Do You Speak Cinema – A workshop that introduces children to the unique language of cinema

“Do You Speak Cinema” is a programme of workshops aimed at immersing children in the magic of cinema, transforming the experience from mere passive viewing to actively engaging with this art form and teaching them the language of the moving image. The idea is to make children a more discerning audience in a world where they are constantly bombarded with images.

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“Do You Speak Cinema” in association with Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star and Avid Learning, Mumbai:

For Children Ages 07 to 10 (Admission Free)

Dates: July 22, 2017

Venue: Avid Learning, Essar House, Mumbai

Workshop highlights:

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and Irawati Harshe Mayadev took the children on a wonderful three-hour journey during which they learnt about the unique language of cinema.

Children from ages 7 – 10 years old learnt about the evolution of cinema, the early pioneers from Georges Melies to Chaplin to Phalke, and how to tell a story in five frames. They had the rare opportunity to touch and feel celluloid and watch films screened on a 16 mm projector.

The highlight of the day was the arrival of legendary actress Kamini Kaushal who graciously agreed to present the Do You Speak Cinema certificates to the delighted children at the end of the workshop.

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“Do You Speak Cinema” at India International Centre(IIC), New Delhi:

For Children Ages 08 to 10 (Admission Free)

Dates: 17th and 18th December, 2016

Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Kamaladevi Complex, New Delhi


Workshop highlights:

Programme – Day I

10:00 to 11:15 – Magic Lantern to Chaplin

Participants will embark on a visual journey chronicling the birth of cinema from the magic lantern to Muybridge to the masters of the silent era like Edison, Melies, Dadasaheb Phalke and Chaplin

11:30 to 13:00 – Images Tell Stories Part I

Participants will be taught that visual images can be “read” like other texts introducing them to the difference between seeing and watching a moving image; evaluate the process of capturing reality in time and space continuum; an understanding of narrative structure and the role of sound, etc.

Programme – Day II

10:00 to 11:15 – Images Tell Stories Part II

11:30 to 12:30 – Save Our Cinema

This module will take participants through a brief overview of the history of Indian cinema and the urgent need to preserve our cinematic heritage.

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“Do You Speak Cinema” at the CSMVS Museum, Mumbai:

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and Irawati Harshe conducted two modules of Film Heritage Foundation’s “Do You Speak Cinema” workshop on May 27 & May 28, 2016 at the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai.

The first module “Magic Lantern to Chaplin” focused on the evolution of the moving image and the early history of cinema from Muybridge to Lumiere, Phalke and Chaplin. Children learnt about persistence of vision, drew their own frames to illustrate motion, were shown different film formats and watched Lumiere Brothers’ films on a 16mm projector.

The second day was all about “Decoding the Image”. The children were taken through the different elements that make up the grammar and language of cinema: shots, soundtrack, lighting and editing demonstrating how images tell stories. Children engaged in exercises to enhance observation skills and the understanding of the narrative in cinematic terms.

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“Do You Speak Cinema” at Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai:

Film Heritage Foundation did its first “Do You Speak Cinema” workshop with the pre-primary class at Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai where Shivendra Singh Dungarpur spent a wonderful morning introducing 4 year-olds to hand-tinted films, animation and Chaplin. Over a century later, it is clear that the magic of Chaplin remains undiminished.


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