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SJC workshop crafts cinematographers

Second year BVOC film students have an opportunity to direct their own short films at an ongoing week-long cinematography workshop. They are being given industry-level training by Ravindra Satvik, an established cinematographer who has been in the media field for over 25 years.

“What we teach and what actually happens in the field are two different things,” says Avishek Suman the co-ordinator for the workshop. “So calling a person from the industry and giving the students a workshop gives them hands-on experience based on his expertise.” In the workshop, the students are being equipped with knowledge about lighting, different types of shots, depth of field and focus as well as lighting ratio and how to use light meter. “In a normal workshop, students usually sit idly and see what happens. But in this case, the students get involved,” said Ravindra Satvik.

The students have been encouraged to come up with new ideas and take control of the set-up and shoot. Satvik says that the major focus is to instill confidence in the students to feel at par in the cinematic world. “The college has state of the art equipment which no other film institute has,” he observes.

Satvik is a guest lecturer at Bangalore University and Garden City College. He also runs Satvik Infotech Private Limited which produces documentaries, corporate and advertising films. He has worked as a cinematographer for movies and as an online editor for more than 500 episodes of reality shows for major regional channels. He was a freelance cameraman for World Cup and IPL Cricket and football league. “The students who have trained under me are well placed in regional as well as national channels,” he says, adding that there are jobs for deserving students in his company.