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Media students prove promising at festival

Staff Reporter

Photo: K. V. Srinivasan

Engrossed:Participants of a workshop organised as part of ‘Gateway 2011' organised by CEG in Chennai on Friday.

CHENNAI: ‘Gateway 2011,' a two-day national-level media festival of the Department of Media Sciences and Society of Media Scientists, College of Engineering, Guindy, which began here on Friday, serves as a platform for students aspiring to make it big in the field. It has eight events spread over two days.

The fest opened with the screening of 12 short-films directed by media students from different institutions. From 3D to themes based on psychology to animation movies, the short-listed movies this year were a mixed bag.

D. Pradeep Kumar, a first-year student of CEG, titled his short film ‘Myntra', which was based on genre psychology. “I spent three weeks to complete the outdoor and indoor work and spent Rs.7,000, which I think is a good start as I plan to take my direction seriously,” he said. Two workshops — animation and radio jockey — were the other events held on the first day. RJs Shivashankari and Makapa answered queries as well as made the participants don the role by conducting a few activities. Students were asked to come up with a promo for a festival or event that could be aired on a radio station. In keeping with the cricket fever, the first group of boys came up with a “Ganguly brand ball” that they enacted. Another team based its promo on the Valentine's Day.

The activity tested the innovation in the promo, adherence to the time limit, voice modulation and the ability to grab the attention of the listeners.

“A good voice, spontaneity, being your true self and friendly are the qualities required in an RJ,” said Makapa. Talking about what makes an RJ different; he said “it is adding your own flavour.”

A few blocks away at the animation workshop conducted by FatBalloon Academy the participants were told about what goes into character design, 3D modelling, skill sets of a modeller, among others. A lot of practice of drawing, keen sense of observation and understanding the anatomy of a character were a few guidelines suggested.

‘Capturing nativity in Tamil cinema', ‘Nuances of short filmmaking', ‘Art of storytelling and scriptwriting' are some of the interactive session slated for Saturday. The Hindu is the media partner for the event.

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