Summer Camp 2017 : Excursions


1. Above 10,000 feet

Are you serious about the environment? Willing to go the extra mile for that special experience that widens your horizons?

Go beyond being a mere urban tourist to exploring the world of a naturalist and a storyteller. Capture and document worlds that can’t fit into the frame of a typical weekend excursion.

Here is an opportunity to attend a 14-day environmental film making workshop in the Himalayas. This is a unique hands-on training process which allows one to engage with environmental issues and learn basic techniques of film making and the art of visual story telling. This excursion will help you decide if you want to become a creative documentary film maker. Srishti offers postgraduate masters level programs in Creative Documentary and undergraduate, bachelors level programs in Film at its campus in Bangalore. Also of interest is Srishti's new and pathbreaking Digital Filmmaking courses opening in Thiruvananthapuram inside Srishti’s campus at the Film and Television Park, Thiruvananthapuram.

Duration: 14+ days on site
Levels: Grade 11 or Grade 12 completed, PUC completed or Undergraduate studies completed
Date: 2 to 14 May, 2017
Location: Brighu Lake, Kullu Valley, Manali , Himachal Pradesh
Cost: Rs. 45,000/- on location

This excursion will begin at Manali and participants will meet the leaders at Manali. The cost will not include travel to and fro from Manali.

A health certificate will be mandatory and any health issues with regards to altitude and diet will need to be mentioned.


Sanjay Barnela is an environmental filmmaker with a career spanning over two decades. An early and enduring passion for mountain climbing and trekking in the Himalayas lead Sanjay quite naturally to his choice of subject matter as a documentary filmmaker – the political interface between the environment and local communities, wildlife-human conflicts, conservation and livelihoods, customary rights of rural communities, practices of pastoral communities, and the political economy of water among others. He was conferred the Prithvi Ratna award for environmental filmmaking in 2014 as recognition of his body of works.

Babita Belliappa is an educator, educational film maker and an art science enthusiast, with an M.S. in Mass Communication & Public Relations and an Advanced Diploma program from Srishti in 'Design in Education'. Currently at Srishti, she is using art and design approaches along with place based pedagogy and story- telling to navigate learning curves. She also served on the committee of the Indian Censor Board to preview and award ratings for South Indian feature films.

Varun Ram Kurtkoti is a theatre artist, filmmaker, writer and musician whose work fuses traditional forms of storytelling with formalism, creating forms of narratives that delve into the surreal and fantastique. Varun has been making films based on the sufism and culture of Kutch for the last two years, including the award winning short film Bhit Pe Baithe Do Fakir.
Varun is a Research Assistant at Srishti Films, and works with his mentor and Filmmaker Sanjay Barnela.


2. Animation and Film Studio Tours

The Story Telling Industry (Cinema, Animation, Television, New Media, Interactive Media, etc.) is very dynamic. A seamless new method of telling is emerging, where tools are versatile. Srishti acknowledges and practices cutting edge and new ways of learning. As the domains have shifted, maps have shrunk and the markets have grown beyond the regional, the industry is looking for dynamic and versatile art technical professionals to help take the leap it needs to.

The 10-day excursion involves visits to studios- film and animation, to get an exposure into the working of a professional set up and understand the skills required for this industry. You will visit established studios in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The excursion is a suitable introduction to the film and animation programs offered by Srishti in Trivandrum.

Duration: 10+ days

Levels: Grade 12 completed, PUC completed and/or Undergraduate Studies completed
Date: 3 to 13 May 2017
Locations of Studios: Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore
Cost: Rs. 50,000/- (Inclusive of travel during the excursions only, food and Stay)

Participants must join the excursion at Bombay and leave it in Bangalore.


Prakash Moorthy did his masters in Fine Arts from MS University and Animation Film Design from NID. He won the award for best art direction for 'Vanaprastham' at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2000 and has been invited to show his films at major film festivals. He headed the Sesame street project in India ’Gali Gali Sim Sim’ and created many animation projects across India. He is currently teaching animation at Srishti, Trivandrum campus.

Manjusha Nair Joseph has a Diploma in Cinema with specialization in Film Editing, from the Film & T.V. Institute of India, Pune. Her first film ‘Manav’ on Eunuchs and the psychosocial aspects of their life had a world premiere at Cinema Du Reel, at Paris in 1990. She has also worked with many social sector organisations creating films for their needs as well as facilitating Training Workshops. She is passionate about the different uses of video/film as a medium whether to facilitate learning ,empowerment or create spaces for dialogue beside the traditional onus of the medium as a form of expression. She is also faculty at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, where she has been teaching since 2009 until now.


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