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Canon kick-starts free online cinema webinars with Indian cinematographers

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on May 30, 2020 Published on May 30, 2020

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Canon India is all set to introduce its latest series of webinars on the nuances of cinematography.

For the same, the brand has collaborated with renowned and established cinematographers Kiran Deohans, Alphonse Roy, and India’s DI Colorist Ashirwad Hadkar. The registration links and T&Cs for the webinars will be available on Canon India’s social handles, Canon mentioned in its official release.

While the mainstream and regional cinema industry continue to evolve and grow, a massive splurge in the consumer engagement with OTT led content has immensely contributed to the overall growth of the filming industry. This has also led to a massive demand for innovative and cutting edge products that can cater to the futuristic requirements of the filming professionals, Canon believes.

Cinematography and film-making masterclasses

In line with this attempt, Canon India is kick-starting a new series of online masterclasses focusing on cinematography and film-making. Through these webinars, Canon India aims at providing an opportunity to all amateur and professional cinematographers to explore full-frame cameras in the field of cinematography and film-making, thereby leading to quality content production.

Commenting on the initiative, C. Sukumaran, Director, Consumer System Products & Imaging Communication Products, said in an official statement: “Consumers have been extremely delighted with the ongoing webinars and we have received amazing response so far. The current lockdown has given rise to the consumption of OTT and digital content and we believe that this has also led to curiosity around the use of cinema cameras.”

He added: “With professional cinematography webinar series, we aim to enrich the minds of young adults who are looking to pursue a career in this field of motion pictures or also enrich the senior cinematographer with the changing dynamics of content making and consumption. We have chosen a blend to start with three of the most talented Director of Cinematography in India for the cinema series webinars and hope to encapsulate the minds of all cinema admirers.”

Webinar schedule

The first leg of cinema webinars will be undertaken by the Padma Shri awardee – Santosh Sivan. Sivan is the only Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). His work in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi cinema has been honored with National awards movies such as Perumthachan, Kaalapani, Iruvar, and Dil Se.

Followed by Santosh Sivan are webinars by two other renowned and celebrated cinematographers - Kiran Deohans and Alphonse Roy. Deohans is known for his brilliance in Bollywood cinema with projects like Agneepath, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Jodhaa Akbar, Sarabjeet, Manikarnika, and very recently Mrs. Serial Killer on Netflix.

Santosh Sivan will conduct the class on ‘Journey of Light’ on May 31. Kiran Deohans will conduct the class on ‘Storytelling through light’ on June 6. And, Alphonse Roy/Ashirwad Hadkar will hold a session on ‘Is HDR the future?’ on June 14.

Canon noted that Roy brings to the table a different perspective being a wildlife cinematographer since more than two decades with accomplishments of projects like Gulaab Gang, Raid, Aamir, Mumbai Cutting to name a few along with India’s finest DI Colourist Ashirwad who graded over 700 films including blockbusters like Dangal, Raid, Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Kabir Singh, Malang among others.

Published on May 30, 2020
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