A 2-Day Filmmaking Workshop: Vancouver Film School

Michael Baser (Head of Department, Writing for Film and Television), Bob Woolsey (Independent Film Maker), Rodger Cove (Senior Instructor, Feature Script / Character Essentials) from Vancouver Film School were at the AISFM Campus from 18th March, 2017 to 20th March, 2017 conducting a workshop for the filmmaking students.


While the 1st Day included covering the aspects in: Storytelling, Basics of Scriptwriting, Script to Screen, Theme and Plot building, Moving Master (single shot scene) it was followed by the 2nd Day which included activities like Blocking a scene, Scene Rehearsal, Shoot: Moving Masters, Screening. The students were a part of a discussion with the delegates of Vancouver Film School. Exchanging thoughts on the craft of filmmaking, techniques of screenwriting and the execution of an idea translating to a decent result on screen.


Michael Baser, Rodger Cover and Bob Woolsey were impressed with the campus facilities provided and the exposure being gained by the students. “As the institute is located within the premises of a studio, it helps them getting a better understanding on a working environment while they are studying about the same,” they said. The Vancouver Film School team also would be happy to host exchange programs between their students and the students of AISFM as cultural diversity can be a key element to analyse new perspectives.

The students on the other hand, could get a better grasp of the basics that revolve around the process of filmmaking. With different stages of the workshop being aimed at mastering the basics of the craft, the students had to go through a learning curve in order to complete the workshop. As the stages of the workshop were meant to be a progressive learning for the students, it also acted as a great build up for the final product at the end of the two days.


“My learning’s definitely are that I got an opportunity to strengthen my basics of writing and also, I understood why to keep it simple and that writing is the cheapest way to better the film on which they stressed upon on” said one of the students who attended the workshop.  As these workshops are meant to nurture the technical and skill aspect of filmmaking in these upcoming filmmakers, it enhances the basics and makes the execution of their ideas easier.

The students of AISFM look forward to more such workshops from global professionals all over the world playing key roles in the field of filmmaking. As the industry demands valid skill sets for each technical aspect, these workshops help in building a foundation for students to build an idea, pitch/sell it and by the end of it, release it on the big screen.

Here’s How to Use Hashtags!


More than a thousand words have been added to the dictionary last year alone and thousands more have been added over the past few decades, all thanks to social media; but few are as popular, widely used and accepted as the ‘hashtag’.

It has existed for a long time earlier too and was known simply as the ‘pound’ (#) symbol. Yup, the one you use in some online transactions. While initially, hashtags were made popular by Twitter, they are everywhere now and are used on major social networks, including Facebook and Instagram.

Let us explore what a hashtag really is, what makes them so immensely great, and of course how they work on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and how you should use them!


What is a ‘hashtag’?
A hashtag is simply a keyword phrase, spelled out without spaces, with a pound sign (#) in front of it. For example, #ThrowbackThursday or #LyricalWednesday are both hashtags. You can use these hashtags anywhere and everywhere in your social media posts; in the beginning, anywhere in between or at the end.

What does a ‘hashtag’ do?
Well, it’s plain and simple. The way the backend of each social platform works is that these hashtags tie conversations from all different users into one single stream and which are easily accessible when you search for a hashtag, clicking on one, or by using a third-party monitoring tool. The post has to be public in order for it to appear in anyone’s search.


What makes hashtags so great?
In 2007 hashtags were a brand new concept and what makes it still great is that the ‘channel’ concept of hashtags satisfies many of the things group discussions do. They are easily accessible with the syntax on social media networks, easy to learn, flexible and work with user behaviours and work on phones (unlike the star key).

The hashtag continues to thrive and are a great way for anyone to make their posts visible and at the same time increase engagement while connecting posts and images together. The important thing is to use hashtags carefully and only when you think they add value. If you use them too much they can be confusing.

So, how many is too many? How long should they be? Where should you use them? And perhaps most importantly, why should you use them? Read on and learn more about how to use them on three different platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


How it works on Twitter
A hashtag here helps tie up the conversations of any number of different users into one stream. Even if users who are not connected to one another, talk about the same topic using a specific hashtag then their tweets will appear in the same stream.

How to use hashtags on Twitter
Whether you want to start a new conversation or get involved in an existing one, use a hashtag and publish the tweet from a public account that includes the hashtag.

How to find hashtags on Twitter
If you know the hashtag you want to search for, there are four main ways to search for it; a simple search, an advanced search, monitoring using a third-party tool or by simply typing it directly into the URL.


How do hashtags work on Facebook
Similar to the Twitter platform, a Facebook hashtag ties the conversations of different users into one stream. The only difference here is that unlike Twitter and Instagram, where many people have public accounts and their posts can be seen by anyone, most Facebook posts and accounts are private. If the posts are private then even if individuals are using hashtags, they are not searchable.

How to use hashtags on Facebook
All you have to do is publish a Facebook post to your page or timeline that includes the hashtag. But before that be sure that your post is public if you want people other than your Facebook friends to find it. To make a Facebook post public, click on the button to the right of ‘Post’ and choose ‘Public’ from the dropdown menu and once you publish the post, the hashtag becomes a clickable link, which leads to the hashtag page.

How to find hashtags on Facebook
If you already know the hashtag you want to search for, there are two main ways to search for it; a simple search or by typing it directly into the URL.


How hashtags work on Instagram
An Instagram hashtag also ties the conversations of different users into one stream, just like Twitter and Facebook. If Instagram users who are not otherwise connected to one another talk about the same topic using a specific hashtag, their posts will appear in the same stream.

How to use hashtags on Instagram
If you want to get involved in the conversation or start your own, use a hashtag and publish it from a public account that includes the hashtag.

How to find hashtags on Instagram
The only way to search for a hashtag is through a simple search. You can do a simple search and toggle your results by ‘Tags’.

Did you know? While hashtags did not actually get popular (with the help of Twitter) until after 2007, they were actually first used during the late 90s to categorize items into groups on IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

Spotlight: ARRI Lighting Workshop


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.


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.


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.


Oscars Nominations for 2017


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

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester By The Sea

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

La La Land

Animated Feature

My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best Foreign Language Film

Land Of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

“The Fall Guy”, Bob Brown visits AISFM


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.


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.


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.


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.”

Down with Stress and Anxiety? Few ways for you to cope up!


Stress and Anxiety are very normal in our daily lives. Anxiety is usually a reaction to the stress. Stress is a response to a threat in any situation (situations*). It takes over the mind and later your life. Don’t let it! You can cope up with it even though you think you can’t. Follow certain steps, they’re simple but meant to be consistent. Try for yourself!

  • Take a break. Stepping back from the problem may help in clearing your head. Practice yoga, listen to music or meditate.


  • Count to 10 slowly. Take deep breaths. Inhale. Exhale. Slowly. Repeat and count to 20. Try it!


  • Well-balanced meals. Stress eating can be one of the most effective tactic to handle stress. A balance in meals can keep the stomach full and a healthy stomach means a healthy mind. So Eat!


  • Exercise. Keep exercising, put your sweat out. Distracting yourself with a daily workout can be the best stress-buster.


  • Accept. Accept the fact that stress and anxiety do exist within you and try to reason them out, find out the reason for its occurrence.


  • Humour yourself. It is necessary to just have a reason to smile on a daily basis. Watch a comedy movie! Let laughter be an escape to all the stress.


  • Triggers to Anxiety. Whatever you feel, it is happening for a reason. Every emotion occurs with a trigger, so if you do know the triggers maybe you can control it.


  • Sleep. Sleep can be a peaceful way to escape from life and all it’s stresses. Take a power-nap and enjoy comfortably numb!


  • Connect. Have a friend, parent or any person who you can connect to and open up about your problems. Sharing always helps!


  • No to Alcohol and Drugs.  Drugs and Alcohol may seem to help with stress. But in the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling. Avoid it!


  • Feeling anxious right now? Try this out!


Stress and Anxiety are definitely not your friends and they definitely hamper your potential of doing anything at all. Don’t let it control you. Take control. Stay calm. Be Positive.

Lights, Camera, Stunts!!!


Bahubali is a movie that caught the nation’s attention like never before and people all over are awaiting the concluding part of this epic movie that has been narrated through spectacular visuals and amazing special effects. Bahubali, with its epic dimensions in nearly every aspect of filmmaking has been lauded for its exceptional stunts and special effects and its grandeur of scale especially in its stunts and battle sequences are truly spectacular.

Stunt coordinator of this blockbuster film King Solomon Raju visited AISFM for a stunt and action workshop for Bachelors and Masters students who will be graduating next semester. The outdoor shoot with our students was conducted on our campus by the man himself. Students got a hands-on experience on how stunts are supposed to be acted out and shot.


Speaking to us during a break in the workshop, Solomon said about youngsters nowadays joining film schools to learn the finer nuances of various aspects of film-making, “It is imperative that today’s generation gets the right training and for that learning in a film school is very important. Just like how you cannot go from Grade 1 to Grade 10 in school, here you cannot just join the film industry and become known. By learning in a film school, they always have an added advantage. More and more people are joining the film industry now than earlier and it is a great thing.”

Talking about his favourite movie Bahubali, he said that it is one of the best things that has happened to him and rates the stunts and the movie as the best. When we are talking about the iconic movie how can we not ask the proverbial question on everyone’s lips, ‘Why did Kattappa kill Bahubali?’ To this, he smiled and said, “Even, I don’t know!” “Stunts have come a long way from the initial days of the film industry and have improved greatly. With the aid of computer graphics, various stunts can be tried in films,” he said and added that Bahubali has raised the standards for stunts too.


Before getting back to the workshop, he left a word of advice for the youngsters who want to pursue film-making, “Follow your dream, work hard with passion and don’t give up.”

One of the AISFM students’ who attended the workshop, shared her thoughts on it. Isha Thota, said “The stunt workshop was quite an interesting experience. It made me aware of the intricacies that went in to the production of a “professional” stunt scene and also the need of a stunt coordinator even for low budget films. We learnt about other aspects we may use in a film that we may not have previously thought would need a coordinator for i.e. something as small and insignificant as a scene where a character falls onto the floor is in need of an awareness, about stunts.”

“One main aspect that was spoken about, that is of grave importance is that of safety. Mr. Solomon and his team were very prudent, and took various safety measures with the use of body harnesses and crash mats. We were also informed about the importance of using our own safety equipment in order to ensure that the quality has not deteriorated or any problems that come with wear and tear come up during a shoot. Apart from the basic need for safety, the film production and insurance is also at a risk if appropriate steps are not taken.”


“We were also made aware of the steps taken in the production of a stunt sequence, from interacting with the director who informs the coordinator of the mood of the scene and the events leading up to the stunt sequence, and of course the setting and to the actual rehearsal of the stunt  sequence itself. During the shoot Mr. Solomon also did a mock pre vis using a camera phone to check different angles, after which the sequence was practiced, safety measures were taken and then we were onto actual production. We were told about various different “cheat” angles and movements we can use so as to insure actual impact isn’t needed, especially since we were shooting without VFX.”

“The day long shot was very engaging, the students were quite involved often doing the camera work themselves and the workshop was a educational first step to a more in-depth awareness of what goes on during a stunt sequence.”

Most powerful way to end a presentation


It’s the end that always matters, the most!  So, let’s start at the beginning here about the end! While there are many tips for delivering a great presentation and while it is important to grab your audience’s attention at the beginning, how you end it can make all the difference in your presentation’s overall impact and success.

The last few minutes of a presentation are some of the most valuable moments for a presenter. They are not just useful to sum up the topic well, but also aid to drive the results you need. Use one of these approaches to make sure your next presentation achieves the result you desire.

  • Close your presentation the same way you started it
    Captivate with the smart structure of talk, tone of voice and intonation because what stays is the key message. Visuals also help us remember certain things easier.
  • Too much text is no good
    Don’t try to fit too much text into the slides, since it makes it long and tedious. But what do you do when you have explained everything on the slides and have no story to tell; how do you manage to capture people’s attention? The answer is simple, go for simplicity instead. Keep your presentation as clean and minimalistic as possible and highlight what’s important.
  • Add gifs
    The aid of gifs will help you grab your audience’s attention much better and help you highlight an important message. What’s more, they are self-explanatory with no extra words needed and will help break the ice with the audience, connect with them better and make people laugh.
  • Be original
    Try something very different and don’t end with the usual Q & A session, because they can drain the enthusiasm. Instead, ask for questions immediately before your conclusion and announce a time limit for the Q&A session to keep audience members in their seats. Other ways to tackle this is, is to cover frequently asked questions in your presentation itself, announce a follow-up option for people who want to discuss more extensively, provide your social media contact information if you want to keep your follow-up discussions in the public forum or provide your email address if you prefer to answer questions via private messages.


  • Get rid of the ‘questions?’ slide
    To begin with, you shouldn’t end a presentation with a slide that says ‘Questions?’ It is what everyone does and there is nothing innovative in this approach. Ideally, you should take questions throughout the presentation, so that the question asked and the answer given is relevant to the content presented. It will help further clarify other doubts that might come up. And it will also help you judge your audience’s ability of understanding. End with a closing that is as powerful as the beginning of your presentation.
  • End with a quote!
    Use a quote that will stay with your audience even after they leave the room. Something that resonates with what you have to say will help retain it long after the presentation is over.
  • Avoid simple ‘Thank you!’
    Do not put a simple thank you slide at the end, since it comes across as very impersonal and cold. Say ‘thank you’ in person. Write something more than a ‘thank you’ on the last slide instead. Better still, use the last slide for your contact information, along with a ‘thanks’.

Key points to note
Many a times, you will find yourself lost for words in the middle of the presentation. The simplest ways to stop saying filler words like ‘Um’, ‘Like’ etc. is to organize your thoughts before the presentation. You can also break apart your sentences before speaking them and pause for a while. If you want, record yourself and then listen to it and study yourself. It will help you reorganize your thoughts and be more aware and you will be more careful the next time. Use phrases like “moving on,” “why don’t we talk about,” or “another important point is…” instead.

Give suggestions to your audience on what to do next. Your presentation has a purpose; let the purpose shine through in the conclusion of your presentation.

“It’s about how well you translate the script onto the screen”


A man of few words, he lets his work speak for himself. His work of making a movie look spectacular not just visually not aesthetically too. His visually stunning and brilliant work has been appreciated in all his movies, be it the recent blockbusters Oopiri, Manam, Rakta Charitra or his debut movie Rhythm.

P. S. Vinod, a cinematographer known for his work, he has worked across different film industries, from Bollywood projects, including MusafirPyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat, Tees Maar Khan, Bullet Raja to Tamil with Appu, Aaranya Kaandam, Kadhal 2 Kalyanam to the Telugu film industry with Paanjaa and many others.

He was at AISFM earlier this week to conduct a two-day workshop for the students; who were eager to learn more from the hands-on experience they thoroughly enjoyed. Speaking to us after the workshop, the famed cinematographer shared his thoughts on what cinematography means to him and what he feels about his recent movies that have been blockbuster hits.

What is it about cinematography that inspires or challenges you?
The thing with cinematography is primarily to do with your ability to visually translate a story onto the screen and there are two aspects to it; the technical part of it and purely the emotional part of it, aesthetically what it does to you. So each shot has a certain meaning, a certain emotion, it is meant to draw certain emotions and the challenge is in trying to make sure that what the narrative demands, you are able to fulfil that and make sure that the emotional quotient of the story is not lost. It’s not just about making pretty and beautiful images; it is also about how well you translate the script onto the screen, I think that’s where the challenge is.

Do you think cinematography styles have changed majorly?
There has definitely been a sea shift in the way cinematography has changed over the last decades from the film to the digital medium. There has been a sea change in cinematography itself from the time digital has come in; it used to be a lot more composed and lot more proper with every shot earlier. In general, most of the times, the discipline on the sets is generally not as good as it was in the film days. Because now you normally say let’s avoid a rehearsal, let’s try doing a take; so you lose your ability to plan, as you go on in the rehearsal you see the actor, where he is going, what is h going to be doing, so all that goes with digital and the number of takes, and the amount of coverage that you have is a lot more with digital; with film it is a little more precise. I think basically it is the same as how you would click an image earlier, when you are shooting a picture in the non-digital days with a digital SLR with 36 photos, every frame would be properly composed and you wouldn’t press the shutter button until you were very sure of what you saw in the screen. Now when you look at it, you click 100 pictures and then you go home and pick the one that you like кредитная карта онлайн. So, you are more trigger happy now than before which kind of does translate onto the screen, so it kind of puts more pressure on the shoot. Earlier there used to be a clear differentiation between the good takes and the bad takes, so if somebody doesn’t like a set of takes, the film was kept aside. Now, everything is out there, so somebody will say I like this but there could be something that is technically an issue, and it could be used for other reasons.

You’ve worked in different film industries, what’s the major difference?
There is a clear shift in the way the films are done in the South and the way films are done in Bombay. It primarily boils down to the fact that Bombay has more inputs from all the others teams like the costume or art, and it is independent, once you give them the briefing that this is what is needed, then they take off from there and we don’t need to get into it on an everyday basis, which is not necessarily good or better but it is just a different way of functioning. In the south, every single thing is routed through you. If somebody is picking up a costume, they ask if it is okay. If the art director is picking up a curtain, they bounce it off you to check if it is okay, if furniture is being brought, they run it through you to see if it is okay; which in a way is better if you have more control of every single element that is going to come to the screen, but at the same time it is more pressure because you will have to listen to 20 other things than just two or three things; so both have their pros and cons.

Studying in a film school, do you think students have an added advantage?
Yes, definitely! It is important to get some basic technical knowledge. Even if you are assisting it is nice to come from some kind of background to understand what you are doing, to know the technical aspects and then see how to apply it, when you assist somebody or do it on your own; it helps you. Today, all the more reason for students to do so because earlier you would assist somebody and then move up. But now, with more exposure and enough learning from a film school and with aided software, you can walk around with your camera and you can make a short film or a feature film if you want. So it is a lot easier for you to do something on your own instead of going the route of having to assist somebody. If you know the basics, you can start shooting on your own.

What does the film industry look for in students?
I think we are slowly getting into a slightly more systematic fashion of functioning which is also happening in the South, where you have more people who are technically qualified to get into each and every stream. Earlier you had people start from scratch. But now with a background from a film school, it becomes easier, so they can directly start from the fourth step. So it becomes easier for them and for us to start work.

You’ve worked with Nagarjuna in his recent movies, Manam, Sogade Chinni Nayana and Oopiri, any interesting anecdotes/experiences you would like to share?
I’ve been really lucky to have worked with Nagarjuna in three back-to-back films with totally diverse kind of characters. In Manam, where he was playing almost a child kind of character, then from there going onto Sogade Chini Nayana where he was a flamboyant mass hero kind of character and from there to a person on a wheelchair in Oopiri which is a complete contrast to his previous one; and to see him adapt to all of the characters was interesting.

New-age career options

New generation, new choices, new gadgets, new learnings and new career options. What was amiss until a decade ago or what didn’t even exist until recently is now the latest and newest career options for this generation’s young and charged individuals who are gung-ho about anything that catches their attention.

Something that has changed the world drastically was the internet and now is the social media; adding a whole new world of possibilities and jobs. These modern jobs have now spread and become a part of the upcoming trend in the job market. What’s more, these top-tier careers offer great salaries, low stress and great job growth!

Here is a mix of some of the newest, popular and trending career options; the world has to offer, right now.


App developers
Who doesn’t own a smart phone nowadays, forget the regular one? Everyone! Considering the surge, mobile revolution is huge and the wave of app development with innovative and creative ideas is on the rise. App development companies now exist within the country and so do talented and quality app developers, churning out the newest of ideas, oops app!


Web creative writers
This is one profession that has the highest potential to reach the highest exposure and wider audience. The best part, it need not be within the confines of an office. There are people who work from home for this, people who freelance and people who regularly go to work, for putting their wordsmith skills to the task. All one needs to do is write well and the world is but a virtual one here!


Wedding photographers
Weddings have, are and always will be the most extravagant, eye-catching and memorable affair in the country. Gone are the days, when the guests wished the couple and stared blankly into oblivion while the photographer stoically took the photos. It’s now the age of candid wedding photography, theme wedding photography; you name it and you have it.

You have an opinion, you share it and get paid for it. Many companies, especially the online ones, pay people to review restaurants, hotels, gadgets and other things. Because it makes a difference in their online rating and because people like to check the reviews of anything before they buy, eat or indulge themselves. 


Social media handlers
The virtual arena of the internet is yours as much as you can take and social media has the biggest and brightest chunk of it all. The most trending, happening, attention-grabbing things, all happen to be in the social media sphere. Everyone who wants to be someone or someone who wants to let everyone know are on social media. This growing popularity has led to the rise of social media handlers who are in high demand for marketing products, companies and much more in the digital space.


Digital marketers
Digital marketing is another area that is fast emerging as one of the popular options in the age of the modern corporate era. It helps companies stay ahead and above the rest by utilizing the commercial perspective of modern digital media. Borrowing a lot from the functions of traditional marketing, this platform continues its upward trend. With more and more companies shifting their focus to digital marketing strategies, there is lots of scope in this industry.


Ethical hackers
Ethical hackers do it the right way, legally too. They are paid to hack company accounts legally so that the organisations can identify the flaws in their systems and take necessary and adequate measures to rectify them. Ethical hacking or internet security is a job for those who love to spend hours on computers and have a penchant for software.


Website designers
The whole wide world now exists in the web, too! Everything is taking a digital form and practically everyone wants their presence on it. That’s where web designers come into the picture, creating the perfect ‘space’ for the customer depending on their needs and of course the price!


It’s one of the latest and most popular, erstwhile hobbies, jobs on the corner that is growing. It is a hobby no more, it is now officially a full-fledged career option and the next big thing in India too. Not just restricted to popular topics like food and travel, it can be about anything you think should be out there in the blogosphere. All it needs is originality, ingenuity, creativity and of course credibility. That’s the power of the written word!

Image consultants
Image consultants do everything they can to keep the image the way it is supposed to be. They work for people in the show business and offer guidance in everything to make the public image absolutely spotless. You need to have a knack for the finery of life to take up this as a career path.

Stand-up comedians
This one’s for the comedian in you, albeit the great one and a professional one at that! No pun intended! These professionals are not just tickling senses and offering a hearty laugh with their witty jokes but are also pocketing good money. Although at a nascent stage, they do have their share of audience. Who doesn’t want a good share of laughter?! 


Graphic designers
This one is a classic example of combining art and technology perfectly! This art and creativity job has found popularity among job seekers since graphics today are a part of practically everything we see, buy or sell, be it a commercial advertisement or buying a product.

So, these new-age careers may not come with set guidelines but they definitely have the perks and added advantages of independence and job satisfaction. So, identify your passion and hit the road less travelled!