Who or what is the hero of a film? The story and screenplay. “There is only one rule in film-making, to ensure that the screenplay does not give the viewer any time to think of anything else except the story and that’s the ultimate taste of direction, screenplay and story-writing matter.”
That was thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao voicing his thoughts to a bunch of students at the graduation ceremony of the Annapurna International School of Film + Media (AISFM) here on Saturday. Born in a poor family, he said he could not even afford school fees and told them that all that he learnt was from cinema and life. “At the age of 19, a producer saw me at a railway station and offered me the chance to act as the hero, with a remuneration of Rs. 250,” the AISFM Chairman told the audience.
Praneetha Gajula, who took the 3-month diploma in DSLR Photography & Cinematography said it was just the right beginning, she said her ambition was to carve out a niche in the creative and dynamic advertising field.
“I am keen on making short films, but full-length feature films are not my priority,” she said. Anusha Gattupalli and Pinnaka Pratibha too echoed much the same feelings about the experience at AISFM being an ideal platform to unleash their creativity. In all, five youngsters got their diploma certificates for Photography & Cinematography, while nine and 13 students proudly received their certifications for completing the ‘Fundamentals of Scriptwriting’ and ‘Assistant Director’s Course for Telugu Film & Television’, respectively. AISFM CEO Kurt D. Inderbitzin said while AISFM courses did provide them a foot in the door to creativity, it would be their own hard work that would ensure them a place in the world of entertainment. “We will be with you throughout, but you have to put in your best and make us all proud,” he told them.