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Pragyan 2011 - Take One

Take One

Cash prizes worth 5,000 INR to be won!

Take One is a short film making contest. The contestants are given an option to choose from any (one or more) of the three styles of movie making and are expected to come up with original, non-documentary entries made in any of the styles. The main judging criteria are creativity in implementation, direction, editing, presentation etc. Also provide a short write up on your implementation of the topic as well as a short description of your video.


Entries are expected to implement one or more of the following styles of
movie making. It is to be remembered that the screenplay must be befitting to the style used and not be a blind implementation of the style to adhere to the theme. Plagiarized or heavily inspired content will not be entertained and will deter chances of qualification and screening.

  • Point of View Film (POV) : The film's screenplay is expected to portray two or more points of view (preferably 2 to 4 points of view).
  • Single soundtrack Film : The film should have a single sound-track running through the full length of the film. The soundtrack used need not be original. The movie should have an original screenplay and must not be a remake of any pre-existing music video.
  • Non-linear Film :The film must have a non-linear screenplay. Single flash-backs will not be considered as non-linear screenplay. Contestants are encouraged to try and innovate the style of non-linearity adapted.

Rules :

  • The entries have to be *original*. Plagiarized content will lead to disqualification.
  • No restriction on the number of entries per college.
  • Entries cannot exceed *10 minutes* including the time for titles andcredits.
  • Maximum of 15 people can appear as part of the cast and 10 people behind the scenes.
  • Entries should be in* English*.
  • Presence of any form of vulgarity or obscenity will not be tolerated and will lead to direct disqualification.
  • Subtitles can be provided for clarity's sake. Participants are encouraged to do so.
  • The number of entries screened at the event is solely decided by the organizers and subject to time availability.
  • The short film has to be submitted in a CD or a DVD.
  • Presence of participants is not a must. The CD or DVD can be sent by postal mail.
  • Entries that are of unrecognized video formats shall not be considered.
  • Participants should encode the video in standard formats.
  • *Participants need to provide a 100-word write-up that explains the relation of the short movie with the chosen theme. Send this along with yourentries to the above address.*

FAQs :

Q : *What do you mean be non documentary implementation?*
A : It means that the screenplay of the movie should be original, either fictional or an adaptation of a real-life incident. The film should not be a recording of real life incidents compiled together.

Q : *Would the number of heads limit count even for a crowd scene?*
A : Nope. Not unless everyone in the crowd has something to say.

Q : *What software can I use for editing?*
A : Totally up to you! Premiere Pro, Magix Movie Edit or even Windows Movie Maker. Anything that you comfortable with. It's a problem of plenty!

Q : *What are the standard formats for video?
A : *The standard formats of video are "avi" and "mpeg". The entry must be in one of these two formats. You can use any of the freely available video conversion software to convert your entry to one of these formats.!


Entries to be mailed to:

Deepak Valagam
Manager, Take One
Room no.49, Garnet C Hostel,
National Institute of Technology,
Tamil Nadu, India

Deadline for Entry :

The entries are expected to reach the manager of the event  on or before 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 16th February, 2011. *Entries arriving after the deadline will be directly disqualified*.

Deepak Valagam

+91 96774 77694

Ramsundar Shandilya

+91 96001 83626

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