Exercise 3, Group A &B, Children’s Film Academy, India

Exercise 3

This was one of the happiest exercises we did. We had to listen to some music and tell whatever came to our mind. Once again, we became two different groups.

Group A

When we listened to the music, we felt so happy. We all had to say what images came to our mind. One student said she thought of a happy classroom, where the teacher is teaching happily, students are studying happily and there is joy everywhere!

Another student said , she thought of a classroom where everyone is bored. But when the music comes, the children dance with joy and when the teacher comes and tries to stop their dance, the children are initially scared, but then, listening to the music and seeing the children break into dance, she also throws away her scale and begins to dance with them. The class is filled with joy!

It was such a happy idea that everyone decided to shoot that one ! And had a blast shooting it  !

Group B

Our group listened to the joyful music . To one boy, it evoked  the happy experience of riding a cycle to the library, hunting for a favorite book and settling down to read it under a tree! We all liked the idea so much .We thought of all the sensations that we experience when we ride our cycles through the village – the feel of the breeze, the clouds in the sky, the leaves and the trees, the crunch of the gravel, the pedal’s rattling sound, the wheel’s whirring sound, the cycle bell (but the cycle we shot on, did not have a bell!); the cool, dark library and the feel of the sun filtering through the leaves on to the pages of the book as we read with joy our favorite book ! But, easy as it was to come up with all the sensations, it was really difficult to shoot as it involved a lot of hard work: shooting in different spots, cycling over and over again till the shot was good. But very satisfying too. We ran in to some luck when in one of the lanes, we discovered a flock of ducks waddling by. We were so delighted to just look at them that we decided to shoot with them to show the joy felt by the boy. Ambadi was the name of the cycle rider, and he had to cycle carefully so that he entered the frame after them or along with them, but not after they had left the frame! The uncle who looked after the ducks  got them to move along certain paths but after waddling up and down three times, the ducks decided they did not like acting !! While our cycle riding hero could not exercise any such choice ! We also missed several shots as our session for the day came to a close. We are going to be more planned next time.


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