Hundreds of delegates at the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) starting from film practitioners, film critics to students and enthusiasts are attending several masterclasses and in-conversations sessions with eminent onscreen and offscreen film personalities, including members of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles.
As many as 23 masterclasses and in-conversations series are being held at the festival in Goa.
An in-conversation session on ‘nuances and techniques in cinematography’ with renowned cinematographer Supratim Bhol, Manoj Paramhansa and Rathnavel was held at Maquinez Palace-I, Panaji on Saturday, seventh day of the festival.
During the session moderated by film critic Bhawana Somaaya, several cinematographers highlighted that one’s cinematography technique depends on the knowledge, thoughts, beliefs accumulated in one’s life when they read poetry, books and draw a painting among others.
Another masterclass on ‘guiding light’ with Bollywood DOP Anil Mehta followed later in the afternoon at the same venue where the celebrated DOP reiterated that for him while taking up any project and guiding is always the screenplay and the situations that the characters are thrown into.
As a DOP, one is expected to deliver despite any amount of pressure and cited examples of his works by Laagan, Khamoshi etc, he added.
The first Masterclass in India on ‘Academy Colour Encoding System (ACES)' with Joachim Zelli and Steven Tobenkin of Oscar Academy was also held.
An in-conversation session on ‘corporate culture in film industry’ with Anees Bazmee, Mahaveer Jain, Abhishek Sharma and Vikas Bahl was also held looking at how corporate culture is seeping into the film industry.
The masterclasses and in-conversation sessions are being organised to encourage the best practices in filmmaking for the film enthusiasts and students by Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute of India, Kolkata, the National Film Development Corporation, NFDC, and the Entertainment Society of Goa.