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A write up on what happened at the short film festival LEGEND organized by Sathyabama University
The Department of Visual Communication, Sathyabama University, organized a short film festival “LEGEND '15” on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September, 2015. The event was inaugurated by filmmaker S.P.Jhananathan, along with the department Head Ms.Nazini by lighting up the lamp.

Interacting with the students, S.P.Jhananathan said that a director should have a good understanding with the cinematographer and the co-workers to make a movie successful. He also said, “Film has a wider reach to the audience. So, you young minds should concentrate on social causes and make a change.”
Mr.Om Prakash, the cinematographer, took up the second session. He suggested ideas to become a successful cinematographer to the crowd present in the auditorium. “The first shot you take is very important. Filmmakers will decide your talent looking at it. Always be different by making simple things look complicated.”, he said.

The final session of the first day was taken over by Mr. Manikandan, the National award winning debut filmmaker for his film ‘Kakka Muttai’. He said that the emerging filmmakers should concentrate more on visuals rather than on lengthy dialogues, to make a scene short and crisp. He added, “Short film is just like a visiting card. You need to assist in the production of at least one movie to make your film error-free.”
The second day of LEGEND began with the session of Srinivas Mohan, the VFX supervisor. He talked about the scope for VFX in the Indian film industry and shared his experience in the making of Baahubali. “Doing films like Baahubali at an Indian budget is a challenging one. The future might have lot of movies involving VFX as a major part. So, young minds, be a creator rather than an operator” he said. He also advised the students to understand the director’s vision and give it back genuinely.
Pritham Chakravarthy, guest faculty at the LV Prasad Film Academy, took up the next session. She spoke about film appreciation and said that the students have to be more conscious while making a film. “Have a universal theme in your films and people will appreciate your work” , she said. She insisted the young minds to make classical movies that would stand for years, instead of commercial movies.
Mrs. Radhika Ramasamy, the first Indian woman wildlife photographer, took up the final session of the second day. She displayed her beautiful pictures and explained them technically to the students. “A wildlife photographer should be alert and know an animal's discipline” , she said. She also shared the difficulties she faced while clicking the pictures of wild creatures.
The third day was headed by the director, Mr. Ravi Kumar. He shared his experience about how he had made a mark in the film industry coming from a rural area. “Be confident on your script even if people discourage it. Your thoughts will be reflected in your actions” , he said. He also talked about the making of his debut movie “Indru Netru Naalai”.
Later after his session, the short films of the contestants were screened in the presence of renowned filmmaker, Mr. Radha Mohan, who judged the movies. Before announcing the results, he gave lot of ideas to the short filmmakers on how to make their films better. “Try to present a scene in those two minutes where you waste by giving credits” he said. He also advised them to read more to improvise on the dialogues.

The first prize was won by the students of DG Vaishnav College for the short film “Pathu Ilaka En”. They were awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 15,000. Second prize was won by Harikumar for the film "Aaram" , a prize amount of Rs. 10,000 was given. Third prize was shared by two students Surya Bharati and Sailabathy Narayanan for "Anna oru omlet" and "Kodungool" respectively and they were awarded Rs. 6,000 each.


A write up on what happened at the short film festival LEGEND organized by Sathyabama University

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