Documentary Workshop Comes to a Glorious Close

National Level Documentary Film Making Workshop Comes to a Close


30 Oct. The week-long National Level Documentary Film Making Workshop concluded here on Sunday with the screening of three short documentary movies.


“There is no difference between any good commercial film and the documentaries I watched today,” said Mr Richard Castelino, the chief guest at the documentary screening programme. He was speaking after giving away the certificates to the participants of the First National Level Film Making Workshop, organised by the Department of Journalism, St Aloysius College, Mangalore, on Sunday.


Mr Castelino, a noted director from Coastal Karnataka region, who has directed three Tulu and a Konkani feature films, has won seven awards for his Bangar Patler, a much appreciated Tulu film. He also won accolades for his Konkani film Bhogsane. He applauded the organisers (the Dept of Journalism) and the resource person for the wonderful opportunity given to the participants to learn from this workshop and make use of their creativity and talents on relavant themes.


After the screening, participants shared their experiences of this workshop; they articulated their learnings and gains from the workshop. Prof. Radhakrishnan, one of the audience, expressed his deep admiration and appreciation for the films made by the participants of the workshop. He regretted he missed out on such an opportunity!


Fr Richard Rego, Head, Dept of Journalism and the president of the programme expressed his satisfaction at the success of the workshop. It was his dream to orgainse such a workshop, he said. The experience of conducting this workshop would go a long way in imparting quality film education, he opined. He thanked all those responsible for making the workshop a success. 


Mr P N Ramchandra, noted filmmaker from Mumbai was the main resource person. His maiden film – Suddha was awarded the best Indian film at the Ocean’s Cinefan Film Festival in July 2006. It has also been screened in Croatia and Germany film festivals, besides being selected for Austin Asian Film Festival (USA) which will be held from 8 Novemer 2006. Mr Ramchandra, who attained fame with his first feature length digital Tulu film, has made a number of short films and documentaries. Besides, he also made the much watched teleserial Surabhi (Karnataka episodes). Mr Ramchandra guided the students in using camera, in-door and out-door lighting, non-linear editing, and sound management.


The workshop started on 23 October and ended on 29 October evening. Sixteen participants, including a doctor and a lecturer, from Goa and South Kanara attended the workshop. The participants made four films giving wide variety (thematic) to the films made. The groups shot films in actual locations, and made use of candid footage for the documentaries. The subjects of the documentaries ranged from devastating Mangalore riots (Conflict Zones) to the neglect of Sultan Battery (Everybody Says Nobody Does), to the pathetic condition of the Mangalore roads (Where is the Road?) to a peak into fishing life of fishermen in the deep sea along the Mangalore coasta region (A Day Out in the Sea – Trawler Fishing).        : RR


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