Film director inspires Communications students

August 17,2016 - 10:27 AM
Film director Ara Chawdhury (3rd from right) with members of CAMS. PHOTO FROM CNU Communication Student Elitz Alia Caballero.

Film director Ara Chawdhury (3rd from right) with members of CAMS. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/CNU Communication Student Elitz Alia Caballero)

THE members of Cebu Alliance of Mass Communication Students (CAMS) attended a seminar on filmmaking at the Artist’s Hall of Benedicto College last week.

The “Director’s Cut: From Concept to Screen” seminar featured film director Ara Chawdhury, who received an award for her recent film “Miss Bulalacao.”

Chawdhury talked about the different components of a film from its concept to the finished product; from script to visual designs to cinematography and even editing.

She emphasized how the films start out as a mere idea then put into script.

“May tinatawag nga kami sa production team namin na kapag nakahiga kami tapos nakatulala, we’re actually writing, kasi dun yun nagsisimula lahat (We have what we call in our production team that if we’re lying and dumbstruck, we’re actually writing, that’s where it all starts),” Chawdhury said.

She also gave useful techniques in producing films and shared several sets of rules in filmmaking. But she said these rules are just guideposts because at some point, they discover something that works better for their film.

At the end of her speech, Chawdhury challenged CAMS members to take part in making Cebuano films and to appreciate the local films.

According to Chawdury, only a small percentage of Cebuanos actually watch Cebuano films.

She said that Cebuano films have no market in the Visayan region although they are really the films that tell the heritage and traditions of the Cebuanos.

Five member schools of CAMS attended the event, namely, Cebu Normal University, the University of San Carlos, Benedicto College, University of the Philippines-Cebu and Southwestern University. They were all given an opportunity to ask questions in the open forum.

The event was spearheaded by the Association of Media Prentices of Benedicto College as part of SIDLAK 2016, the official name of the Mass Communication days of the Department of Communications, Arts and Sciences. /by Benedicto College Communications Student Norhaine Sultan

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