Today most filmmaking has moved from the celluloid to the digital. While many principles and concepts remain the same, a lot has changed in terms of handling digital material both technically and aesthetically. This in turn has also affected the work flow, costing and the distribution of a project.
Today the very notion of cinema has changed. Cinema no longer connotes the traditional classical proscenium mode – no doubt that form still exists. But if you reflect on how you watch moving image content, it is apparent that it is through multiple ways – in the theatre, on the streets, television, laptops, smartphones, tablets or even your watch. Media has become an extension of ourselves. There is a great need for skilled technical professionals to produce video and audio content for these multiple spaces. This existing gap on one side and the rapidly increasing projected growth rates in this sector on the other, presents you an ideal career opportunity.
If you like to tell stories, create a narrative and find a visual design for your story, then this course will engage you. If you would like to design a space to situate a story or are inquisitive to find a relationship between sound and image, then this could be a choice you should consider.
Please download the prospectus on the course page to know about the learning units that will be taught in this course.
While each pathway has specific learning outcomes and specialised competence building, all the pathways aim to create professionals who are reflective and critical about their practice.
The ‘Direction and Editing’ pathway aims to create technically competent directors by understanding the role of the director in different genres of filmmaking. This pathway also offers students a second skill - ‘Editing’ that will give them an added advantage in the industry.
The ‘Cinematography’ pathway aims to create technically capable cinematographers through a hands-on practice in a variety of digital formats, contextualized by understanding visual culture. This pathway is constructed around understanding cinematographic practice and workflow in the new environment of digital image making.
The ‘Sound Recording and Design’ pathway gives students an opportunity to engage with sound for the moving image from multiple perspectives. The need for sound to assert itself as a valid expressive tool to tell stories and not just be subservient to the visual will drive this pathway.
The ‘Production Design’ pathway would entail identifying the visual treatment of a project by working closely with the other crew members. The course would also explore script analysis, understanding of materials, the need for research to situate and contextualize the design, costing, planning, budgeting and design realization.
All pathways require specialized training and competence building and therefore these are offered as four separate areas of learning. From the first year itself, you are required to choose your area of interest in either one of these four pathways. While there are some learning units that are common across the pathways, you are not encouraged to change your pathway once chosen. All learning units for each of the pathways are defined and mandated.
The Digital Filmmaking course trains students so that they have added opportunities for employment at various levels across the spectrum of this creative industry. Based on your disposition and focus area you will have a choice to enter various sectors within the industry, such as feature films, television, documentary, web based content, advertisement or social communication. You will enter the film and television industry as quality technical film artists specialized in a specific area of filmmaking and will be able to collaborate across media- film, gaming and animation.
This course will also open avenues for higher education in art, technology and design.
Please visit the four pathway webpages (‘Direction and Editing’, ‘Cinematography’, ‘Sound Recording’ and ‘Production Design’) to learn more about the different employment opportunities after each year.