Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Film Cinematics and “The Shining”

Apart from the sheer thrill of suspense, drama, fear and entertainment delivered by this movie, its none the less a classic example of one of those standalone movies, where film cinematics are displayed in their best of forms. Whether it’s the sound, the lights, the narrative, the dialogues, the acting, the editing or the sets, the Mis-en-scene of “The Shining” plays a perfect synchrony of both form and function.
In the following paragraphs, we will touch many of the facets of film cinematics in “The Shining” and evaluate how each played the role, it’s supposed to.
Nothing would be better than to begin with the opening sequence of the movie, which in a way sets the tone for the rest of the movie. The score for the opening scene creates a strange, grotesque and disconnected feeling about the movie. The screams or noises we hear towards the end of the opening score create a sudden distraction. This somehow brings us back to the same feeling of disconnection, all the while we were still trying to familiarize ourselves with the location, setting and general tone of the movie. The ominous and eerie music gives us a sense of imminent danger. We can clearly observe some match cuts during this opening sequence, signaling continuity of the film. The framing of the shots are mostly in a bird’s eye view fashion, allowing us to observe the surroundings, while we still follow the car, intrigued, and wondering, where it is going, what is going to happen, who is driving the car etc.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Scholarship named for Jamphel Yeshi launched

Courtesy: Tibet Sun (

Jamphel Yeshi in an undated file photo taken in front of the temple at the Tibetan camp Majnu ka Tilla in DelhiPhotographer unknown

By Lobsang Wangyal | Tibet Sun

A group of young Tibetans living in the United States have launched a scholarship named for Jamphel Yeshi, the 26-year-old Tibetan who died after burning himself for the Tibetan cause in New Delhi in March.

A press statement by the group said, “The recent self-immolations in Tibet and martyr Jamphel Yeshi’s sacrifice inspired a group of young Tibetans, including former CST (Central School for Tibetans), TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village) school students, and working young Tibetans in the US, to start this one-time three-year scholarship.”

The scholarship will be provided to an exiled Tibetan student in India starting from this year’s academic session in July. The candidate will be selected from a pool of students who have applied for scholarships from the Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Self Immolation in Tibet, the 2008 Uprising and Our Plan of Action

It is not a pleasant experience to see almost every other day, the news about a fellow Tibetan setting oneself up for that ultimate sacrifice of one's existence, so that he may be recognized as being different, so that he may be recognized to have an identity that defines a nation, a free spirit and a resilient human being.

(For those who are unaware of the current situation in Tibet see Self Immolation in Tibet)

The recent surge of self-immolation in Tibet and its continuity jolts the very core of the moral dilemma the global community and government's face. It is not my intention to berate about how the international community fails to do anything about it, and how everyone is so helpless or unwilling to take any form of tangible action pertaining to Tibet. The purpose of this blog entry is to analyse and self-critique, the role we Tibetans ourselves play, in either the failure or the success of our efforts throughout such events, including the 2008 Tibetan Uprising.