Being a part of my group’s film, a slapstick comedy, was a refreshing experience, and so was watching Mr. Samar critically dissect and rip apart each and every bit of it
In our third year at SCMC, we had the honor of having our 1 minute films assessed by the renowned Prof. Samar Nakhate, former Dean of Film & Television Institute of India. This assignment had been the toughest so far. Being a part of my group’s film, a slapstick comedy, was a refreshing experience, and so was watching Mr. Samar critically dissect and rip apart each and every bit of it. I’m not being sarcastic when I say this because even though it was a painful process to listen to someone tell you that your film was garbage, the good thing was that Prof. Samar not only pointed out what went wrong with the movie but also told us how we could make it right. This kind of feedback is hard to get but always appreciated when received.
During the shoot of our film, the director had tried his best to help us understand his vision but most of us didn’t get it. In pre-production, production and post-production, we just followed our director’s instructions, hoping our audience would hopefully appreciate it. But none of us were a hundred percent happy with the end product of our video and neither were we clear on how we could improve it. But in just one sitting, Prof. Samar was able to pin-point what was missing in our film and what should’ve not been there in the first place. It was an amazing revelation. We watched him in awe as he decoded the movie bang on!
Being in the top mass communication college in India, one would expect to be taught by the best of the best in the field, so attending a class held by such an eminent personality was quite an experience. During the class, Sir did not only talk about our films but also shared a lot of his life experiences with us, sprouting wisdom infinitely. To get to meet someone who is a great storyteller like Prof. Samar Nakhate had us at the edges of our seats for the entirety of his session.
Article by: Natasha Maria George (Batch of 2018)
Photograph by: Natasha Maria George (Batch of 2018)