Learning a craft is a continuous process, said Kshanam movie cinematographer Shaneil Deo in a recently held workshop on cinematography at Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) in Hyderabad.
“To excel in any field you need to get out of your comfort zone, learn new techniques, try new things but most of all be dedicated and self confident,” he informed the AISFM students.
Shaneil shared his expertise and knowledge in the workshop conducted by AISFM for its students. In the two day workshop, Shaneil spoke about different techniques and finer nuances of cinematography, photography and filmmaking.
“Cinematography is a brilliant subject to learn and definitely very creative and effective when it comes to telling a story as all the 24 frames can be used to portray a visually penetrative content,” he said.
Dedication to a craft you are learning is very important, Shaneil said while suggesting students not to stop learning about the craft.
“Just because you learnt a technique does not mean that, that is the only technique. There are so many different ways and techniques to learn and implement,” he noted.
Speaking about his personal journey towards film making, Shaneil shared his experiences working in India. He said his first trip to India was in 2013.
“Culturally it has been very different. I was born in Fiji and raised in the US and I don’t have any family in India,” he added.
On learning film making, Shaneil said: “Studying in a film school is such an advantage as you have learned lecturers and faculty who can always help you. As students you got to avail such expertise in learning new aspects of film-making.”