The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) will throw open its gates to the public for ‘Open Days’ on September 17 and 18. On both the days, the public will be able to visit the film school and its facilities. This is the first time that the Institute is celebrating ‘Open Day’.
The ‘Open Day’ is aimed at educating visitors of the various steps involved in filmmaking. This will include scriptwriting and release print and the final film product on DCP, besides processes like editing, sound recording, and art direction.
The institute boasts of two major film studios built by Prabhat Film Company that are still functional. Visitors can recollect memories of filmmaking at Prabhat Studios where classics like Dharmatma, Sant Tukaram, Kuku, Manus were created. They will be allowed to visit other departments too, like camera, lights, etc.
Visitors can also take a journey through Prabhat Museum where costumes, jewellery, weapons and other artifacts used by Prabhat Films have been preserved and displayed. The museum also showcases some important documents about the property of Prabhat Film Company.
The television wing of the institute is equipped with two studios with state-of-the-art cameras, editing booths, audio, recording etc.
The visit will also include taking a look into the learning and the life of the FTII students. Their classrooms as well as shooting assignments in the studios and on the campus will be illustrated during the visit.
The visitors will also be shown places like Wisdom Tree, Shantaram Pond and a newly-discovered cavern which was used to record chorus in the early days of Prabhat Studios.
LENSIGHT, the institute’s academic journal and old books on technical and other subjects will be available for sale on discounted prices for the public. The visitors will be accommodated in batches that will begin at 10 am and continue through the day — 10.30 am, 11am, 11.30 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 2.30 pm, 3 pm, 3.30 pm and 4 pm — on both the open days.