The camera owner was very possessive about his equipment (came on hire) so he was more stuck into the camera than we did. It was all about learning to shoot while understanding the lighting techniques, the parts and utility of the various parts of the camcorder (camera with a recorder).
I was made to jump on the terrace and shoot. I could not operate it independently yet the experience was rewarding. There were 3 sequences to be shot. First, on the terrace, second in the canteen and the last in the garden. The topic was such that it involved playing with the garbage and dirt. Due to poor dignity of labour attitude, I had to manage the garbage department also. The canteen sequence taught us about panning, how to take natural shots by not making the subject conscious. The subjects enjoyed having snacks in the canteen during the shoot.
The last scene had 2 females having bananas and throwing them on the pathway. Smart intelligent college girls about to be professionals had no sense of cleanliness. The end shot was a lesson to all. It said, ‘Always use the dustbin’.
We all enjoyed the ‘Camera and Lighting’ module, as there was a lot of practical learning. It involved a lot of patience, creativity and standing all day in the sun. We all became aware of the equipment and the accessories. Later we edited the movie and put background score in it.
I can never forget the 2-minute movie I have made. It is a source of pride and encouragement.
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