Delhi is fast becoming a filmmaker’s hub. A large number of visual artists, interested in filmmaking and photography are emerging from the capital city and we could not be more enthused. Since the world is going digital, especially technology related to photography and filmmaking is becoming more compact. We are moving towards an ecosystem where heavy equipment is becoming redundant and compact equipment like the DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are taking the center-stage. To this end, Chiiz, with filmmaker and academician Harshit Walia, organized a DSLR Filmmaking Workshop in Delhi.
Introduction to DSLR Filmmaking
The mentor introduced the participants to the art of filmmaking. This was done through a screening of a few short films, one of which was made by the mentor himself. This was followed by a presentation of what filmmaking constitutes and the elements of filmmaking.
Ideation and Scriptwriting
Ideation stage marks the birth of a film. The central idea of a film is its driving force. The central idea, supported by sub-ideas, is what drives a good film forward. As the idea is finalized, scripting starts. The art of translating an idea into a script is one that needs mastering. Harshit Walia lent some tricks to the participants to do just that.
Handling the DSLR
The DSLR is a compact tool that allows us to capture still images and is also a great utility tool in filmmaking. In the DSLR filmmaking workshop, the mentor taught the participants to handle a DSLR efficiently. Good know-how of handling your DSLR is imperative while making a film.
Composition and Camera Movements in Filmmaking
Needless to say, composition and camera movements are the grammar of good visual communication in filmmaking. Harshit Walia taught the camera movements and camera angles efficiently at the DSLR Filmmaking workshop. He also highlighted the convenience of the DSLR in this segment. It is comparatively easier to maneuver the DSLR for different camera movements rather than the heavy filmmaking equipment.
Light is the most important element in both filmmaking and photography. It has the ability to both enhance and destroy your footage. The participants learned the importance of lighting and the various techniques pertaining to lighting in filmmaking.
Post-Processing and Editing
The sequencing of shots and stitching them into a moving story is a meticulous craft. Editing a film requires a huge amount of skill teamed with a lot of practice. Harshit touched on the basics of editing on Adobe Premiere Pro for the participants.
Filmmaking and Review Session
The participants were divided into groups and made short films on the spot. The mentor had the films screened and reviewed them with extensive feedback. A hands-on approach to filmmaking was an important tool in putting the theory of the workshop into practice.
You can register in more of these workshops here.