BOFTA cinematography students with the Masters had a wonderful trip, which was filled with excitement throughout the travel.
First they started on a Sunday Afternoon (21st May) travelled by Ernakulam express. B.Kannan sir kick started the right spirit among students, sharing some thoughts, listening to music and they reached Ernakulam by morning 4.30am.
From Ernakulam railway station they moved on to Alleppey by mini bus exclusively arranged for the complete tour.
Day one: 22nd May
- After refreshing at the guest house for a few hours, the students moved to Backwaters.
- Nearly a one and half hour ride into backwaters was great experience, especially the cloudy atmosphere.
- Students in no time loaded their cameras, got into best position at the top of the deck of the Boat and started clicking and recording video images. Masters Kannan, CJ Rajkumar and Gowri observed each student and gave a few tips when necessary.
- After the boat ride, they started heading towards Munnar. On the way, all had good lunch. Late evening reached Munnar and got accommodated comfortably at a resort.
Day Two: 23rd May
- Students got up early morning to shoot the early morning beauty of the hill station.
- Then after breakfast headed for a day long trip where they visited Mattupetty Dam, Echo Lake and trekked all the way to the Top Station where films like Mynaa, Ram, and many Hindi films were shot. It was a grand valley where our students recorded excellent videos and stills. Even they used GoPro to get more than 180 degree view.
- Late evening B.Kannan sir arranged a party for our students and thanked Dhananjayan sir for all these entertainment.
Day Three: 24th May
- The team checked out off Munnar resort at morning, had breakfast and headed towards Cochin.
- Afternoon visited 'Hill Palace' Museum at Tripunithura, formerly the residence of the Kochi royal family. It is an impressive 49-building palace complex. It now houses the collections of the royal families, as well as the 19th-century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures and paintings, jewellery and temple models. Here though photography is strictly prohibited, it was worth as there are a lot of details to learn.
- Evening Fort Kochi beach was the most exciting place for students, where they had chance to witness sunset, China nets, and big ship vessel.
From Cochin, again the students reached the Ernakulam railway station by our mini bus. On 25th May morning, they reached the Chennai Central and had a safe and sound journey.
To sum up, this trip not only had its focus towards Cinematography, but also on various tasks given by Kannan sir for personality development. On June 1st week, a photo exhibition will be conducted by our students at BOFTA, with the presence of popular Cinematographers.