Streaming Frames - Chapter 1, Meghalaya
The wait is over. On 27th September 2018, Canon India launched the most awaited ‘Streaming Frames’, in association with DCP Expeditions, DELL Intel, Adobe and Bedi Universal. A project intended to take you straight to field for professional cinematography training by industry experts. It is a platform which brings together all budding artists of today who aspire to be top class cinematographers tomorrow and get into the amazing world of film making. It is a platform which helps create powerful, story-telling video contents and short films. It is a platform which opens up the doors of film making to you.
Team Streaming Frames, Chapter 1, Image courtesy - Lensocrat Films
Streaming Frames is a countrywide series of on-field professional cinematography trainings where you will get to learn from the masters of the industry, get an in-depth knowledge of the technology and interact with the various technology partners, be able to handle most of the high end equipment that are used in film production and above all, 3 days of practical do it yourself exercise in the field eventually making short films during these projects.
Chapter 1 of Streaming Frames was launched in Meghalaya on 27th September and the 5 days workshop lasted from 27th September to 1st October 2018. The launch of Streaming Frames was covered elaborately in several media. The session was inaugurated by Mr Dhiraj Bhagtani, National Sales Head, Canon Cinema and Pro Video Products Division, which was followed by the concept note by Mr Gaurav Markan, Manager Marketing, Canon Cinema and Pro Video Products Division.
Ajay Bedi & Vijay Bedi are the third generation of wildlife film makers in a family that has a long history of expertise in this highly specialized field. Starting young, they are in fact the youngest Asians to have won the Wildscreen Awards known as Green Oscar for their films – The Policing Langur and the “Cherub of the Mist”. The twin brothers have worked on natural history documentaries, films with a social message and corporate films for some of the biggest international names in the industry. They have worked with various national and international channels like CNN International, Aljazeera English, Canadian Television, BBC, Channel 4 Television, Doordarshan, PBS Now, TF1 French Channel, ZDF Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Discovery Science Channel.
The workshop started with a talk by industry expert and three times Green Oscar winner Mr Vijay Bedi – on concept learning, understanding cinematography, composition techniques, field shooting, challenges faced in the field and how to overcome them, ideation and handling equipment – overall a very interactive session. The session was followed by a very engaging question answer forum which compelled all to forget looking at the watch. Vijay's talk was followed by a technical session on understanding the Canon Cinematography Cameras, primarily C200 and XC15 and the session was mentored by Mr Gaurav Markan. Gaurav explained the key features of C200 including internal RAW, 4K, autofocus functionality and a lot more.
In the second half the team went out to Dain Thlen waterfalls for a practical hands on shooting experience. Out of many waterfalls that Cherrapunjee boasts of, Dain Thlen falls is one of the most famous offering abundant opportunities to a film maker to compose his shots especially during the sunset. The team was divided in to 4 smaller production units fully equipped with Canon C200 and complete set of accessories including multiple lenses, video tripods, fluid heads, C Fast cards, SD cards, card readers, chargers and bags. Each of the production units were mentored by one expert, which included senior technical experts from Canon and the Bedi Brothers. This eased out the initial teething trouble in handling of the gears on field. Each team worked on their own ideation of a short film and planning of footages needed for the same. While the Lensocrat Films team continued making the 'behind the scenes' footages under the supervision of Mr Rajesh Gupta, eminent Cinematographer, the scenic beauty of the place kept the participants mesmerized till it was completely dark. After a very productive evening, the team returned to the resort for a debriefing session, bit of interaction and a delicious dinner. Next day was a long journey ahead.
Next two days were completely outdoor, hands on, practical, on shoot training experience at various iconic places which conveys the essence of Meghalaya. The team visited Umngot river (the cleanest river), Dawki, the Living Root bridge, the garden of caves and Nohkalikai falls. River Umngot is considered as India’s cleanest river. The river flows through Dawki, a small but busy town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border. Living root bridges are iconic of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees (Ficus elastica). The pliable roots of the Ficus elastica tree are manually manoeuvered and guided across a stream or river, and then allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time until they can hold the weight of a human being. The Garden of Caves in Meghalaya is a true heaven on earth. The spectacular beauty of the place cannot be explained in words or photographs. Situated 10 km from Laitryngew region near the Laitmawsiang village of Sohra, this park is breathtaking lightened by the rays of the sun penetrating through the canopies. Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India which is approximately 1115 feet (340 metres) dropping down to a beautiful pool of unusually green colored water. The falls reminds of an old legend of Ka Likai. The mesmerizing natural beauty of Meghalaya kept the team awestruck in all locations.
For every session, the on field hand holding kept on becoming more and more engaging. Shooting techniques, understanding the camera, composition techniques, use of slow motion, time lapse and several other methods were applied on field while shooting. Each team gathered several gigabytes of footages during the shoots. Back there in the resort, the conference hall was converted to a full fledged editing studio where we setup four extremely powerful DELL Intel workstations. The huge amount of data dumping was a child's play in the same.
Finally, it was now time to explore the amazing world of post productions. The 4th day was dedicated for this. Industry expert Mr Prashant Panda from Adobe and Mr Ajay Bedi from Bedi Universal conducted a full day post production training using Adobe Premier as the platform. This was a great knowledge sharing exercise where even participants with no exposure to Adobe Premier beforehand became well versed with using the software for editing their footages. Various concepts like converting 50 FPS to 25 FPS, usage of proxy files, grading, transitions were made easy for all to understand and apply.
Finally it was time to say good bye. Fifth day morning during the certification ceremony, Mr Ajay Bedi handed over the certificates to the well-deserving participants following which the team departed with a lot of fond memories of Streaming Frames.
This is just the beginning of a long story.
The next episode unveils in Udaipur for yet another magical experience.