I am interested in a career in film direction. Is this a safe career option? What are the skills one should have to enter this field? Should I join a film school after completing my graduation in commerce or after Std XII?
Film directors are responsible for the overall shape or treatment of the film. They should be able to give the right instructions to the technical experts in order to obtain the desired results. To get into film direction you not only need a passion for film-making but also skills like leadership qualities, ability to bring out talent in others, creative instincts as well as managerial and administrative abilities.
There are diploma, post diploma and even certificate courses available throughout India. A good course introduces aspiring directors to the craft of film-making and the art of visual narrative. Some of the institutes include: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune; Whistling Woods International, Mumbai; Zee Institute Of Media Arts (ZIMA), Mumbai; Asian Academy of Film and TV.
Different institutes have different eligibility and admission criterion. Duration and eligibility of a course depends on the course one opts for and the institution chosen. For example, FTII offers a three-year PG diploma in direction for which eligibility is a bachelor's degree.
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