Ecocinema? Are we ready for it, yet?

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by Rayson Alex on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Section
Workshops

Session type
Workshop

Technical level
Advanced

Objective

The objectives of the workshop are: 1. To sensitize the participants towards Ecocinema 2. To initiate a truly ecological style in cinema 3. To differentiate between environmental and ecological cinema 4. To propose a "new" style in Ecodocumentary, Tinai documentary (T-Documentary) 5. To discuss the nitty-gritty of preproduction, production and postproduction of t-documentaries (tinai documentary)

Description

The workshop will contextualize the genre of documentary with respect to the discipline, ecology. The thread of thought presented will be as follows: 1. Historical aspects of Environmental documentaries in India 2. Nature Documentaries, Wildlife Documentaries, Environmental Documentaries 3. Difference between Ecology and Environment / Ecocinema and Environmental Cinema 4. Ecocinema, Land, Organisms and Culture 5. Proposal for a "new" style in documentary making, the T-Documentary style 6. Application of T-Documentary in Video and Film Documentaries

The duration of the workshop is three hours. The workshop will include demonstrations, descriptions and analysis.

Requirements

A dark room with a projector and a sound system for screening clips from films.

Participants passionate about nature/environmental documentaries can walk-in with a pen and a scribbling pad.

Speaker bio

Dr. Rayson K. Alex is currently Assistant Professor at BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus. He was awarded Ph.D. for his dissertation titled "Symbiosis in the Songs of Mudugar" from University of Madras, Chennai. He is the secretary of Organisation for Studies in Literature and Environment-India (OSLE-India), a pioneering institution in India promoting the academic area of ecocriticism. He served as the member of the editorial team of "Indian Journal of Ecocriticism," the only journal in India for ecocriticism. He is one of the authors of "Essays in Ecocriticism" (2007), the first volume in the area of ecocriticism in India. An avid musician, he has five music albums to his credit. He has directed/co-directed eighteen ethnographic video-documentaries of which the popular ones are "The Story of Mudugar," "Narikuravar" (Life of a gypsy community in Tamil Nadu), "Jenukurubar" (Life of a tribal community in Karnataka), "Learning from Jenukurubar," "Nila Paranjathu" (What the Nila Said - art forms of the communities living in the banks of river Nila in Kerala), "Kalamezhuthupaattu" (Art form of Pulluva community in Kerala), "Chaakkadupaattu" (Death song of Paraya community in Kerala) and "Panthirukulathinte Thozhil" (Occupation of the twelve kulas in the legend of Kerala, "parayi petta panthirukulam"). With the financial assistance of the World Oral Literature Project awarded to Dr. Alex from University of Cambridge, he established an experimental Ethnographic and Research Centre named Mudugar-Kurumbar Research Centre at Attappady, Palakkad District, Kerala, to continuously video document the life of the indigenous communities in the place (http://www.sms.cam.ac.uk/search?qt_type=sms&qt=Mudugar&x=0&y=0).

Comments


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    [-] Vijay Anand 4 years ago

    Rayson,

    We are looking to see if we can arrange for a space to screen films. If so, we will move this from the workshop track to that. But this seems interesting.

    V.


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    [-] Rayson Alex 4 years ago

    Dear Mr. Vijay Anand,

    Greetings!

    Thank you for your mail and I appreciate your promptness. The workshop is based on Environmental documentaries, Nature documentaries, Wildlife films and Ecological films. So the workshop would actually suit the film section. However, I do not expect a big screen projector and sound system to be arranged for the workshop. How many participants can we expect for the workshop? If we have less than 10, we could even use a computer and normal speakers. If we have more than 20 participants, it might be difficult; in that case we might need a projector. Kindly note that the proposal is put up on the film section as well.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Warm Regards, Rayson K. Alex


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      [-] Vijay Anand 4 years ago

      Rayson,

      After I read through the note, I understood what you were trying to do. Its good as a workshop - however you might want to edit the title a bit more appropriately, because it doesnt come across as a workshop, but sounds like a lecture.

      Otherwise, quite an interesting session. Javeeth strongly recommends you, so shall confirm it as soon as you make a wee bit of tweak to the topic?

      Vijay


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    [-] Rayson Alex 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago)

    Dear Mr. Vijay Anand,

    Thank you for your comment and I shall make the change right away. By the way, How do you have this Irish usage in your vocabulary? How does the proposal look now?

    Regards,

    Rayson K. Alex


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      [-] Vijay Anand 4 years ago

      Perfect. We are good to go. A small little tweak. With a lot of the workshops coming in, time is a constraint. Can you see if you can fit this in 2 hours?


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    [-] Rayson Alex 4 years ago

    Yes, we can make it for 2 hours. If that is so, I have to make some changes in the description, I will not be able to do all that I have promised. I will make the changes soon.


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    [-] Rayson Alex 4 years ago

    Dear Mr. Vijay,

    Could you kindly send me your personal email ID? I need to discuss some aspects of my workshop. My email: raysonalex@gmail.com

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