Young Indian cinematographer Modhura Palit EICA (Eastern India Cinematographers Association), IWCC(Indian Women Cinematographers Collective) will receive the 2nd Angénieux “special encouragement” award on May 24th, 2019 during the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. This recognition will allow Modhura the opportunity to use the most sophisticated Angénieux lenses on an upcoming project. She told us more about herself and her vision of cinematography.
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What is the role of the IWCC in India?
IWCC is ‘heaven’ for female DOPs in India. It brings together all us under one roof. We, the younger DOPs, get inspiration, advice and mentorship from experienced, senior role models. It has given us an opportunity to reach a level of exposure that is almost impossible to obtain individually. It’s like a pool of similar thoughts. Focused communities for women professionals are very important. When we are together and pulling each other up, we are like an indestructible force. Also as a collective, women understand what they face in a particular area of work and how things are systemized. The problems are better understood and addressed. It helps the new ones cope and avoid certain pitfalls. Such communities help to build a better, healthier system overall.
Indian film is slowly going through a metamorphosis. It’s changing its form. It’s breaking away from its typical form of only dance music entertainment to more international content. Broader storytelling and narrative filmmaking have become increasingly popular. Big budget films are no longer the winners. That is a huge change for an industry which believes in numbers religiously. Entertainment for Indian audience is very important. But it’s not the only thing that is pulling them to theatres. Entertainment with unique, fresh content seems to be the winner now.
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