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Film Making

Summary

Film making is a process of creating a story in motion for cinema or television. Film maker is the visionary of the film being made. A film maker has a varied role to play, starting from conceptualization of idea to scriptwriting, casting, editing, screening etc. They are the backbone of the film and work behind the scene. Often the term filmmaker is used in synonyms with the Director, however all film makers can be directors but not all directors are film makers. Film maker is supposed to be imaginative, multitalented and a skillful individual.

Career Opportunities in Film Making

  • Film Production Companies
    A fresher may start as an assistant in film production company and then can progress ahead to handle the whole project.
  • Advertisement Agencies
    If you are spontaneous and can think out of the box then you can certainly be hired in an advertising agency to make advertisements that are appealing to the consumers.
  • Television Channels
    Television is an integral part of household, hence, there is a lot of scope for film makers in the television industries.
  • Freelancing
    One can also work as a freelancer, that is start their own company and take up different projects as per the demands of the business.
  • Teaching
    Having gained good amount of experience and knowledge in the field of film industry you can educate the upcoming talents in this area.

How to Become a Filmmaker

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue B.Sc. / BA in Film Making/ Cinema or Screenwriting for 3 yearsPursue PG Programme or PG Diploma Course in Film Making (Multiple Specializations) for 2 Years-
Path 2
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Graduation in any Discipline for 3 yearsPursue PG Programme or PG Diploma Course in Film Making (Multiple Specializations) for 2 Years-
Path 3
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Diploma Courses for 1-2 years--

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII
  • Some Colleges /University also have an age limit.

Leading Institutes

Top Film Making Institutes in India
College Location Website
Whistling Woods International Mumbai www.whistlingwoods.net/admissions
Film and Television Institute of India Pune www.ftiindia.com
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Kolkata www.srfti.ac.in
Center for Research in Art of Film and Television New Delhi www.log2craft.org
Asian Academy of Film and Television Noida www.aaft.com
Digital Academy Mumbai www.dafilmschool.com/courses/courses_cinematography.html
Annapurna International Hyderabad www.aisfm.edu.in
Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA), Mumbai Mumbai www.zimainstitute.com
Top Film Making Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA, United States www.usc.edu
New York University New York, NY, United States www.nyu.edu
UCLA LA, California www.ucla.edu
Film School of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece www.auth.gr/en/film
New York Film Academy Florence, Italy www.nyfa.edu
Sydney Film School Sydney, Australia www.sydneyfilmschool.com
South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance - AFDA Johannesburg?and?Cape Town, South Africa www.afda.co.za

Film Making Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Whistling Woods International July (forms) General Aptitude Test, Creative Ability Test & Personal Interview. www.whistlingwoods.net
Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida October - July Entrance - Written (Objective), Aptitude test, Personal Interview www.aaft.com/admission/download-application-form
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Film and Television Institute of India, Pune June - July (Forms) Written exam- Creative skills, GK, Logical aptitude, GD, Personal Interview www.ftiindia.com/admission.html
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata April - May (Forms) Written exam- Mental aptitude, Creative aptitude & Specific area aptitude, Interactive Orientation Course Interview www.srfti.ac.in
Center for Research in Art of Film and Television, Delhi Jan (Forms), October & November (Interview) Personal Interview www.log2craft.org/admission/fee.php
Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida October - July Entrance - Written (Objective), Aptitude test, Personal Interview www.aaft.com/admission/download-application-form

Work Description

  • Direct overall making of the film or documentary and how it is to be presented to the viewers
  • Select the actors suitable for the selected script
  • Guide the actor in portrayal of the character through suitable expressions, dialogues, voice modulation, looks and attire
  • Monitor the technicians for lighting, backdrop, sets, camera and special effects
  • Oversee the performance in terms of choreography, music composition, singing, etc.
  • Work with editors for proper sequencing of the scenes
  • Ensure the progress of the project within the schedule and the planned budget

Pros & Cons of a Career in Film Making

Pros
  • No two days are same. You learn each day starting from a spot boy to the actors and producers.
  • This field teaches you to become Jack of All Trades.
  • You get to travel to different destinations and comes with it is name, fame & growth with your hard work.
  • You can give life to your imagination.
Cons
  • Making career in film making can be like a rollercoaster. Criticism is part of this work field and one must learn to take things with a pinch of salt.
  • Film making consumes a lot of time which may affect your personal life.
  • There is a cut-throat competition in this industry thus you cannot afford to be laid back. One flop movie and a star would think thousand times before associating themselves with you.
  • Initial salary may not be high, and the struggle period may be longer.
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