Srungaram, AISFM Students’ Music Video Premiere Held

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A proud achievement and moment for AISFM, a few of our talented students have made a music video with some of the legends of the film industry. Srungaram is the music video that was premiered on June 10th at the AISFM preview theatre!

The list of the AISFM talented students; music video produced, conceptualised, written and lyrics by Krishna Kiriti (MA – 2), directed by Rahul Jasti (MA – 2), cinematographer & DI Aditya Lolla (MA – 2) and edited by Anil Kumar (MA – 4).

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“Everyone thinks only in one dimension about Srungaram, but there is deeper meaning to Srungaram which we are not aware about, this music video is all about that. We had tried to tell the divine meaning of Srungaram. To understand what actually Srungaram is, do watch the video,” is what the students say.

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The song is composed by famous music director Mani Sharma while it was sung by legendary singer S. P. Balasubramanyam and the cast is well-known actor G V Narayana Rao and Archana Raj.

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The video premiere was attended by famous people of the Telugu industry; Movie Artist Association President Shivaji Raja, Music Director R.P. Patnaik, senior artist Shiva Parvathi, Bahubali Line Producer Devika, Movie Director & Producer PVS Varma, G V Narayana Rao who also acted in the music video and young actors Josh Ravi and Naveen.

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Guiding them ably with sound designing and song mixing was Sanjeev Kumar, Faculty of Sound Design at AISFM; who designed the sound and song mixing for the project. The students said that he was the back bone and a huge support for the project! Kudos to the entire team for a wonderful video!

Watch the music video here:

Things you didn’t know about Bahubali!

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Bahubali, a movie that has created and rewritten history in the annals of Indian cinema and how! The most awaited film, SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Bahubali: The Conclusion surely kept its word as the biggest film made on Indian celluloid and the massive, stupendous and record-breaking response it received on its opening weekend is more than valid proof enough. It has strengthened its hold at the box office like never before and cooked up a storm, witnessing a mad rush at the ticket counters with numbers reaching new heights by the day.

Did you know that the magnum opus, entered the Rs 100 crore club on its release day and no other Indian film has ever entered the Rs 100-crore club on its opening day. It was also the widest ever worldwide release in close to 9000 screens, no less! Want to know more about the epic movie, then read on to find out about the things you didn’t know about Bahubali!

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  • Bahubali: The Beginning and the sequel Bahubali 2: The Conclusion together are the most expensive Indian movies ever made, with an approximate budget of nearly 450 crore.
  • Out of 100 years of Indian cinema Bahubali is the only movie to be featured in a BBC documentary. And The Rise of Sivagamiis one of the books of Bahubali fiction trilogy.
  • More than 800+ technicians, including the special effects team of Jurassic world, were hired for the making of the movie. Bahubali involved a lot of complex computer-generated imagery (CGI) and VFX shots which comprise almost 90% of the movie, that is about 4,500-5,000 VFX shots in 3 hours!
  • Prabhas worked with his local trainer to build his body. He visited the US and interacted with WWE wrestlers to understand their training regimen. He was so impressed with the infrastructure that he got the equipment, costing INR 1.5 crore, and built a personal gym imitating the set-up of the WWE wrestlers.
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  • Prabhas would work out for 6 hours daily and start training early in the morning. His regime would start with about one-and-a-half hours of cardio, with focus on muscle building. In the evenings, to strengthen his body muscles, he would lift weights for about one-and-a-half hours.
  • Prabhas gained a whopping 20 kilos for his part as Amarendra Bahubali and his diet consisted of fish, egg whites (40 half boiled eggs and egg whites), vegetables and almonds. The actor would eat a meal every two hours, and had a total of six meals every day, which did not include rice. The total calorie intake of Prabhas while shooting for Bahubali was between 2000 to 4000 calories a day!
  • Prabhas did not sign a single movie for the past three years so that he could focus on Bahubali and sink into the feel of it.
  • It is the only Indian movie to be made in 4D and many of the movie halls had to adjust their projectors just to show this movie on their screens.
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  • This is the first Indian war movie which has stood in the category of Hollywood war movies such as Troyand 300.
  • This is the first time any regional movie is getting outstanding applause in the world market.
  • The movie took more than three years to get completed and the pre-production and scripting took one year, while the live action shooting took two years. Post production took more than six months.
  • The production crew consisted of 25 National Award Winning artists and technicians.
  • About 20,000 weapons were designed and used in the entire move and it had 50,000+ VFX shots spanning both the parts.
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  • 110 acres of space was reserved at Ramoji Film City for the shooting of the war scene.
  • Bahubali: The Beginning is the biggest VFX film in Indian film history with around nearly 90% of the final output achieved through various visual effects techniques such as rotoscoping, chroma removal, wire removal, 2D and 3D tracking, matchmoving, color correction, live action shooting and CG (3D Computer Graphics) integration, matte painting, camera projections and compositing.
  • Around 2000 junior artists were in live action shooting.
  • A total of 17 VFX studios and 600+ 3D animation and visual effects artists worked to finish the post production of the movie.
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  • Bahubali poster entered into Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records – the production team held an event in Kerala where they revealed a movie poster measuring 51,968 sq ft and gained entry as the biggest poster of motion picture in both the books.
  • Another record set; SS Rajamouli tweeted on March 17: “50 million cumulative views of our trailer, across all languages, on YT & FB. The most viewed Indian movie trailer in 24hours. #BB2Storm”.
  • The climax of Bahubali: The Conclusion was shot with a whopping budget of Rs. 30 crore, which was almost double the budget of the climax shot of its prequel Bahubali: The Beginning.
  • The waterfall scene in Bahubali – The Beginning that took almost one-third of the total shooting time of the entire film.
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  • To get their bodies fit for the role they were playing Prabhas and Rana Daggubati were on a strict fitness regime, including diet and workout. They were even trained in martial arts by Vietnamese trainer Tuan. Both actors gained over 30 kilos to get into the skin of their characters.
  • Reportedly, director SS Rajamouli plans to make Bahubali 3.
  • It is said that Rajamouli took about more than 100 days to get the waterfall shot right. Being the most important scene in the movie, the team shot the sequence at three different waterfall locations to give it a grand effect.
  • A new language named ‘KILIKI’ was invented for the terrifying Kalakeya tribe in the movie. A completely new language was developed, with 750 words and 40 grammar rules!
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  • It will be the first Indian movie to have its own museum. The museum being made will house all the weapons, armours and costumes that the actors sport in the film.
  • ‘Bahubali’ has surpassed ‘300’ in IMDB ratings and is ranked at 9.4 out of 10.
  • A leading ticket-booking website revealed that they sold one Bahubali ticket every 12 seconds, breaking records there too!

Real to Reel: Biographies Galore!

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It is easy to see why so many movies are been made on biographies, they are hugely popular!!! Real life stories have always been a constant source of fodder for writers and directors in the Hindi film industry, in the bargain sometimes creating masterpieces on the silver screen. Of late, we have been treated to many biopics with some of the biggest stars readily taking up promising projects.

Of course, it is always a treat to watch our favourite celebrity performing the role of a real-life character giving us the chance to gain a understanding of the person on whom the movie is based upon. Here we take a look at a dozen biopics that stand out and what they are all about!

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  1. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
    The 2013 Indian biographical sports drama film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, with a script written by Prasoon Joshi, is based on the life of Milkha Singh, the iconic Indian athlete also known as ‘The Flying Sikh’, who was a national champion runner and an Olympian. It narrates the ups and downs of the legendary athlete and has Farhan Akhtar in the title role, who gave one of his best performances till date.

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  1. Mary Kom
    Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte, better known as Mary Kom, is an Olympic Indian boxer hailing from Manipur. A five-time World Amateur Boxing champion and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships she is nicknamed ‘Magnificent Mary’. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in South Korea. Priyanka Chopra played the title role in Mary Kom, a biographical film about her life, and her performance was much appreciated.

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  1. Special 26
    Special 26 was based on 1987 Opera House heist done by a conman, who posed as a CBI official. The Indian heist crime thriller film directed by Neeraj Pandey had Akshay Kumar in the lead with Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Rajesh Sharma, Kishor Kadam and Divya Dutta as his accomplices in heists in the movie. It won widespread critical acclaim and was regarded as one of the best films of that year.

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  1. Gulaab Gang
    Gulaab Gang is a 2014 Indian crime drama film centered on the struggle of women in the country, directed by Soumik Sen and had Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla in the lead. Though the film received mixed reviews, critics raved about Chawla’s performance in the film, calling it the best performance of the year. Gulaab Gang members are activists and vigilantes in Bundelkhand Uttar and Madhya Pradesh. They wear pink sarees and take up issues like domestic violence, the dowry system, rape, electricity matters and education.

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  1. Airlift
    Airlift is a war thriller film directed by Raja Krishna Menon and features Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in lead roles. Menon was encouraged to make this movie after he completely studied the war details that were available. The film takes after Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar), a Kuwait-based businessman who gets what he wants but at the time of the war, he sees that his own money cannot bring him safety. He alone plans on a common operation to contact the Indian Embassy and ask for help to get hundreds of Indian people back to India from Kuwait amid the war zone.

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  1. Bandit Queen
    Bandit Queen, based on the life of Phoolan Devi, was directed by Shekhar Kapoor and had Seema Biswas in the lead role. It traces her life story; how she was married at a very young age, molested, the hardships she faced and how she was forced to leave the village and join the group of dacoits.

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  1. Gandhi
    This is an epic biographical film based on the true life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of our nation. Though the entire life of Mahatma Gandhi cannot be covered in a single film, makers of this film have tried to bring in the most important portions of his life. This movie makes a splendid showing of defining Gandhi’s life. Ben Kingsley won an Academy Award for his splendid depiction of Gandhi in this iconic motion picture.

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  1. Manjhi – The Mountain Man
    Manjhi is a biographical movie based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi and was directed by Ketan Mehta. Dashrath was a poor labourer in the Gehalur, in a small village near Gaya in Bihar who was encouraged to carve a road through a mountain after his wife fell down from the mountain. Nawazuddin played the main role brilliantly.

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  1. Azhar
    Azhar is a sports film based on the life of the famous cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, the match-fixing scandal and how his personal life went for a toss. It is directed by Tony D’Souza and written by Rajat Arora. Emraan Hashmi played the role of Azhar, and others in the movie were Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai and Lara Dutta.

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  1. Neerja
    The plot centers on the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986. The film is shown from the point of view of the flight’s head purser, Neerja Bhanot, who thwarted the hijack attempt by alerting the pilots, thus grounding the plane. She was killed by the hijackers while helping to save 359 of the 379 passengers and crew on board. The government posthumously awarded her the Ashoka Chakra and she was the youngest person to receive it. This film directed by Ram Madhvani had Sonam Kapoor as the lead character, who received rave reviews for her performance.

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  1. Dangal
    Dangal is a biographical sports drama film, which tells the story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who taught wrestling to his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. The former is India’s first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal (55 kg) and her sister Babita Kumari won the silver (51 kg). It is one of Aamir Khan’s most popular movies and one of his best performances too.

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  2. Dhoni: The Untold Story
    Sushant Singh Rajput was seen as the most celebrated Indian cricket captain, MS Dhoni, in this film. The film chronicles the life of Dhoni from a young age and the series of life events that finally culminates to his stardom in the realm of cricket. Helmed by Neeraj Pandey, on one of the most loved cricketers of India it was very popular, especially with Sushant’s great performance.

Upcoming biopics to watch out for are based on Sanjay Dutt and Saadat Hasan Manto, with Ranbir Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the lead roles respectively. With many others in the offing, movie lovers’ fascination with biopics continues!

Amala Akkineni Awarded ‘Nari Shakti Puraskaar’

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It is indeed a very proud moment for us! AISFM Honorary Director & Founder and Chairperson, Blue Cross of Hyderabad, actress, philanthropist, Amala Akkineni, was awarded the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskaar’ (2016) by President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of International Women’s Day in New Delhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 8th 2017.

The award is given to eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service for their country by the Union Women and Child Development (WCD), Ministry of India. Amala Akkineni was one of the 33 women from all over India who were awarded for rendering distinguished services ranging from mountaineering, environmental protection, wildlife protection, womens empowerment, sports, animal welfare, art and culture, economic upliftment of socially challenged communities – a rich and interesting variety of unusual contributions, all by women.

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Speaking to us and sharing her thoughts, on receiving the Nari Shakti Puraskaar, she said “It is an honour indeed to be recognised for work one does as a woman. It gives me an additional sense of responsibility now in the spot light of recognition; I feel I must do so much more. It’s important that suffering around us must never go unnoticed and un-addressed. We cannot fill our days with tasks or our shopping carts with expensive things and expect to fill the void in our souls. It is most definitely serving a greater good that gives life true satisfaction and meaning.”

The essence and importance of Women’s Day means making a difference in our own way she said, “Today I remember millions of women who live in a system that is yet to recognise their contribution. Millions of others who struggle to make a living, ostracised, discriminated against, paid less and taken advantage of. It is demeaning to have to face this day after day. I reach out to them in solidarity and understanding support, with sisterhood. As women we must stand together for change. Each do what we can to make a difference. It’s good that we have a special day to remember this.”

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She added that women can empower themselves with education, skills, work and economic self reliance and added that “This gives a woman power over her mind, her body, her choices and life.”

On a parting note she shared a few words for both men and women and said, “For now my thoughts drift to the disparities around us that are alarming. Exploitation of any kind is unethical. As a thinking and caring community we need to become comfortable having difficult conversations and make choices to push change. Change is resented at first, resisted next and challenged before it is accepted and embraced. Dialogue promotes understanding and understanding gives energy for change. Our world needs to grow and change for the better of all – eliminate exploitation that destroys the fabric of our community togetherness. It can’t be one person’s mission. It needs the energy of large numbers. Don’t just enquire “how I am” – find out instead what causes me anguish. Can I in return look into your eyes and ask “Are you truly happy? What is it that is troubling you in the depth of your heart?” And if I say “I saw something that moved me deeply”, you may stop and listen to the story and offer to do something useful about it along with me. I would do the same for you. I would never squirm and look the other way.”

A special thank you to all the wonderful men, women and living creatures who make me Nari Shakti!

Master Class by Sunitha Tati, Well-Known Film Producer

Sunitha Tati, well-known film producer in various regional films, conducted a Master Class for the students at AISFM. Sunitha comes from a background of executive producing movies under Guru Films Pvt. Ltd. She has worked with industry bigwigs like Daggubati Suresh Babu and Gautham Menon. As the session started, Amala Akkineni, AISFM Director, addressed Sunitha Tati, by introducing her to the students and welcoming her to the campus!

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Sunitha was born and brought up in Vijayawada and completed her bachelors degree in business management from George Mason University and went on to do her PG course in filmmaking from New York University. Starting off about her story, she mentioned how her education in New York prepped her in being on set and understanding the functionality of each technical aspect involved in the process of filmmaking. Considering herself a “storyteller”, she feels the need to convey a story is necessary for any filmmaker to execute an idea and depict it on screen.

With an experience in working for T.V and film respectively, she understands the difference between the two mediums and advised the students on how they could pave their way in making their career in either of the two. Engaging in an interesting Q/A session with the students she covered various areas of discussion in film and the current industry dynamics онлайн заявка на кредитную карту. Talking about each student’s favorite director, different tastes and different movies, she made the interaction informative by sharing her personal experiences with the essence of professionalism.

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Before starting out in the Telugu movie industry, she worked in TV 9 (Telugu) as well as Radio Mirchi. In her stint at Ramanaidu Studios she worked as an assistant director for various movies including Malliswari, Jayam Manadera and Nagesh Kukunoor’s Hyderabad Blues. Apart from movies, she is an active Rotarian and trustee & founder member of Support Cancer Awareness Foundation, a NGO based in Hyderabad.

Things you didn’t know about Rocky

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Some movies are etched in the memory of movie-goers! It’s been nearly 40 years  and Rocky remains Sylvester Stallone’s best known film. The Philadelphia pugilist Rocky Balboa became an iconic role for millions of movie fans and it has been the same for its actor-creator, Sylvester Stallone as well.

It was played to perfection by Stallone who endeared himself to millions of people through his hard work, perseverance, and determination. His impact on moviegoers is so profound that the city of Philadelphia has a statue of their fictional sports hero. The 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have become known as the ‘Rocky Steps.’ These steps are a character on its own and have appeared in the triple-Oscar-winning film Rocky and five of its sequels, Rocky II, III, V, Rocky Balboa and Creed. The eponymous character runs up the steps to the song ‘Gonna Fly Now’. Tourists often imitate Rocky’s famous climb which is considered a metaphor for an underdog or someone rising to a challenge. A bronze Rocky statue was briefly situated at the top of the steps for the filming of Rocky III and after the shoot the statue is at the bottom of the steps, which is now a popular photo opportunity for visitors.

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The genesis of this iconic scene is very different from what it has now become. Stallone recounted that the film crew shooting on a tight budget, identified the steps one night while searching for locations. Stallone first thought Rocky should carry his dog Butkus up the steps, but he proved too heavy for the scene to work. But the view from the top of the stairs inspired him to reshoot the scene without the dog.

“He is a man of the streets. But, he has deep emotion and spirituality and good patriotism. He has a good nature, although nature has not been particularly good to him.” – Sylvester Stallone

While its classic status in inarguable, how much do you know about the greatest boxing movie ever made? Found this bit of information interesting, read on to find out more.

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  • One of the most interesting Rocky facts was that Susan Sarandon auditioned for the role of Adrian and didn’t get the part. This had nothing to do with her acting skills. They thought she was too pretty for the role and the role finally went to Talia Shire.
  • When shooting the scenes in the meat-locker where he punches the slabs of beef, Stallone punched the meat so hard for so long that he flattened out his knuckles. To this day, when he makes a fist, his knuckles are completely flat.
  • Frank Stallone, Stallone’s father, has a cameo playing the man who rings the opening bell of the Creed vs. Balboa fight.
  • Sylvester’s younger brother, also has a cameo playing the lead singer of the street band.
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  • Rocky was the first sports movie to ever win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • Stallone wrote the first draft of the script in just three days. There were actually several rewrites to get to the version that was finally shot.
  • When United Artists offered to buy Stallone’s script they were not interested in him playing the lead, preferring instead to cast an established star like Ryan O’Neal, Robert Redford, James Caan or Burt Reynolds. Stallone insisted that he wouldn’t sell the script unless he played the title role. Finally UA relented but cut the proposed $2 million in half.
  • Rocky’s dog Butkus was actually Sylvester Stallone’s dog in real life.
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  • Stallone was inspired to write the movie after seeing unfancied boxer Chuck Wepner last fifteen rounds with Muhammad Ali at the Richfield Coliseum on March 24, 1975.
  • The two scenes in which Rocky runs up the stairs of the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum – once when he can’t do it and once when he, after much training, triumphantly can – were filmed two hours apart.
  • Before directing the film, John G. Avildsen had never watched a boxing match or a boxing movie.
  • The budget didn’t allow for a sufficiently large crowd to fill the arena in the final fight scene, so stock footage of sporting crowd scenes had to be used to fill out the editing. However, you can still see in some shots that some of the seats are empty.
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Spotlight: ARRI Lighting Workshop

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Learning from the experts is always a great experience, and our students got a hands-on experience of it yet again.

ARRI Delegates from Germany Mathias Gentsch and Dennis Jackstein, were at the AISFM Campus conducting a Workshop on Lighting. The Workshop was conducted at the Mandwa House Set at Annapurna Studios. Mathias Gentsch is currently the Head of Services at ARRI. Dennis Jackstein, a trainer at ARRI, accompanied him. Stefan Nitsche, Sales Director at ARRI was also present during the session. The students learnt not just about the lighting equipment itself, but also about how it can be used in several different settings and scenarios to create unique and desirable shots.

Mathias & Dennis covered quite a few areas with context to lighting during their sessions at the Workshop. Some of these areas were, High Speed lighting techniques, The M-Series M90, Daylight and Skypanels. Lighting is a very essential component for a DoPs vision to reflect on screen, so the workshop was also conducted for a few DoPs working in the industry currently.

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During the workshop, the delegates put emphasis on LED lights becoming a substitute for the usual Tungsten lights used by filmmakers. Speaking to us about how lighting equipment and techniques have changed worldwide over the years, Mathias Gentsch said “a reflector can be a substitute for a lens and the industry nowadays uses more of LED rather than tungsten lights because of its efficiency.”

Live lighting experiments were set up in three rooms with different equipment and serving different objectives. The German delegates spoke at length about various lighting scenarios and captured the attention of the attendees during the workshop, who were fascinated by the transition in the concept of lighting and the way it has impacted filmmaking.

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As the technology in every field has progressed at a rapid rate, LED lights have an added advantage of saving energy whilst providing the desired output. During the second half of the workshop, the students and the DoPs were divided into groups and were demonstrated on understanding the functionality of the lighting equipment.

The students of AISFM were interactive, and the workshop peaked their interest to know about the process of lighting in precise detail. As learning can broaden the horizon in an individual’s perspective, this workshop was definitely a valid experience the students needed to master their craft in filmmaking.

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Oscars Nominations for 2017

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Come January and the entire entertainment fraternity, of course with fans included, around the world eagerly await the Academy Awards. Interest levels are high and it reaches a crescendo up to its telecast in February, when millions of movie lovers worldwide tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony.

Considered the highest form of recognition, The Academy Awards or ‘Oscars’, recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements. Did you know that the awards ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953 making it the oldest entertainment awards ceremony in the world.

The much-awaited and coveted list of nominees for the Oscars 2017 is finally out! La La Land is the leading contender for the 89th Academy Awards with a record-equalling 14 nominations. This includes nominations in each of the big four categories: Best Picture, Best Director for Damian Chazelle, Best Actress for Emma Stone and Best Actor for Ryan Gosling. Only All About Eve and Titanic have been nominated as many times in the past.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 22. Check out the list of nominations in the popular categories below. Who do you think will win?

Best Picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By The Sea
Moonlight

Best Director

Denis Villenueve – Arrival
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Damian Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Kenneth Lonegan – Manchester By The Sea

Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor  

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell Or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By The Sea

Original Screenplay

Hell Or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By The Sea
20th Century Women

Original Score

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Animated Feature

Kubo
Moana
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film

Land Of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

“The Fall Guy”, Bob Brown visits AISFM

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Bob Brown was at the AISFM Campus addressing the students and sharing his experiences about the time he was working as a stunt man and later a stunt coordinator in a numerous set of Hollywood projects, including both film and television. Bob is also a World Champion professional high diver.

A stunt coordinator is usually an experienced stunt performer hired by a TV, film or theatre director or production company for stunt casting (i.e.) to arrange the casting (stunt players and stunt doubles) and performance of stunts for a film, TV or a live audience. He has been nicknamed “The Fall Guy” as he is known for his high falling stunts.

With a vast number of films, from 1985 to 2017, Bob is one of the most experienced professionals in the business having an experience of over 30 years. He has had a successful transition from being a stuntman, to a stunt coordinator to a second unit director and then a director/producer of his first feature film called “Urban Games”, but he enjoys doing stunts the most.

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Bob started off with an introduction about his field of work and engaged in a Q/A session with the students, speaking about his process as a stunt coordinator, while having different experiences on different films. As he has been in the industry for quite a bit, he follows his set of methods and techniques to get the output required by the director.

Filmmaking being a collaborative process, Bob and his team play a vital part in the sequencing of stunts, ensuring the actor’s safety and delivering the product as per the vision of the director. On the job, he ensures enough rehearsals are done to make the shot seem realistic.

Bob has constantly been experiementing on the move, travelling to different parts of the world and contributing to the process of filmmaking, in a global way. As the job requires a passion for the risk and threat, Bob was always, from his childhood interested in watching action movies and found the movies really fascinating.

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He draws his inspiration for stunt ideas and moves from Jackie Chan. Inspired by video games, playing them gives him a lot of ideas on thinking of a new stunt. With a technical point of view, he does prefer long takes and is also a fan of a scene with multiple cuts, if executed perfectly. As he is also well versed with editing, he endures the added advantage of knowing what he wants, right in his head.

He also spoke about the other side of the industry where a few stunt coordinators can offer a lot but with the risk of safety. Bob has the right mindset for choreographing stunts realistically and safely with the use of the “right” equipment. He also spoke about VFX and it’s relevance in the idea of any stunt. He feels the need of a healthy working relationship with the DoP and the director to be very essential for creating something great on screen.

Sets of videos of his sequences were shown to the students throughout the interaction. You could see the versatility, in his body of work as each sequence had an extra edge to it; from integrating an animal in an action sequence, or blowing up cars, or the kick-punch sequences with an accurate sense of choreography. Speaking about the difference in TV and film, he says, “After a TV sequence, I don’t get that feeling of ‘Oh! I did it!’” He enjoys doing film sequences better as the scale of it is much larger in size, he said.

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Bob believes a stunt is as good as the preparation put behind it. He is also a fan of shooting on film over digital as film is richer and has more texture. Emphasizing on the rehearsals is a key to his success as a coordinator, he said. He was also a stunt double for Jim Carrey and encourages the idea of safety and professionalism.

Talking about his journey on how it was when he started out he shared instances where he donating blood from time to time for a few dollars. With 150$ in his pocket and the willingness to go behind his dream he moved his way up slowly and steadily getting noticed by all the studio heads. His recent body of work includes movies like XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Pixels, San Andreas, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Lone Ranger, Modern Family, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and many more.

The students were very interactive and discussed many topics with him and had a witty exchange of opinions. As Bob started out with having no film background and made his way up with sheer passion, he says, “Education always prepares you for what you are up against. It’s great that students can get an education in Film and Media prior to their work, as it makes them ready for it. Like being on a set, and knowing the functionality of it.”

Greatest party playlist for this New Year’s Eve

Greatest party playlist for this New Year’s Eve

Was 2016 a good year for you? Celebrate this fact with an amazing new year’s bash. Had a bad year? No issues, let’s party the night away in hopes of a good year ahead – This is what happens to most people at the end of every year. Whether 2016 was a good year for one or not, one cannot deny the excitement around the end of the year party! We present to you a list of songs that will help you in that exactly. Have a look:

  1. Work

This song began the long chain of ‘work’ songs that were released this year. The main USP of the song was the chemistry shared by Drake and Rihanna in both versions of the song’s video.

Artist: Rihanna

Featured artist: Drake

Album: Anti

  1. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi

From the film Befikre, this song quickly made its place in everybody’s dance playlists. Featuring Vani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, this song is the perfect one for your NYE bash.

Singer: Arijit Singh

Music: Vishal and Shekhar

Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni

French Vocals: Caralisa Monteiro

  1. Do It Right

This peppy number was composed by French DJ, Martin Solveig and features the vocals of Australian singer, Tkay Maidza, and will definitely will get you on the dance floor.

Artist: Martin Solveig

Featured artist: Tkay Maidza

Album: Single

  1. The Breakup Song

We all have that one friend in every group who breaks up with their significant other right before 31st December. Well, they do not need to be sulking over this, as Bollywood as a solution to that too, in the form of ‘The Breakup Song’ from the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The song features Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma along with cameos from a few other Bollywood celebs.

Singers: Arijit Singh, Badshah, Jonita Gandhi & Nakash Aziz

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

  1. I Wanna Feel

This is probable one of those songs that has been played at almost every club ever since its release. The British producer made a line from Toni Braxton’s 1996 hit ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ this song’s hook, which was widely appreciated.

Artist: Secondcity

Hook Vocals: Toni Braxton

Album: Single

  1. Kala Chashma

Yet another remake from what seems like a never ending list of song remakes this year, ‘Kala Chashma’ took the nation by storm when it released. The song features Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra and is from the film, Baar Baar Dekho.

Original Music Composition: Prem Hardeep

Recreated: Badshah

Singers: Amar Arshi, Badshah, Neha Kakkar & Indeep Bakshi (Rap)

Lyrics: Amrik Singh & Kumaar

  1. Into You

Ariana Grande’s 2016 album had something for everybody. This one song seemed to be a DJ favourite, being remixed by a whole lot of DJs. The one we loved the most that is best suited for a smashing NYE party would be by the American DJ 3LAU.

Artist: Ariana Grande

Album: Dangerous Woman

Featured Artist: DJ 3LAU

  1. Beat pe Booty

The film might have not done great at the box office, but that cannot be said about this song. The song featuring Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez from the film A Flying Jatt, went viral and had a dance challenge around it too.

Singer: Sachin, Jigar, Vayu & Kanika Kapoor

Lyrics: Vayu

Music: Sachin-Jigar

  1. One Dance

This song, co-written by the artist himself, became a chart topper instantly in over 15 countries. No 2016 playlist can be deemed complete without the inclusion of this fun number.

Artist: Drake

Featured artist: Wizkid & Kyla

Album: Views

  1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai

With its Haryaanvi slang and high bass, the song was an instant hit amongst dance lovers. It features Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma and is found in the film, Sultan.

Singer: Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Isheeta, Badshah

Music: Vishal & Shekhar

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

  1. Hype

This electro/dance song will surely energize your party. All you rap fans, who say they have no good songs to dance to will no longer have no complain, all thanks to this collaboration.

Artists: Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal

Album: Single

  1. Kar Gayi Chull

Every girl’s favourite song of this year will have to be this number from the film Kapoor & Sons. The song features Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt dancing the night away at a house party.

Singer: Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar

Lyrics: Badshah, Kumaar

Original Music Composition: Badshah

Music Composition and Recreation: Amaal Mallik

  1. Black Beatles

The duo Rae Sremmurd took the world by storm by their song that went on to become the backdrop for the #MannequinChallenge all over the internet.

Artists: Rae Sremmurd

Featuring Artist: Gucci Mane

Album: SremmLife 2

  1. Let’s Nacho

Yet another fun number from the film Kapoor & Sons. This high-energy song features Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt & Fawad Khan letting loose and shaking a leg.

Artists: Badshah, Benny Dayal, Nucleya

Lyrics: Kumaar, Christopher Pradee

  1. Starboy

The Weeknd’s latest album is so different from his regular music but nonetheless a success. This song in particular was very well received by everyone worldwide.

Artist: The Weeknd

Featured artist: Daft Punk

Album: Starboy

  1. The Humma Song

This foot-tapping rendition of the hit song ‘Humma Humma’ from the film Bombay is slowly taking over the charts. The song is found in the upcoming film OK Jaanu and features Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Original music composition: A.R. Rahman

Music recreated by: Badshah & Tanishk Bagchi

Lyrics: Mehboob

Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Shashaa Tirupati

  1. This Is What You Came For

Yet another party number from the Scottish record producer makes its way onto our list. This list would surely be incomplete without the inclusion of this song.

Artist: Calvin Harris

Featured artist: Rihanna

Album: Single

  1. Rock Tha Party

The song is one of the classic early-2000’s party songs by Bombay Rockers. It features John Abraham and Nora Fatehi from the film Rocky Handsome.

Original Composition and Vocals: Bombay Rockers

Lyrics: Kumaar

Mixed & Mastered By: Eric Pillai

  1. Closer

This song has played every night at every club since its release all over the globe, making Chainsmokers the new go-to party duo.

Artist: Chainsmokers

Featured artist: Halsey

Album: Single

  1. Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi

A hit song from a hit film, this Ankit Tiwari composition adds a very exotic Middle Eastern flavour to a simple Hindi song. It showcases Akshay Kumar singing to his wife, portrayed by Nimrat Kaur in the film Airlift.

Singers: Ankit Tiwari and Arijit Singh

Music: Ankit Tiwari

Lyrics: Kumaar