Sony lends 2 latest cams to AISFM

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Sony has proven itself to be a leader all kinds of cameras, especially in interchangeable lens cameras.  So, it was nothing short of an elated feeling when they came to the AISFM Campus.

Mr. Indraganti Naveen, Sony Alpha Regional Head formally handed over two of their latest cameras campus to Ranjit Sinha, Faculty of Photography. The best part – one of them is not yet released in India!

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The two models are Sony A7 mk2 with a 70-200 G Star lens (not yet released in India) and is Full Frame 35mm camera with great low light capabilities. The lens is a top of the line, G Star lens which is manufactured (badge engineered) by Carl Zeiss! The other cam is Sony Alpha 6300, a APS-C format, uber capable low light, ultra fast focusing camera with a 16-50 lens; and both the cameras shoot 4k video, as well.

The photography students could not resist their eagerness and started shooting with them right away! Goes on to prove that AISFM is the place to be, to learn and be the first to learn with the best!

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Manfrotto honors AISFM faculty

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Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extraordinary things and the best teachers are the ones who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see. Teaching, the profession that creates all other professions!

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day; Manfrotto, one of the best companies in the photography field that designs, manufactures a wide range of camera and lighting equipment honored the top photography teachers in the country with the message, “Thank you for guiding us every day. Happy Teacher’s Day to all the inspiring photographers,” and they added, “They help us see the path on our journey. Happy Teacher’s Day to all the teachers that keep inspiring us.”

Ranjit Sinha, AISFM photography faculty was one of the few honored teachers along the likes of Shantanu Sheorey, Rohinton Mehta and others. Ranjit’s carrier spans over 26 years of professional photography out of which about 20 years has been in teaching! He started his teaching career with NIFT Kolkata, where he taught for eight years and since then he has travelled to many design colleges until he joined AISFM.

It is a proud moment for us at AISFM!

Congratulations Ranjit Sinha!

AISFM Business Administration Faculty Wins Award

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Our MMBA faculty MNVVK Chaitanya has won the ‘Best Twitterati and LinkedIn Connect Award’ (individual category) given by Awarding ​B​ody ASMA (Adoption of Social Media in Academia), which aims to recognize and promote the outstanding contribution of individual and academic institutions involved in innovative and unique practices of adopting social media in academic development and enriching learning and pedagogical experience through honor and awards.

Chaitanya has 14 years of experience in the field of learning and development, academics, media education, policy research and management education.

Speaking to us about winning the award and his journey with AISFM, Chaitanya shared his thoughts as below.

How does it feel to win this award? Your first thoughts when you came to know that you won this award?
There are few professors and digital marketing experts that have won the award in this function, and many other academicians and experts that haven’t. You just do the best you can and personally I feel lucky enough to get it.

More than the award, what I liked more was the fact that all the flag bearers of the field of academia, research, policy making (AICTE, AIU etc.) and industry came under one roof and shared their ideas about tools and techniques of social media that will usher educational institutes towards the direction of chasing excellence in social media strategy and execution. I was informed by the awarding body that the selection process was indeed rigorous and comprehensive, wherein the audit team found my candidature to be apt. It seems I scored very high in select parameters related to postings, likes and updates, specifically on LinkedIn platform.

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Your thoughts on the ‘adoption of social media in academia’; its relevance and its setbacks, if any?
As has come out very clearly in each of the four different technical sessions in ASMA, ‘social media in academia’ is no longer a choice. Indeed it is an imperative. For a vertical like media education, which is constantly ever-changing, characterized by myriad technological and business innovations and ever increased pace of internalization, leveraging the tools and techniques of social/digital media is the only way forward. I am of the strong opinion that for tasks like sourcing great guest faculty speakers, increasing industry interface, showcasing the success stories of students, reaching out for academic advisory (more so in international subjects like international co-productions and transmedia story telling and etc), social media paves the way, in a very cost efficient manner and mode. No one can doubt the increased effectiveness also (in addition to the great efficiency).

How do you plan to take this a step further in the teaching level?
I am learning a lot by reading relevant literature and books in this area. As a constant and ever curious learner, I plan to integrate social media tools and techniques like LinkedIn polls, Linkedin Groups etc. for efficient teaching delivery methods and usage in MMBA programme’s thesis projects.

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How has your teaching experience here at AISFM helped you in your career and in winning this award?
AISFM happened to me in 2012 as a lucky accident, wherein and whereby, I managed to make a seamless and smooth transition from the ‘non-happening world of economics/general management’ to the ‘very happening’ world of  film and media education. I have been learning a lot from faculty peer groups and ‘ART’sy students in the creative programmes like BFA and MA (film making, animation etc.). As they say in creative businesses, this overnight success (bagging this award) happened over a period of five long years 🙂 The five year stint here has made me appreciate the importance of creative thinking, power of ingenuity and very importantly, the art of marrying arts with commerce, more so, in media education (theory and practice).

Get ready for #2017: Trailers of the most awaited movies!

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As 2016 is just coming to an end, it is time to switch our attention to #2017 and especially to the cinematic treats we have awaiting us. With big names, huge franchises and a lot more in store, here is a list of the trailers that may tempt you to be impatiently waiting for #2017.

  • Dunkirk (2017)

 Director: Christopher Nolan | Release date: 19 July 2017 | Starring: Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, James D’Arcy

  • Spider–Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director: Jon Watts | Release date: 7 July 2017 | Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Director: Chris McKay | Release date: 10 February 2017 | Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes

  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Director: Matt Reeves | Release date: 14 July 2017 | Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer

  • Wonder Woman (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins | Release date: 2 June 2017 | Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

  • Fast & Furious 8 (2017)

Director: F Gary Gray | Release date: 14 April 2017 | Starring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham

  • Justice League (2017)

Director: Zack Snyder | Release date: 17 November 2017 | Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Director: Bill Condon | Release date: 17 March 2017 | Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Plenty of sequels, few movie debuts and some much loved comic book characters are to be back in the limelight in #2017. The trailers have already been trending, and may be the perfect kick-start #2017 needs.

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