Lights, camera, action are the words which now will be used by 15 children and youth with disabilities by the help of The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). The company has organized a course in Smartphone Film Making for them in Jaipur. The Department of Social Justice, Jaipur-based The Open Space Society center of arts and media and the Government of Rajasthan have joined this course.
Last week in the capital of Rajasthan, 15 children and youth with disabilities were part of the course conducted by the FTII. Back in 2019 in Delhi, the first such course was also conducted by the FTII for the children with disabilities and young adults.
The FTII course which was held in Delhi the students were mostly the children and youth with intellectual disabilities. But this time, Ajmal Jami who is the course director and a national award-winning documentary filmmaker has made things a little bit challenging for himself by keeping a mixed batch of students with hearing impairments, intellectual and physical disabilities.
For the filmmaking course, the Government of Rajasthan is offering the students smartphones to shot their work. This is the third such workshop conducted by the TOSS and the state government for the children with disabilities and youth.
The co-founder of TOSS, Ms. Shilpi Batra says, this time they are coming up with different art forms like the first two workshops were on photography and paintings. All the students had fun while doing this course in filmmaking. Filmmaking gadgets like tripods and boom mikes were also offered to them for the course.
"The students loved learning different aspects of photography and filmmaking. They got to learn how to take pictures from different angles. They even shot a video. The whole process was very engaging for them and they looked forward to the classes every day” says Ravi Kumar Yogi who is a special educator at Jaipur’s Gurukul Spastic Society.
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