Learn the video capabilities of your DSLR or smart phone while capturing the sights and sounds of India

Date: Feb 16Mar 4, 2018
Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $7850 (See below for payment schedule and refund policy)
Class Size: 12

Image Credit: Tom Donohue

Destination: Rajasthan, India.  This is the land of Kings, or Rajas. It is one of the world’s most photogenic settings. We are here to bring motion to our shots. See the Taj Mahal, experience the eclectic energy of Delhi, explore deserts and jungles. All this is our extraordinary backdrop as we learn to bring professional quality to our travel videos. 

The adventure begins in Delhi with time to acclimate to the change in time and culture. We explore the Indian capital along with the basic functionality of our cameras. This is the beginning of a progressive understanding of how videos are made. It grows to include audio recording, editing and interviewing techniques. Our exploration of editing is almost immediate. Knowing how to put clips together is not just a necessary step for showing our work. It is a major move towards understanding the “how” and “what” to capture in the first place. By trip’s end, students are comfortable pulling selects and editing the short clips from a day’s outing.

We explore Rajasthan by plane, train, bus, camel and elephant. Rajasthan has one of the world’s greatest infrastructures of hotels. Our accommodations were literally once-upon-a-time places. They are beyond comfortable and these oases are our classrooms. Each day of sightseeing and shooting alternates with a day of class. Our non-travel days are our time to review, learn, edit and post to social media.

We won’t need to look far for subjects. The Indian character imbues our images. Palaces, fortresses, temples and national parks all give testament to a rich historical past. We will ride the famed Indian railway. We will stay in luxury tents as we go on a safari hunt for tigers. We will experience the silent beauty of the desert. All of this is practice, practice, practice for adding motion to our shots.

This workshop combines the thrill and comfort of a first class guided tour of India with the educational experience necessary to share the adventure on-line. By trip’s end, you will have the skill to record audio and video that captures the look and feel for any future destination. And you will have captured your India trip forever.

In addition to daily camera and editing instruction, this trip includes:

  • Air fare from Newark, New Jersey to Delhi
  • First class hotels, double occupancy ($950 single supplement)
  • Visas
  • All meals (beverages not included)
  • group tour guide
  • Admission to planned tourist attractions
  • Travel within India by bus, train and domestic flight.

Travel Insurance: It is strongly encouraged recommended that travelers purchase travel insurance. Learn more here.

Deposit:  At the time of registration, a deposit of $2500 will be taken, along with the $55 registration/application fee.  Final payments and logistical matters will be handled directly by:

Intersky Travel
Owner: Maninder Singh
Toll free number: 1-855-389-7070
Interskytravel.com

Final payment:  Final payment is due 45 days prior to the start date of the workshop and will be billed by: Intersky Travel.

All fees are to be paid in U.S. funds. No foreign checks are accepted. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, checks, bank draft, pre-approved company purchase orders, VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

Cancellation policy:

  • Withdraw 60 days or more  prior to the start of your workshop and we will refund all payments made, less a $500 cancellation fee and the $55 registration fee.
  • Withdraw less than 60 days, but more than 30 days prior to the start of your workshop and we will refund any excess of 50% of program costs billed.
  • Withdraw 30 days or less prior to the start of your workshop, there will be no refund
  • for more about our cancellation policy, see our Registration page.
Image Credit: Tom Donohue

Itinerary:

Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Pushkar – Udaipur – Jodhpur/Dechu – Amritsar

Day 1 – New Jersey / Delhi
Arriving in Delhi.  You are welcomed at the airport by an official India Pundit Travel guide, with flower necklaces.

Day 2 –  Delhi

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Entire day dedicated to visit India’s capital, Delhi.
  • Delhi, 14 million inhabitants, is distinctly divided between the old and the new city. NEW DELHI with its wide avenues, fresh and clean, OLD DELHI with its small streets buzzing with human activities; decorated temples, monument and bazars. Eight imperial dynasties, and one republic made the present city.
  • Discovery of Old Delhi Red Fort which was built by Shah Jahan.  Going around the wall that surrounds it, you will see the gate of Lahore, telling the history of our time. Fifty years ago, Pandit Nehru proclaimed India’s Independence here. In front of the Red Fort opens the main shopping street Chandni Chowk where we find silver jewelry, crafts and sweets. This vibrant street is filled with people day and night. We visit the Mosque JAMI MASJID. It was built by SHAH JAHAN between 1651 and 1656. This impressive building is the largest mosque in the whole Indian subcontinent. It has three large doors, four corner towers and two minarets 40 m high, with vertical stripes of red sandstone alternating with white marble.
  • The Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
  • Afternoon visit of NEW DELHI.  Visit of Connaught Place ; the business and tourism district ; India Gate; the 42m high triumphal arch, the Parliament: three poles designed by British architects as well as the Rashrapati Bhawan or the Palace of the President. Lord Mountbatten, the viceroy of the Indies, was the last English occupant …!
  • Visit of the tomb of Emperor Humayun, son of Babur and Akbar’s father.  Building made of red sandstone inlaid with white marble which stands in a garden designed by a Persian architect in the sixteenth century.
  • Visit of the minaret “Qutab Minar “built in 1200 by the Muslim commander Qutab-uddine Aibek from Turkey.  Visit of the famous Sikh temple Bangla Sahib
  • Night at the hotel

Day   3 – Delhi – Agra

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Today you will go to Agra. Visit of  Red Fort reflecting the refinement and power attained by the empire of the Mughals which extended over much of North India during the seventeenth century.
  • You will also visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, embodying the premises of Taj Mahal architecture.
  • At the endof the day at sunset, when the rays caress the immaculate stone and the milky softness still tempers the shimmer of saris, you will visit the sumptuous mausoleum emblem of the city, the Taj Mahal. Few people come back disappointed, because it is really a pure masterpiece to which there is nothing to add, nothing to take away, nothing to change. This mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his deceased wife. In the beautiful Mughal gardens that surround it and have been created to enhance it, you will find excellent angles for taking pictures and film.
  • Overnight in Agra.

Day   4- Agra- Ranthambhore 

  • Image Credit: Tom Donohue

    Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Today you go to Ranthambore : In the heart of Rajasthan there is one of the most famous National park of India. In the past, it was the hunting ground of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Ranthambore was declared National Park in 1972.  It is a part of “Project Tiger.” To save and protect the animal.  Situated between the mountain chains Vindhya and Aravalli, the Park consists of forests, valleys, hills and ponds, serving the needs for a various protected animals’ natural habitats. After lunch, we go on a Safari in 4×4 vehicles to see tigers, as well as monkeys, deers and birds.
  • Supper and First night in Ranthambhore

Day   5- Ranthambhore 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early morning 2nd safari to see the famous tigers. Back to the hotel and breakfast. Free time and class until late afternoon.
  • 3rd safari at the end of the day.
  • Supper and overnight at Ranthambhore.

Day  6 – Ranthambhore- Jaipur

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure for Jaipur: the magnificience of the palaces is a testimony of the power the Princes had at the time they left Amber’s fortress to establish in Jaipur.  Surounded by hills and steep mountains, it is one of the most pittoresque and colorful city in India.
  • Afternoon visit of the city’s craftshops. Jewels of precious stones ; clothes painted by hands.  Ideal shopping for unique presents. Here, the famous miniature paintings celebrate the beauty of Rajastahn’s women, with their long hair and dreamy eyes.
  • Movie night in Raj Mandir featuring ‘Bollywood’ style films.
  • First night in Jaipur

Day   7 – Jaipur

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In the morning, visit the Amber Fort, which is accessed by elephant or jeep. Amber was the capital of Kashwaha rajaput maharajas from the 12th century until it was replaced by Jaipur. The afternoon will be devoted to the bustling capital of Rajasthan that will seduce you with its grace and “rococo”style. The historic district has developed around the City Palace.   A sprawling palace surrounded by gardens, pavilions and courtyards, of which only a few rooms are converted into museums. At the exit of the Palace is Jantar Mantar, the observatory of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Huge astronomical instruments in sandstone and marble testify to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II’s passion for the sciences of the sky. Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, finally, has a facade that stretches over tens of meters, gracefully exposing its moucharabies of stones.
  • Diner and night at hotel.

Day 8 – Jaipur –Pushkar

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure to Pushark. A sacred city for Indous, it is associated to Brahmâ.  According to a legend,  he killed a demon with a lotus flower. Upon falling, the tree petals of the flower formed three lakes.  This calm and magnificent city gets animated on the full moon of November, during the Camel Trade Fair, one of the largest in the world.  The event attracts thousands of villagers and tourists.  It is almost a biblical scene, out of time and grandiose.
  • Arriving at the hotel.
  • After breakfast buffet, visit of Pushkar Temple, the only Indian sanctuary dedicated to Bramha, situated at the lake’s extremity.The modest temple, one of 400 in Pushkar alone, is at the top of a hill, accessible by marble steps.   Facing each other, two rival temples (one of Saraswati, Brahma’s wife) and one of Gaya tri, her rival, offer a magnificent view of the city and a nice one hour walk.

Day 9 – Pushkar- Ranakpur – Udaipur ( 256 km /6 hrs.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure for Udaïpur
  • On the road, visit of the Jaïns temples of Ranakpur, among which the famous two hundred pillar temple, saved from pillage.  Although most temples are dedicated to Adinah, we can see many representations of variou Indou Godesses in acrobatic postures.  The Central sanctuary, amidst the forest of pillars, is constitued of twenty domes of different sizes.  It is an extraordinary exemple of the raffinement of this period’s craftmanship.
  • Breakfast at Ranakpur. Then we continue to Udaipur.  Arriving before supper at the hotel.

Day 10 – Udaipur 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The entire day is dedicated to the city of Udaipur.  Visit of the largest palace of Rajasthan. Surrounded by octogonal towers topped with domes, enhanced by gardens and terrasses, the central part of the palace is now a museum open to the public.
  • Visit of the Dames of honneur‘s gardens, with its fountains, marble éléphants and ponds filled with lotus.  Visit of the Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, represented in the form of Jagannath, Master of the Universe.
  • Breakfast in a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon,  visit of the Nagda and Eklingji temples.  Nagda has two temples dedicated to Vishnu, side by side along the lake.  The Eklingji sanctuary comprises a group of eight hundred templions to Shiva, master of the lingam, divinity of the region.
  • At sunset, boat ride on the romantic Pichola lake, in one of the most beautiful city of Rajasthan.  Visit of the Jagdish temple.
  • Supper and night at the hotel.

Day 11 – 12 Jodhpur/Dechu

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Going to Dechu to see the desert.  Visit of nomad people living in the desert.  Shisha ritual demonstration.  Camel ride. Ride on the dunes with Jeeps, to see the sunset.
  • Two nights sleeping in the desert, in 5 stars tents.
  • Show under the stars of traditionnal dancers and singers from the desert.  Traditional meal served during show.

Day 13 –Amritsar

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Arrival in Amritsar – Sacred city, the religious capital of India.
  • Attending the evening Ceremony de Palki Sahib Ou Granth Sahib.
  • with sacred chanting.  Purification of the great doors. Blessings of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib statute, with offerings.
  • Supper and night at the hotel.

Day 14 : AMRITSAR – DELHI(flight)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • After breakfast, tour the city of Amritsar for half a day.  Visit of the Golden Temple, the Mecca for Sikhs.  At the center of the city, visit of the Jallianwala Bagh, now a national museum of great historical importance. Visit of the ‘flame of freedom’, a colomn richly sculpted in red Sandstone, to commemorate the hundreds of civilians killed by the British general Dyer, in 1919.
  • Departure for Delhi after lunch.
  • Farewell super
  • Bus to the airport for your final destination

Day 15 : DELHI  NEW-JERSEY

CITY HOTELS NIGHTS
Delhi Vivanta by Taj 2
vivanta.tajhotels.com
Agra Crystal Sarovar Premiere 1
www.sarovarhotels.com
Ranthambore Abrar Palace 2
abrarpalace.com
Jaipur Golden Tulip 2
www.goldentulipjaipur.com
Pushkar Pushkar Resort 1
www.sewara.com
Udaipur Fateh Niwas 2
www.fatehniwas.com
Jodhpur/Dechu Desert tents 2
Amritsar Holiday Inn 2
www.holidayinn.com

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    • A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior  to the start date of  your workshop unless stated differently in the course description..  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
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    • All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
  • 4. Insurance
    • It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses. You can find our travel insurance recommendations here.
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    • All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.
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Header Image Credit: Tom Donohue

Instructor: Tom Donohue

Tom Donohue is an EMMY-nominated filmmaker with 30 years experience in filmmaking including creating broadcast documentaries for such clients as National Geographic Television, The Discovery Channel, and PBS. His assignments have taken him from the war-torn streets of Afghanistan to Central American rainforests in search of jaguars. Tom’s approach to filmmaking is holistic: He produces, shoots, writes and edits his own films. Not only does this method provide an intimacy with the subject, but each step of the filmmaking process informs and compliments the others.

Tom founded Cinewright Workshops to explore world cultures while learning documentary filmmaking techniques. Tom led MMW's first video workshop to Cuba since the normalizing of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The workshop's resulting film has been invited to premiere at The CinePobre International Film Festival in Cuba. Tom splits his time between Washington, DC and Montreal, Canada. He speaks fluent French and Spanish and has a working use of Italian and Thai.