Institute - Cinematography - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Mindscreen Film Institute

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Summary

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Ranga Lane, Off Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004

Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen.
Mindscreen Film equipment company has been in the business for over two decades and provided the film industry with state-of-the-art Arriflex 435 Advanced equipped with Hawk anamorphic and Ziess ultraprime lenses supported by a full complement of lights and grip equipments. Panther Dolly, Jimmy jib cranes, an array of Tungsten and flicker free HMI lights and Kino banks powered by a fleet of silent generator trucks are additional facilities available to the clients.
Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.
Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with

Services

Cinematography

Summary:

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Ranga Lane, Off Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web:http:// www.mindscreen.co.in

Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen.
Mindscreen Film equipment company has been in the business for over two decades and provided the film industry with state-of-the-art Arriflex 435 Advanced equipped with Hawk anamorphic and Ziess ultraprime lenses supported by a full complement of lights and grip equipments. Panther Dolly, Jimmy jib cranes, an array of Tungsten and flicker free HMI lights and Kino banks powered by a fleet of silent generator trucks are additional facilities available to the clients.
Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.
Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with specialization in Cinematography making use of the latest state-of-the-art of all camera equipments and facilities available on campus.
Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the best cinema schools for cinematography. The certificate course on Cinematography offered by Mindscreen Institute is highly reputed for its comprehensive program that is very hands-on, practical with the hottest latest in digital and cinematography techniques.

Work History

FILM INSTITUTE

Mindscreen Film Institute

July 2006 - January 2011

Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen.

Mindscreen Film equipment company has been in the business for over two decades and provided the film industry with state-of-the-art Arriflex 435 Advanced equipped with Hawk anamorphic and Ziess ultraprime lenses supported by a full complement of lights and grip equipments. Panther Dolly, Jimmy jib cranes, an array of Tungsten and flicker free HMI lights and Kino banks powered by a fleet of silent generator trucks are additional facilities available to the clients.

Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.

Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with specialization in Cinematography making use of the latest state-of-the-art of all camera equipments and facilities available on campus.

Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the best cinema schools for cinematography. The certificate course on Cinematography offered by Mindscreen Institute is highly reputed for its comprehensive program that is very hands-on, practical with the hottest latest in digital and cinematography techniques.

FOUNDER DIRECTOR

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

From July 2005

Biography - Rajiv Menon
Rajiv Menon from India is a cinematographer and film maker. He is well known for directing the hit Tamil film Minsaara Kanavu (1996). Apart from making feature films he also runs his advertising production house (Rajiv Menon Productions), film equipment rentals (Mindscreen Pvt Ltd) and film school (Mindscreen).

Rajiv was born in Cochin, Kerala to the popular Tamil and malayalam film playback singer Kalyani Menon. He had the chance to travel across India at a very young age as his father, a naval officer, got transferred often. He later joined the film school to study cinematography. Menon did his schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya on the IIT Madras campus. Many ad films later, he started off as cinematographer with Prathap K. Pothan`s Telugu film, Chaithanya. He got into limelight with his second film that is Mani Ratnam`s Bombay before directing Minsaara Kanavu (Sapnay in Hindi) and Kandukondain Kandukondain, apart from a few documentaries for Shyam Benegal and a short film for Girish Karnad.

His versatility as a cinematographer has received much praise, and throughout his career, he has worked with accomplished filmmakers like Mani Ratnam (Bombay, Guru), Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad (Cheluvi). His latest contribution has been Mani Ratnam`s Guru.

Menon`s first directorial venture Minsaara Kanavu was not only a popular hit but also fetched Prabhu Deva his first National Award for Choreography. Also, A R Rahman received National Award for Best Musicand K.S Chitra won national award for the song "hoo lalala". His second directorial venture was the multi-starrer Kandukondain Kandukondain. In addition to directing the film, he also penned the story and screenplay. The song from this movie "Sandhana Thendril" won singer Shankar Mahadevan his first National Award.

He has also setup Rajiv Menon Productions and Mindscreen Film Institute, which supplies equipment for documentaries, advertising films and cinema. One of his recent ventures was Guru,

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

December 2005 - December 2005

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in
Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen
Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.
Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with specialization in Cinematography making use of the latest state-of-the-art of all camera equipments and facilities available on campus.
Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the best cinema schools for cinematography. The certificate course on Cinematography offered by Mindscreen Institute is highly reputed for its comprehensive program that is very hands-on, practical with the hottest latest in digital and cinematography techniques.
COURSES OFFERED:
1. SIX MONTHS COURSE ON CINEMATOGRAPHY
2. SIX MONTHS COURSE ON SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING
3. TWO MONTHS ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
4. BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

Projects

Acting for Film & Television

Acting for Film & Television
Academic Term: February 2015 -July 2015
Actors or performers are the embodiment of a film as they are the ones who appear in the physical form on screen. They interpret the script, bring characters to life and need to be extremely adaptable. They must also have a good voice, a strong sense of expression and be able to transform gestures and emotions. Finally, they should be capable of imitating life and relationships.

While preparing students for films, television, theatre and voice-over, the course teaches script interpretation, characterisation, diction, basic techniques, movement, observation, improvisation, role analysis, technique of make-up and basic ideas about costumes. Students are also guided in auditioning, compiling a portfolio and creating a comprehensive show reel.

This program is designed for individuals who desire to achieve a position in Film & Television, but want to focus exclusively on acting, with a concentration on acting for film. Classes include Scene Study, Meisner Technique, Acting for Film, Voice and Movement, Monologues, Improvisation, Audition Technique and Stage Combat. In addition to the course work, students perform projects, both on-camera and on stage.
For information contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Ranga Lane, Off Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web:http:// www.mindscreen.co.in


ADMISSIONS OPEN FOR AUGUST 2014 BATCH AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

If you are in love with films and are searching for the right place to learn the craft of filmmaking, then look no further……
ADMISSIONS OPEN FOR AUGUST 2014 BATCH AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
1. SIX MONTHS COURSE ON CINEMATOGRAPHY
2. SIX MONTHS COURSE ON SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING
OTHER SHORT TERM COURSES
3. LIVE SOUND RECORDING (LOCATION SOUND) FROM 2nd June 2014
4. DIGITAL CINEMA ACQUISITION, DATA MANAGEMENT & TRANSCODING TECHNICIAN (DATA MANAGEMENT) FROM 2nd June 2014
WORKSHOPS
5. BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – 5th to 8th June 2014

Limited Seats Available, Apply Now.

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Ranga Lane, Off Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web:http:// www.mindscreen.co.in

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
The most important in learning PHOTOGRAPHY as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don't know the basics, your PHOTOGRAPHY experience might lead to frustration and anger. PHOTOGRAPHY is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture. As a beginner in PHOTOGRAPHY and if you the passion to be a good PHOTOGRAPHER we advise you to take up this workshop and learn to click pictures around you.

This BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP is conducted by MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE from 5th to 8th June 2014. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative PHOTOGRAPHER hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore PHOTOGRAPHY as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.

The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Diinesh Kumble

Dinesh is an entrepreneur turned Sports, Nature and Wildlife Photographer. PHOTOGRAPHY was always pursued with a passion even as a student while studying in the United States of America for his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. Dinesh has been regularly travelling across the wilds of India and Africa to realize and share his many dreams. The large amount of photographs and experience he has been able to gather convinced him to compile "DREAM SAFARI - A Pictorial Journey through Africa's Cradle of Life", a book based on his various trips to eastern Africa and its famed game parks.

ONLY LIMITED SEATS
For registration contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
#4, Ranga Lane, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004,
Ph.: +91 044 4210 8682 / 2499 6417
Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
Mobile: +91 9841612595,
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

SHORT TERM COURSES AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

SHORT TERM COURSES AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
SHORT TERM COURSE - 1
LIVE SOUND RECORDING (LOCATION SOUND)
COURSE COMMENCEMENT DATE: 2nd June 2014
Duration of the Course: 4 Weeks (40 Hours Theory + 80 Hours Practical)
To whom it is Suitable: Candidates who have keen ears to Sound and Recording Sound
Course Prospects: On completion of the course, candidates will be conversant enough to handle different Audio Recording Instruments
Eligibility: Diploma/Degree in Science/Viscom/ Electronics/Communication
&
SHORT TERM COURSE - 2
DIGITAL CINEMA ACQUISITION, DATA MANAGEMENT & TRANSCODING TECHNICIAN (DATA MANAGEMENT)
COURSE COMMENCEMENT DATE: 2nd June 2014
Duration of the Course: 4 Weeks (60 Hours Theory + 60 Hours - In Field Practical)
To whom it is Suitable: Candidates who have inclination towards handling Data of Digital Cinema; who is already into assisting the DOPs in handling the Data
Course prospects: On completion of the course, candidates will be confident enough to handle Data from different brands of DSMCs – Data Technicians are much in demand as the Film Industry has embraced Digital Movie making extensively
Eligibility: Diploma in Electronics/Computer

For Admission contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
#4, Ranga Lane, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004,
Ph.: +91 044 4210 8682 / 2499 6417
Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
Mobile: +91 9841612595,
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in

SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (Saturday & Sunday) -28th & 29th September 2013

WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (Saturday & Sunday) -28th & 29th September 2013
AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN WRITING
To commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema, MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE, Chennai welcomes you for the TWO DAYS WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
The workshop is intended to provide participants with a basic understanding of the art and craft of writing scripts for films. The entire journey of the script, from idea to final screenplay, will be covered. All key aspects of screenwriting will be addressed, including story, character, structure, scenes and dialogue.
Short films as well as scenes from films will be shown and analyzed. By the end of the workshop, participants will not only begin to understand and appreciate the mechanics of a screenplay, but also begin the journey towards discovering their own potential for telling stories using the form of the screenplay.
Workshop Facilitator: Ashwini Malik,
Regarded as one of India’s finest teachers of scriptwriting, Ashwini Malik graduated from FTII, Pune in 1994. He started his career with television, writing and directing several shows. Clever & Lonely (2002), his first feature film as writer-director, was screened at many film festivals around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to films like I Am, Sorry Bhai and Road, Movie. He teaches screenwriting at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, and mentors regularly at workshops in India and abroad. He writes essays on screenwriting on his blog – screenwritingarguments.blogspot.in
ONLY LIMITED SEATS
For Registration contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE.
#4, Ranga Lane, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 44 4210 8682 / 2499 6417
Mobile: 9841612595
Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

WORKSHOPS AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

WORKSHOPS AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
1. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – 19th to 22nd September 2013
2. AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN WRITING – 28th & 29th September 2013

1. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 19th to 22nd September 2013
The most important in learning PHOTOGRAPHY as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don't know the basics, your PHOTOGRAPHY experience might lead to frustration and anger. PHOTOGRAPHY is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture. As a beginner in PHOTOGRAPHY and if you the passion to be a good PHOTOGRAPHER we advise you to take up this workshop and learn to click pictures around you.
This BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP is conducted by MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE from 19th to 22nd September 2013. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative PHOTOGRAPHER hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore PHOTOGRAPHY as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 5 to 7 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is the best learnt by exploring it with a camera. The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Diinesh Kumble
Dinesh is an entrepreneur turned Sports, Nature and Wildlife Photographer. PHOTOGRAPHY was always pursued with a passion even as a student while studying in the United States of America for his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. Dinesh has been regularly travelling across the wilds of India and Africa to realize and share his many dreams. The large amount of photographs and experience he has been able to gather convinced him to compile "DREAM SAFARI - A Pictorial Journey through Africa's Cradle of Life", a book based on his various trips to eastern Africa and its famed game parks.

WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (Saturday & Sunday) -28th & 29th September 2013
AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN WRITING
To commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema, MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE, Chennai welcomes you for the TWO DAYS WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
The workshop is intended to provide participants with a basic understanding of the art and craft of writing scripts for films. The entire journey of the script, from idea to final screenplay, will be covered. All key aspects of screenwriting will be addressed, including story, character, structure, scenes and dialogue.
Short films as well as scenes from films will be shown and analyzed. By the end of the workshop, participants will not only begin to understand and appreciate the mechanics of a screenplay, but also begin the journey towards discovering their own potential for telling stories using the form of the screenplay.
Workshop Facilitator: Ashwini Malik,
Regarded as one of India’s finest teachers of scriptwriting, Ashwini Malik graduated from FTII, Pune in 1994. He started his career with television, writing and directing several shows. Clever & Lonely (2002), his first feature film as writer-director, was screened at many film festivals around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to films like I Am, Sorry Bhai and Road, Movie. He teaches screenwriting at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, and mentors regularly at workshops in India and abroad. He writes essays on screenwriting on his blog – screenwritingarguments.blogspot.in
ONLY LIMITED SEATS
For Registration contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE.
#4, Ranga Lane, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 44 4210 8682 / 2499 6417
Mobile: 9841612595
Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (Saturday & Sunday) -28th & 29th September 2013

WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (Saturday & Sunday) -28th & 29th September 2013
AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN WRITING
To commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema, MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE, Chennai welcomes you for the TWO DAYS WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
The workshop is intended to provide participants with a basic understanding of the art and craft of writing scripts for films. The entire journey of the script, from idea to final screenplay, will be covered. All key aspects of screenwriting will be addressed, including story, character, structure, scenes and dialogue.
Short films as well as scenes from films will be shown and analyzed. By the end of the workshop, participants will not only begin to understand and appreciate the mechanics of a screenplay, but also begin the journey towards discovering their own potential for telling stories using the form of the screenplay.
Workshop Facilitator: Ashwini Malik,
Regarded as one of India’s finest teachers of scriptwriting, Ashwini Malik graduated from FTII, Pune in 1994. He started his career with television, writing and directing several shows. Clever & Lonely (2002), his first feature film as writer-director, was screened at many film festivals around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to films like I Am, Sorry Bhai and Road, Movie. He teaches screenwriting at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, and mentors regularly at workshops in India and abroad. He writes essays on screenwriting on his blog – screenwritingarguments.blogspot.in
ONLY LIMITED SEATS
For Registration contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE.
#4, Ranga Lane, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 44 4210 8682 / 2499 6417
Mobile: 9841612595
Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 19th to 22nd September 2013

ONLY LIMITED SEATS
For Registration contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE.
#4, Ranga Lane, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 44 4210 8682 / 2499 6417
Mobile: 9841612595
Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 19th to 22nd September 2013
The most important in learning PHOTOGRAPHY as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don't know the basics, your PHOTOGRAPHY experience might lead to frustration and anger. PHOTOGRAPHY is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture. As a beginner in PHOTOGRAPHY and if you the passion to be a good PHOTOGRAPHER we advise you to take up this workshop and learn to click pictures around you.
This BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP is conducted by MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE from 19th to 22nd September 2013. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative PHOTOGRAPHER hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore PHOTOGRAPHY as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 5 to 7 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is the best learnt by exploring it with a camera. The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Diinesh Kumble
Dinesh is an entrepreneur turned Sports, Nature and Wildlife Photographer. PHOTOGRAPHY was always pursued with a passion even as a student while studying in the United States of America for his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. Dinesh has been regularly travelling across the wilds of India and Africa to realize and share his many dreams. The large amount of photographs and experience he has been able to gather convinced him to compile "DREAM SAFARI - A Pictorial Journey through Africa's Cradle of Life", a book based on his various trips to eastern Africa and its famed game parks.

WORKSHOPS AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

WORKSHOPS AT MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
1. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – 19th to 22nd September 2013
2. AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN WRITING – 28th & 29th September 2013

1. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 19th to 22nd September 2013
The most important in learning PHOTOGRAPHY as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don't know the basics, your PHOTOGRAPHY experience might lead to frustration and anger. PHOTOGRAPHY is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture. As a beginner in PHOTOGRAPHY and if you the passion to be a good PHOTOGRAPHER we advise you to take up this workshop and learn to click pictures around you.
This BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP is conducted by MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE from 19th to 22nd September 2013. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative PHOTOGRAPHER hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore PHOTOGRAPHY as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 5 to 7 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is the best learnt by exploring it with a camera. The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Diinesh Kumble
Dinesh is an entrepreneur turned Sports, Nature and Wildlife Photographer. PHOTOGRAPHY was always pursued with a passion even as a student while studying in the United States of America for his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. Dinesh has been regularly travelling across the wilds of India and Africa to realize and share his many dreams. The large amount of photographs and experience he has been able to gather convinced him to compile "DREAM SAFARI - A Pictorial Journey through Africa's Cradle of Life", a book based on his various trips to eastern Africa and its famed game parks.

WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (Saturday & Sunday) -28th & 29th September 2013
AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN WRITING
To commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema, MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE, Chennai welcomes you for the TWO DAYS WEEKEND SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
The workshop is intended to provide participants with a basic understanding of the art and craft of writing scripts for films. The entire journey of the script, from idea to final screenplay, will be covered. All key aspects of screenwriting will be addressed, including story, character, structure, scenes and dialogue.
Short films as well as scenes from films will be shown and analyzed. By the end of the workshop, participants will not only begin to understand and appreciate the mechanics of a screenplay, but also begin the journey towards discovering their own potential for telling stories using the form of the screenplay.
Workshop Facilitator: Ashwini Malik,
Regarded as one of India’s finest teachers of scriptwriting, Ashwini Malik graduated from FTII, Pune in 1994. He started his career with television, writing and directing several shows. Clever & Lonely (2002), his first feature film as writer-director, was screened at many film festivals around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to films like I Am, Sorry Bhai and Road, Movie. He teaches screenwriting at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, and mentors regularly at workshops in India and abroad. He writes essays on screenwriting on his blog – screenwritingarguments.blogspot.in
ONLY LIMITED SEATS
For Registration contact:
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE.
#4, Ranga Lane, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 44 4210 8682 / 2499 6417
Mobile: 9841612595
Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

12 WEEKEND DIGITAL FILM MAKING CRASH COURSE

12 WEEKEND DIGITAL FILM MAKING CRASH COURSE
DURATION: 12 Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) beginning 4th May 2013

This unique modular course has been designed for individuals to keep pace with changing trend and technology.
Candidates will learn by ‘doing’ as well as understanding theory, developing a variety of practical and creative skills from planning, budgeting, storyboarding and pre-visualization through filming, Editing and finally post production and delivery.

Candidates will be given on-hand training in state of the art Digital Technology. Leading Professionals will interact and train them.
The Modules will be:
• Screen Play Writing & Direction
• Digital Cinematography
• Sound Recording
• Digital Film Editing (with FCP)
• Special FX and Color Correction
• Digital Audio Mix and Out
• Digital Post Production
On successful training, the candidates will have the clear idea and confidence to go ahead with their dream projects.
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
PRESENTS
12 WEEKEND DIGITAL FILM MAKING CRASH COURSE
FOR DETAILS CONTACT:

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
# 4, KANNIAMMAN KOIL STREET,
RANGA ROAD,
MYLAPORE, CHENNAI - 600 004
Mobile: 9841612595 / PH: 044 42108682
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE.

Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen.

Mindscreen Film equipment company has been in the business for over two decades and provided the film industry with state-of-the-art Arriflex 435 Advanced equipped with Hawk anamorphic and Ziess ultraprime lenses supported by a full complement of lights and grip equipments. Panther Dolly, Jimmy jib cranes, an array of Tungsten and flicker free HMI lights and Kino banks powered by a fleet of silent generator trucks are additional facilities available to the clients.

Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.

Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with specialization in Cinematography making use of the latest state-of-the-art of all camera equipments and facilities available on campus.

Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the best cinema schools for cinematography. The certificate course on Cinematography offered by Mindscreen Institute is highly reputed for its comprehensive program that is very hands-on, practical with the hottest latest in digital and cinematography techniques.



• Mindscreen Film Institute will offer high quality professional study programs in the theory & practice of film-making.

• Mindscreen Film Institute will focus on specialized areas of film-making that develop very proficient technicians who are creative artists as well.

• Mindscreen Film Institute and its alumni will make a professional impact and significant contribution to the media and entertainment industry.



We believe that a good film-maker, irrespective of his/her role must appreciate all aspects of the process.

From the choices a cinematographer confronts, understanding the director & his script, how sound and music transform a scene to assembling of images in the editing room. And the best way to learn them is to have a real ‘touch-feel-do’ experience.

Mindscreen Film Institute is all about hands-on learning. Our learning environment is designed to move one beyond their current level, expand the vision, enhance technical skills and unleash the potential to IMAGINE, THINK & CREATE a new way.

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 10th to 13rd November 2011

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP : 10th to 13th November 2011

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 10th to 13rd November 2011
Welcome to Photography for Beginners.
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop for beginners is a four days course conducted by Mindscreen from 10th to 13rd November 2011.The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.

The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 9 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.

The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Saravanakumar and his team, who is a renowned wildlife photographer and cameraman. He works regularly for National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Channels.

For any additional information please feel free to call 9841612595 or write to: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 10th to 13rd November 2011
Welcome to Photography for Beginners.
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop for beginners is a four days course conducted by Mindscreen from 10th to 13rd November 2011.The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.

The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 9 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.

The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Saravanakumar and his team, who is a renowned wildlife photographer and cameraman. He works regularly for National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Channels.
For any additional information please feel free to call 9841612595 or write to: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 15th to 18th September 2011

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
No: 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr. Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Mobile: +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 15th to 18th September 2011
Welcome to Photography for Beginners.
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop for beginners is a four days course conducted by Mindscreen from
15th to 18th September 2011.The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 9 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.
The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Saravanakumar and his team, who is a renowned wildlife photographer and cameraman. He works regularly for National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Channels.

For any additional information please feel free to call 9841612595 or write to: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in

SIX MONTHS COURSE ON SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING

MISSION MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
# 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Off Dr Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682 / Mobile : +91 9841612595
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

SIX MONTHS COURSE ON SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING

Screenwriting & Filmmaking Course

A vocational program of film studies designed to equip students with screenwriting techniques and Assistant Director Skill set. Enabling students to take the first step on the journey to become Screenwriters & Film Directors. The course is scheduled so as to accommodate class hours, labs and short film projects. Students are encouraged to apply classroom theories in their assignments and projects. The faculty is a mix of professional teachers and industry stalwarts.
Academic Term: (August 2011 - February 2012)

Course Syllabus:

Film Appreciation
Understanding Film Stories
The Seven basic plots
Lab & Assignment - Writing stores around the plots
Still Photo Story Project
Drawing stories from the Epics – Ramayan & Mahabarath
Understanding Performance- Actors & Acting
Researching & Interviewing Real Life Characters
Production Design
From Script to Screen
Camera & Sound Essentials
Continuity Exercise-Short Film Project
Project Management – Working with Movie Magic software
Key principles of Editing
Soundscapes-Sound Design & Film Music
Film Genre Study with Movie Screenings
Location Recce Project
Casting Brief Project
Dialogue Writing
Writing Step Outline
Understanding & Practicing Film Pitches
Digital Filmmaking & Modern Practices
Course Requirements

The Prospective student should preferably have already had their writing published be it at any level a school literary prize, student newspaper or commercial publication.

They should demonstrate a prior knowledge of international as well as local cinema Candidates should posses a high level of communication skills irrespective of language, an enthusiasm to convey ideas and an ability to absorb and to respond to information quickly.

APPLICATION GUIDE FOR SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING

Application form can be downloaded from our website. Completed application form along with DD for Rs.2000/-drawn in favour of Mindscreen Film Institute, payable at Chennai, to be submitted or couriered to Mindscreen Film Institute on or before 15th July 2011.

Proof of academic credentials (photocopies) and work experience to be enclosed. Originals to be presented at the personal interview stage.

A statement of purpose with the application form - a short essay of 200 words indicating reasons for interest in the course & career in Screenwriting and Film making to be enclosed Shortlisted applicants will be called for a personal interview & final selection stage. Interviews will be held by end of july 2011.

COURSE FEE, TERMS & CONDITIONS

Upon selection, the concerned candidate is expected to pay a sum of Rs.2, 00,000 (Rupees Two Lakhs only) + service tax as applicable towards course fee and a caution deposit of Rs. 20,000 (Rupees Twenty Thousand only -REFUNDABLE) within a week after the receipt of the admission card. Any delay in this matter would result in the seat being allotted to the next candidate on the waiting list.

Beyond this, whatever additional expenses may occur in order to finish project works and assignments such as continuity exercise, scene exercise and thesis film in terms of locations, actors, etc are to be borne by the candidate.

In case, the concerned candidate wishes to shoot the final project on film negative instead of video, all costs incurred towards the purchase of raw stock, processing, printing or conversion to digital format for non-linear editing by way of telecine etc should be borne by him or her. All outstation candidates would have to find their own accommodation as Mindscreen Film Institute is not a residential institution.

Upon the successful completion of class works, exercises, projects and mid term and final examinations with adequate attendance record, the candidate would be formally awarded a Certificate.

SEVEN DAYS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 13th to 19th June

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
#4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004,
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682, Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
Mobile: +91 9841612595,
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

SEVEN DAYS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 13th to 19th June 2011
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop is conducted by Mindscreen film Institute from 13th to 19th June. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 9 to 10 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.
The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Dinesh Kumble.
Dinesh is an entrepreneur turned Sports, Nature and Wildlife Photographer. Photography was always pursued with a passion even as a student while studying in the United States of America for his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. Diinesh has been regularly travelling across the wilds of India and Africa to realise and share his many dreams. The large amount of photographs and experience he has been able to gather convinced him to compile "DREAM SAFARI - A Pictorial Journey through Africas Cradle of Life", a book based on his various trips to eastern Africa and its famed game parks.

SEVEN DAYS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 13th to 19th June

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
#4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004,
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682, Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
Mobile: +91 9841612595,
E-mail: mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

SEVEN DAYS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 13th to 19th June 2011
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop is conducted by Mindscreen film Institute from 13th to 19th June. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 9 to 10 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.
The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Dinesh Kumble.
Dinesh is an entrepreneur turned Sports, Nature and Wildlife Photographer. Photography was always pursued with a passion even as a student while studying in the United States of America for his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. Diinesh has been regularly travelling across the wilds of India and Africa to realise and share his many dreams. The large amount of photographs and experience he has been able to gather convinced him to compile "DREAM SAFARI - A Pictorial Journey through Africas Cradle of Life", a book based on his various trips to eastern Africa and its famed game parks.

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FOR AUGUST 2011 CINEMATOGRAPHY , SCREEN WRITING & FILM MAKING COURSE IS 31.05.2011.
FOR APPLICATIONS PLEASE CONTACT 9841612595 or YOU MAY COLLECT THE APPLICATION FORM IN PERSON FROM:

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
#4, Kanniamman Koil Street,
Dr.Ranga Road, Mylapore,
Chennai – 600 004
Phone No.044-24996417 / 4210 8682
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in
E-mail:mindscreen@mindscreen.co.in

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE OUTGOING ACTING STUDENTS

OUR FIRST BATCH OF ACTING STUDENTS ALL SET TO ENTER THE INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY.WE WISH THEM ALL THE VERY BEST
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
#4, Kanniamman Koil Street,
Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in
E-mail: mindscreenops@gmail.com

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
# 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Off Dr Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682 / Mobile : +91 9841612595
E-mail: ranjeethkumar@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen.
Mindscreen Film Equipment Company has been in the business for over two decades and provided the film industry with state-of-the-art Arriflex 435 Advanced equipped with Hawk anamorphic and Ziess ultraprime lenses supported by a full complement of lights and grip equipments. Panther Dolly, Jimmy jib cranes, an array of Tungsten and flicker free HMI lights and Kino banks powered by a fleet of silent generator trucks are additional facilities available to the clients.
Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.
Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with specialization in Cinematography making use of the latest state-of-the-art of all camera equipments and facilities available on campus.
Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the best cinema schools for cinematography. The certificate course on Cinematography offered by Mindscreen Institute is highly reputed for its comprehensive program that is very hands-on, practical with the hottest latest in digital and cinematography techniques.
MISSION
• Mindscreen Film Institute will offer high quality professional study programs in the theory & practice of film-making.

• Mindscreen Film Institute study programs in specialized areas are intended to produce very proficient technicians who are creative artists as well.

• Mindscreen Film Institute curriculum and its alumni should make a professional impact and significant contribution to the industry
PHILOSOPHY

We believe that a good film-maker, irrespective of his/her role must appreciate all aspects of the process.
From the choices a cinematographer confronts, understanding the director & his script, how sound and music transform a scene to assembling of images in the editing room. And the best way to learn them is to have a real ‘touch-feel-do’ experience.

Mindscreen Film Institute is all about hands-on learning. Our learning environment is designed to move one beyond their current level, expand the vision, enhance technical skills and unleash the potential to IMAGINE, THINK & CREATE a new way.

COURSE OFFERED:
COURSE 1 - CINEMATOGRAPHY (SIX MONTHS)
Subjects covered:
Photography Optics
Film & Lab
Lighting & Exposure
Study Of Still & Movie Cameras
Electronic Cinematography
Elements of Film Direction, Screenplay and Editing
Production Design
Film Production & Teamwork
Other activities during the course:
40 nos. of selected feature films will be screened and discussed.
About 40 nos. of practical sessions which involve lighting practice and operation of video and movie cameras will be conducted.

Projects works involve Story telling using still visuals, Story telling using video visuals and guided short film production using 35mm Motion Picture Camera and movie film
Field visits include visits to film shooting spots, motion picture laboratory and digital intermediate .
Course Requirements:
To apply for the course, the concerned candidate should possess an undergraduate degree either in the science or the arts. However, +2 students with three years experience in Photography / Film Industry may also apply.
COURSE 2 - SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING (SIX MONTHS)
The MINDSCREEN Screenwriting and Filmmaking Course is a vocational program of study designed to groom students for the position of Assistant Director. The course features an entirely practical approach equipping students with a keen understanding of storytelling and enough hands on experience in character development and actor direction to become a valuable asset to the Director's team. Students will learn how to generate ideas within a dramatic framework and how best to apply them from initial concept through to story structure, scriptwriting, dialogue and their successful reproduction on screen.
Subjects covered:
FILM MAKING
Aesthetics & Authorship
• Indian vs. Western Aesthetics
• Philosophy & Film
• History of Cinema
• Psychoanalysis
Finance
• Films as Business
• Producers & Distributors
• Making a Business Plan
Preproduction
• Acting & Directing Actors
• Scene Preparation
• Production Design
• Scouting Locations
Production
• From Screenplay to Shooting Script
• Camera & Sound Essentials

• Continuity
• Project Management
Postproduction
• Key principles of Editing
• From First Assembly to Fine Cut
• Working with Music
Writing
• Mechanics of story telling
• Why do we tell stories?
• Character & Story
• Story Structure
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Screenplay beginnings
• Writing to Genre
• Character Development
• Setting & Morality
• Theme; Concept Unity
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Screenplay development
• Story Outline
• Character Arc
• Plot & Subplots
• Step Outline
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Scripting
• Cinematic Description
• Dialogue
• Scene Analysis
• Redrafting Processes
• Formatting with Final Draft & Movie Magic
Course Requirements
• The Prospective student should have already had their writing published be it at any level a school literary prize, student newspaper or commercial publication
• They should demonstrate a prior knowledge of international as well as local cinema.
• Candidates should posses a high level of communication skills irrespective of language, an enthusiasm to convey ideas and an ability to absorb and to respond to information quickly
COURSE 2 – ACTING FOUNDATION (TWO MONTHS): Course Objectives
Following the huge success of its Screenwriting and Cinematography courses, the Mind Screen Institute is now launching its first Acting Foundation Course.
This two month course is suited to students with a strong interest and some experience in the performing arts as well as returning students or professional practitioners who would like to refresh their learning and knowledge in a pressure-free environment.
The aim of the acting foundation course is to help performers to become confident and comfortable in the skills needed by an actor today in order to secure quality and regular acting work.
During the course students will begin to understand the nature and language of actor training and the effect will be to gain confidence, and lose any nervousness about acting and being an actor.
Along with modern training, we will also introduce the student in the traditional skills of classical language, with particular reference to the voice.
Course Content
The programme will begin with four weeks of intensive training, during which students will attend daily technical classes in voice, movement, speech, acting and improvisation, as well as singing, dance and the martial arts.
Students can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of how to prepare the voice, body and mind for the demanding life of an actor.
Topics covered will include breathe and rhythm, diction, resonance, stage presence, core stability and awareness of the body in space.
A large part of the course will focus on the interpretation and delivery of both contemporary and classical texts and there will also be daily improvisation classes where students will be encouraged to liberate the body and mind to allow room for imagination.
Classical Texts
In the second week, students will have to chance to work with Shakespeare texts and will be encouraged to get up and speak his words naturally and simply in order to bring the writing to life. They will work on scenes, monologues and sonnets as well as movement and stage fighting.
Contemporary Texts
Students will be encouraged to bring their own experience to the classes in order to explore the world in which we live, as well as to imagine the lives of others
During the afternoons, students will attend classes in dance, martial arts and singing and will learn a variety of styles in each of these disciplines
Film
A full week of the course will be dedicated to classes in Acting for Film and Television. Students will not only have the opportunity to work with professional cameras and crew; they will also have the benefit of attending a workshop with Mind Screen Institute’s founder, Film Director and Cinematographer, Mr. Rajiv Menon.
Part 2
The second month of the programme will involve the casting and rehearsing of a piece of dramatic text and will culminate in a stage production, in which students will perform to invited members of film and theatre industry.
All students will take part in the production, rehearsing throughout the four weeks for a performance on the final day. They will learn the skills needed to create a character and a strong performance, in the same rehearsal process as they will experience in the professional world.
The Staff
The training is vocational and practical and will be taught by a team of extremely distinguished and respected theatre and film professionals, all of whom, as well as being experts in their fields, enjoy successful careers as actors and directors.
Course Benefits
The Mind Screen Institute feels that it is able to offer a unique course, which will be second to none. Staffed by a team of broad-minded practitioners, all of whom benefit from a wide experience of both Western and Indian acting styles, this course will attempt to integrate the modern with the classical and bring together the cultures of both Indian and Western traditions.
Students will benefit hugely for the many resources that the Mind Screen Institute has to offer, including an operational film production company, which houses a private screening room.
Successful candidates will be offered a complementary Film Appreciation Option, where they will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of screenings made available at the Institute after school hours.

SIX MONTHS COURSE ON CINEMATOGRAPHY & SCREEN WRITING

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
# 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Off Dr Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682 / Mobile : +91 9841612595
E-mail: ranjeethkumar@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen.
Mindscreen Film Equipment Company has been in the business for over two decades and provided the film industry with state-of-the-art Arriflex 435 Advanced equipped with Hawk anamorphic and Ziess ultraprime lenses supported by a full complement of lights and grip equipments. Panther Dolly, Jimmy jib cranes, an array of Tungsten and flicker free HMI lights and Kino banks powered by a fleet of silent generator trucks are additional facilities available to the clients.
Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.
Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with specialization in

cinematography making use of the latest state-of-the-art of all camera equipments and facilities available on campus.
Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the best cinema schools for cinematography. The certificate course on Cinematography offered by Mindscreen Institute is highly reputed for its comprehensive program that is very hands-on, practical with the hottest latest in digital and cinematography techniques.
MISSION
• Mindscreen Film Institute will offer high quality professional study programs in the theory & practice of film-making.

• Mindscreen Film Institute study programs in specialized areas are intended to produce very proficient technicians who are creative artists as well.

• Mindscreen Film Institute curriculum and its alumni should make a professional impact and significant contribution to the industry
PHILOSOPHY

We believe that a good film-maker, irrespective of his/her role must appreciate all aspects of the process.
From the choices a cinematographer confronts, understanding the director & his script, how sound and music transform a scene to assembling of images in the editing room. And the best way to learn them is to have a real ‘touch-feel-do’ experience.

Mindscreen Film Institute is all about hands-on learning. Our learning environment is designed to move one beyond their current level, expand the vision, enhance technical skills and unleash the potential to IMAGINE, THINK & CREATE a new way.

COURSE OFFERED:
COURSE 1 - CINEMATOGRAPHY (SIX MONTHS)
Subjects covered:
Photography Optics
Film & Lab
Lighting & Exposure
Study Of Still & Movie Cameras
Electronic Cinematography
Elements of Film Direction, Screenplay and Editing
Production Design
Film Production & Teamwork
Other activities during the course:
40 nos. of selected feature films will be screened and discussed.
About 40 nos. of practical sessions which involve lighting practice and operation of video and movie cameras will be conducted.

Projects works involve Story telling using still visuals, Story telling using video visuals and guided short film production using 35mm Motion Picture Camera and movie film
Field visits include visits to film shooting spots, motion picture laboratory and digital intermediate .
Course Requirements:
To apply for the course, the concerned candidate should possess an undergraduate degree either in the science or the arts. However, +2 students with three years experience in Photography / Film Industry may also apply.
COURSE 2 - SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING (SIX MONTHS)
The MINDSCREEN Screenwriting and Filmmaking Course is a vocational program of study designed to groom students for the position of Assistant Director. The course features an entirely practical approach equipping students with a keen understanding of storytelling and enough hands on experience in character development and actor direction to become a valuable asset to the Director's team. Students will learn how to generate ideas within a dramatic framework and how best to apply them from initial concept through to story structure, scriptwriting, dialogue and their successful reproduction on screen.
Subjects covered:
FILM MAKING
Aesthetics & Authorship
• Indian vs. Western Aesthetics
• Philosophy & Film
• History of Cinema
• Psychoanalysis
Finance
• Films as Business
• Producers & Distributors
• Making a Business Plan
Preproduction
• Acting & Directing Actors
• Scene Preparation
• Production Design
• Scouting Locations
Production
• From Screenplay to Shooting Script
• Camera & Sound Essentials
• Continuity
• Project Management
Postproduction
• Key principles of Editing
• From First Assembly to Fine Cut
• Working with Music
Writing
• Mechanics of story telling
• Why do we tell stories?
• Character & Story
• Story Structure
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Screenplay beginnings
• Writing to Genre
• Character Development
• Setting & Morality
• Theme; Concept Unity
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Screenplay development
• Story Outline
• Character Arc
• Plot & Subplots
• Step Outline
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Scripting
• Cinematic Description
• Dialogue
• Scene Analysis
• Redrafting Processes
• Formatting with Final Draft & Movie Magic
Course Requirements
• The Prospective student should have already had their writing published be it at any level a school literary prize, student newspaper or commercial publication
• They should demonstrate a prior knowledge of international as well as local cinema


• Candidates should posses a high level of communication skills irrespective of language, an enthusiasm to convey ideas and an ability to absorb and to respond to information quickly
COURSE 2 – ACTING FOUNDATION (TWO MONTHS): Course Objectives
Following the huge success of its Screenwriting and Cinematography courses, the Mind Screen Institute is now launching its first Acting Foundation Course.
This two month course is suited to students with a strong interest and some experience in the performing arts as well as returning students or professional practitioners who would like to refresh their learning and knowledge in a pressure-free environment.
The aim of the acting foundation course is to help performers to become confident and comfortable in the skills needed by an actor today in order to secure quality and regular acting work.
During the course students will begin to understand the nature and language of actor training and the effect will be to gain confidence, and lose any nervousness about acting and being an actor.
Along with modern training, we will also introduce the student in the traditional skills of classical language, with particular reference to the voice.
Course Content
The programme will begin with four weeks of intensive training, during which students will attend daily technical classes in voice, movement, speech, acting and improvisation, as well as singing, dance and the martial arts.
Students can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of how to prepare the voice, body and mind for the demanding life of an actor.
Topics covered will include breathe and rhythm, diction, resonance, stage presence, core stability and awareness of the body in space.
A large part of the course will focus on the interpretation and delivery of both contemporary and classical texts and there will also be daily improvisation classes where students will be encouraged to liberate the body and mind to allow room for imagination.
Classical Texts
In the second week, students will have to chance to work with Shakespeare texts and will be encouraged to get up and speak his words naturally and simply in order to bring the writing to life. They will work on scenes, monologues and sonnets as well as movement and stage fighting.

Contemporary Texts
Students will be encouraged to bring their own experience to the classes in order to explore the world in which we live, as well as to imagine the lives of others
During the afternoons, students will attend classes in dance, martial arts and singing and will learn a variety of styles in each of these disciplines
Film
A full week of the course will be dedicated to classes in Acting for Film and Television. Students will not only have the opportunity to work with professional cameras and crew; they will also have the benefit of attending a workshop with Mind Screen Institute’s founder, Film Director and Cinematographer, Mr. Rajiv Menon.
Part 2
The second month of the programme will involve the casting and rehearsing of a piece of dramatic text and will culminate in a stage production, in which students will perform to invited members of film and theatre industry.
All students will take part in the production, rehearsing throughout the four weeks for a performance on the final day. They will learn the skills needed to create a character and a strong performance, in the same rehearsal process as they will experience in the professional world.
The Staff
The training is vocational and practical and will be taught by a team of extremely distinguished and respected theatre and film professionals, all of whom, as well as being experts in their fields, enjoy successful careers as actors and directors.
Course Benefits
The Mind Screen Institute feels that it is able to offer a unique course, which will be second to none. Staffed by a team of broad-minded practitioners, all of whom benefit from a wide experience of both Western and Indian acting styles, this course will attempt to integrate the modern with the classical and bring together the cultures of both Indian and Western traditions.
Students will benefit hugely for the many resources that the Mind Screen Institute has to offer, including an operational film production company, which houses a private screening room.
Successful candidates will be offered a complementary Film Appreciation Option, where they will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of screenings made available at the Institute after school hours.

FACULTY
Mr.Rajiv Menon – Cinematography / Screen writing & Film making
Rajiv Menon began his career in the film industry in 1984 when he graduated in cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, with a gold medal. His subsequent training in steadicam operation under Garret Brown, the academy award winner for the invention of steadicam, provided him the opportunity to work on some top of the bracket productions and so early in his career before he began to invest his energies in the making of advertisement and corporate films.
As the professional quality of his output as the producer, director and cinematographer of film commercials, began to speak for itself, he has gathered a wide clientele such as Brooke Bond Ltd, Hindustan Lever, Titan Industries, Cadbury’s, Asian Paints, Coke, Hoechst, Smithkline Beecham, Dabur, Nestle, Raymonds and many more. At the least, from 1987 – 2006, nineteen of his commercials have won an award either at the Madras Ad-Club or at the Bombay Ad-Club. Adding more plumes to his cap, the Advertising Club of Madras honoured him with the The Living Legend award during its 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Besides working on a few important documentary projects with such renowned personalities like Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnard, Rajiv Menon always manages to find time to return intermittently to his principal passion, feature filmmaking. As the director of photography of Prathap Pothan’s Chaitanya (1990), Girish Karnard’s Cheluvi (1992), Maniratnam’s Bombay (1995), Mahesh Dattani’s Morning Raga (2004), and Manirathnam’s Guru (2007) he has evolved a distinctive style and a repertoire of techniques.
It is quite rare an honour, that Rajiv Menon’s directorial debut in feature filmmaking, Minsara Kanavu (1997) turned out to be a production that was aimed to mark the 50th Anniversary celebrations of a mighty institution like the AVM Studios. Three years later, his next feature, Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) based on Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility distinguished itself by winning two filmfare awards under the Best Film and Best Director category and by participating in international film festivals at London, Washington, Copenhagen, Ghent, Amsterdam and Paris.
Looking forward to doing more, Rajiv Menon is equally interested in giving back to the industry a range of talents it needs to constantly renew itself. It is with that principal aim he has founded the Mindscreen Film Institute, which was inaugurated in July 2006 by the eminent filmmaker, Maniratnam.


Mr.M.N.Gnansekaran – Dean
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
CINEMATOGRAPHY
A post graduate and a best passing out student in the discipline of cinematography from the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Gnansekaran won a state award for his very first Tamil feature film, Aval Appadithaan (1978). Completing some more films, he became a much admired and respected teacher at his alma mater. Cinematographers like Rajiv Menon and Alphonse Roy, learnt the fundamentals of their craft under his tutelage and continue to value his methods and insights. More so with all the experience and success they have achieved over the years.
Moving out of his position as the Engineer-In-Charge of the Technical Photography Facility at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), he has taken charge as the Dean of Mindscreen Film Institute. Gnanasekaran is highly knowledgeable in the difficult field of cinematography theory and the various technical aspects associated with it. In terms of challenging practice, he has six feature films, several documentaries, participation as official cameraman in the film coverage of a massive event like the 1982 Asian Games for the Films Division of India and two decades of sustained work in professional scientific photography, to his credit.
Mr. Alphonse Roy – CINEMATOGRAPHER
GUEST LECTURER - CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alphonse Roy is guest lecturer at Mindscreen Film Institute. He is one of the most renowned creative photographers in the film industry. He is known for wildlife photography. He has been in the photography field for over two decades. During this tenure, he encountered various kinds of wild hazardous animals including elephants, furious tigers, tumbling monkeys, etc. Mr. Roy believes that if you want to arrest a natural photo, then you cannot be afraid of dangers from animals. Just go forward and click the photo.
Alphonse Roy spent some time in Dzanga Sangha Reserve in the Central African Republic to shoot an American film 'Oka Amerikee' directed by Lavinia Currier. The film was based on the famous book 'Last Thoughts before Vanishing' written by Louis Sarno. Mr. Roy accepted the offer as cinematographer for the film because he wanted to work with Oscar-winning director of photography, Conrad Hall Jr.
Mr. Roy shares his experience as cinematographer for the film. He claims that it was very challenging to shoot wildlife. He spent many days for the shooting of chosen scenes with heavy camera, Panavision. Entering the forest is adventurous work, he said, they had to face an unrestrained elephant that was about to hit them. Mr. Roy has tremendous experience of the creative photography. He relates his experience in cinematography.
The word 'adventure' is synonymous to Mr. Roy. He contributed a number of films and documentaries. He spent years in wildlife photography. He is well versed in taking creative photographs of animals. His outstanding contribution to wild photography has made him a good cinematographer. Therefore, he is widely known for his creative photography.
Mr. Roy traveled across the world and spent almost seventeen years doing photography. His association with tigers moved him to establish himself as an expert photographer. He saw how animals, especially tigers, live in the jungle. He experienced the way of life of naughty cubs in comparison to gracious one. He spent hours in the jungle examining their behavior. He arrested wild animals in his camera effectively. Mr. Roy has contributed to various films and documentaries of which some of notable works include:
• Film on tiger conservation with Fiona Bruce of BBC (presenter for the Planet Earth Conservation series produced by BBC Bristol)
• Tiger by Night for BBC Natural History Channel (shot in the Bandhavgarh Forest)
• Kingdom of Cobra (for BBC Natural World)
• Pride of India a one-hour film on Gir lions for BBC Natural History unit
• 'Journey into Amazonia' for PBS America, 'Elephant Mountain' and 'Temple Tiger' for Living Eden series &
• Camera operator and presenter of the programme 'The Great Cats of India' (a Discovery-Animal Planet co-production)
• Three films for National Geographic on Columbia, Mongolia & Mizoram
• 'Once in a Lifetime Journey' for Reader's Digest America
• Camera operator for a feature length documentary on AIDS directed by Rory Kennedy, a granddaughter of John F. Kennedy
• A film on Kumbh Mela for National Geographic
Mr. Ram Gunasekaran – CINEMATOGRAPHER
LECTURER - CINEMATOGRAPHY

Mr. Sushant Alexander –Film Director
SCREEN WRITING AND FILM MAKING
After studying Civil Engineering, he plunged straight into advertising. He worked for Trikaya Grey, (now, Grey Worldwide), Nexus Equity (now, Bates), Interface & Stark, and wrote campaigns for ELF, Mahindra & Mahindra, Sundrop, Birla White Cement, Kerala Tourism, Anchor Health & Beauty Care, Raymond Shirting, Provogue Fashion, bseindia.com (Bombay Stock Exchange), Linuxense Information Systems and Himachal Tourism. In 2005 he quit as Creative Group Head from Delhi's top ad agency to become a Filmmaker.
He learnt his first lessons in filmmaking, working as an Assistant Director in the documentary titled, 'Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan'. A film on the world renowned auteur-Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It was screened at Mumbai International Film Festival 2006.
In October 2005, he went to Prague to study films. He made his diploma film-Estranged Love, and successfully graduated. This short was screened at many festivals during 2007-2008, including Mumbai International FICTS Festival, Hyderabad International & FILCA.
His first video art installation: Pulse, was exhibited at Gallery-Signs 2009-The Indian festival of Features and Non-Features
Currently, he works as Writer-Director making commercials, music videos and shorts, and operates under the name of Crazy gum
Mrs.Lata Murugan
SCREEN WRITING AND FILM MAKING
Lata Murugan is a seasoned film and video trainer with both practical hands on documentary film-making and teaching experience across India, Zambia, Zimbabwe and in the US. Lata studied video production at Michigan State University and has a Masters degree in film production from Loyola Marymount University (USA).
For a six year period, Lata lived and worked extensively in Southern Africa making documentaries and social dramas for international development organizations (such as UN institutions). Her area of focus was health education and community based script development.
Her varied teaching experiences include:
• Conducting several training courses in video production for the UNESCO Zimbabwe Film and Video Training Project.
• Teaching TV production at the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai where she guided students through all aspects of producing socially relevant documentaries.
• Teaching courses in media literacy, documentary production, film appreciation and guiding students in their fiction and non-fiction productions for the Digital Video Production program at The Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
• Since 2010, she has taught script development for features including research techniques and different elements of script writing at the Mindscreen Film Institute, Chennai.

Mr. Ashoke Viswanathan – Film Director
GUEST LECTURER
Ashoke Viswanathan (born in 1959), a mathematics graduate from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, is a post graduate in film direction from the Film and Television Institute of India (Pune), having finished his specialization in 1985. Subsequently, he completed a certificate course in video production from the same institute in 1986.
Since then, he has been active in both film and video media as a director, screenplay writer, actor and presenter, having directed more than 150 films and television programmes including feature films, documentaries, telefilms, music videos, and teleserials. He has won two National Awards and one International Award. Three of his feature films and one of his short features have been included in the INDIAN PANORAMA sections of IFFI '94, 1999, 2001, 2002. His films have been shown at the Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, the Pyongyang International Film Festival, the Dhaka International Film Festival, and the Ipswich Film Festival, among others.
Viswanathan has represented India at the Cambridge Seminar on contemporary British writing, held at Downing College, Cambridge (1997). He has also been an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Direction at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and a Visiting Professor at Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, at the Dept. of Cinema and Theatre, Tufts University, Boston, Dept. of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, and Dept. of Film Studies, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.
He has presented papers and illustrated lectures at Monmouth University, New Jersey, Tisch School of Arts, New York University, and at Downing College, Cambridge.

Ms. MICHELLE FROST
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE

Michelle Frost has over 15 years experience as a writer, theatre practitioner and corporate role-player.

Michelle graduated in 1990 from Goldsmiths’s University with a first class degree in Drama and French. She was then offered a post as a Cultural Education Officer by the Japanese Ministry of Education and spent 3 years in Tokyo assisting in the development of practical and innovative language teaching methods. During her employment, she devised a now widely practiced technique called the ‘English through Drama’ method, which is largely based on the Stanislavski school of acting. While in Japan, she co-founded the Hysterick Theatre of Tokyo for whom she directed, acted and produced.

She returned to London to accept a post in the literary department at the Royal National Theatre. Two years later she was accepted by Bristol Old Vic, the world renowned theatre school on their postgraduate acting course. Since her graduation she has worked consistently as an actor, director and writer.

Writing: Michelle’s writing credits include Guardians, a two hour first episode of a projected six part crime drama, in development with La Plante Productions for Channel 4. Crosswords, a full length stage play short listed by National Theatre and short listed for the Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre, London. She has been commissioned to write Hot Potatoes, a series of scripts commissioned by the London Education Authority for a nationwide diversity initiative; Tackling Roots, commissioned by the West Midlands Police Force for a nationwide initiative to improve neighbourhood policing; Applying Pressure, a series commissioned by London Borough Council to help people deal with bullying and harassment and Getting Engaged, a series of scripts commissioned by Pension Services.

Michelle is currently developing a feature-length screenplay, Pamela, which has generated interest from Paramount UK and Universal Studios

Role-play/Acting: Aside from working as a coach and role player for major Blue Chip companies in the UK, Toyko, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, Michelle has played the leads and supporting leads in plays as diverse as Twelfth Night, The Libertine, Closer, Iphigenia In Aulis, and Hayfever. In addition she has played film and television roles in Nostadamus directed by Kitano Ishiguro and parts in comedy series Make Your Day and Ant ‘n Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway both for Channel 4.

Directing: Her associate-directing and directing credits include many West End and Off-West End productions including: The Greek Cycle at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Platform Events from 1994-1995 at the Royal National Theatre and the critically acclaimed Lost in a Mirror for the Battersea Arts Centre. From 1997-1999 Michelle was Resident Director at London’s prestigious Duke of York Theatre on St Martin’s Lane which hosted the box-office smash hit The Rocky Horror Show starring Jason Donovan this went on to be the No.1 Tour under Michelle’s direction

K. C. MANAVENDRANATH
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
A Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras,
Founder Director - Campus Theatre, Chennai, 1972.
Founder Member and Artistic Director -The Poor Theatre (Chennai), 1973.
Guest Lecturer - Movement, Voice and Choreography & Extension programmes, School of Drama, Thrissur.
University of Calicut 1982-84. Studied the techniques of the actor training process (Mei orroppu adavus) in Kathakali under Shri V. P. Dhananjayan (1975), the late Shri V.N.Krishnan Nambudiri (1982 -84) and Shri Kavungal Divakara Panicker (1985).
Founder Member - Ankanam Theatre Group, 1983.
Awarded a Junior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources Development to study the training processes of martial arts and performing art forms of Kerala, 1984.
Awarded a Fellowship by The Ford Foundation to develop an integral approach to actor training inspired partly by the theatre teachings of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Artaud, Grotowski and partly by Kerala’s rich variety of martial arts, ritual and performing practices, 1984.
Studied Kalarippayattu practice under the late Shri Maimunni Gurukkal.
(1984–89), its theoretical aspects under the late Shri Poomulli Neelakantan Nambudiripad
(1984–89) and advanced practice under Gurukkal Shri C. Shankaranarayana Menon (Vallabhatta Kalari) (1991–95). Research Director -Ankanam Theatre Group’s Actor Training Laboratory - on a Theatre Laboratory Grant from The Ford Foundation, 1992-1999.
Collaborated in the interaction between martial arts Kalarippayattu [Kerala] and Thang Ta [Manipur] as a Resource person and scripted for the University Grants Commission, three short T.V. features, on Kalarippayattu and Thang Ta on the national network [Doordarshan], 1993.
Director of ongoing project - ‘Process to performance: A project for the evolution of a living theatre’ under a Repertory/Salary grant from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India,
1999-. Senior Fellowship in Theatre from the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi (National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama), New Delhi, 2003- 05.
Director of a process to performance project “Counter Force I – recreating texts for the community” through a re-visitation of the text “Paattabaaki”– with emphasis on the importance of the word, semantics and language in the contemporary theatre, 2009. “Counter Force II – Notes for the Underground” through a production of “Tongues”– a revalidation of the importance of the word, semantics and language in the contemporary theatre,
2010. Interacted with Adishakthi (Mumbai, Pondicherry); Umbrella of Theatre Groups facilitated by Lokendra Arambham (Manipur); Khell [Goa]; The Dance Laboratory (Manipur); Koothu-p-pattarai [Chennai]; Natrang (Jammu & Kashmir), Theatre Living Laboratory [West Bengal]. Has performed in and directed over thirty five productions and has conducted workshops and Art in Education programmes in major cities, small towns and villages in India.

Mr.Kamlesh Futnani-
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE

An Aerobic teacher passed the Reebok certification course, an interior designer by profession; Kamlesh has been teaching aerobics from 80’s, an instructor since 1983, has designed workouts and says exercise can't be fun. His techniques are a bunch of carefully chosen kickboxing moves, conventional aerobics and dance moves. This goes along with music, ranging from Techno to Sukhbir. You even get a bit of Cliff Richards thrown in, if his “Dancing Shoes” fit your rhythm and tempo. Kamlesh was trained by Stina Vasu, a pioneer of Aerobics in Chennai.
Kamlesh believes that exercise should make one feel good, lose weight, fight stress and his workout has been all along good music, simple moves and a combination of a good cardio workout with a balanced strengthening program hitting all the major muscle groups of both upper and lower body.

Mr. Palani Murugan
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
An actor, dancer and performer, he comes from a family of ancient Therukoothu performers, a traditional folk theatre background. He has served his repertory company Koothu-p-pattarai for several years, participated in performances of Arangam trust under the able guidance of danseuse Anita Ratnam and experience of working in Cinema with the animation company, Pentamedia.
Acted in all the Koothu-p-pattarai productions and worked with Ramanujam when he recreated the folk art "Kaisiga puraanam, in a production of Mid Summer Nights dream directed by Mr. Tim Supple.
In the year 1999 – 2002 received the junior fellowship award from the cultural ministry for the year 1999 – 2002 and Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award from Sangeet Nataka Academi (2009).

Mr. Hans Kaushik
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
Hans is sculptor who brings his gentle sensitivity to stage. He’s a versatile actor equal at ease in Tamil and Hindi as in English. He played the main lead in a national award winning film Oorukku Nooru Per. Having acted in more than forty productions and having done numerous leading roles, he is a classy actor who brings great refinement and economy to his comedy. Hans has also designed and created many a memorable set for our plays and is responsible for our flamboyant festival designs.

Mr. J. Jayakumar
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
A brilliant actor whose enormous training and work won him the Sanskriti award in 1998, his intense yet stylish performance had him essaying difficult characters like Mahatma Gandhi, the dashing hero of Ponniyin Selvan, Don Juan, Caligula and Richard III with panache.

Mr. Nassar
GUEST FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
Nassar is Tamil actor, producer, storywriter, director, lyricist and singer. Worked with in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English films. He can be bracketed with the real time actors like Om Puri, Mammooty and Kamal Hassan.
Nassar sprung from humble beginnings. He was born on March 5, 1958, in an interior village called Naththam, in Chinglepet district, Tamilnadu. He was an indifferent student and bid goodbye to his P.U.C. studies, while he was half way through the course. The pull of fine art was something he could not resist. He escaped to Chennai.
With his experience as drama writer and actor, he started seeking chances to act in films, but he was not successful. Hunger forced him to suffer and at one point, he joined the catering department of Taj Coromandel Hotel, Chennai. While he was trying for chances in cinema, he also wrote stories and poems and sent them to newspapers and magazines. Some of them were published. Nassar joined the Film Institute in Chennai, in the year 1982-83, and received his diploma in acting. Prior to this, he also underwent training in acting at the Acting Training Centre, affiliated to South Indian Film Chamber, Chennai. His efforts started bearing results when he was introduced as an actor in K. Balachander's film Kalyana Agathigal. He entered the film industry in 1985. He has acted in more than 200 films, which include Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English language films. He also became popular in T.V. serials. The telefilm Kaattuppookkal, directed by Mahendran, and the other one titled "Panagaadu", directed by Senathibathi elevated his popularity as an actor. T.V. serials like Neela Mala, Chiththirappaavai, Vaana Veethi and Avalukkentru Oru Idam also earned him a good name. Nassar says that Mahendran is one of his favourites among film directors. In 1995, Nassar acted in and also directed the film "Avatharam". In 1997, he acted in as well as directed the film "Devathai".


Ms. REVATHY
GUEST FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
She is a well-known, highly acclaimed film actress with over 16 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has to her credit five Best Actress Film fare awards for her performance in the Tamil films 'Mann Vasanai', 'Thevar Magan', 'Anjali', Telugu film 'Ankuram' and Malayalam film 'Kakothi Kaavil Appoopan Thadigal'. She was awarded the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Tamil film, 'Thevar Magan' in 1992. In addition, she has also won the Tamilnadu State Award for 'Thalaimurai' in 1998. 'Mitr My Friend' was her first directorial venture

4 DAYS WORKSHOP Photography for Beginners - 3RD TO 6TH FEB

FOUR DAYS WORKSHOP Photography for Beginners – 3RD TO 6TH FE
FOUR DAYS WORKSHOP Photography for Beginners – 3RD TO 6TH FEBRUARY 2011
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop for beginners is a four days course conducted by Mindscreen from 3rd to 6th February. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 6 to 9 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.
The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Saravanakumar and his team, who is a renowned wildlife photographer and cameraman. He works regularly for National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Channels. The workshop will also involve guest lecturer from renowned cinematographer Rajiv Menon .

FOUR DAYS WORKSHOP Photography for Beginners – 3RD TO 6TH FE

FOUR DAYS WORKSHOP Photography for Beginners – 3RD TO 6TH FEBRUARY 2011
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop for beginners is a four days course conducted by Mindscreen from 3rd to 6th February. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 6 to 9 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.
The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Saravanakumar and his team, who is a renowned wildlife photographer and cameraman. He works regularly for National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Channels. The workshop will also involve guest lecturer from renowned cinematographer Rajiv Menon .

4 DAYS WORKSHOP Photography for Beginners – 3rd - 6th Feb 11

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
#4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Dr.Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004,
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682, Fax: +91 044 2431 0655
Mobile: +91 9841612595,
E-mail: ranjeethkumar@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in


FOUR DAYS WORKSHOP Photography for Beginners – 3RD TO 6TH FEBRUARY 2011
The most important in learning photography as a beginner is to practice and experiment by yourself, but it could be good to learn the basics in how a photo is supposed to be taken. If you don’t know the basics, your photography experience might lead to frustration and anger. Photography is all about light so start off with shutter speed and aperture.
As a beginner in photography and if you the passion to be a good photographer we advise you to take up this course and learn to click pictures around you.
This Digital Photography workshop for beginners is a four days course conducted by Mindscreen from 3rd to 6th February. The Philosophy behind the workshop has been to awaken the creative photographer hidden in many people who have not had the opportunity to explore photography as a career. These are people who love taking pictures but have been baffled by the technologies involved in digital photography, or those who are inspired by the beauty of what they see but are frustrated that they cannot transform that experience into a great picture. The workshop is meant to guide such people and give them a start in the right direction.
The Advanced edition of the workshop is scheduled to be held at a later date and this is a longer workshop, involving 6 to 9 days. The Advanced edition workshop has also been modified to have an exciting trip to the mountains, forest or nature to get hands-on experience in field photography. The core philosophy is that the outdoors is a great classroom and photography is best learnt by exploring it with a camera.
The workshop will be coordinated and conducted by Saravanakumar and his team, who is a renowned wildlife photographer and cameraman. He works regularly for National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and Discovery Channels. The workshop will also involve guest lecturer from renowned cinematographer Rajiv Menon .

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE

MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
# 4, Kanniamman Koil Street, Off Dr Ranga Road,
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Ph: +91 044 4210 8682 / Mobile : +91 9841612595
E-mail: ranjeethkumar@mindscreen.co.in
Web: www.mindscreen.co.in

Mindscreen Film Institute was founded by Rajiv Menon, an acclaimed Indian cinematographer and filmmaker in the Indian Advertising and Movies industry. The Film Institute draws upon decades of experience and success of Rajiv Menon and his film productions and equipment rental company, Mindscreen.
Mindscreen Film Equipment Company has been in the business for over two decades and provided the film industry with state-of-the-art Arriflex 435 Advanced equipped with Hawk anamorphic and Ziess ultraprime lenses supported by a full complement of lights and grip equipments. Panther Dolly, Jimmy jib cranes, an array of Tungsten and flicker free HMI lights and Kino banks powered by a fleet of silent generator trucks are additional facilities available to the clients.
Run by a team of senior professionals, Mind screen Film Institute takes pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the film industry today. Award winning cinematographers and directors like Ravi K. Chandran, Rajasekhar, Ratnavelu and Gautam Menon have worked with and trained under Rajiv Menon during their formative years.
Mindscreen Film Institute, a Film school for Cinematography started in July, 2006 aims to train students both on the theoretical and operational aspects of filmmaking with specialization in

cinematography making use of the latest state-of-the-art of all camera equipments and facilities available on campus.
Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the best cinema schools for cinematography. The certificate course on Cinematography offered by Mindscreen Institute is highly reputed for its comprehensive program that is very hands-on, practical with the hottest latest in digital and cinematography techniques.
MISSION
• Mindscreen Film Institute will offer high quality professional study programs in the theory & practice of film-making.

• Mindscreen Film Institute study programs in specialized areas are intended to produce very proficient technicians who are creative artists as well.

• Mindscreen Film Institute curriculum and its alumni should make a professional impact and significant contribution to the industry
PHILOSOPHY

We believe that a good film-maker, irrespective of his/her role must appreciate all aspects of the process.
From the choices a cinematographer confronts, understanding the director & his script, how sound and music transform a scene to assembling of images in the editing room. And the best way to learn them is to have a real ‘touch-feel-do’ experience.

Mindscreen Film Institute is all about hands-on learning. Our learning environment is designed to move one beyond their current level, expand the vision, enhance technical skills and unleash the potential to IMAGINE, THINK & CREATE a new way.

COURSE OFFERED:
COURSE 1 - CINEMATOGRAPHY (SIX MONTHS)
Subjects covered:
Photography Optics
Film & Lab
Lighting & Exposure
Study Of Still & Movie Cameras
Electronic Cinematography
Elements of Film Direction, Screenplay and Editing
Production Design
Film Production & Teamwork
Other activities during the course:
40 nos. of selected feature films will be screened and discussed.
About 40 nos. of practical sessions which involve lighting practice and operation of video and movie cameras will be conducted.

Projects works involve Story telling using still visuals, Story telling using video visuals and guided short film production using 35mm Motion Picture Camera and movie film
Field visits include visits to film shooting spots, motion picture laboratory and digital intermediate .
Course Requirements:
To apply for the course, the concerned candidate should possess an undergraduate degree either in the science or the arts. However, +2 students with three years experience in Photography / Film Industry may also apply.
COURSE 2 - SCREENWRITING AND FILMMAKING (SIX MONTHS)
The MINDSCREEN Screenwriting and Filmmaking Course is a vocational program of study designed to groom students for the position of Assistant Director. The course features an entirely practical approach equipping students with a keen understanding of storytelling and enough hands on experience in character development and actor direction to become a valuable asset to the Director's team. Students will learn how to generate ideas within a dramatic framework and how best to apply them from initial concept through to story structure, scriptwriting, dialogue and their successful reproduction on screen.
Subjects covered:
FILM MAKING
Aesthetics & Authorship
• Indian vs. Western Aesthetics
• Philosophy & Film
• History of Cinema
• Psychoanalysis
Finance
• Films as Business
• Producers & Distributors
• Making a Business Plan
Preproduction
• Acting & Directing Actors
• Scene Preparation
• Production Design
• Scouting Locations
Production
• From Screenplay to Shooting Script
• Camera & Sound Essentials
• Continuity
• Project Management
Postproduction
• Key principles of Editing
• From First Assembly to Fine Cut
• Working with Music
Writing
• Mechanics of story telling
• Why do we tell stories?
• Character & Story
• Story Structure
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Screenplay beginnings
• Writing to Genre
• Character Development
• Setting & Morality
• Theme; Concept Unity
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Screenplay development
• Story Outline
• Character Arc
• Plot & Subplots
• Step Outline
• Story Types, Mythology & the Epic Form
Scripting
• Cinematic Description
• Dialogue
• Scene Analysis
• Redrafting Processes
• Formatting with Final Draft & Movie Magic
Course Requirements
• The Prospective student should have already had their writing published be it at any level a school literary prize, student newspaper or commercial publication
• They should demonstrate a prior knowledge of international as well as local cinema


• Candidates should posses a high level of communication skills irrespective of language, an enthusiasm to convey ideas and an ability to absorb and to respond to information quickly
COURSE 2 – ACTING FOUNDATION (TWO MONTHS): Course Objectives
Following the huge success of its Screenwriting and Cinematography courses, the Mind Screen Institute is now launching its first Acting Foundation Course.
This two month course is suited to students with a strong interest and some experience in the performing arts as well as returning students or professional practitioners who would like to refresh their learning and knowledge in a pressure-free environment.
The aim of the acting foundation course is to help performers to become confident and comfortable in the skills needed by an actor today in order to secure quality and regular acting work.
During the course students will begin to understand the nature and language of actor training and the effect will be to gain confidence, and lose any nervousness about acting and being an actor.
Along with modern training, we will also introduce the student in the traditional skills of classical language, with particular reference to the voice.
Course Content
The programme will begin with four weeks of intensive training, during which students will attend daily technical classes in voice, movement, speech, acting and improvisation, as well as singing, dance and the martial arts.
Students can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of how to prepare the voice, body and mind for the demanding life of an actor.
Topics covered will include breathe and rhythm, diction, resonance, stage presence, core stability and awareness of the body in space.
A large part of the course will focus on the interpretation and delivery of both contemporary and classical texts and there will also be daily improvisation classes where students will be encouraged to liberate the body and mind to allow room for imagination.
Classical Texts
In the second week, students will have to chance to work with Shakespeare texts and will be encouraged to get up and speak his words naturally and simply in order to bring the writing to life. They will work on scenes, monologues and sonnets as well as movement and stage fighting.

Contemporary Texts
Students will be encouraged to bring their own experience to the classes in order to explore the world in which we live, as well as to imagine the lives of others
During the afternoons, students will attend classes in dance, martial arts and singing and will learn a variety of styles in each of these disciplines
Film
A full week of the course will be dedicated to classes in Acting for Film and Television. Students will not only have the opportunity to work with professional cameras and crew; they will also have the benefit of attending a workshop with Mind Screen Institute’s founder, Film Director and Cinematographer, Mr. Rajiv Menon.
Part 2
The second month of the programme will involve the casting and rehearsing of a piece of dramatic text and will culminate in a stage production, in which students will perform to invited members of film and theatre industry.
All students will take part in the production, rehearsing throughout the four weeks for a performance on the final day. They will learn the skills needed to create a character and a strong performance, in the same rehearsal process as they will experience in the professional world.
The Staff
The training is vocational and practical and will be taught by a team of extremely distinguished and respected theatre and film professionals, all of whom, as well as being experts in their fields, enjoy successful careers as actors and directors.
Course Benefits
The Mind Screen Institute feels that it is able to offer a unique course, which will be second to none. Staffed by a team of broad-minded practitioners, all of whom benefit from a wide experience of both Western and Indian acting styles, this course will attempt to integrate the modern with the classical and bring together the cultures of both Indian and Western traditions.
Students will benefit hugely for the many resources that the Mind Screen Institute has to offer, including an operational film production company, which houses a private screening room.
Successful candidates will be offered a complementary Film Appreciation Option, where they will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of screenings made available at the Institute after school hours.

FACULTY
Mr.Rajiv Menon – Cinematography / Screen writing & Film making
Rajiv Menon began his career in the film industry in 1984 when he graduated in cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, with a gold medal. His subsequent training in steadicam operation under Garret Brown, the academy award winner for the invention of steadicam, provided him the opportunity to work on some top of the bracket productions and so early in his career before he began to invest his energies in the making of advertisement and corporate films.
As the professional quality of his output as the producer, director and cinematographer of film commercials, began to speak for itself, he has gathered a wide clientele such as Brooke Bond Ltd, Hindustan Lever, Titan Industries, Cadbury’s, Asian Paints, Coke, Hoechst, Smithkline Beecham, Dabur, Nestle, Raymonds and many more. At the least, from 1987 – 2006, nineteen of his commercials have won an award either at the Madras Ad-Club or at the Bombay Ad-Club. Adding more plumes to his cap, the Advertising Club of Madras honoured him with the The Living Legend award during its 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Besides working on a few important documentary projects with such renowned personalities like Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnard, Rajiv Menon always manages to find time to return intermittently to his principal passion, feature filmmaking. As the director of photography of Prathap Pothan’s Chaitanya (1990), Girish Karnard’s Cheluvi (1992), Maniratnam’s Bombay (1995), Mahesh Dattani’s Morning Raga (2004), and Manirathnam’s Guru (2007) he has evolved a distinctive style and a repertoire of techniques.
It is quite rare an honour, that Rajiv Menon’s directorial debut in feature filmmaking, Minsara Kanavu (1997) turned out to be a production that was aimed to mark the 50th Anniversary celebrations of a mighty institution like the AVM Studios. Three years later, his next feature, Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) based on Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility distinguished itself by winning two filmfare awards under the Best Film and Best Director category and by participating in international film festivals at London, Washington, Copenhagen, Ghent, Amsterdam and Paris.
Looking forward to doing more, Rajiv Menon is equally interested in giving back to the industry a range of talents it needs to constantly renew itself. It is with that principal aim he has founded the Mindscreen Film Institute, which was inaugurated in July 2006 by the eminent filmmaker, Maniratnam.


Mr.M.N.Gnansekaran – Dean
MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE
CINEMATOGRAPHY
A post graduate and a best passing out student in the discipline of cinematography from the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Gnansekaran won a state award for his very first Tamil feature film, Aval Appadithaan (1978). Completing some more films, he became a much admired and respected teacher at his alma mater. Cinematographers like Rajiv Menon and Alphonse Roy, learnt the fundamentals of their craft under his tutelage and continue to value his methods and insights. More so with all the experience and success they have achieved over the years.
Moving out of his position as the Engineer-In-Charge of the Technical Photography Facility at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), he has taken charge as the Dean of Mindscreen Film Institute. Gnanasekaran is highly knowledgeable in the difficult field of cinematography theory and the various technical aspects associated with it. In terms of challenging practice, he has six feature films, several documentaries, participation as official cameraman in the film coverage of a massive event like the 1982 Asian Games for the Films Division of India and two decades of sustained work in professional scientific photography, to his credit.
Mr. Alphonse Roy – CINEMATOGRAPHER
GUEST LECTURER - CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alphonse Roy is guest lecturer at Mindscreen Film Institute. He is one of the most renowned creative photographers in the film industry. He is known for wildlife photography. He has been in the photography field for over two decades. During this tenure, he encountered various kinds of wild hazardous animals including elephants, furious tigers, tumbling monkeys, etc. Mr. Roy believes that if you want to arrest a natural photo, then you cannot be afraid of dangers from animals. Just go forward and click the photo.
Alphonse Roy spent some time in Dzanga Sangha Reserve in the Central African Republic to shoot an American film 'Oka Amerikee' directed by Lavinia Currier. The film was based on the famous book 'Last Thoughts before Vanishing' written by Louis Sarno. Mr. Roy accepted the offer as cinematographer for the film because he wanted to work with Oscar-winning director of photography, Conrad Hall Jr.
Mr. Roy shares his experience as cinematographer for the film. He claims that it was very challenging to shoot wildlife. He spent many days for the shooting of chosen scenes with heavy camera, Panavision. Entering the forest is adventurous work, he said, they had to face an unrestrained elephant that was about to hit them. Mr. Roy has tremendous experience of the creative photography. He relates his experience in cinematography.
The word 'adventure' is synonymous to Mr. Roy. He contributed a number of films and documentaries. He spent years in wildlife photography. He is well versed in taking creative photographs of animals. His outstanding contribution to wild photography has made him a good cinematographer. Therefore, he is widely known for his creative photography.
Mr. Roy traveled across the world and spent almost seventeen years doing photography. His association with tigers moved him to establish himself as an expert photographer. He saw how animals, especially tigers, live in the jungle. He experienced the way of life of naughty cubs in comparison to gracious one. He spent hours in the jungle examining their behavior. He arrested wild animals in his camera effectively. Mr. Roy has contributed to various films and documentaries of which some of notable works include:
• Film on tiger conservation with Fiona Bruce of BBC (presenter for the Planet Earth Conservation series produced by BBC Bristol)
• Tiger by Night for BBC Natural History Channel (shot in the Bandhavgarh Forest)
• Kingdom of Cobra (for BBC Natural World)
• Pride of India a one-hour film on Gir lions for BBC Natural History unit
• 'Journey into Amazonia' for PBS America, 'Elephant Mountain' and 'Temple Tiger' for Living Eden series &
• Camera operator and presenter of the programme 'The Great Cats of India' (a Discovery-Animal Planet co-production)
• Three films for National Geographic on Columbia, Mongolia & Mizoram
• 'Once in a Lifetime Journey' for Reader's Digest America
• Camera operator for a feature length documentary on AIDS directed by Rory Kennedy, a granddaughter of John F. Kennedy
• A film on Kumbh Mela for National Geographic
Mr. Ram Gunasekaran – CINEMATOGRAPHER
LECTURER - CINEMATOGRAPHY

Mr. Sushant Alexander –Film Director
SCREEN WRITING AND FILM MAKING
After studying Civil Engineering, he plunged straight into advertising. He worked for Trikaya Grey, (now, Grey Worldwide), Nexus Equity (now, Bates), Interface & Stark, and wrote campaigns for ELF, Mahindra & Mahindra, Sundrop, Birla White Cement, Kerala Tourism, Anchor Health & Beauty Care, Raymond Shirting, Provogue Fashion, bseindia.com (Bombay Stock Exchange), Linuxense Information Systems and Himachal Tourism. In 2005 he quit as Creative Group Head from Delhi's top ad agency to become a Filmmaker.
He learnt his first lessons in filmmaking, working as an Assistant Director in the documentary titled, 'Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan'. A film on the world renowned auteur-Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It was screened at Mumbai International Film Festival 2006.
In October 2005, he went to Prague to study films. He made his diploma film-Estranged Love, and successfully graduated. This short was screened at many festivals during 2007-2008, including Mumbai International FICTS Festival, Hyderabad International & FILCA.
His first video art installation: Pulse, was exhibited at Gallery-Signs 2009-The Indian festival of Features and Non-Features
Currently, he works as Writer-Director making commercials, music videos and shorts, and operates under the name of Crazy gum
Mrs.Lata Murugan
SCREEN WRITING AND FILM MAKING
Lata Murugan is a seasoned film and video trainer with both practical hands on documentary film-making and teaching experience across India, Zambia, Zimbabwe and in the US. Lata studied video production at Michigan State University and has a Masters degree in film production from Loyola Marymount University (USA).
For a six year period, Lata lived and worked extensively in Southern Africa making documentaries and social dramas for international development organizations (such as UN institutions). Her area of focus was health education and community based script development.
Her varied teaching experiences include:
• Conducting several training courses in video production for the UNESCO Zimbabwe Film and Video Training Project.
• Teaching TV production at the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai where she guided students through all aspects of producing socially relevant documentaries.
• Teaching courses in media literacy, documentary production, film appreciation and guiding students in their fiction and non-fiction productions for the Digital Video Production program at The Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
• Since 2010, she has taught script development for features including research techniques and different elements of script writing at the Mindscreen Film Institute, Chennai.

Mr. Ashoke Viswanathan – Film Director
GUEST LECTURER
Ashoke Viswanathan (born in 1959), a mathematics graduate from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, is a post graduate in film direction from the Film and Television Institute of India (Pune), having finished his specialization in 1985. Subsequently, he completed a certificate course in video production from the same institute in 1986.
Since then, he has been active in both film and video media as a director, screenplay writer, actor and presenter, having directed more than 150 films and television programmes including feature films, documentaries, telefilms, music videos, and teleserials. He has won two National Awards and one International Award. Three of his feature films and one of his short features have been included in the INDIAN PANORAMA sections of IFFI '94, 1999, 2001, 2002. His films have been shown at the Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, the Pyongyang International Film Festival, the Dhaka International Film Festival, and the Ipswich Film Festival, among others.
Viswanathan has represented India at the Cambridge Seminar on contemporary British writing, held at Downing College, Cambridge (1997). He has also been an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Direction at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and a Visiting Professor at Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, at the Dept. of Cinema and Theatre, Tufts University, Boston, Dept. of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, and Dept. of Film Studies, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.
He has presented papers and illustrated lectures at Monmouth University, New Jersey, Tisch School of Arts, New York University, and at Downing College, Cambridge.

Ms. MICHELLE FROST
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE

Michelle Frost has over 15 years experience as a writer, theatre practitioner and corporate role-player.

Michelle graduated in 1990 from Goldsmiths’s University with a first class degree in Drama and French. She was then offered a post as a Cultural Education Officer by the Japanese Ministry of Education and spent 3 years in Tokyo assisting in the development of practical and innovative language teaching methods. During her employment, she devised a now widely practiced technique called the ‘English through Drama’ method, which is largely based on the Stanislavski school of acting. While in Japan, she co-founded the Hysterick Theatre of Tokyo for whom she directed, acted and produced.

She returned to London to accept a post in the literary department at the Royal National Theatre. Two years later she was accepted by Bristol Old Vic, the world renowned theatre school on their postgraduate acting course. Since her graduation she has worked consistently as an actor, director and writer.

Writing: Michelle’s writing credits include Guardians, a two hour first episode of a projected six part crime drama, in development with La Plante Productions for Channel 4. Crosswords, a full length stage play short listed by National Theatre and short listed for the Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre, London. She has been commissioned to write Hot Potatoes, a series of scripts commissioned by the London Education Authority for a nationwide diversity initiative; Tackling Roots, commissioned by the West Midlands Police Force for a nationwide initiative to improve neighbourhood policing; Applying Pressure, a series commissioned by London Borough Council to help people deal with bullying and harassment and Getting Engaged, a series of scripts commissioned by Pension Services.

Michelle is currently developing a feature-length screenplay, Pamela, which has generated interest from Paramount UK and Universal Studios

Role-play/Acting: Aside from working as a coach and role player for major Blue Chip companies in the UK, Toyko, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, Michelle has played the leads and supporting leads in plays as diverse as Twelfth Night, The Libertine, Closer, Iphigenia In Aulis, and Hayfever. In addition she has played film and television roles in Nostadamus directed by Kitano Ishiguro and parts in comedy series Make Your Day and Ant ‘n Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway both for Channel 4.

Directing: Her associate-directing and directing credits include many West End and Off-West End productions including: The Greek Cycle at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Platform Events from 1994-1995 at the Royal National Theatre and the critically acclaimed Lost in a Mirror for the Battersea Arts Centre. From 1997-1999 Michelle was Resident Director at London’s prestigious Duke of York Theatre on St Martin’s Lane which hosted the box-office smash hit The Rocky Horror Show starring Jason Donovan this went on to be the No.1 Tour under Michelle’s direction

K. C. MANAVENDRANATH
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
A Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras,
Founder Director - Campus Theatre, Chennai, 1972.
Founder Member and Artistic Director -The Poor Theatre (Chennai), 1973.
Guest Lecturer - Movement, Voice and Choreography & Extension programmes, School of Drama, Thrissur.
University of Calicut 1982-84. Studied the techniques of the actor training process (Mei orroppu adavus) in Kathakali under Shri V. P. Dhananjayan (1975), the late Shri V.N.Krishnan Nambudiri (1982 -84) and Shri Kavungal Divakara Panicker (1985).
Founder Member - Ankanam Theatre Group, 1983.
Awarded a Junior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources Development to study the training processes of martial arts and performing art forms of Kerala, 1984.
Awarded a Fellowship by The Ford Foundation to develop an integral approach to actor training inspired partly by the theatre teachings of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Artaud, Grotowski and partly by Kerala’s rich variety of martial arts, ritual and performing practices, 1984.
Studied Kalarippayattu practice under the late Shri Maimunni Gurukkal.
(1984–89), its theoretical aspects under the late Shri Poomulli Neelakantan Nambudiripad
(1984–89) and advanced practice under Gurukkal Shri C. Shankaranarayana Menon (Vallabhatta Kalari) (1991–95). Research Director -Ankanam Theatre Group’s Actor Training Laboratory - on a Theatre Laboratory Grant from The Ford Foundation, 1992-1999.
Collaborated in the interaction between martial arts Kalarippayattu [Kerala] and Thang Ta [Manipur] as a Resource person and scripted for the University Grants Commission, three short T.V. features, on Kalarippayattu and Thang Ta on the national network [Doordarshan], 1993.
Director of ongoing project - ‘Process to performance: A project for the evolution of a living theatre’ under a Repertory/Salary grant from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India,
1999-. Senior Fellowship in Theatre from the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi (National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama), New Delhi, 2003- 05.
Director of a process to performance project “Counter Force I – recreating texts for the community” through a re-visitation of the text “Paattabaaki”– with emphasis on the importance of the word, semantics and language in the contemporary theatre, 2009. “Counter Force II – Notes for the Underground” through a production of “Tongues”– a revalidation of the importance of the word, semantics and language in the contemporary theatre,
2010. Interacted with Adishakthi (Mumbai, Pondicherry); Umbrella of Theatre Groups facilitated by Lokendra Arambham (Manipur); Khell [Goa]; The Dance Laboratory (Manipur); Koothu-p-pattarai [Chennai]; Natrang (Jammu & Kashmir), Theatre Living Laboratory [West Bengal]. Has performed in and directed over thirty five productions and has conducted workshops and Art in Education programmes in major cities, small towns and villages in India.

Mr.Kamlesh Futnani-
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE

An Aerobic teacher passed the Reebok certification course, an interior designer by profession; Kamlesh has been teaching aerobics from 80’s, an instructor since 1983, has designed workouts and says exercise can't be fun. His techniques are a bunch of carefully chosen kickboxing moves, conventional aerobics and dance moves. This goes along with music, ranging from Techno to Sukhbir. You even get a bit of Cliff Richards thrown in, if his “Dancing Shoes” fit your rhythm and tempo. Kamlesh was trained by Stina Vasu, a pioneer of Aerobics in Chennai.
Kamlesh believes that exercise should make one feel good, lose weight, fight stress and his workout has been all along good music, simple moves and a combination of a good cardio workout with a balanced strengthening program hitting all the major muscle groups of both upper and lower body.

Mr. Palani Murugan
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
An actor, dancer and performer, he comes from a family of ancient Therukoothu performers, a traditional folk theatre background. He has served his repertory company Koothu-p-pattarai for several years, participated in performances of Arangam trust under the able guidance of danseuse Anita Ratnam and experience of working in Cinema with the animation company, Pentamedia.
Acted in all the Koothu-p-pattarai productions and worked with Ramanujam when he recreated the folk art "Kaisiga puraanam, in a production of Mid Summer Nights dream directed by Mr. Tim Supple.
In the year 1999 – 2002 received the junior fellowship award from the cultural ministry for the year 1999 – 2002 and Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award from Sangeet Nataka Academi (2009).

Mr. Hans Kaushik
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
Hans is sculptor who brings his gentle sensitivity to stage. He’s a versatile actor equal at ease in Tamil and Hindi as in English. He played the main lead in a national award winning film Oorukku Nooru Per. Having acted in more than forty productions and having done numerous leading roles, he is a classy actor who brings great refinement and economy to his comedy. Hans has also designed and created many a memorable set for our plays and is responsible for our flamboyant festival designs.

Mr. J. Jayakumar
FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
A brilliant actor whose enormous training and work won him the Sanskriti award in 1998, his intense yet stylish performance had him essaying difficult characters like Mahatma Gandhi, the dashing hero of Ponniyin Selvan, Don Juan, Caligula and Richard III with panache.

Mr. Nassar
GUEST FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
Nassar is Tamil actor, producer, storywriter, director, lyricist and singer. Worked with in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English films. He can be bracketed with the real time actors like Om Puri, Mammooty and Kamal Hassan.
Nassar sprung from humble beginnings. He was born on March 5, 1958, in an interior village called Naththam, in Chinglepet district, Tamilnadu. He was an indifferent student and bid goodbye to his P.U.C. studies, while he was half way through the course. The pull of fine art was something he could not resist. He escaped to Chennai.
With his experience as drama writer and actor, he started seeking chances to act in films, but he was not successful. Hunger forced him to suffer and at one point, he joined the catering department of Taj Coromandel Hotel, Chennai. While he was trying for chances in cinema, he also wrote stories and poems and sent them to newspapers and magazines. Some of them were published. Nassar joined the Film Institute in Chennai, in the year 1982-83, and received his diploma in acting. Prior to this, he also underwent training in acting at the Acting Training Centre, affiliated to South Indian Film Chamber, Chennai. His efforts started bearing results when he was introduced as an actor in K. Balachander's film Kalyana Agathigal. He entered the film industry in 1985. He has acted in more than 200 films, which include Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English language films. He also became popular in T.V. serials. The telefilm Kaattuppookkal, directed by Mahendran, and the other one titled "Panagaadu", directed by Senathibathi elevated his popularity as an actor. T.V. serials like Neela Mala, Chiththirappaavai, Vaana Veethi and Avalukkentru Oru Idam also earned him a good name. Nassar says that Mahendran is one of his favourites among film directors. In 1995, Nassar acted in and also directed the film "Avatharam". In 1997, he acted in as well as directed the film "Devathai".


Ms. REVATHY
GUEST FACULTY – ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE
She is a well-known, highly acclaimed film actress with over 16 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has to her credit five Best Actress Film fare awards for her performance in the Tamil films 'Mann Vasanai', 'Thevar Magan', 'Anjali', Telugu film 'Ankuram' and Malayalam film 'Kakothi Kaavil Appoopan Thadigal'. She was awarded the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Tamil film, 'Thevar Magan' in 1992. In addition, she has also won the Tamilnadu State Award for 'Thalaimurai' in 1998. 'Mitr My Friend' was her first directorial venture

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