CURRICULUM - Digital Film Making

For humanity the art of storytelling was a tool to understand and tame the reality. In this digital era  “Storytelling” has become a new adventure with limitless possibilities. The advent of new technologies has  empowered everyone to become a storyteller using audio-visual media. Beyond the possibilities of  technology it is the understanding of human emotions and relationships, which makes a great film  maker. This course gives you the best of the both skills - digital imaging technology and handling  emotions and relationships within the story you narrate

 
Course Overview

During the course each student writes and directs a 10 shot exercise, a sound story, a continuity film, an  actuality film, a documentary film, and a 10 min. Short Film. The Academy's One-Year program in Digital  Film Making gives students the all-around filmmaking experience with in-depth understanding of digital  imaging technology, shot divisions, blocking the scene and handling of actors necessary to make their  own visual stories. The year is divided into two semesters. Students in the program receive over 600  hours of lecture and 600 hours of hands-on instruction and practice. The curriculum integrates intensive  study in all the major filmmaking disciplines including cinematography, directing, screenwriting,  producing, and editing.

  Students are also taken through a guided tour on the development and history of cinema. There will be  regular screenings of all time classic films from India and abroad. Getting accustomed to other art forms  will be a priority in our academy. We will also encourage the students to re-invent the hobby of reading  books. Visits to art exhibitions, musical concerts, theatrical performances, etc. will be part of the  curriculum. Understanding and appreciation of music will be a major aspect of the course. In the first semester since day one, students participate in an array of classes imparting  basic knowledge in Film Directing, Screenwriting, Digital Camera Technique, Lighting, Digital  Editing, Directing Actors and Production Design. Supplementary classes in History of Art, Music  Appreciation, and Film history and appreciation will be also conducted. They extend and deepen  their in-class learning by producing their own short films using high end digital production  platform.

In the first semester during the common course, working in crews of five or more, each student  writes, produces, directs, and edits 3-5 minutes films with increasing complexity. In addition, beach  student fulfills the essential roles of Director of Photography and Gaffer (Lighting Technician) on  the films of other students. Thus, everyone has an extensive hands-on experience of working  on many projects in the first six months.

During the second semester, students are given hands on in-depth experience to new digital  video technology. The digital video cameras will allow the students to delve deeper into the  director's craft. Each student directs two projects – a documentary film and a 10 minute Short Film.  These projects and specialized workshops challenge students to explore the dramatic  mechanics of motion picture storytelling and the critical collaboration between actors and  directors. 
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