Simple ideas, great films

by Peter D. Marshall

 by Chinmayi Shalya.

Santa arrived with his bag of gifts on Christmas, but the treats were far from over, especially for a group of 25 children who had a tryst with the world of cinema on Monday morning, learning about techniques and ideas used to create a motion picture. And the basic rule of film making – that stories have to be told from the heart.

Amol Gupte, the director of Stanley Ka Dabba, opened up the world of sound, frames and screenplay for the children at the Pixon studio at Bandra, at the workshop under the Times of India’s Mumbai For Kids initiative.

Many participants had already made small films as part of school projects, but for some it was the first exposure to the world behind the camera. But all of them had in common the curiosity to know how small ideas can be developed into a living art form. There were laughs and giggles when Charlie Chaplin tried to get rid of a baby he found near a dustbin. But the sombre moment when Chaplin decides to take care of the baby despite his own poverty left the kids in poignant silence. Gupte then explained how the idea of benevolence even in poverty had made the film a classic.

Read the rest of this article from Times of India.

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