Working Towards Students’ Future

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AISFM is always working towards making their students ready with all required facets of talents to face the real world challenges. Students are trained to take up internships, jobs and assignments and come out with flying colors. We constantly take all the steps necessary to make our students job worthy while they are still on campus. Our talent pool attracts top brand placement partners from various fields.

We are extremely happy to announce that the following companies have joined our panel of placement partners; who will review student performance and profiles; and potentially offer internships or even placements to high-performing students.

Placement Partners for Internship/Placements:
– Ebani Advertising
– Nutshell Advertising
– 94.3 Radio Fever FM

During the January – June 2017 semester, AISFM witnessed a series of visits and interactions with an array of prestigious companies and well-known film industry personalities. Students got a chance to interact with these experts and companies about the industry realities.

Here is the list of companies & industry professionals who visited AISFM recently.

  • Target River
  • TV5
  • Star Maa
  • Box Caravan
  • Video Source Studios
  • Nutshell Advertising
  • Janrise
  • Guru Group
  • The Hans India
  • Drone
  • Ebani Advertising
  • Sound Spirit Events
  • Arka Media – Bahubali
  • Skill Mapped
  • Toonz
  • Raastas
  • Deep Red Ink
  • Green Gold Animation
  • Flat Pebble
  • Director Ayodhya Kumar
  • Praveen Pudi (Tollywood Editor)
  • Director Harinath
  • Director Upendra Madhav
  • Director Nandini Reddy
  • DoP – Rami Reddy
  • Editor Sreekar Prasad
  • DoP – Raju Garu Gadi
  • Dil Raju Production

Should you get a student job?! Yes!!!

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Do you think it is worth getting a job while you are still studying? It’s a question on many a student’s mind, but should you really be considering taking on a part-time job? The question of whether to get a job while in college is one of the toughest decisions a full-time student has to make. The answer to it is a big ‘Yes’! There are definitely more benefits beyond the regular pay checks. Here’s more!

Earn more than just money
Students not just earn a decent amount of money for their small expenses, they also gain valuable experience through a part-time job. It will be a blessing and a merit to have a job if they can find something in the field they are studying; what’s more it will look good on their resume.

Options to start now
If not in a field they are studying about, students can also get paid to do things they love; like teaching swimming or aerobics or music. This will not only serve as a break from the school load but will also provide some extra cash while doing something that you love.

Start off your experience graph
Thanks to the ever-changing and volatile job climate, it is always better to have an edge over your peers. Given a choice employers will choose someone with experience; and for those without prior experience their employability factor is almost non-existent. It is an unsaid belief that a part-time job will increase the chances of a student’s employability. While that holds true, it would be better if the experience was relevant.

Can I postpone the student job?
Maybe not! Employers are always on the lookout for students and like to hire them as they can be paid less due to their inexperience. Positions such as tutoring, acting, interning in a company of your field will help.

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Is it worth it?
The answer is a resounding yes. A big Yes!!! It gives you first-hand experience and teaches you about the working world, which is very different from that of a student. The working hours teach you about commitment and punctuality; deadlines help develop your ability to work under pressure and most importantly it eases you into the working life rather than throw you into it once you graduate. The biggest plus point?! Earning your own money gives you independence. There is no greater sense of self-achievement or satisfaction than when you can buy your own things.

What job should I get?
The best option is to apply for a job that is a stepping-stone to your long-term career. If you are studying to be a lawyer then join a law firm, so you can learn to deal with the cases and build a relationship with the seniors. Want to be a director, then don’t do odds jobs but rather get a job on a film set. Jobs such as bartending may be a good way to earn extra money, but its better you go for a position that will provide invaluable experience for your future career.

Should I work for free?
It depends on where you are working! If it is a regular company, weigh the pros and cons and then decide. If it is a reputed company and promises a job once you graduate then sacrificing the pay can be beneficial in the long run, because job experience is getting valuable these days. If it is an NGO or charity, then Yes, you should work for free. Do your bit for the society and give back by working for free.

What if I don’t like it?
The answer is plain and simple, quit. Maybe this is a sign and it will help you choose the specialization you want. Many times, students study for what they believe is their dream job, only to realise that it was a wrong choice. It is the perfect opportunity to see if the industry you’re studying for is everything you believe it to be. If it turns out to be what you want, then great; but if you are studying for a job you may never come to like, then quit the job and make necessary adjustments to your studies. It is better to do it now than graduate with a degree that can only get you a job you will come to hate!

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There are a lot of great reasons on why getting a job while you are still a student are good, here were just some of them. If you wish to take a year out after your studies, the money you earned while doing a student job will be the greatest reward you could give yourself after years of hard study and work. There is no reason that there is anything wrong with doing a part-time job. If not for anything, it could be character building and a good way to dive into another social circle. So, start looking for one, right now!

Vaishvi Mistry gets candid about her film ‘Sort The Spot’

AISFM student, Vaishvi Mistry brings to you a story that not many can openly talk about in our society – A girl’s first period. Her film ‘Sort The Spot’ just finished off with its making, and so we had a small chat with the filmmaker, to get out some details about her film.

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The film shows two parallel stories of two girls who get their period for the first time. It is about how the two stain their skirts, and eventually, ‘sort the spot’.

“Both stories deal with how differently their friends and families handle the situations. One is set in a typical govt. affiliated school, while the other is in a posh private school. We have tried showing a contrast between the two situations, and showcase the two ways in which Indians deal with this situation. It is still a taboo in India to talk about a girl’s period and so, what we tried to do through this film, is to give the audience two options when a situation like this arises. It is up to them to choose which path they would like to walk down.”

When asked about an experience that she would never forget, from the shoot, she said, “The film was shot partly in Hyderabad and partly in Surat. When we reached Surat, we were supposed to get about six hours of shoot in a school. We set up everything and were waiting for the kids to arrive in the morning. Then the kids come in, in completely different uniforms from the ones worn by our actors! Now we had already shot the rest of the film in those uniforms (the ones worn by the actors after R&D of the school), and we did not know what to do. After speaking to the school management, we were given another class who were in the daily uniforms, but we had only four hours to shoot. After speaking to my crew members, we decided to push ourselves and do the shoot in the limited time. We did not rest, we did not eat, and somehow managed to get all our shots”

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Her film deals with this taboo topic in a comic way. When asked why she opted to make her film this way, this is what she said, “I love treating things in a comic manner. The more serious or sensitive the issue is, the more comic I’d like to make it, in my film. This is why even Sort the Spot is not a serious film. It is an extreme opposite of what people would expect. It is challenging, and it hits people when there is a hint of satire or parody in it, as compared to if it (the film) were directly speaking about my subject. I will pick the genre which is the opposite of what people would expect to watch.”

“One of the two stories in the film is my personal story. I was pretty scared, and being an introvert made it even more terrific. As a filmmaker, I had to put my actor in the very same situation as I had been, but not let her react like how I did. The other story is about an extrovert. Though she is younger, she handles the situation pretty well, thanks to her friends,” she added.

On being asked about her experience of making a film, this is what she said: “It is always scary. Firstly, because it is our grad film. Second, because we are the first BFA batch, so everybody is waiting to see what we will come up with after studying this art for four years. Even when I came up with my story, I had a lot of ideas from others as to how the story can be improved. You need to know which ideas to take, and which to let go, while making sure to stick to what you originally wanted to convey. It was a good experience.”

“We had five days of shoot. We travelled. We got so lost in the film, that after a point we needed a fresh pair of eyes to tell us what we need to do, or what changes we need to make. I never gave my crew members food on time. Lunch always got delayed on sets, because for me, I cannot rest till I get my perfect shot. When you make a film, you are the only one who knows how you got a particular shot. People will tell you to do things in a different way, and there will be a lot of pressure. When you surpass this, you become a good filmmaker,” she said with a smile.

From student to star – Kashyap!

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AISFM’s acting student, Kashyap bagged the lead role in the upcoming film, Production No. 1 by Kalyan Cine Creations banner. We caught up with him on his first day of shoot for a quick chat. Here’s what the debutant had to say.

How was your experience studying at AISFM?
It was wonderful! I made a lot of friends, and the faculty were amazing. I felt that they helped in bringing out the dormant actor inside of me, to the outside world. I was very reserved and restricted before joining AISFM, but once I started learning all of the things taught in my acting course, especially my psychology classes, they opened me up and woke up the sleeping actor inside of me. My favourite was the acting class, mainly because of my teacher. He was my childhood mentor. It’s funny because when I was little, I used to go to his house for tuitions. His sister used to teach me, so I was able to create a good rapport with him as well. This is part of the reason of me being given the award for the Best Student of my batch.  Psychology was also one of my favourite subjects. It helped me get inside the mind of the character and helped me portray it better on screen.

Could you mention a fun/memorable experience during your time here?
We have a vending machine in the cafeteria, and one of my friend had figured out a trick that allowed us to access it without using coins. We had night classes till around 8, so after everybody left we used to finish almost 20-30 cups of coffee/tea every day and then leave (chuckles). I don’t think I’ll ever forget that!

How does studying in a film school set you apart from the rest of the crowd?
Like I said before, studying at AISFM helped bring out the actor in me. It wasn’t like someone taught me something new, but rather felt like something that I already had inside of me. While I was studying at AISFM, I used to do a lot of short films for the other students, so they had coined the phrase ‘one-take actor’ for me, since I would deliver my dialogues in maybe 1 or 2 takes max.

The passion inside you is the only thing that will allow you to do something hatke in life. Before joining, I never even thought that one day I’d be sitting down and giving an interview, so that just shows that one needs the right drive and dedication to achieve success.

What advice would you like to give to the current students?
Okay, this is a bit tough! I will however tell them to never give up on their dreams. I have a friend, who wanted to become an actor, but he had to realise his capabilities. As an actor, you must know facial expressions; maintain your physique, especially in Tollywood. I also want to add that, we need a lot of supporting actors in the industry, not just mainstream heroes. Even if you are a hero, you will need a very good supporting actor for you to be able to act well. Hence, I would like to advice everybody to do every type of role and play every character and bring out the best in them.

How was your experience working in a film?
This is a love and humour based genre. It is really entertaining. My experience until today has been pretty good, everybody is really supportive. I had heard a lot about what it feels like to be on the set of a major film, and now I am experiencing it all and it is very unbelievable. People always say that you get frustrated on set, but as a newcomer, the others on set are pushing me so much that I do not feel that frustration. In fact, I feel calm, and that’s because of the people working in this film with me.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
In front of a camera! Whatever role I get, I will analyse it, see whether I can do it well, do it perfect. Since the audience is always looking for something new and something fresh, I will always aim at becoming better and better.

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Vividh Ashok: “Never underestimate the power of Marketing”

There are two things in life: Something you are good at and something you want to do. Finding the perfect union between the two is what is going to take you further in life. Read on to know what else our MMBA student, Vividh Ashok had to say about his internship at Annapurna Studios for the film Soggade Chinni Nayana.

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Q: How was your experience working as an intern?

A: Since I am in my senior year of the MMBA program, I am supposed to do an internship, as a part of my program. I first thought about doing an internship at an ad agency, but then I got to know about an internship opportunity at Annapurna Studios, through the college. It was an opportunity to work in the marketing team of Nagarjuna sir’s movie Soggade Chinni Nayana, and I didn’t want to let this slip away. After joining, I realized that this job was going to be much more than just the simple nuances of marketing. They called it Marketing Publicity. My job was directed more towards coming up with ideas and co-ordination. I was also part of the team that handled the front-stage co-ordination at the film’s audio launch event. It was very nice for me to see how a live event occurs. I was also handling the ‘Making’ and ‘Promo’ videos for the film.

Q: What was the most memorable part of the internship?

A: Meetings! Imagine sitting across the table from the Executive Producer of the film, along with the likes of Gemini TV, Radio City, along with Nagarjuna sir! You don’t get an opportunity like this often. I never spoke during these meetings, but sitting in that room and listening to the ideas they came up with was the best experience for me. Also, the fact that I was given a walkie-talkie and I could call people up and give them instructions was an added bonus! The way the studio worked and functioned was amazing to experience. I will never forget that.

Q: What do you take back from this experience?

A: The one thing I’ve realized, and the one thing I tell everybody is that everyone must work in a studio at least once in their life! You can always come up with your indi-films anytime in your life, but when you work for a studio, you get to know that there are a lot of people involved in the movie making process. Unless you actually get into this, you will not be able to see how it functions. One instance was how our director was there from start to finish. He could’ve easily gone back after production was done, but he didn’t. He was a part of marketing, he was making sure everything was functioning well. Even Nag sir for that matter. Being an actor, he could’ve easily avoided being involved in these matters, but he chose not to. Being in the marketing team, opened my eyes in terms of where I can see myself in the future. This has been the biggest learning curve for me. What I had learned theoretically turned out to be so much different compared to what I experienced.

Q: Did something fun happen on set that you will carry forward with you in the future?

A: Oh yes! Gemini TV had a competition during the audio launch for the general public. The contest was done and the names and numbers of the winners were handed over to me. It was my job to call them up and inform them that they won. Now, out of fifty odd people, ten responded. Even after the event so many of the people kept calling. That was funny! Also, meeting Nag sir on a daily basis was amazing. Getting ASPL’s tea and meals is also something I will never forget (laughs).

Q: How was your experience here, at AISFM? What advice would you like to give to your juniors?

A: Oh it was brilliant! I had heard of Annapurna Studios, while doing my Media studies in Bangalore, but had no knowledge that they were coming up with a film school or an MMBA course for that matter. I was in a class of two, so I loved the personal attention given to me, with a deep level of interaction. The way they teach here is so good, and its the reason why we didn’t leave despite the small number of students. Now, me being on the verge of completing my course, I can say that it (MMBA) is the best mix one can get of management and creativity! The one thing I would like to say to my juniors is – Keep working. It doesn’t matter whether you are in production, direction, marketing or even in the camera department. Make sure you add as much experience as you possibly can in the years you spend here. College classes are important, but you need to do something beyond your classroom. Also, work for a studio at least once in your life!

Q: Where do you see yourself, in say the next five years?

A: There are several things that I want to do. In five years, I would like to see myself being the head of my media department. I know it sounds very generic, but that’s the least I would like myself to become. To be honest, I would want to work for Teach for India, do something that makes me happy. Also, I want to produce an independent film.

Carving his own little niche!

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When a dream becomes a passion and that passion becomes life, nothing else matters; you start living and loving life! For dreams and passion are more powerful than facts and reality. It takes guts to achieve glory and conviction to stick to your dreams.

Well on this path to achieving his dreams, carving his own little niche is our very own Hari Mrutyumjaya, who worked as the Assistant Director in Nagarjuna’s latest blockbuster film Soggade Chinni Nayana.

An alumnus of AISFM, who had pursued his Masters in Film & Media, Hari is from the first batch of this school. Speaking about what motivates him and what his inspiration is, he says, “Since my college days i.e. intermediate I would keep writing stories on paper and tell my friends about it. I even sent some stories to a local film magazine. I continued writing stories even while I was doing my B.Tech in Sri Vasavi Engineering College, Tadepalligudam. I then joined AISFM to pursue my M.A. to know and learn more about other aspects of filmmaking. My M.A. project was Pranam, based on the stageplay called ‘Kuka’ by Yandamoori Veerendranath. I read about him a lot.”

So where does your passion lie; have you always wanted to become a director? To this he says, “I love writing but I will not leave direction at the same time. If the writing is good then the film is good. If writing is perfect then 80% of the job is done, the remaining 20% would be, to shoot the film. Without a proper story, even a big director’s movie will be a flop.”

Speaking about his experience on being a part of the trendsetting record-breaking big blockbuster movie Soggade Chinni Nayana, he says “When I saw the characters I liked Nagarjuna Sir’s character a lot, especially the differentiation between the dual roles and the whole essence of the movie. I had a feeling that it would do well, but it is such a big blockbuster! The fantasy and nativity of it all, is very unique. On the first day of the film during pre-production the director, Kalyan Krishna, gave me the script and asked me to read it and involved me in the whole process.  AISFM involved us and taught us all aspects of filmmaking and this helped me a lot. Even though it was such a big production I felt very comfortable working and being part of it. Initially I was scared but later on it was all fine. On the last day of shooting, we all felt that the final output was really good and were very happy.” Making the most of his break before he starts working on his next project, Hari has a story in mind and will be working on its screenplay.

At AISFM we learnt each aspect of filmmaking. It was easy for me later, since I learnt about everything in the school. Even though we worked on small projects we looked into each department; whereas in the industry it is divided into each department, so the knowledge and prior experience helped. It didn’t feel new and it was easy working. We learnt what to do and what not to do. We learnt that planning is very important in any department, then there is clarity,” he said about his learning at AISFM.

What are you friends and family saying about your recent laurels? With a smile on his face, he says “They are very happy. It is because of my B.Tech friends, Maruthi Kiran and Narendra Kumar, that I am here. They paid my fees when I could not afford it and made sure that I got into a really good school like AISFM to realize my dream. They helped and supported me a lot and encouraged me at all times. Initially I tried my hand in the industry and got small offers but then I wanted to learn more about the craft, so they helped me by paying the fees to get into AISFM. At AISFM, Krupakar Sir encouraged me a lot and introduced me to the director of Soggade Chinni Nayana Kalyan Krishna. If not for his help, I would not have got a break so soon. Kalyan Krishna asked me about the course and what they taught me and once he was sure that I was good for the job, he took me as his assistant director. My specialization was scriptwriting, so the director asked me for suggestions and was always open to any that I suggested. Kalyan Krishna supported me a lot and was always helpful.”

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Any interesting anecdotes that he would like to share with us? To this, reliving his fan moment he says, “Kalyan Krishna is like a brother not just with me but with everyone. So, for a small scene in the movie he asked me if I would like to play the brother of Hamsanandini in it. I am a huge fan of Nagarjuna Sir, so I readily agreed. My most memorable moment is that, I have a scene with Nagarjuna Sir in the movie and even share two dialogues in that scene. Cinematographer Siddharth was also very funny and helpful.”

When asked if he told Nagarjuna that he is from AISFM, to this he said, “I did not because it will be good if I introduce myself to him after I make a name for myself and then make him proud by saying that I am from AISFM.”

So in three years from now, where does he see himself? To this he confidently says that “I would definitely have directed a movie by then. And I want to direct my own story, only then I will be able to realize it completely.”

Sharing his experiences and lessons learnt for future aspirants, he said, “People who take up the job should work according to the job requirement and satisfy them and should not brag. We should do our job to the best and respect all crew, be it in any department. It will also help if we are involved in pre and post production work also, so that the learning is complete. For example in AISFM we learnt about sync sound also but in the industry dubbing is followed majorly, so being involved in post production also helps you learn a lot.”

Ending the discussion on a philosophical note, he said, “We should always keep learning and should not think that we know everything, since filmmaking in a continuous learning process. One lifetime is not enough. Writing is also important; we should keep writing and develop it further.”

Here’s wishing Good Luck to Hari for his upcoming movies and in everything that he does!

Aayush Agarwal: On FreshFace, Acting & the importance of Moisturizing!

Our student Aayush Agarwal recently took part in the Hyderabad Times Fresh Face 2015, and was the 1st runner-up. We caught up with him recently for a quick Q&A session. Here’s what our young star had to say!

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Q: What was the first thing that came across your mind when you were crowned 1st runner-up?

A: It was a beautiful feeling. The fact that I was able to even come in 2nd place in a competition that is as vast as this one, is what made me feel happy. As far as not winning comes up, I’m okay with being second, because this is what will make me strive to come 1st the next time. It will make me work harder. That is a plus point according to me.

Q: What can we expect next from you?

A: I have a few short films that are lined up. Also, I am auditioning for another feature film where I am supposed to play the younger version of Rana (Daggubati), so let’s hope that gets through. Apart from this, I am also playing the junior version of the actor Shashank (Siddamsetty) in the upcoming film Yathartam (AISFM Student Grad Film). Shashank has won a Nandi Award, so that’s a big honour for me to be able to work in the same film as him.

Q: How did you come across this competition and what were the things you underwent during the hunt?

A: Clean & Clear goes to several colleges and has auditions in their campus. I, however, was informed about it by my friend that there were open auditions being held at Inorbit Mall, in which anybody could register. That’s where I auditioned. I acted in the 1st round and cleared it. There were about 1000 students at this level. In the semi-finals, 20 of us were shortlisted. Designer Ganesh Nallari took us shopping and gave each one of us a makeover, so that was fun! He also choreographed the ramp walk that each of us had to do in the finals. A quick introduction session along with a talent round then happened, which determined whether you are a finalist or not.

Q: What did you do for the Talent Round?

A: I acted and danced. I performed on the song Aala Barfi (Barfi) and proposed to the judge Regina Cassandra at the end of it (laughs). Then I transitioned into acting by saying the dialogue from Pyaar ka Punchnama. I had three minutes for my entire performance, so fitting all these elements and making sure I’m doing it all right was a challenge for me.

Q: What is the secret behind your Clean, Clear and Fresh face? 🙂

A: (laughs). The secret is that I use my Clean & Clear facewash followed by a moisturizer. On a serious note, I know where I want to go, and I know I need to have this if I want to move forward. I need to take good care of myself if I want to get into this field. So yes, that’s my secret!

Devi, rolling in the victories

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It’s a moment of great pride for us, when one of our students wins an award, be it in any field. Suthapalli Devi, our BFA first year student has won gold medals in the field of sport recently. Here’s congratulating her and wishing her loads of luck for upcoming competitions.

Devi won not one or two but three gold medals in the 300 mts, 500mts and 1000 mts  in the Telangana State Roller Skating Championship held during December 24th to 27th 2015. Adding another feather to her cap and keeping the winning streak going, Devi won a Bronze in skating at the National Games held in Pune!

But the champ is not too happy about the recent win, since she was aiming for the gold. “I am not happy about the recent nationals, I didn’t reach my goal. This is due to lack of practice on my side. When I was in my hometown my parents would take me to all my practice sessions. But after coming to the hostel I have to manage everything so it became difficult to travel all the way (my skating class is 16km away), practice, come back and then complete all my class assignments. So I couldn’t practice well enough.” She goes on to add that her “parents are my backbone. I am nothing without them.”

Juggling her life between both her passions, skating and animation; if she had to choose one between them, she said that she would “definitely choose skating, because skating is a sport which can be pursued only till a certain age, later on even if I want to skate, after a certain level the body would definitely not support. At some point I will have stop. But animation can be pursued anytime, so I would definitely prefer skating.”

For a person so passionate about the sport, that is not an unfathomable thing to say. Her love for skating started quite young, at the age of four to be precise. To overcome a health issue, she started skating which soon became her passion. In the long skating journey so far, she has participated 13 times in the Nationals, where every year she needs to first qualify two levels to participate, i.e. the district level and then the state level.

Practicing, participating in the Nationals, attending classes, completing assignments etc. how has it been handling the busy schedule? To this, she said “as I started skating since childhood I got habituated to the busy schedule, which is skating for four hours a day, attending college and two hours of study time. This is the schedule I have been following since L.K.G. Later on it became difficult to manage both studies and sports, but my parents motivated and supported me a lot.”

Next on the calendar for the champ are the competitions that will start in November this year. “This year my goal is to make a national record in the 300mtrs race and I have already started working towards it. I promised my dad that I will make a new record this time. Whatever happens and no matter how difficult it might be, I am sure I am going to do this in the upcoming nationals and make my parents proud,” said the confident girl who will not rest till she achieves her goal.

So, what are her friends and family saying about her recent laurels? “My friends and family are actually happy with the result. Whether I win or lose there will be no complaints from my parents and they have never put any kind of pressure. They have always supported me a lot and I am lucky to have them,” she added.

She signed off with rue and is hopeful of some able support soon, “skating is a type of sport where we need to invest a lot and my dream is to participate in internationals. But due to lack of sponsors I didn’t. I don’t want to burden my parents. So I hope I will get a good sponsor in the future soon.”

We are sure Devi will keep the winning streak going and garner more laurels along the way. Here’s wishing her all the luck!

 

“AISFM has become an identity”

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AISFM is often considered as the ‘first stop’ for a large number of people from the film and television industries for recruiting well-trained and proficient students. Well known for its state-of-the-art facilities and curriculum, AISFM prides itself on creating an environment that facilitates in not only the academic but the overall development of the student.

Some of our alumni have already established themselves well, while some more are slowly but steadily gaining a strong foothold in the film industry. We spoke to some of them to see how they are doing and how the experience has been so far.

P.M. Uma, working on the Telugu film Sardar Gabbar Singh starring Pawan Kalyan said, “We used to have a lot of practical knowledge at AISFM which has been of immense help. Sanjay sir taught us and he told us exactly how the industry works. It has helped me a lot. I’m ahead of my contemporaries in the same field and I feel I am nowhere less. It has been great.”

Another student who got a chance to direct a full length feature film, Akshat Ajay Sharma, Director of Singham123, said, “AISFM has been of a lot of help. I had a lot of freedom to do a lot of projects, explore techniques, learn while shooting live projects in the studios and all this gave me a lot of experience. Some of my documentaries also got awards, all because of the freedom from my mentors and faculty who helped me sharpen my craft.” Akshat is currently working on a documentary called NatyaShala, which is about the theatre scene in the city.

Hari Mrutyumjay, working as Assistant Director in Nagarjuna’s film Soggade Chinni Nayana said, At AISFM we learnt each aspect of filmmaking. It was easy for me later, since I learnt about everything in the school. Even though we worked on small projects we looked into each department; whereas in the industry it is divided into each department, so the knowledge and prior experience helped. It didn’t feel new and it was easy working. We learnt what to do and what not to do. We learnt that planning is very important in any department, then there is clarity.”

Trying their hand at something different and away from films are A. Dhanvignesh and Meher Kilaru. Dhanvignesh is working as an independent filmmaker and he said, “AISFM helped me learn filmmaking with practical experiences; we had the best faculty who guided us really well. I had a really nice experience, we did a lot of practicals and it has helped me on the projects that I’m working on. Right now, I’m working on personal projects and on an untitled feature and other small projects.”

Meher Kilaru on the other hand is working on documentaries for NGO’s and he said, “AISFM is the only film institute in the Telugu film industry which gives importance to film and TV equally. They have taught us everything there is we need to know. They are very unique and true to their name. I have learnt everything I need to know to enter the industry. What would have taken more than 4 – 5 years to learn while in the industry; I learnt at AISFM during my course and it saved me a lot of time. AISFM has become an identity. The brand of Annapurna Studios and AISFM gives me an extra edge over the others.”

Films, television, short films, documentaries or choose what you may; AISFM is the right platform to start your career.

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Three short films, three former students, one international film festival. The graduation films of three AISFM students are India’s only entry to the Universe Multicultural Film Festival, California this year. Having secured this global platform to make India proud, the three students speak to Deccan Chronicle on their film, challenges, budgets and more.

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Read the whole page in Deccan Chronicle dedicated to the films Chachi’s Funeral, Ali’s Letter and Pranam.

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