Sunday, May 12, 2019

For every face you see on the screen, there are hundreds that work behind it.

"Behind every face you see on the screen, there are hundreds that work behind it. And those are more stable professions."

Imagine a film without a story and a script. Of course, you do come across some without any story, pun intended. Or imagine a a news bulletin without a teleprompter, newspaper without a journalist, a film being made without a lightman and the chaiwala, or a travel show without a team of researchers.  I could name HUNDREDS of such professions and job functions without whom, you will simple not be able to produce a media product.

You could say that you you are a YouTuber, independent, operate your own camera and lights, but what about those who did the programming for you? Those who enabled encoding of your videos? You require people, and the media business is not a job, or a profession, in which you can produce AND distribute content without several people working behind the screen.

I salute all those people and all those professions which allow us, enable us to create those dreams on the screen. The only film that I know of (do correct me if I am wrong) which publicly recognized these efforts ON SCREEN was OM Shanti OM by Farah Khan.  I simply loved the last part where all the people behind the scenes were duly recognized. Kudos to her.

The media profession is NOT just about glamour, it is a lot of hard work, sweat and blood, unending hours of work, but it is worth every second, when you see it on the screen, and get applauded.

Films are not just a source of entertainment and time-pass, they allow us to escape from the real world even if for some time, they provide us knowledge and information, make us nostalgic, help in companionship and conversation building, and release tension. Films have their own language, film making is an art, but a film is also a result of hard work, planning, and sweat and blood.
To make a film, one should understand the Language of Film. With this blog post I am beginning a series which talk about the 'Language and Grammar of Films' As film makers, we use a language that not only tells a story, but we also create a product which could have a profound impact on the audiences. We tell our stories in a language that the audience may not understand, but certainly FEEL.

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Do you know what is a low angle shot? It is a camera angle where the camera is place at a lower level, angling upwards, making the character look bigger. So please tell me which one's you remember, the one that you think is the best low angle shot you have seen in the comments section below.

The author is Director, MET Institute of Mass Media, Bandra, Mumbai. MET IMM offers PG Courses in Advertising, Film and Television Production, Digital Marketing, and Journalism & Public Relations.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for info.. will keep reading ur next writings on this..