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Young film-makers have to learn a lot: ace cinematographer

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Cinematographer M.V. Raghu speaking at a seminar on film-making in Vijayawada on Thursday.— PHOTO: V. RAJU
Cinematographer M.V. Raghu speaking at a seminar on film-making in Vijayawada on Thursday.— PHOTO: V. RAJU

The best of stories and ideas will be ruined if the film-maker lacks technique, said Nandi Award winning cinematographer M.V. Raghu.

Delivering the keynote address at a seminar on “Cinema: Process and prospects” Mr. Raghu said that he had seen several very good ideas being ruined because the makers, mostly youngsters lacked the technique.

He said that there were no short cuts to making good films and that one had to actually learn the art of film making. Lighting, lensing, formatting, editing and there were 24 different skills/crafts that made good films, he said. Eight of the crafts were very important and there was an “ocean” of knowledge associated with each of them.

However, Mr. Raghu said that he would try to give the essence of these oceans to help youngsters make better pictures.

He said that with YouTube and the internet, short films had become like “video visiting” cards for talented youngsters and gave examples of a few young film makers who made it big with short films.

Years of experience

Former faculty member of Andhra Loyola College, who has experience in theatre and films, M.C. Das said that Mr. Raghu had 35 years of experience in making films and had in his portfolio critically acclaimed and box office hits like Swathi Muthyam, Sirivennela, Sitara, Anveshana and April Okati Vidudala.

His directorial début “Kallu” earned him international acclaim. Vijayawada Film Society secretary J. Krishna Kishore said that Mr. Raghu, who hailed from Vijayawada, wanted to conduct a workshop to teach youngsters the art of film making. The workshop planned in November was cancelled because of Neelam Cyclone.

The workshop will now be conducted from December 15 to 19. Those interested in registering for the workshop may contact Yashodhar Rao, Image Studios over 9246497182.


  • There are no short cuts to making good films, says cinematographer

  • His directorial début ‘Kallu’ earned him international acclaim



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