Back at the Aadheenam this morning, Josh and Michelle Mellicker were back for the second day of training. This morning he took us through a thorough recap of yesterday’s training on shooting video.
Josh also went through some of the basic principles and strategies for cinematography: camera placement, the different effects that result from the simple change in zoom level, the nomenclatures used different classes of shots such as cutaways, close-up (CU), extreme close-up (XCU), establishing shot (ES), wide shot (WS), reverse angle (REV), over-the-Shoulder (OTS), matched action shots and more. The terms are used by script writers, directors, etc., both in the planning stages and during the actual filming.
Then we loaded up the video we had taken the day before and had a session in Final Cut Pro and use of stills and Ken Burns effects. In the afternoon we reviewed color correction and the use of various Final Cut Pro plug-ins for special effects. And then we began the introduction to the amazing program called Motion.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.