LEARNING TO LIVE THE VICARIOUS EXPERIENCE

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I take this opportunity to express my gratitude towards SCMC for awakening the passion for cinema within me

To say that one’s college has an extremely organised and intelligent academic structure is one thing but to say that it includes mind-blowing, gut-wrenching and vicariously enthralling movie screenings is another. To be completely honest, I (now a second year student at SCMC) had absolutely no idea that joining a media and communication institute would include watching, analysing and learning from movies. Do not get me wrong; this rather quirky yet intensive subject is definitely not to be taken lightly. Interesting as it is; it still requires rigorous exercising of one’s senses. Only then can one have a beautifully vicarious experience and learn from it.

I distinctly remember my first screening at SCMC. It was one of the first few days of college. We were shown the motion picture, ‘Almost Famous’. I admit I had seen it before; however, there was something about seeing it then, together with a batch of youngsters, all with largely similar outlooks. Watching the film (though with an extremely amateur perception back then) made me feel as though it really was the first time I was watching it, or rather, experiencing it. As we made our way through the course we invariably developed and honed our skills as media professionals. We experienced the beauty of sometimes resonating with the director, the characters, the actors, the producers as individuals who have a passion for the project and sometimes the entire story itself.

I adamantly say we are still amateurs; we definitely lack finesse when it concerns the aforementioned craft but I also say with equal adamance, if not more, that we are getting there at a respectable pace. Yes, we are getting there. Writing this piece has reminded me of where we started and I take this opportunity to express my gratitude towards SCMC for awakening the passion for cinema within me.

 

Article by:  Navvya Singh Charak (Batch 2018)

Photograph by: Panchsheel Gaikwad (Batch 2019)