Ways of Seeing – Exploring the Urban through film making

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Ways of Seeing

Programme Date: 21-25 May 2014

“Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one”  John Berger

Cities as an idea, or as real spaces that we inhabit in our everyday lives defy only one way of seeing and experiencing them. They remain open to multiple narratives and images. Each image signifies a certain way of seeing the city, which often influences the way we relate to the city even as we inhabit them. With the advent of commonly available and freely accessible digital technologies, people are not just consumers of the media, but also producers of it. At the community level, visual content is being used as a means of documentation and for promotion, advocacy, education, and research. At the individual level, affordable equipment has led to an increase in the use of still photography and video as modes of expression, and the Internet has provided a platform to share it. The result is a constant onslaught of images that are open to multiple meanings and use.

How does one then think about and utilize the impact that images can have? Using the city as a canvas, ‘Ways of Seeing’ is designed to help you effectively use the visual medium. ‘Ways of Seeing’ will be a 5 day course that will explore the relationship between creating images and the city we live in. This course will enable the participants towards creating distinct content, irrespective of their disciplinary background. It aims to equip them with skills that will help them in their domains of practice – whether they are researchers, designers, architects, activists or are just looking to express themselves creatively.

Methodology of Teaching – Learning

The course will be conducted through a combination of theory and practica. Reading material will be sent to the participants prior to the commencement of the course, and the course will begin through facilitated discussions around these readings. The technical aspect of the course (camera and editing), will be broken into two halves. The first one will be the theory of camera and editing, and the second part will be a hands-on training by the participants. Before the participants go and shoot their final film, they will be made to do short exercises that will familiarize them with camera and editing. Film screenings and discussions are an integral part of the course.

Key Takeaways

By the end of the course, the participants will have:

  • Engaged with multiple ideas of the ‘urban’ through a range of perspectives
  • Gained a sound capacity to present a concept, story or idea using the visual medium
  • Developed the skills needed to produce audio-visual documentation of case studies, research papers or make short documentary films
  • Gain a basic knowledge on how to use DSLRs for shooting video and editing skills on Final Cut Pro.
  • Developed the use of the visual medium as a mode of personal expression
Who should attend

The course has been designed for those who are interested in film-making, and want to expand their knowledge or skills to use digital technology effectively. It especially appeals to those who work on urban issues and ideas, and need to use the audio-visual medium in their work. People who will benefit most from this course are:

  • NGO/ Civil society workers who may want to produce their own campaign or advocacy film
  • Social Researchers
  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Journalists
  • Students
Course Fee

The course will cost ₹ 8,000/- for students*, ₹ 15,000/- for professionals.
Deadline for Applying: 16 May 2014.

Early Bird Fee: 9 May 2014
The early bird course fee are as follows:
₹ 6,000/- for students, ₹ 12,000/- for professionals.

Course fee will include reading material, local travel for case studies, refreshments and lunch for all 5 days. Participants will have to make their own arrangements for travel to and from the venue, as well as their accommodation and dinner. IIHS can help in arranging for accommodation if required by the participating organizations.

* Applicants below the age of 18 years will not be considered for admission.

Course Structure
Day 1 Session 1 Session 2
Pre-Lunch Session Introduction – Ways of Seeing Constructing Images and it’s relationship to the Urban
Post-Lunch Session Theory and learning on how to handle the camera Exercise with camera and review
6.30 pm onwards – Film Screening
Day 2 Session 1 Session 2
Pre-Lunch Session Research and Scripting Ideas for the final film
Post-Lunch Session Recce and Research Recce and Research
6.30 pm onwards Film Screening
Day 3 Session 1 Session 2
Pre-Lunch Session Shoot Shoot
Post-Lunch Session Shoot Shoot
Day 4 Session 1 Session 2
Pre-Lunch Session Editing Theory Editing session begins
Post-Lunch Session Editing Editing
6.30 pm onwards film screening
Day 5 Session 1 Session 2
Pre-Lunch Session Editing Editing
Post-Lunch Session Editing Review of films and feedback

The lead faculty of the course are:

Subasri Krishnan
Yashodara Udupa
Sandeep Kumar Singh