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  1. Top News Channel Seeking English & Hindi Junior Producers! (Mumbai) For consideration, please mail a copy of your resume to newschannelinternship@gmail.com Top News channel seeking English & Hindi junior producers for short-term and long-term paid contract opportunities starting October in Mumbai. Fantastic opportunity to build further work experience in Media / Television field. Preference for Journalism / Mass Media graduates who have 4+ years of experience and good command of written and spoken Hindi & English. Work from home setup for the time being, so candidate must have laptop & reliable internet connection at home. Producer must be detail oriented, proficient with Microsoft Office, with solid writing skills. Basic knowledge of Editing Software Final Cut Pro (FCP) / Adobe Premiere Pro / Avid a big plus. If interested, please respond immediately by emailing a copy of your resume to newschannelinternship@gmail.com
  2. The reason I am not including cameras like C300 is they don't have lenses built in. Carrying and buying lenses becomes very expensive for a small document crew, though with big budgets one can always rent an Arri SXT as well. Add to that the shallow depth of field of large sensor cameras, making capturing precise moments ion documentary very challenging, and in the experience of many filmmakers, frustrating.
  3. Canon Announces the XF605. 4k (UHD) 10bit 15X Zoom Shoots HD at 120fps.
  4. (Reprinted with permission from Anamika Jha's excellent blog here:) By Anamika Jha, Media Lawyer Recently, I have watched the film, Mimi. I felt good to see the advising law firm of the production house got a flattening credit in the opening slate! Umm, lawyers are also getting acknowledged! However, as a lawyer, I remain uncomfortable throughout the film. It is a highly engaging film. I loved the humour elements, stunning performance of the actors and the storytelling. I was trying hard to leave my legal brain aside and focus on the entertainment. Despite this, there were several legal flaws in the film that I couldn't ignore (even trying hard!). Let me explain to you few major legal flaws in the story of Mimi (spoiler alert!). In the film, a foreign couple hired Mimi as a surrogate in India. The Government of India has banned foreign couples from taking surrogacy services in India since 2015. The Government has proposed to entirely ban commercial surrogacy. In the film, the commissioning parents abandon the unborn child after they know that the child has Down Syndrome. Legally, they cannot just leave like this! ICMR has clear guidelines that they are bound to accept the baby legally and contractually. In the later stage, they threaten to take legal action against Mimi. Her lawyer says that they shall succeed in the action. However, I doubt after being defaulters themselves, they can easily get away with the legal process. They ask Mimi to abort the child at the advanced stage of her pregnancy. However, as per the current legal position, a woman has the discretion to terminate the pregnancy within twenty weeks only. After ending the film, I replayed it from the starting and then I noticed that in the beginning, they have indicated that this film is set in the year 2013 for a fraction of a second. It should be shown more prominently. Most Likely, a common person, watching the film in the year 2021, will presume that this is the current situation of surrogacy in India! This is the reason why many doctors and people working in the IVF industry have voiced their criticism against the film. There are several films (countless TV serials) where we can witness glaring misrepresentation of the factual legal position. For example, in the movie Jolly LLB, the protagonist files a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in a District Court! Legally, you can file a PIL only in the High Courts or the Supreme Court. Another example is a scene in the TV series Maharani. We see that police are dragging state legislators from the legislative house to arrest them in a corruption case. Legally, police cannot arrest the member of the house while it is in session. This list can go on and on. Unlike our industry, when we see Foreign shows like House of Cards, Tokyo Trials, How to Get Away With Murder, etc., it is rare to see such glaring misrepresentations. It appears that creators have researched how the legal system works (of course, some creative liberties are permissible!) as part of their research. Recently, we can see a few Indian well-researched shows/films where we can see how a police administration and courts work. I shall count Delhi Crime, Section 375, Criminal Justice, etc., in this category. However, in India taking legal advice for the content is not a norm but an exception. Recently, one of my clients approached me. He is making a film based on the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (I have changed the theme due to confidentiality). We had few marathon sessions to ensure that his story is comparable with the legal mechanism in place. He took his creative liberties but assured that courtroom drama is not just a caricature. For example, in the film, no flying witness is storming the Court at the last moment shouting, "Rukiye Judge Sahab….". Taking legal advice on the content of your script enhances the credibility of your film. The audience in 2021 is the smart one. We are dealing with Gen Z. Also, we are competing with foreign well-researched content. Even a typical audience having no legal background can point out such flaws. Hence, if we want to create commercially successful and impactful cinema, making the legal review part of our research is desirable. If you are writing about a subject that deals with a particular law, you must have a list of factual and legal questions for your lawyer. Take some time to understand how things work factually and legally. Ask her that how should you show the Court Drama? Is "Mai Geeta pe hath Rakh pe Kasam khati hu..." is a manner to give an affidavit in the Court? Do not hesitate to ask! I suggest you take expert help. A well-versed entertainment lawyer can provide you with such sessions at an affordable price. An entertainment lawyer deals extensively with creators. She/he understands that you are not making a legal documentary but entertainment content. Hence, her approach remains that you can present your content factually compatible with the legal position and its core entertainment element. However, if you still want to make a court drama based on Tarikh pe Tarikh, Tarikh Pe Tarikh punch line, that's ultimately your choice! As you are the boss of the content you create! Read Anamika's other articles on scripts, movies and the legal bit here at Attorney For Creators.
  5. No Impact Man: Author Colin Beavan, in research for his new book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption no problem. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. Laura Gabbert and Justin Scheins film provides a front row seat into the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colins and Michelles struggle with this radical lifestyle change. Watch on Amazon.
  6. Food Inc. In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms' Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising -- and often shocking truths -- about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. Watch it on Amazon.
  7. The Human Element: With rare compassion and heart, "The Human Element" follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. DIRECTED BY Matthew Testa FEATURING James Balog.
  8. Before The Flood: From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, BEFORE THE FLOOD presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change.
  9. Blackfish Some of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides -- a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly -- and unpredictably -- able to turn on them at a moment's notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong? Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control. When you look into their eyes, somebody's home. Somebody's looking back at you. . . but it may not be what you think.
  10. General Orders No. 9 Awarded for its visionary cinematography, GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 breaks from the constraints of the documentary form as it contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South. The stunning culmination of over eleven years of work from first time writer-director Robert Persons, GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 marries experimental filmmaking with an accessible, naturalist sensibility to tell the epic story of the clash between nature and man's progress, and reaches a bittersweet reconciliation all its own. Told entirely with images, poetry, and music, GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 is unlike any film you have ever seen. A story of maps, dreams, and prayers, it is one last trip down the rabbit hole before it's paved over.
  11. With the climate change having become a climate emergency, we realise things didn't just go bad overnight. Writers, journalists, film makers, musicians, scientists, activists, students, etc have been ringing the warning bells for years now. Here are some great environmental documentaries that talk about the damage we have unleashed on our planet Earth (This is not the entire list. I am yet to discover more great films on the subject. Please keep adding to the list): Gasland: GASLAND - (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize - Best US Documentary Feature - Sundance 2010. Screening at Cannes 2010. It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well - rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower. But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money.
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  13. Camera Specs Sheet by DesiCreative on Scribd
  14. - Looking for Video Editors - Contract based projects - Freelance projects - Experience in Adobe Premiere Pro is a pre-requisite. Please send your showreel/work links to cecilmathew2@gmail.com
  15. Received this wonderful article from a friend, a fellow film maker, foodie, writer, Amit Mehra: The biggest mistake of my life was giving fuel to the idea I had when I was all of 9 years old, that I wanted to be India’s Steven Spielberg. That idea of a pre-teen mind was thoughtlessly fuelled and converted into a misplaced long cherished dream during all of my growing up years and then as a young professional working in the film, television and advertising Industries in India. In fact, that dream was finally dispersed only when I reached my mid 30’s, mid life of my career. I had wasted 20 odd years of my life, burning myself up chasing a lie, a delusion or at best an unrealistic dream. Dreams, ambitions, aspirations are an essential part of human development and play a pivotal role in defining our goals, educational and later professional choices. We are encouraged by our families, friends, teachers, coaches, gurus, mentors and everyone at different stages of our lives to dream, have ambitions and inculcate aspirations for a better, more successful and happy life. Nothing wrong with that except, they often forget to teach you or we forget to learn about the concept of boundaries that filter dreams, ambitions and aspirations from outright delusions. I was one of those, who did not have that filter till much later in my life and trust me, I paid a heavy price for it. This is not a cautionary tale anyone from any walk of life, should take lightly, least of all those in the most fickle creative industries with acute disparity of opportunities on offer, dismal rate of success and even lesser percentage of longevity. When I landed in Bombay (now Mumbai) in early 90’s, fuelled by this dream which I much later realized was a delusion, I did not know that I was heading for disaster, both professionally, personally and ofcourse financially, physically and psychologically as well. All through my film school I was like a young man with stars in my eyes, waiting impatiently to meet this assumed success, status, position as if its lurking around the corner, instead of putting my head down and being just a student of cinema, which is all that I was. Later as a young professional entering the work force of film Industry, then later advertising and broadcast television, I had only one goal – to become Steven Spielberg of India. Almost seems, so nice, innocent, child like and many reading this may think and ask – what is wrong with that? After all it is natural for children, young people to aim high, think big and may even cite some examples of incredible success stories that started just with dreams like that. They won’t be wrong except; success does not have a scalability model that gets enabled by sharing a common dream with super successful people and super achievers. Everyone has a different path which is a sum total of their upbringing, education, mental and physical development, discipline, genetics, experiences, surroundings, socio-economic backgrounds, the times they have grown up and lived in, the mentors, gurus they had, the opportunities they encountered and many such factors which are huge variables from one person to another. What could be a realistic dream to have for one person may be a complete delusion to harbor for another. The key to a successful satisfied and happy life is not just having a dream but also educating self about the boundary that separates dream from delusion. As a young professional, I made some terrible professional choices, luckily not all, chasing this dream (delusion) of becoming India’s Spielberg. To begin with, this immediately disconnected me with realities prevalent in India at that time, not just in the film, television or advertising Industries but also of audiences for such. I was at loggerheads with the content being produced then and thought lowly of preferences of producers of such content and those of audiences who are patrons of such. Thus started the muddling of the mind. Suddenly, no opportunity, jobs, assignments were good enough for a beginner with no Godfather, no lineage and no connections, no background whatsoever in this strange city and living on borrowed money from his parents and favours from few kind friends. Instead of just putting my head down and clocking the hours of experience, taking up whatever opportunities came my way in whatever capacity, I already had an ego of this mythical India’s Spielberg. I would waste months chasing opportunities, jobs, positions that were just not available for someone like me in those times instead of focusing on the ones that were. Luckily, I would get momentary sense of reason and take up assignments that did land up teaching me many of the skills and craft I do possess till date and have helped me shape the career I have had. I am grateful for those opportunities and bosses who were like teachers and mentors. However, even in those assignments, some part of my head was always in the cloud, chasing that delusion. As a result, I was never happy where I was, no matter how good a place that was for someone like me. I always wanted to be somewhere else. Where? I had no idea. Why? Because that place does not exist, never did. One of the directors, I was assisting on a feature film project, once told me that maybe I will become a good director (big maybe) but I was not a great assistant director because I was not good in taking and following orders. I was not good in that because in my delusional head I was destined to be Spielberg and all the jobs I was doing were just for me to bide my time and maybe learn a few tricks or so. At that time, I did not much care for process, guidelines, rules, protocols and systems as if they did not somehow apply to me. Needless to say that it was a huge mistake. You can’t break, modify and redefine any of that without first learning, following and living by those, within those. As far as I was concerned, I was ready to direct my magnum opus the day I landed in Bombay. Do you see now how the delusion works? I could have shared the wisdom I am trying to share with all of you through many such stories of my seniors, peers or juniors that I encountered throughout my professional life. However, I chose to tell my own story because that is what we can do best; tell our own stories. That was another area that was beneath my delusions chasing mind. I wanted to tell stories on subjects that impact the world, universe even but stories inspired by own life, experiences, surroundings, upbringing, roots, background, relationships, joys and pain were too ‘small’ for the Indian Spielberg universe that I was bent on creating for myself. Little realizing that Spielberg was always telling his own stories or inspired by the factors unique to his life experiences and continues to do that till date, irrespective of the scale of his films. Much like any good filmmaker, storyteller, author or artist of any discipline. Sad truth is that I had such diverse, rich, joyful, painful and enthralling experiences even as a boy growing up in northern state of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi that my bag of stories was always overflowing, bursting at the seams. All of which was invisible to the unrealistic dream AKA delusion chasing man, even if it was burning tyres of vehicle of his life in doing so. Such is the power of mind. If you use it wisely with open ears and eyes, it can do wonders. With eyes shut and ears blocked to any warnings, your own mind can be your biggest enemy. I have wised up a great deal since I finally hit rock bottom around my mid 30s and the financial, physical, psychological shock that it generated, burst the delusional bubble clouding my mind. However, I can never get those precious years back or what they could have made me contribute to my passion. And though I live in eternal hope that perhaps someday I will get around to telling my stories from the bag that was invisible to me till I was living under the ‘Spielbergian’ delusion, fact is, many of those stories are lost to time and space. So that’s the price you pay for festering delusions because you never learned the boundaries that separate them from dreams, ambitions and aspirations. My biggest learning out of all this is that what we must do, all of us, from any walk of life but especially creative people and everyone from the creative industries; is have a step wise development of our dreams, ambitions and aspirations. Metaphorically, think of yourself on a journey from one end of the world to the other. Don’t plan the entire trip even before embarking on such a long, unpredictable journey, possibly filled with obstacles, diversions, pitfalls, setbacks and breakdowns. While starting off, just plan for the next stop. Once you reach there, evaluate yourself, your performance, your choices, opportunities and capabilities and then chart out the path for your next destination, next stop. If you have an open healthy mind, always seeking realistic goals, any of these stops could signal to you, that you have not reached a pit stop but your destination and therefor, celebrate your arrival, be happy with what you have achieved and contribute to make that destination better than what it was when you arrived there. Also, this does not mean, that you’ll never leave that destination. Life is unpredictable like any great story. You never know what lies beneath the surface you walk on or around the corner from where you have chosen to pitch your tent. Keep your ears, eyes and mind open but focus on where you are, who you are and what you do. Enjoy the moment; be proud of and live in your present, worry less of and live even lesser in the past or the future. Lastly, when you find your day job only takes up part of your productive time, chase those unrealized dreams and passions in the spare time. You never know, you may reach where you always wanted to be, as far as it was a realistic dream, ambition, aspiration and not delusion. AMIT MEHRA – Author PROFILE Amit Mehra is an artist, writer, filmmaker and founder at AMP ANGLES: 15 year old Video Content Creative Agency based in Mumbai, India. Their professional interests range from cinema, digital content to advertising. Apart from films and advertising, Amit also writes on social issues, politics, relationships, films and arts for various online portals and blogs. Amit is a foodie, cook and has recently launched a cooking show web series on YouTube called The Slow Fire Chef (@TheSlowFireChef on twitter/Instagram), first episode was selected by Stuttgart India International Film Festival. It can be viewed here on the festival's website here. He is also the founder of popular Foodies Meet-up group in Mumbai called FoodieBoozard (@FoodieBoozard on Twitter/Instagram) and a prolific food, travel blogger on Twitter and Instagram (@amitmehra).
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