Workshop on HDSLR Film-Making

Turning the HDSLR into a film-making tool

By Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl

5 February, 11am @ the Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai.









HDSLR film-making:
Hybrid digital SLR film-making is a game-changer. This quantum leap in the quality of image-capture opens new vistas for Independent film-makers. The hitherto difficult to achieve film-look is now within the reach of even those without deep pockets. And this has applications in the world of fiction, wild-life film-making and documentaries. Of course, it is not easy to use a camera made to shoot stills for film-making. We need to record audio like they do in films, we need to light up differently and sometimes use a rig designed to make this camera compatible with run & gun style shot-taking. This comes with some training and practice. The workshop we propose to hold shall give the audience a window to the world of HDSLR film-making, and give some basic training on how to make it work. We are practitioners using the Canon EOS 5D MkII and the EOS 60D for our documentaries. The workshop is not meant to discuss theory and details of frame rates, line interpolation or film emulsion properties v/s the DSLR image. We are people who can show others what can be done in a small budget and how to make beautiful images from a small little camera. Nakul Sood from Embrace video shall join us for the workshop, with his gear and tackle.


About Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl
Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl work in the genres of documentary and poetry films. Their oeuvre spans the domains of ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights. After their Masters in English Literature from the University of Delhi, they did a diploma in journalism. Thereafter, Kavita worked for ‘ The Indian Express’ for seven years and Nandan worked for the audio-visual media, doing News and Current affairs programming, in what
they call their previous life. They turned a new leaf in 1996, as independent film-makers. Their films explore man’s relationship with his environment through many windows- cultural, political and anthropobotanical. Their voluntary initiative ‘Via-Media’ is an effort to catalyse change by taking positive stories to receptive minds, and to build the capacity of citizens groups and movements. They take workshops to initiate inquisitive minds into film-making and photography. They are visiting faculty in the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Central University of Rajasthan. They anchored a Trade-show on HDSLR film-making with Canon-India and Embrace Video during the Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film-festival at New Delhi in December 2011. Nandan is also an avid photographer. In 2009, he had a 30-day solo exhibition of his photographs at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.


Nakul Sood is a cameraperson and filmmaker, who has developed solutions that allow us to use the DSLR camera for film-making. As an entrepreneur, he used ideas he developed in the process of making films. His company- Embrace Video manufactures Audio and Video Equipment for Film and Video production, offering affordable solutions for independent film-makers.
Embrace Video manufactures over 50 unique products including DSLR kits, Track Dollys, Jib Arms, Sliders, Follow Focus units, Microphones, Steadicams, Modified Audio recorders etc.



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