Arghya Basu graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and studied at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), specializing in editing. He had taught films in various academic organizations for several years and designed courses for Mass Communication and Film Studies. He had been conducting, resourcing interdisciplinary workshops with several academic institutions including SRFTI, NID, Vishvabharati University, KRIVA etc. His films including Listener’s Tale, Mt. Witness and Death, Life, etc. have been screened and acclaimed across the globe.

Rajula Shah is one of the most important contemporary artistes working with cinema, poetry and visual arts. Following her Master’s Degree in English, she went to study direction in FTII in 1997. She has been actively working for more than a decade now exploring fiction, nonfiction, photography, digital arts and video installations in her pursuit. Her films include DO HAFTE GUZARTE DO HAFTE NAHIN LAGTE and SABAD NIRANTAR.

Discussions on the digital shift bring out different responses from the pair of them. Arghya Basu feels it has become largely about responsibilities, choices and their abuse on various levels. It is an irony and paradox of empowerment and banality. Rajula Shah interjects that it is more about the notion of speed, which comes along with digital that in turn leads to further choices and decisions. The discussion dwell on the idea of power, which apparently has shifted to the audience in terms of viewing practices but Arghya Basu, is keener about its ramification in the larger context of the overall power structure of the nation/society. As practitioners working in the public domain, as filmmakers and digital artistes is what should be driving them.

Arghya Basu reflects on the very philosophical approach to the idea of film editing; the rough cut & final cut and et cetera

Rajula Shah raises an interesting point about aurality, not just as a cinematic aspect but an almost philosophical endeavor. There is a continuous fluid quality, which unlike the images cannot be ‘scanned’ if it is to be perceived. This makes it the deciding factor when it comes to a film’s duration on timeline. Furthermore, the very movement of ears is inward an opposed to the eyes which is outward. They both discuss and cite examples of different cinemas in terms of their aural approach.

The sound is not just a counter point to images but a liberating factor in cinema

Continuing with the discussion on the audience control in viewing practices, Arghya Basu points out Rajula Shah’s current project titled Nomad’s Land. It is an interactive cinema, as she explains which meticulously reconstructs a historical pilgrimage using various forms and media such as sound, images, still photography, etc. This kind of endeavor takes the idea of editing out of the equation, as the experience of time becomes a choice of the viewer.

Audience is the control in the whole power structure of viewing system in digital domain | INTERACTIVE CINEMA

Coming back to the discussion on the physical process of film editing, Arghya refers Walter Murch, the famous American film editor and sound designer, who always tried to go beyond the conventional process of logging rushes and scnning it in a typical linear script driven path. He rather suggested many subjective, organic ways of delving into the huge amount of images and sound and that might lead to some new exciting shades in telling the story in films. This approach makes the whole mamoth process of film editing more creative and enjoyable.

Let’s make the physical process of film-editing more organic

Previous Cinema Update:

Related Updates

Comments

Follow Us

Show Calendar

  • 20

    Nov2017

    Mananshoi | 3rd Akotre Theatre Festival | Bengali Play | 6:00pm | Tapan Theatre | Akotre... more

  • 20

    Nov2017

    Dharmashok | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Madhusudan Mancha | Rangapat... more

  • 20

    Nov2017

    Ghatak Biday | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Oikotan Mancha | Mukhomukhi... more

  • 20

    Nov2017

    Tasher Desh | Celebrating 25th Years | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Academy of Fine Arts | Shohan Kolkata... more

  • 20

    Nov2017

    Ke! | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Gyan Mancha | Ankur... more

  • 20

    Nov2017

    Dhishum Dhishum | 3rd Akotre Theatre Festival | Bengali Play | 7:30pm | Tapan Theatre | South Kolkata Shine... more

  • 21

    Nov2017

    Brikshya | Bengali Play | 5:30pm | Oikotan Mancha | Kanchrapara Krishti... more

  • 01

    Dec2017

    Kojagori | Chakdaha Natya Mela 2017 | Bengali Play | 6:00pm | Sampriti Mancha | Belgharia Avimukh... more

  • 01

    Dec2017

    Poka | 3th Year Theatre Festival | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Raghunathganj Rabindra Bhawan | Uniti Malancha... more

  • 02

    Dec2017

    Bipajjanak | Chakdaha Natya Mela 2017 | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Sampriti Mancha | Ha Za Ba Ra La... more

  • 02

    Dec2017

    Jhansi Briged | 3th Year Theatre Festival | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Raghunathganj Rabindra Bhawan | Phinik Kanchrapara... more

  • 02

    Dec2017

    Ghoramukho Pala | Bengali Play | 6:30pm | Madhusudan Mancha | Kathakriti... more

  • 02

    Dec2017

    Satyam Shibam Sundaram | 3th Year Theatre Festival | Bengali Play | 7:45pm | Raghunathganj Rabindra Bhawan | Muktadhara... more

  • 02

    Dec2017

    Muktadhara | 5th National Theatre Festival | Bengali Play | 8:30pm | Ritwik Sadan, Kalyani | Uhinee Kolkata... more

  • 01

    Jan2018

    Piupa | Saraswati Natyasala Natyautsab | Bengali Play | 5:00pm | Muktangan Rangalaya | Theatre For U... more

  • 01

    Jan2018

    Gangpar | Saraswati Natyasala Natyautsab | Bengali Play | 6:00pm | Muktangan Rangalaya | Ranikuthi Angik... more

  • 01

    Jan2018

    Aabar Nilkantha | Saraswati Natyasala Natyautsab | Bengali Play | 7:30pm | Muktangan Rangalaya | Kolkata Theatre House... more

Message Us