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Pros’ tips on filmmaking

Nov. 28: Students of the Regional Government Film and Television Institute (RGFTI) at Kahilipara today got the opportunity to get tips and pointers from well-known cinematographer Ranajit Roy and sound engineer Sumitava Roy.

The duo attended a four-day workshop, which was organised by the institute to train its sixth semester students in filmmaking. The students got advice on how to handle the camera in complex situations and record better quality sound. The workshop will continue till Friday.

“We are sharing what we have learnt from our experience. The students are very keen to know,” said Sumitava Roy.

While talking to The Telegraph, Ranajit appreciated the state government’s decision to rename the Kahilipara-based Regional Government Film and Television Institute (RGFTI) after Bhupen Hazarika. “That will be great. Culturally, Hazarika was a very important person for Assam and he has brought Assam to the forefront in the national-level through his songs, music and filmmaking,” Ranajit said.

Ranajit has worked as the cinematographer in Luhit Kinare, a serial directed by Hazarika while Sumitava has worked as the sound editor.

Ranajit has also directed an Assamese film, Ajopa Gos, 10 years ago. He said he was willing to work in the Assamese film industry if somebody invited him. “Nowadays, language is not a problem in cinema as it (cinema) has increasingly become the universal medium of expression. Only one should know the nuances of the locality,” he said.

Ajopa Gos was based on the story of an old man’s effort to protect a tree he loved. It was made on behalf of Films Division of India and was screened at Indian Panorama. “The story of the film was very simple and it was enacted by actors from Assam. During the shooting, we were at various places in Assam for more than a month,” Ranajit said.

Now, Ranajit said he was busy making a documentary. “I have done documentaries on the monasteries in Sikkim, rod puppetry (a dying art form of West Bengal) that is unique to Bengal and the journey through the Tea Horse route.”

He said he was planning to document the tiger cult in the Sunderbans of Bengal. “In the Sunderbans, the tiger’s presence is always looming and you cannot live there without fear of the tiger. I am trying to capture it in my documentary,” he said.

A faculty of the institute, Kishore Sarma, said they were very proud to have the duo for the workshop. “Soumendra Roy, Gautam Roy and Arup Manna were some of the resource persons who trained students of the institute earlier,” said Sharma.


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