Training in post-production at film school


Institute offers a weekend course in film-making, spread over six weeks

The L.V. Prasad Film and Television Academy is offering a year-long integrated diploma course in editing, sound designing, and colour correction with the aim of equipping film students for post-production. The course is one among a set of short-term and long-term courses offered by the institute, apart from its regular courses in direction and cinematography.

“This is a very interesting and unique course in that one person is equipped to do all the post-production work in different departments,” says Bina Paul, the director of the academy’s Thiruvananthapuram centre located inside the Kinfra Film and Video Park at Kazhakuttam.

One of the other new offerings from the institute is script mentoring. Five fresh scripts will be selected, and the faculty here will help the writers give it a final shape.

“One of the lacunae in Malayalam cinema currently is the lack of good scripts. A lot of people approach us with scripts. Some are fine, while many are half-formed, which require some shaping. At the end of the mentoring, they will be sent to five script-writers from the industry to pitch their scripts. People like Anjali Menon and Ranjith will guide them,” says Ms. Paul.

The institute is also organising a one-week intensive camp for those who teach film subjects as part of their main curriculum. One of the popular courses here is the weekend course in film-making, spread over six weeks. Many young professionals have signed up for the course, the first batch of which passed out a few months ago. For this course, there will be day-long classes on Saturdays and Sundays. At the end of six weeks, the students are asked to make short films. The first batch managed to come up with some interesting work, says the faculty here.

“A lot of people not connected to the industry have an interest in the medium. They want to experiment, be it with their cameras or their phones. Learning the technique is easy, but what matters is aesthetics and vision. We are trying to make this a centre for film studies, rather than just a place for learning techniques,” says Ms. Paul.

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