Child star from Sri Lanka wins Canadian Academy Award

by Srimal Abeywardene
Tharanga Ramanayake won the Canadian Academy Award for Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series at the 17th Annual Gemini Awards 2002 held in Toronto.

Son of Sri Lanka’s ace film producer Vijaya Ramanayake and Mrs. Nelum Ramanayake he had his early schooling at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia before migrating to Canada twelve years ago. He acted as a child artiste in his father’s production ‘Aradhana’ a box-office hit. The stars in the movie included, Queen of the Sinhala cinema Malini Fonseka, Ravindra Randeniya, Anoja Weerasinghe, David Dharmakeerthi and Ratnavali Kekunawela. Vijaya Dharmashri directed the film.

He also acted a child’s role in the movie ‘Maya’ in 1984. Ravindra Randeniya and Geetha Kumarasinghe played the lead roles in this movie. Sumithra Peiris directed the movie. Canadian Broadcaster Awarded Guinness World Record.

Earlier last month Tharanga Ramanayake created history when MuchMusic, Toronto proudly announced "Quickies" series on-air spots have been acknowledged by Guinness World Record as the shortest TV commercial ever produced.

Each spot is just 1/60th of a second long. The "Quickies", which feature MuchMusic logo included sound, while each look up mere half-frame of tape.

"It would have been impossible to produce half-frame edits with today’s editing system, but I was able to pull it off using a loophole I found," says Much Music producer and editor Tharnaga Ramanayake, creator of the "Quickies" commercials, the press release stated.

Fast Facts: Just how fast is 1/60th of a second? In comparison, the average human blink lasts 1/5th of a second. The "Quickies" are eight times faster than the previous record holder, an advertisement for Bon Marche’s Frango sweets that was aired in 1993 on KING-TV’s Evening Magazine (USA). There are 12 "Quickies" commercials, including versions with the MuchMusic JVs. The "Quickies" are currently on MuchMusic (City TV) and the first went on the air on January 2, 2002. It is technically impossible to create sound for less than half frame, says Ramanayake.

For the past four years Tharanga Ramanayake works as an editor in the City TV, Canada’s leading television station.