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Updated: May 21, 2013 23:39 IST

Now, a film-making workshop for engineers

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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Actor Nagarjuna
THE HINDU Actor Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna says going through the basics of film-making will help engineering students develop self-confidence

In what possible manner could a film-making workshop be of help to an engineering student, except, of course, to guide him through the rudiments of projecting his/her message on the screen?

Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who is also president of Annapurna International School of Film + Media (AISFM), on Tuesday said going through the basics of film-making would help to improve confidence of engineering students who were hard-pressed for time and busy with projects.

“It facilitates expression of ideas. Sheer brilliance needs to be expressed properly. Just getting a degree is not enough, and you need to sell your ideas,” he said.

“When I was told about the proposal for the workshop, I was reminded of my days as a mechanical engineering student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and later as I did my Masters in Automobile Engineering at San Jose State University. There were times when I was simply unable to put my ideas across, at a presentation in a crowded seminar hall,” he recalled.

Another reason for designing such a short-term course/workshop is his firm belief that everybody needs a passion that needs to be nursed, even while being busy in a profession.

“Today, life has become so mechanical and stressful that people need an outlet for their creativity,” he said.

Chris Higgins, AISFM’s vice-president, said the four-week summer workshop was scripted to teach engineering students soft skills that played a big role in hiring decisions. The workshop will be held from May 27 between 9.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. on the Annapurna Studios campus.

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