‘Lost In Sight’ shines at Shooting Stars 2008

Mangalore March 9, 2008: The Valedictory of “UGC Sponsored National Level Workshop on Art of Effective Cinematography” was organized by the Department of Journalism at the St. Aloysius College Mangalore today 9th march 2008 at 4 pm in the Teletorium (audio visual room).

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Actor and Theatre Activist Mr. Kasargod Chinna was the chief guest while Rev. Fr. Swebert D’Silva SJ (Principal, St Aloysius College, Mangalore) presided over the function.  Mr. P. N. Ramachandra (Film maker) was the guest of honour and Rev. Fr. Dr. Richard Rego SJ was the Convener of the programme. Ms. Sowparnika Lecturer of Journalism Dept. was also present.

The screening of the films of “Shooting Stars” was held at 2 p.m., followed by the valedictory programme. Ms. Vandana Kamath welcomed the participants and the audience.

Sr. Dr. Celine Vas escorted the Guests to the dais. Ms. Sandhya of 3rd year B.A welcomed all the dignitaries.  Two student participants of the workshop spoke about their experience of the three day workshop held in this college. They also shared some of their experiences of the most beautiful moments of the workshop.  Ms. Maduri (3rd yr B.A) introduced the Chief Guest to the audience.

Mr. Kasargod Chinna, in his speech, spoke about his childhood days and the experience of his college life. After the completion of his degree education he continued his education in the film industry, Bangalore where he was the recipient of a gold medal.  Mr. Chinna congratulated all the students who participated in this workshop and also the participants of Shooting Stars 2008. He also congratulated Fr. Richard Rego for providing all the camera facilities not only for the students of the department but also for other students.

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Mr. P. N. Ramachandra distributed the certificates to the students who participated in three day workshop held in the college.

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 Fr. Swebert D’Silva distributed the certificates to the students who participated in Shooting Stars 2008 and he also distributed the certificates and the cash price of Rs. 5000/- for the first winning film “Lost In Sight” by Sandhya D’Souza and Harsha Raj Gatty. 

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 2nd place which was shared by two films, “Meeting Destiny” by Lawrence Fernades and “Wheels Of Change” by Sindhu M.V, Mahima Bhat, Vineetha and Shyamala. 

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Ms. Souparnika proposed the vote of thanks. She thanked all the guests and the sponsors who supported this event wholeheartedly. She specially thanked Fr. Richard Rego for his extreme help as this workshop would not have been successful without his support.  Ms. Vandana Kamath compered the programme.

More on ‘Shooting Stars’

By Loyan Aston D’souza, IInd year Journalism student, St. Aloysius College

The Department of Journalism at the St. Aloysius College provides plenty of opportunities to the journalism students by organizing journalism-related programms and networking with professionals in order to inspire and educate the next generation journalists. One such attempt by the department is “Shooting Stars”. This is a competition organized for the students of Aloysius College to portray their ideas in the form of short movies. This event was started in the year 2005 by Fr. Richard Rego SJ.  In the beginning there were around 10 movies and as the years passed, there was not only an increase in the number of movies, but also the participants.

On campus, it’s nice to see all the young students taking their cameras and experimenting with new ideas. Students use 1ccd, 2ccd and 3ccd cameras to make their movies. The department provides the cameras and the editing machine on rent. These short films are then sent to the people of the industry.  According to Fr. Richard Rego, year after year more and more good films are being made by the students.

In the year 2008 the “Shooting Stars” was made national level and there was a workshop for three days. There were 12 movies and one of them was about S.E.Z (Special Economic Zone) which was the only Konkani film to be produced.

Coming to the young directors in the college, it was a good experience for them and they have learnt many things from the group work. One of the students makes movies because it’s a passion for her, she wants to make movies about the realities of life. She says in today’s movies there are many things which are unreal and far from the reality. She wants to convey the truth of life and help the people to take the message in the right form.

Making a movie is not an easy job. The director has to take care of the entire team and all the planning that is involved. There are many roles to be played by many others like Editor, Screenplay, Cameraman and Scriptwriter. To students it may be a big deal and they get in touch with these aspects only when they get into the field. The main problem with film making is finance. Students do not get any sponsors or donors for the movie. They have to build up a team and work as a team.

When we asked a few students who had made some movies this year, they expressed their joy at working with a team. They said it was a good experience and the group had found it very helpful to get new ideas about the script or to get some kind of creativity. Altogether the Department of Journalism at the St. Aloysius College will be proud to announce the best directors in the coming days.

By Avisten D’Souza, IInd year Journalism student, St. Aloysius College

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