Sonal Sehgal was recently in New York, learning the craft of filmmaking at a film school there. She spoke to CS about her experience:
I've always been in love with films, whether it's acting or working behind the camera, which is where I started. Not many people know this, but I started out as an assistant to director Pradeep Sarkar. I have this hunger to learn, and last year, I felt like taking a sabbatical from acting and going back to school.
After being caught in the rigmarole of working for so many years, it was so much fun being a student again! I was a little unsure at first, because it was a very grueling programme. Classes from 9 am to 8.30 pm everyday!
I wasn't even sure if I could any longer sit through a lecture of two and a half hours! But once into it, I loved every minute. It was a very hands-on programme. They teach you everything right from loading film into a film camera, to lighting, to scripting, direction and editing your own film.