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.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.