The frequently asked questions have been categorized into a few broad confusions. Please try and find the answers to your questions on this page. In case you can’t, you may leave your question at www.facebook.com/filmkaar or email them to support(at)filmkaar(dot)com. Do give us a few days to respond as we may be out on a shoot.
Q: What kind of camera will I need? What if I don’t have one?
A: Any digital camera / smart phone that records decent quality video is good. A good test to check your existing camera is to shoot a small video with your camera and transfer it into your computer. Open the file with windows movie maker (or imovie for mac users). If the file opens then you are good to go. If it doesn’t, try converting it into a compatible format. Here’s the link to a free tool.
Q: What editing software will I need?
A: For the mentoring sessions we will be using free movie editing software – Openshot for PC and iMovie for Mac. If you don’t have them installed, search for them online and download them on your computer.
Q: What causes are supported?
A: Social causes and enterprises that create a better world are welcome – except those which are associated with or promote any Religion or Political Parties.
Q: What if I don’t support any cause or am not associated with any non-profit?
A: The lessons in the workshop are geared towards making films for social issues. Priority will be given to applicants who have shown past records of involvement in specific causes.
Q: What do we hope to achieve by the end of the mentoring period?
A: All individuals should be able to create compelling films and tell powerful stories using the medium of film by the end of these sessions. All participants will need to take responsibility for their own learning. We will give you a road map and help you overcome the obstacles, but the journey has to be your own.
Q: How much do I pay?
A: You are free to pay as per your experience, inclination or financial position. The workshop is made available as an experiment in Gift Culture. An initial refundable deposit of INR 5,000 is requested to ensure seriousness of participation and completion of all the session assignments.
Q: I have sent my application. Now what?
A: It may take us about 5 days to respond. It is advisable to send in your application as early as possible as the number of seats are limited. Do not panic. You will hear from us.
Q: My application was not selected for this round of mentoring. Should I apply again.
A: Due to time constraints and limited resources we are not able to select all the applicants. Our selection is based on the priority of need and also on the assessment of which individuals will benefit the most from this mentoring. In case your application was not selected, you will receive an email from us with relevant links and resources to help you on your journey of making films.
Q: What is the purpose of this workshop and life in general?
A: Selected participants will find the answer at the end of the workshop.
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