Through this track we are keen to explore a whole range of topics/areas/subjects which fall under Cinema and/or Interactive Media.
Some of the broad areas for consideration (under which the topics can come under) include
Business of Cinema-be it anything to do with marketing of movies, distribution/release strategy,raising funds-be it for pre-production/production/post production, alternate revenue models,alternate ways of reaching target audience etc.
Creative Process- conceptualizing to execution, topics falling under the creative areas including writing and direction like how to conceptualize a web series, art of storyboarding for films & television etc.
Interactive Media & convergence with Entertainment- synergy between interactive media (like video sharing platforms-Youtube/Vimeo/Dailymotion etc) with cinema/music/T.V etc
Miscellaneous-anything connected to Cinema and/or Interactive Media which does not fall under points 1, 2 &3.categories for example-film criticism,future of interactive media,adaptation of books and plays into films etc., censorship in cinema, how to make you app stand out amidst the clutter,how can podcasting serve as means of promoting a brand/movie etc.
The above categories and/or topics are just suggestions to give you an idea of what we are looking at broadly. We welcome wacky, innovative and experimental stuff provided they meet all other criteria’s.
Participatory Process-led Impromptu Independent Filmmaking
The objective is to explore and create cinema as a collective art form that can be attained by like-minded people in a more participatory way by sharing ideas, visions, freedom, friendships and travels in a more impromptu process-led way, on shoe-string budgets as low as your pocket-money than with one person’s rigid time-bounded script, schedules as well as the eye of funders bossing you around. The session also deals on how to make and take those films to the common audience.
My first short film was done for Rs.100/- in the year 2005. After 5 years, in 2010, I won a prize money of £1000/- for making a film on the budget of Rs.1000/- that became the campaign film of United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Again after 5 years, in 2015, I have finished filming my first feature length film on a budget of Rs.1,00,000/-. What helped me achieve them is nothing more than the support of aesthetically sound, like-minded, go-getters friends as well as basic gadgets, wanderlust and mere intutions. I am here to share my journey of participatory process-led impromtou independent filmmaking on shoe-string budgets, using the making of my first feature film (Tamil film: Alaiyin Thisai) as a case study.
Projector, Mobile phone/ pocket cameras, sound recorders
I now serve as the Creative Director of my production company Cockroach in Cocktail Cinema and also work as a guest lecturer in Film Production at Madras Christian College. I have done 1 feature film, 20 short films, 5 Ad/Corporate films and 5 documentary films. ‘My Paper Boat’ was the prize-winning film at United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change conference in 2010. ‘Pedana Kalamkari’ won the best documentary film award by The Craft Council of India. Short films and documentary films were screened at venues like Copenhagen Climate Conference, Literary and Philosophical Society Newcastle, Teeside University Middleborough, Tyneside Cinemas Newcastle, Northern Film and Media UK, OSLO University Norway, Southern Youth Film Festival South Africa, Russian Cultural Centre Chennai etc. Though I make Advertisements and Corporate films for a living, I am an admirer and an avid practitioner of participatory process-led impromptu films purely out of passion.