Stalwarts to zoom in on creative, commercial secrets of celluloid

Some of the finest minds in Indian cinema get to brainstorm on the creative and commercial aspects of filmmaking at a two-day media and entertainment conclave starting here on October 16.

The “Media and Entertainment Business Conclave 2012” (MEBC) hosted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), has a star-studded guest list that includes Barrie Osbourne, the Oscar-winning producer of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, directors Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, Rohan Sippy, Anurag Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla, lyricist Gulzar and Malayalam superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal.

“But, this is no star night; the focus will be on larger issues in the media and entertainment space,” Kamal Hassan, actor-director and FICCI MEBC chairman, told a press conference on Tuesday.

For instance, the screenwriting workshop will serve as a primer for aspirants who want to contribute scripts, Mr. Kamal Hassan said.

Cutting back to one of his most critically acclaimed films ‘Moondram Pirai’, Mr. Kamal Hassan said while the film was under production the team was scoffed at for making a film about a youth falling in love with an amnesia patient.

However, after the film was out in the theatres, “all those involved in the film became heroes”, he said as he nodded in the direction of his colleague on the dais G. Thiagarajan who produced the film. In fact, Kamal Hassan won a national award for best actor for the role in “Moondram Pirai” while director-cinematographer Balu Mahendra bagged the national award for best cinematographer.

The themes for sessions include ‘100 years of Indian cinema-Awaiting the next century taxation landscape’, ‘Sports and Entertainment-Cashing in on the second screens’ ‘Current Successful Formats for Regional TV-Games Shows Over Lifestyle’ and ‘The Evolution of Women in Film’. A ‘RED’ workshop on digital filmmaking, workshops on digital sound technology, a behind-the-scenes account of the making of ‘Enthiran’ by Srinivas Mohan, VFX supervisor and a session on the making of “Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows” are the other highlights.

Barrie Osbourne’s role would be to provide “a 360 degree approach to producing a global film” while filmmakers like Hariharan and Singeetam Srinivasa Rao will provide film industry aspirants a hands-on screenwriting masterclass.

Mr. Hariharan said a 20-minute montage would be screened at the event as a tribute to the great artistes who have enriched Indian cinema and made it a living legend. P. Murari, advisor to FICCI president, said one of the important features of the event would be to recognise and honour those who had made signal contributions to the entertainment sector.

“Focus will be on larger issues in media space”

Workshop on digital filmmaking, sound technology

Focus will be on larger issues in entertainment space: Kamal Hassan