Friday, June 3, 2016

Studio 33 - Week 3

This week has been a rather calm week as our main goal was to finish editing the wedding videos and make a rough cut. Four big folders, over five hundred videos and hours of footage later, we're finally done. After all that it feels as though we know who everyone is and were part of the wedding as well. We learnt some of the shortcuts of Premier Pro but more than anything we learnt that editing is not as easy as it might seem, keeping the deadlines, technical errors and not to forget the power cuts
in mind. Always Ctrl+S (save) kids, always.

But just as soon as your mind might start to drift, you could always recharge by playing a game or two of fooseball or badminton. With the start of the rainy season, it was no surprise that we got stuck in the office one day because of the thunder storms but more than panic or anxiety about how or when we'd reach home, everyone was just chilling and getting on with their work. This place really does feel like a home away from home, especially when you are met with pakodas on a stormy evening.

- Sanjana and Shreyanka
The Interns of May 2016

Studio 33 - Week 2

After a rather hectic and fun 1st week, we were really looking forward to the coming weeks. Kicked off the week by celebrating Pranab and Sanjana's birthday at Barbeque Nation with the entire staff and got to know everyone a little better.

Along with editing our small videos, we began editing a wedding video; sifting through hours of footage and making a rough cut really gave us a better idea of how you must always get extra footage as its hard to know what you can and cannot use while editing the video. This hands on experience with editing on Premier Pro was amazing.

The coolest thing this week was definitely working with the Ronin video stabilizer and understanding how it works. Working, behind the scene of Avinash and Ravi trying out different shots with the Ronin.

We also had to do some research on videos for medical apps and companies. To be honest, this is one of the best parts of working at such a place because you never learn about these small details of work in class.

Until next week,

Sanjana and Shreyanka
The interns of May 2016.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Studio 33 – Week 1

Two strangers from different colleges but with the same goal of getting a better understanding of what happens behind the camera met at an awesome production house, Studio 33. That cliché of interns being used only to pick up coffee or make copies is just not true here. We were welcomed and greeted with warmth; comfort and we immediately felt like this is where we belong!

A first day like no other started with helping Avinash and Pranab with the shoot for a large IT company with our faux acting. This was to finalize on the lighting, angles of the shot and many other details. When you view a video you hardly ever notice the level of preparation that goes behind it. Just listening to them debate on why a certain angle would or wouldn’t work, gave us so much insight
to the intricacies of the field.

Over the week, we were assigned certain tasks that could put our theoretical college knowledge into practical use. We were also working on the video for a Bhopal Gas tragedy petition where we had to find relevant images and audio clips, finally make a audio mp3 that combined the voice over and the audio clips.

This place never fails to keep us happy; we all work together as they are easily approachable. The best past of our first week is exploring our own skills and putting that out there. Our creativity and skills are always welcomed and appreciated amongst all in Studio 33

So far, it has been a packed and great first week and we cannot wait to see what
else lies ahead.

- Sanjana and Shreyanka
The Interns of May 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Month In The Life Of: Behind the Scenes @ Studio 33

A behind the scenes look at Studio 33. Produced by our amazing intern Anmi Elizabeth ‪#‎thisisstudio33‬ 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The dynamic crew

It is been almost one month since I started my internship at Studio 33. It has been a wonderful 
experience for various reasons. I have always wanted to know how a production house worked 
and being at Studio 33 gave me a good idea. Video production is my dream job and interning at 
Studio 33 has helped me to take the first few steps towards my dream. At Studio 33, I have 
edited videos, assisted on shoots, written blog posts and managed Studio 33's YouTube account. 
This journey has been quite insightful and informative.

Let me now talk about my experience of being the Production Assistant for a Hackathon video 
shoot. Pranab Ganguly, our Head Producer described it as ‘shoot marathon’ on his Facebook post 
which is a very appropriate description, since it was a continuous shoot for 30 hours. During the 
shoot I witnessed immense hard work and dedication. I am pretty sure both Pranab and Avinash 
didn’t sleep one bit as they were shooting the entire time. Being the Production Assistant helped 
me learn a lot of things, mainly the different aspects of DSLR video making. The crew gave me 
the studio camera along with all their lenses. I got a better idea of which lens to use when and on 
what occasions. 

I didn’t stay for the entire shoot as I felt it was quite hectic and tiring, but not for the crew of 
Studio 33! In my one-month experience at Studio 33, I have seen the crew working continuously 
for hours and going for shoots from one state to another without rest. And even then at the end of 
the day, they are so cheerful, relaxed, energetic and are always ready for next task. It is the 
passion, cooperation and dedication of the Studio 33 crew members that makes all of this 

All thanks to Tanya, I got the chance to learn a lot more about video editing. She had been very 
patient and sweet throughout. As a fresher in the field of editing, I made many mistakes and each 
time she corrected me patiently till it became a good video. She taught me many things about 
editing that I previously didn’t know or ignored. 

The 1st month at Studio33 had been wonderful. I can say that I have learned and experienced 
many good things. The dynamic crew at Studio 33 are fun to work with and they are truly an 
inspiration for me. 

Anmi Elizabeth Sabu

Monday, January 11, 2016

Studio 33- A perfect place to learn

As a part of my course I was supposed to do a two and a half months internship. Since, I am from a media background, the internship could be done in any media company.  My interest has always been video production so I looked for a production house and Studio 33 welcomed me whole heartedly.

Studio 33 is very far from the place I live and takes around two hours of travel by bus which varies depending on traffic. I was really worried at first, about how I would travel back to my place since the office closes only at 7 pm which is a peak traffic time. I hoped for the best and went for my first day of internship to see how things work at Studio 33.

The building looks so perfect and beautiful just like I saw on the day of my interview. I stepped inside and saw a dog lying down on the floor. She came running and gave me a warm welcome. After that Tanya introduced me to all the staff, departments, elaborated on my work at Studio 33 and she introduced me to Bailey, the dog - head of  security. Everything about Studio 33 was very homely and I felt relaxed. I asked about leaving early and they said it shouldn't be a problem!

One of the most interesting things that surprised me about this lovely company is that, they don’t mind giving their expensive camera and lenses to interns. Yes, at the first week I got the opportunity to use all kinds of camera lenses they had. And that was absolutely unexpected. None of my friends share their camera or lens even with their friends. So I consider myself very lucky to be an intern at Studio 33. One of the posts assigned to me is production assistant, so I get to go for shoots, which again is a big learning experience for me. Studio 33 is an excellent place to learn. Even when the crew is busy setting up things for shoots, they find time to help me clear my doubts. They take their time to explain technical terms and concepts related to video production. Video production is where my interest is and I am very satisfied and glad that I am getting to learn and practice many new things which I always wanted to learn and  do. I sincerely thank the whole Studio 33 family for inviting me to be one among them.

My blogging would be incomplete if I don’t speak about this special provision that is exclusive for Studio 33, “Yummy food”. Then of course fun loving and lovely people to work with.

To sum up my first week experience I would say Studio 33 is the perfect place to learn while having fun, to learn while having good food, to learn while having good talented creative people around you.

By Anmi Elizabeth Sabu