We are – Delhi Blog of the Week :)

Wow!! HT City (Hindustan Times – Delhi) have featured our blog in their ย Delhi Blog of the Week feature today ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited!! Thanks so much readers and the HT family ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a snapshot of the article and below that is the text view for better readability.

HT City Delhi Blog - Aditya Pathak

Photo Credits forย Aditya’s Profile Pic : Amelie Laurin (http://www.amelielaurin.com/)

(Text view – borrowed from the HT e-paper)

DELHI BLOG OF THE WEEK

Video Explorations

Friday, June 21, 2013

by Usama Sulaiman

Hereโ€™s a blog that takes chronicling the experience of discovering a place, out of paper, and onto reel. The blog is a collection of videos about blogger Aditya Pathakโ€™s exploration of the city, and his love for music. It has some elaborate and informative films documenting his walks around heritage sites and other places of interest in Delhi.

The videos on the blog carry with them historical stories and anecdotes, which are easy and fun to connect with. โ€œDuring my first visit to the Mehrauli Archeological Park, I realised that audio-visuals and storytelling make the process of learning quite easy. Had I been in school, I wouldnโ€™t have to mug up history books and hate the subject so much. Thatโ€™s when I decided to create these videos,โ€ says Pathak, an IT professional who believes that while it is fun making these films, he has also ended up creating a sort of learning aid for students.

What emerges as its USP is the fact that the videos bring the places to you, in a fairly unadulterated form and without any artificial props โ€” in a way a commoner would see them.

One such video is of the Mehrauli heritage walk, which features Rajon Ki Baoli, Ghiyasuddin Balbanโ€™s tomb, Metcalfeโ€™s Estate and Folly. These videos tell the tale of the coming in existence of these monuments and the people related to them. Other noteworthy videos found on the blog are on the Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Bakhtiar Kakiโ€™s Dargah. Although most of the videos here are centred on archeological visits, Pathak says that he has realised the true cosmopolitan essence of the city through these explorations.

The Heritage of Mehrauli – Part 1

In this quick film we get introduced to some historical aspects of this unique place in Delhi (India) called MEHRAULI … a visit to a supposedly 5000 yrs old temple ..and some stories from the Delhi Sultanate and the British Raj. Here’s a quick intro video that sets the tone for the subsequent series of films about the unique heritage of this place. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Film Making โ€“ EDITING for Beginners Part 2of3 (iMovie Illustration)

Here’s an illustration of how to make a simple movie using Apple iMovie.

In this 3 part video series we discuss some basics/tips/tricks/concepts of video editing esp for Beginners. Part 1 of the 3 part series discusses the Hows and Whys of video editing and some simple concepts and theory. Part 2 illustrates a simple video editing project using Apple iMovie. Part 3 illustrates a simple editing project using Windows Movie Maker.

There’s another video that we shared some time back where we discuss the Basics of Film Making (Planning, Shooting and esp shooting with digicams and phone cameras).

Hope this helps folks across the globe ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes!

Film Making – EDITING for Beginners Part 1of3 (Basics)

For FILM ENTHUSIASTS ..and their well-wishers ๐Ÿ™‚

Like a PAINTER has a CANVAS to express on.. a FILM MAKER’s canvas is TIME ..which he/she fills up with elements that we can SEE and HEAR and FEEL within ..arranged in the FLOW of a story. EDITING is a key element to make it happen!

I’m working on a 3 part video series discussing some basics/tips/tricks/concepts of VIDEO EDITING esp for BEGINNERS who work on home-computers! Here’s Part 1 of the series that discusses the HOWs and WHYs of editing and some simple concepts and theory. Coming Soon are Part 2 and 3 that illustrate simple editing projects using Apple iMovie and Windows Movie Maker.

Hope this helps someone take his/her first step in this creative domain ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes!

Film Making for Beginners – Shooting with Phone Cameras and Digicams

Just compiled together some of my film-making experiences with an intention to assist the very beginners take their first steps into this domain. This video discusses the planning and shooting aspects of movies being made with phone-cameras, digicams and handycams and I plan to compile another video soon that talks about video-editing basics for beginners as well as editing on home-computers with simple software. As you proceed watching this video you’ll come across the following sections:

  • INTRODUCTION
  • THE FILM MAKER (Being Comfortable): Knowing the Subject and Machines and apt Postures and Movements
  • CAMERA WORK – Basics, Framing, Camera Movements, Handheld vs Tripod, Monopod, Auto and Manual modes
  • SOUND
  • Final closing message

Hope this helps folks across the globe ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes!