Direction, editing cinematography, production, are some of the avenues in film making.
Finding work in the film industry has become relatively easier today with several universities offering specialisations in Filmmaking and Mass Media and familiarising them with the basic filmmaking process. An aspirant who has a great idea and is passionate about converting it into a motion picture can become a filmmaker. And a bachelor's degree in Art and Drama can give you an edge.
How it works?
Making a film is not as simple as it looks. From pre-production to post-production, there are many variables at play. A director has to be involved in each and every process from scripting and dialogue writing to editing. The director translates a script creatively, decides the cast costumes, the venue of shoot and chooses assistants and producers to help the director manage the entire production by looking into the operational aspects such as hiring technicians, managing locations, arranging camera rentals and so on.
What are the prospects?
India is the largest producer of films. Bollywood alone is valued at more than $2.28 billion. Other than Bollywood, the South Indian Film Industry as well as the Punjab Film Industry, not to forget television channels and ad films, employ a great number of directors, cinematographers, screenwriters, etc. Major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, New Delhi and Bengaluru have opportunities for talented workforce in films, television, and even theatre.
Where to study?
- Film and Television Institute of India, Pune: Postgraduate diploma course in Direction and Screenplay Writing - Three years.
- Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata: PG Programme in Cinema.
- Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai: Diploma in Film, Television and Digital Video Production - 10 months, full-time.
- M.G.R. Government Film and Television Institute, Chennai: Bachelor of Visual Arts and Diploma in Film Technology and Television Production: Cinematography: Diploma in Direction and Screenplay writing and Television Production; Diploma in Film Editing and Television Production.
- A knack for films: Knowledge about films across regions and genres.
- Keen observational skills: An eye for detail and find a story in everyday life.
- Knowledge of all the aspects of filmmaking
- Good communication and planning skills: Conveying thoughts and ideas clearly to the entire crew and getting work done on time.
- One should be able to make last minute changes and at the same time stick to the budget
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