Padmasree Thota Tharni who has been a stalwart art director in South Indian Cinema gave a three hour masterclass for all students of LVPA Chennai on 15th February 2018. He explained with the screening of clips from his films that art direction is not just creating huge sets, it is essentially creating a physical space for the director’s particualr scene with huge money or with little money or with no money.
Being an Alumni of LV Prasad Film & TV Academy, Bhuvan Srinivasan had found strong steps in film industry as an editor notably for the blockbuster movies ‘Irumugan’ and ‘De Monte Colony’. His interactive session with the students on song editing was very informative and students enjoyed the complete session throughout the day conducted on 17th February 2018.
Felicitation programme for Ananya Kasravalli, alumnus of of LVPA, Chennai was organized on 5th February 2018 with the screening of her debut feature film in Kannada “Harikatha Prasanga”. This film was screened in more than 40 international film festivals. After screening she had an interactive session with the students.
A master of cinema and a great soviet film maker Sergein Eisentstein’s 120th Birth Anniversary was celebrated at LVPA Chennai on 30th January 2018. For this special occasion, Mr. Albert Gafarov from Russian Centre of Science and Culture gave a presentation on Eisenstein with screening of special clips from his films
The celebrated editor gave a three hour master class on “How to edit a song”. He explained the changes that has taken place in song picturization over the last three decades. He practically demonstrated how he edited a song sequence from a recent popular film. Prior to the session he gave rushes of a song from a film and asked students to edit. He looked at those versions and gave his critical feed back.
Internationally known celebrated film maker from Srilanka, Prasanna Vithanage gave a full day master session on “Anatomy of a Scene” on Wednesday, 10th January 2018
In this session he explained variables that are involved in constructing a scene. He went through the script of his forthcoming film to substantiate what he explained. In the second half of the session, he made students write the scene.
Prior to his session, he had shown his feature film “With You, Without You”
Anand Krishnamurthy who is a sound designer, filmmaker and producer gave a three hour session on how to prepare for Music Video on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 to the second year direction, camera and Edit and sound design students. He had explained the joy and complexity of using song as part of narrative in Indian cinema with interesting examples. Also explained through interesting Hollywood musicals, how music helps to understand rhythm and in turn it helps in narrative.
Yugandhara Muthukrishnan – Former Student of L.V. Prasad Film & Television Academy has been awarded Full Scholarship to do her M.F.A in Film Direction at UCLA. Her course commenced in September 2017. We wish her the very best.
Student of the 5th batch of Weekend Digital Filmmaking Course had an interaction with the writer- filmmaker Sreebala K Menon. She has explained the work pattern as a crew member in mainstream industry as well as her roles as a writer and film director. Sreebala had been an Associate Director with Sathyan Anthikkad before doing her debut direction LOVE 24X7 with Dileep in lead role. She is also a well-known writer of short stories.
Well known editor and the director of the film TAKE OFF had an interaction with the students of LVPA Thiruvananthapuram. TAKE OFF won a Special Jury Award at IFFI-2017 and the lead actress Parvathi won Silver Peacock Award for the Best Actress. Students had a lively interaction with Mahesh on the making of the film as well as his experiences in the industry as a leading film editor.s
A 5-day documentary workshop was held for the students of both Chennai & Trivandrum at the Trivandrum campus from September 18th to 22nd 2017. Sri.P.Baburaj, National Award winning documentary filmmaker, has led the workshop, followed by the students shooting 4 projects on a Violin teacher, a thattukada (wayside eatery), College of Fine Arts and Thanal (an NGO).