Learning presents The Art of Filmmaking, a masterclass for independent
filmmakers with Film Director, Writer and Producer Dev Benegal. From concept
to creation to exhibition, Dev will discuss the creative processes involved
in making a film and all stages of its production. Dev’s film, “English,
August”, won National Film Award for Best Feature Film (English) in 1995. It
was the first Indian film to be acquired for distribution by 20th Century
Filmmaking involves a number of different and separate stages. In this masterclass, Dev will explore the entire journey a film takes from an idea to the development of an initial story through to screenwriting, to casting, preparing for the production, the production, principal photography also known as shooting, sound recording, editing, and finally distribution. He will examine the technical aspects of filmmaking, emphasizing on how decisions regarding cameras, lenses, light and location etc. affect the tone or style of a film.
The strength of this masterclass is discovering that part of filmmaking not taught in film school. What is the journey of a filmmaker and how do they negotiate that rollercoaster ride? How do they navigate expectations, struggles and successes? Dev’s strength and unique insights are taking participants through the real world of filmmaking. He will also examine the artistic and dramatic aspects involved in visualizing the screenplay and detail the methods filmmakers use to add to a film’s aesthetic value. How do the creative visionaries involved in the making of a film, including the director, the production designer, and the director of photography, collectively decide how the audience should feel throughout the film? And what cinematic techniques do they employ to trigger those emotions? He will also discuss various marketing strategies independent filmmakers use to promote their films.
"Dev Benegal (director, writer) is considered the pioneer of the next generation of Indian cinema with his award-winning debut feature ﬁlm English, August (1994) acknowledged as a landmark ﬁlm in contemporary Indian cinema. The film won India’s highest award in cinema- The National Award and was selected at MoMA’s New Director’s New Films. It was the first Indian acquisition of 20th Century Fox. His feature “Road, Movie” was opening night film at Berlin Film Festival (Generation) and was produced by Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) and Fred Berger (La La Land). The project was an official selection at Atelier de Cannes at the Cannes International Festival and was among the first features to be distributed in the US by Robert De Niro & Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Films. Dev is a long time script advisor to the eQuinoxe Europe screenwriting workshop for ﬁlm professionals.Read more