Technical Workshop for Filmmakers

KALLOLA, Season-II
(Under Competitive Section)

The one day orientation workshop for the competitive session of Kallola-2 was organized by AAINA on 7th April 2016 at Hotel New Marion, Bhubaneswar. More than fifty numbers of filmmakers who made online entries for the short film contest under Kallola -2 have participated in the workshop to become familiar about the objectives and processes of Kallola contest. Young boys and girls from reputed film making institutes such as Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT), Maharshi College, Biju Pattnaik School of film making and KIIT University have shown immense interest by enrolling into the flow of entries.

The workshop was set out with a warm welcome message of Ms. Jyoshna Sahoo ('Kallola' Coordinator). While briefing about Kallola, she spoke about the commencement and the journey of Kallola so far to the participants. Presenting the day's agenda and about the Resource Person of the day Mr. Sanjay Rodrigues, she invited the participants for self introduction.

Setting context of 'Kallola', Ms. Sneha Mishra (Secretary, AAINA) said that Children are right holders, and we adults being the duty bearers hold the accountability to raise voice when find any violation of rights of children in our vicinity.

Towards this venture, through the medium of films, it was envisioned that the elders with creative minds will find a sensitized way to advocate the child rights which will have impact on the community to enable a better and safe society for the girl children.

To establish the objectives of the workshop, Ms. Sneha further added that the sessions of the day will take the contestants through the journey of Kallola, introduced the year's theme, i.e. 'Discrimination against Girl Child' and will make them familiar about the processes, technical aspects of the contest and the selection criteria of the entries from the NCPCR & Unicef Media guideline's prospective.

'We call for films which will call for Action, thus we are looking forward to have 30 seconders, 60 seconders and 90 seconders films where messages would be packaged to sensitize larger audiences. Looking at this year's numbers of contestants expressing interest, we are expecting more than 40 numbers of films. She concluded with and handed over the floor to the next speaker Ms. Lalita Missal (President AAINA) and an women activist.

Theme:

To present the year's theme of contest, 'Discrimination against Girls' Ms. Lalita Missal initiated her address with some very famous sayings such as 'Having a daughter is like watering a plant in Neighbor's garden', which everyone would have often heard. The volume of discrimination a girl child faces from her mother's womb is very much expressed through these sayings.

Explaining the various forms of discrimination, a girl child face, she further explained the spheres such as at time of birth, food and nutrition, her education, in the matter of freedom to enjoy childhood where a girl child is never been treated equally as her brother. The impact of this discrimination has been reflected in precarious forms such as imbalanced gender ratio, missing of girls and increased numbers of violence against them. She also made an open debate about the severe forms of discrimination a girl faces with the onset of menstruation during the adolescent period.

'Discriminations are the influence of social customs and traditions and this can be addressed through mass consciousness generation. Films and digital media is the best way of communication that message can reach always the target audiences.' With these lines, she extended her best wishes to the filmmakers for choosing the platform of film making as the medium of awareness generation tools.

Analysis of Films:

With her concluding remark, Ms. Lalita Missal handed over the floor to Mr. Biren Das, the renowned film maker and the respected Jury member of Kallola short film contest.
 

Congratulating the young film makers for showing interest in issue based films in preference to commercial films; Mr. Biren Das shared from his long years of experience that the uniqueness of the technique used for passing the information that it will create a fascination in the audience's mind, makes the film distinct.
 

At the outset, a couple of films prepared by some of the eminent film makers such as animated Ramyan through Pattachitra, the video 'Gaon Chadab nahin' by retrospective tribal documentary film maker Meghnath were showcased by Mr. Das during the occasion to add value to his explanation. Also shortlisted films of season 1 Kallola contest were screened one after another and discussion initiated on how the films could have been made different by others.

Technical Session:

The workshop drew its magnetism with the arrival of Mr. Sanjay Rodrigues, the famous Bollywood Ad film Director. After greeting the floor, Mr. Sanjay made an informative presentation about how to condense issues into a short film format. For the purpose he took the opportunity to exhibit few mesmerizing internationally awarded videos such as the 'Most Shocking Second a Day Video' by Save the Children where a young British girl experiencing the effects of a hypothetical civil war in Seria, another 11 mins video titled 'No Smoking #11minutes ', a special No Smoking campaign featured by Sunny Leone, Alok Nath and Deepak Dobriyal etc. through which awareness messages were percolated into the public domain.

In open session, Mr. Sanjay clarified the query raised by the aspirant filmmakers about what choices make a shot tell the story, how to use composition, framing, blocking of actors and their position to camera, technicalities related to background, palette, lenses, camera movement and how to apply these ideas practically in the preparation and on the set, getting ideal shots as well as coverage. As a take home message to each participant, he insisted on preparing a 'Treatment Note' before jumping into shooting part which must hold clear and detailed information about the proposed film.

In the last session of the day Ms. Alka Gupta (Communication Specialist, Unicef) briefed about the NCPCR guidelines and also the media guidelines fixed by Unicef which are to be carefully followed by the filmmakers before shooting films.

To wrap up with the day's sessions, the Kallola team extended Vote of Thanks to the participants and the Resource Persons for making the event successful.