Kahola Srivastava

Kahola Srivastava

Filmmaking project

Kahola is a 12th grade student. He is interesting in all genre of Filmmaking projects and business and will take filmmaking as a minor at University.

Kahola is a bright, outgoing young man with great communication skills. He has independently studied filmmaking in recent years through online courses and made 1 film in which he wrote and acted in. His objective is to take up a minor in Filmmaking.

Scope of the program

Program overall structure

  • Kahola and his mentor met weekly and reviewed how to successfully produce a short film. For the first few classes, they looked at examples of scripts and short films. The next block of classes reviewed Kahola’s writing. For his filmmaking project, he shot the film and they took a look at the different edits that he made.

Learning objectives

  • The goal of the program was to have Kahola learn by doing a filmmaking project. By reading and writing scripts, he had a better sense of how to write down what he wanted to make. Ideas aren’t films; they require specifics, such as what a person will wear, specific locations, times of day that you’re going to film, etc.

What challenges did he face?

  • Self-confidence was probably the biggest hurdle. Kahola was afraid of failures and initially did not dare to pursue certain ideas. This also caused some initial confusion about the content that Kahola wanted to create.

How did our program help him?

  • Kahola was shown different perspectives to understand how a film is produced, the time it takes to make a film, and how good moments in film are achieved through developing a concept.
  • Kahola completed a script for a short film, a mood board, and an edited scene for the short film, which is amazing for an 8-week program given his experience.

Filmmaking project mentorship overview

“During the mentorship program, I learned about loglines, dialogue writing, show bible, story structure among many other things. I accomplished a complete script for a short film, a mood board, and an edited scene for the short film. My experience was amazing!

I loved every session and loved doing the homework. I loved creating stories and ideas and learning about how I could improve them, with the help of Professor Roberson. My mentor is an amazing professor. He is extremely knowledgeable and explains the concepts in a very articulate, fun, and illustrative way. My overall experience was amazing, and I had brilliant 8 weeks with the mentorship program.

Kahola Srivastava

Matched professor in film animation project:

He is a 15-year veteran editor, digital content strategist, cinematographer, college professor and project manager. He has been teaching cinematography and editing at Tisch School of the Arts since 1999 and served as NYU’s Executive Director of Post Production for over two years.

Kahola has a lot of compassion and empathy. He was very concerned about how his film would impact people and wanted to make sure that the content felt real and truthful. He wanted to express his experiences and feelings in an honest way but also consider the experience of the viewer. That’s a very good quality to have for an artist.

Lecturer from NYU Tisch

Excerpts from the student’s work

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