Welcome back, everyone!
Well, actually, all of you were here at least a week ago. Some never left campus this vacation, so it really should be the other way around: The Film Club is back! Now that the convocation whirlwind is done with, we can all get back to our regular schedules. The dust will take some time to settle, though, and this time we have a few new things for you to think about, besides the usual screenings. We would like your help.
For those who do not wish to wade through long proposals, the screening schedule
12th Dec., Tuesday, 6:15 p.m., Audi
ANIMATION SHOWREEL 2002 by NFTS (UK) students, and
TRAVAUX DE FIN D’ETUDES 1998-1999 by ENSAD (France) students
14th Dec., Thursday, 6:15 p.m., Audi
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, dir: Wim Wenders
19th Dec., Tuesday, 6:15 p.m., Audi
ARIA, dir: various
21st Dec., Thursday, 6:15 p.m., Audi
LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT, dir: Jacques Tati
26th Dec., Tuesday, 6:15 p.m., Audi
LENSIGHT DIPLOMA FILM: 2004-2005 by students of FTII, Pune, followed by
A compilation of diploma films by former students of NID
28th Dec., Thursday, 6:15 p.m., Audi
The last bit caught you, didn’t it? It is part of a new initiative we decided upon, the purpose of which is to encourage greater participation by the student body, as a whole or in parts. The success of this depends on you. Think of it as an experiment.
THE VOTE: The simplest, easiest idea to implement. You can choose one film from among three science-fiction classics. Kindly refer to the accompanying e-mail, subject: “VOTE for 28th December screening”. This is based on a suggestion by a student, and we think it’s a very good one!
THE CATALOGUE: As many of you know, the various films in the institute are arranged in a rather basic manner, mostly lacking comprehensive in-house data (such as synopses) and cross referencing. It is even worse with our diploma films. This plea may be a cry in the wilderness, but if any of you want to help, you may get in touch with Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty at the Animation/New Media Lab.
THE BLOG: An attempt to directly address the interactivity issue. NID mail is not suited to lively discussion vis-à-vis the moving picture. Also, the Auditorium landing has never been famous for retaining movie-lovers, most of whom tramp off to the mess as soon as the show is over. The mess itself has seen brisk sessions – but these occur in groups. Very fragmentary, and a person sitting in one place may never know what those outside his/her cluster said. A blog would store your musings in one place for all time. Coming soon (hopefully). Any assistance would be appreciated.
REACHING OUT: This has interested students promoting the institute when they go home, in effect becoming evangelists for the Temple of Design. It may sound like a big bother, but wait: all you have to do is take back selected work, such as diploma movies on discs, and talk to, say, the people at your old school, college, social club, etc. and arrange a screening. A good way to get around, and it can only boost your prestige. You’re happy, we’re happy. E-mail or meet us in person – Sekhar (the chief), Dawa, Prachi and Deepak. It is still vague as of now. Any suggestions?
There you have it. This month is a real mixed bag. Even if you don’t want to follow up on any of these proposals, you could still send us some feedback on the screening combination. Do you favour this much variety? What do you think of week- or month-long themes?
Think on that. And see you all in the Audi.
The Film Club.