6-day workshop on ‘Short Film-making’ at DJMC

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Government College for Women, M.A. Road, Srinagar organised a week-long workshop on ‘Short Film-making’ from June 1 to June 7, 2023. Noted cinematographer and editor, Mr. Muhammad Younis Zargar was the resource person for the workshop.

As an outcome-based workshop, a short film on the theme of Art Therapy as a coping strategy for drug addiction and depression was made. Under the guidance of the resource person, the students worked on all parts of pre-production, production and post-production.

To begin with students were acquainted with the basics of scriptwriting. After several drafts, a final screenplay was selected. Accordingly, a film crew was formed with different students assigned various tasks. Shot lists, storyboards, shooting schedules, casting and rehearsals were carried out in the pre-production stage.

Some students were involved in directing the various scenes and shots while others handled the camera, sound recording and lighting at the indoor and outdoor sets. After securing the footage, the resource person taught students practical editing techniques, including adding a soundtrack, colour grading, exporting the film etc.

By the end of the workshop, students developed a basic understanding of how a film is put together as was envisaged by the department. With this knowledge they can start working on making short films and even send their entries for different competitions.

After six days of rigorous training and work, the department came up with an inspiring short film on art therapy titled ‘Ayesha’.

The film went on to win the First Prize at the Media Festival organised by Govt. Degree College, Baramulla on September 20, 2023. It also earned rave reviews at the film competition held at Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST).



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