Puneri wada, still in the making, gets a French makeover
The French production artists have straight away taken on the Puneri flavour and are recreating a typical Puneri wada along with a rural French setting.Updated: Feb 02, 2018 16:40 IST
Studio number 1, aka the old Prabhat Studio at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), is where four French students from the École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son, Paris ( La Femis) are busy working on a set.
Magalie Biard, Valentine Gauthier Fell, Luce Jalbert and Martin Rebufello are part of a student exchange programme between La Femis and and the FTII. They are in Pune for a month with set design the main focus of their learning. These sets are for their final year theses and have to be executed in Pune
The French production artists have straight away taken on the Puneri flavour and are recreating a typical Puneri wada along with a rural French setting,which will be used by FTII students of cinematography for their course exercises.
Luce studied architecture and decided to study set design at La Femis. “We are learning another way of working, another culture and also a different concept of space, like the wada. We are also learning to communicate with others,” Luce says.
Martin, who has studied sculpture and at La Femis is a student of production design, adds, “I have worked on short as well as long feature films before coming to Pune. I am working on creating a set of the wada. We met a lot of people - carpenters, model makers -and since everyone doesn’t speak English it’s been fun trying to understand each other.”
”We visited Vishrambaug wada and Nana wada. It was interesting to work on this architecture which is different and there are some rules to follow. Besides, most of the people here know about wada architecture, hence, it was easy to learn,” says Martin.
Luce adds, “I like the way of wada life. The concept of inside out design and also working a lot with light and the depth created by the interior and exterior create an interesting rhythm which was nice to capture.”
Magalie has a degree in space design and then came to study set design at La Femis. She is working on a set which depicts rural France. “What is interesting here is that we learn to execute in a limited time and work within a time span. Back home we have more time to work on a production set design,” she says.
Valentine is also a trained architect and feels that this exchange programme teaches different way of working, thinking and creating different space designs.