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FILM TECHNOLOGY: A CREATIVE CAREER

By on Nov. 27, 2017

Are you a cinema lover? Do you enjoy movies across languages and genres?

Well here is good news for you! You can now translate your passion into your profession…

Watching a movie need not be a waste of time anymore! There are a plethora of options for those who wish to work in tinsel town, not before the camera but behind it.

If you are a creative person, who dreams of making a story come alive on screen, film technology is the field you want to be in. Becoming a film technologist entails hard work, professional qualifications and a genuine interest in the craft.

2. ROLE MODELS: Some of the Indians who have made a mark in their respective specializations are:

a) Oscar winner Resul Pookutty is a graduate of FTII, Pune. He is well known for his work in sound mixing, editing and sound designing in various commercially successful projects as well as in critically acclaimed movies.

b) Subhadeep Sengupta, who won the National Award for Best Sound Recording for the film “Chitrasutram” (2011) completed his education from SRFTI, Kolkata.

c) Multiple National Award winner, Govind Nihalani is a product of the oldest government institute to start courses on the technical aspects of film-making – i. e. Government Film & Television Institute, Bangalore. Govind Nihalani has donned the hats of director, cinematographer, screen writer and producer.

d) Acclaimed award-winning editor, Beena Paul is also an alumnus of FTII.

Education Track:

3.1 Undergraduate courses: One can opt for an Arts degree as well as a Science degree in Film Technology i.e. Bachelor of Science or B. Tech in Film Technology or Bachelor of Arts in Film Technology.

3.1.1 Undergraduate entry point:

• The basic qualification required for admission to the graduate and diploma programs is a Pass in Class XII.

• The undergraduate program is for a period of three years, divided into six semesters most often.

• However, there is also a four-year graduate program offered by the M G R Government Film and Television Training Institute.

3.1.2 Benefits of undergraduate programs:

• Firstly, one gets a proper educational qualification and strong theoretical background in film technology.

• Secondly, for aspirants who are sure about forging a career in cinema or visual arts, it is the quickest way to get into the field.

• Students are given equal exposure to all the varied aspects of film making.

1.2 Diploma courses: • There are diploma courses offered by different institutes that impart specialized training in separate areas such as Diploma in Cinematography, Diploma in Sound Engineering and so on. • The basic qualification required is a Pass in Class XII.

1.2.1 Benefits of Diploma programs:

• Diploma programs are ideal for students who would prefer to focus on a particular area of specialization.

• Such programs are much shorter in duration and less expensive, thus helping students get into their chosen professions quicker.

1.3 Post-graduation in Film Technology:

• There are post graduate programs such as M.A. in Film Technology offered by premier institutes.

• There are also PG Diploma courses in Film Technology, which may be completed within one year.

1.3.1 Postgraduate entry point: • The eligibility criterion for such courses is a graduate degree from any recognized university in any discipline. • There are also aptitude tests/entrance examinations that have to be cleared prior to admission.

1.3.2 Benefits of post-graduation:

• Since a post-graduation course in Film Technology can be pursued after any basic graduate degree, there is always another career path as a backup plan.

• Students have the benefit of being qualified in two different fields or two related but distinct fields.

4. Specializations within Film Technology:

Since there are many areas within the subject, these are a few of the options available once the course is completed:

4.1 Cinematography: Cinematography involves overseeing or directing the photography and camerawork in movie-making.

4.2 Videography: Though similar to cinematography, videography involves managing smaller, event scale productions such as commercials, documentaries, legal depositions, live events, short films, etc.

4.3 Animation: This financially viable career involves creating animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games and other forms of media.

4.4 Audiography: Audiography or audio engineering includes sound recording, editing, mixing and sound design.

4.5 Film editing: Film editing is the highly creative art, technique, and practice of assembling shots into a cohesive whole.

4.6 CGI modelling: The hottest specialization is definitely that of CGI artists. It involves application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in films, television programs, commercials, videos and simulators.

4.7 Sound engineering: Sound engineers also known as audio engineers are trained in the technical and mechanical aspects of music and sound i.e. recording, mixing, and reproducing sound.

4.8 Script writing: Scriptwriters also called screenplay writers or scenarists writer who practice the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media such as films and television programs are based.

4.9 Ad film making: The hugely competitive and creatively satisfying, specialised segment of film making is also a popular and rewarding career option.

5. Institutes in India that offer programs in Film Technology: Among others, the renowned ones are as follows;

• Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

Website address: www.ftiindia.com

• M G R Government Film and Television Training Institute, Chennai.

Website address: www.tndipr.gov.in (with link extension television-training institute)

• Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. Website address: www.whistlingwoods.net

• SRM Sivaji Ganesan School of Film Studies, Ramapuram. Wed address: www.srmuniv.ac.in

• Center for Research in Art of Film and Television, Delhi. Wed address: www.log2craft.org

• Government Film & Television Institute, Bangalore. Wed address: www.filminstitutebangalore.com

• Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida. Wed address: www.aaft.com

• Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Wed address: www.srfti.ac.in

6. CAREER PATH

The best way to develop your skills in the artistic is to put them into practical application. Your primary opportunities lie in:

• Assisting or completing internships on films, television programs or documentaries are the first step after graduation.

• Working in advertising will help improve one’s skills and act as a stepping stone to the larger and hugely competitive film industry. Many ad professionals made their mark in advertising before finding success in movies.

•The publishing industry also offers jobs related to journalism about movies or in archiving and in picture research. Teaching is also a lucrative opportunity too, but that requires a post graduate degree.

The extensive arena of cinema is always open to willing learners and there is always space for talent. Conduct your own background check of the institutes, talk to professionals working in the field and make an informed decision.