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35mm lens on relationships

- Students shoot Sambandh

A bunch of students from Liven’s Institute of Film and Electronic Media (LIFE), affiliated to Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai, on Sunday shot a short documentary film on relationships between young working couples.

What is new, one would ask?

The five minute documentary film, titled Sambandh, was captured on an 35mm video camera, the one that is usually used in the production of high budget Bollywood films.

Incidentally, this is the first time that a 35mm video camera was used for the shooting of any kind of film in the state capital.

The film starred students from Ranchi-based St Xavier’s College in the lead roles.

“This is the first time that the camera was used to shoot a documentary in Ranchi. Our idea was to give the students a feel of how a sophisticated camera felt like and giving them experience in handling it,” said Rituraj Sapkota, a teacher of LIFE that functions from Satya Bharti building near Xavier Institute of Social Service.

Sapkota holds a postgraduate diploma in moving images from Waikato University, New Zealand.

LIFE, which has since its establishment last year trained around 12 students in filmmaking, editing and script writing, also for the first time allowed three part-timers to enrol in its postgraduate diploma in film and television production course.

Two of the part timers — Shashikant Khetri and Monish Tamag — belong to the Jharkhand Armed Police-I and took part in the shooting today on the institute’s campus.

“Before Sunday, I had never handled such a sophisticated camera. We were asked by our department to learn the nuances of filmmaking so that we could teach people later,” Khetri told The Telegraph.

The institute had borrowed the camera from one Calcutta-based Shrima Enterprises for a day for shooting purposes.

“We wanted our students, who otherwise use high definition cameras, to know how a 35mm camera worked. We will later hold a festival and display the work of our students to the general public,” said Father Lourduraj, director of the institute.

The institution currently has three high definition cameras, one studio and 10 video editing devices, besides a sound mixer that it uses to train its students.

The cradle offers 10 months’ postgraduate diploma courses to students in film and television production.