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AIMC faculty conducts DSLR Filmmaking Workshop at MERI College

In the workshop, Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) students of MERI were taught the fundamentals of DSLR filmmaking and the art of storytelling



Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC) in collaboration with Management Education and Research Institute (MERI) recently organised a DSLR filmmaking workshop convened by Ms. Nivedita Sharma, Assistant Professor at MERI. The two-day workshop was conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Pijush Dutta, Mr. Naveen Gautam and Mr. Ankit Malyan of AIMC.

The idea to hold this session was to give an understanding to the students of Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) with MERI about the camera, its technicalities and how to do storytelling with images. During the workshop, Dr. Pijush Dutta, Professor and Programme Director at AIMC, shared the rationale and elaborate understanding of what is the “Big Idea”. At the same time, Professor Naveen Gautam, Assistant Professor at AIMC, explained in detail the comprehensive nitty-gritties behind storytelling.  

The session encapsulated the various aspects of filmmaking such as shot technicalities, camera angles and gave the students a hands-on experience of the same. Lipaksha Raturi, pursuing BJMC from MERI said, “I was looking forward to this workshop for weeks, and it exceeded my expectations. I am really happy that I got to know so much more about video editing.”

The interactive workshop explored the myriad possibilities of the subject and gave a practical as well as theoretical insight into the subject matter. Another student Himanshi Sain shared a similar experience about the workshop and thanked the mentors who guided them. 

Students also exercised the received knowledge and made two impactful films – one on ‘Depression’ with the hashtag #letstalk and another titled ‘Invisible’.

“It was an amazing experience and I got to learn various things from this workshop. Specially, when we started shooting for the movie I learnt the importance of continuity in scenes. I loved the production work as well,” said a third-year student, Aditi Mishra.

Another student, Anoosha Jamal said, “It was a wonderful experience as we have learnt a lot about film making. The best part for me was ideation as it was amazing how we conceptualised an idea and portrayed it in our short film.” 

Delighted after attending this filmmaking workshop, Suvan Bose said, “The mentors taught us in such a professional manner that I am now considering pursuing my career in this field. They taught us everything, from scripting to shooting to editing, and how to make things workout in a professional manner. These lessons are usually not found in textbooks. I’m glad that I attended this workshop.”

“It has been such an honour to be a part of this wonderful workshop. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed guests, Dr (Prof.) Pijush Dutta, Prof. Naveen Gautam and Mr. Ankit Kumar. A round of applause and thanks to all the participants who made the event a memorable one. This was such a constructive and creative workshop where students got training in filmmaking, directing, and storytelling .”

Prof. (Dr) Dilip Kumar,  HOD, Journalism and Mass Communication at MERI College

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay Newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.