Film (B.Cr.A.)

  


"All art in the last analysis is poetry. Poetry is the archetype of all creativity. Cinema at its best turns into poetry." - Ritwik Ghatak


Award winning film ‘Pola’ by Kinshuk Surjan


Vision

Since its invention over 125 years ago, film has emerged as a vibrant and captivating art form. As new technologies have made it possible to make and access films quite easily, the desire to use moving images and sound to express an idea has grown even stronger. As technology extends possibilities, it also creates a new universe of questions. A film may tell a story, create an experience, construct an argument and/or pose social, political and intellectual challenges. It is this understanding that is at the core of our engagement with film.

At Srishti we explore the aesthetics and meanings of images and sounds towards building an informed practice. Students are encouraged to work closely with the tools of the medium to explore their particular interests and feel confident about expressing their voice. We underline the value of rigour and conscious engagement with both the form and content of film.


Key Values

  • Exploration of one's personal creative vision and position
  • Trusting one’s imagination
  • Understanding and appreciating subjective viewpoints
  • Understanding and responding to context – social, cultural, political, aesthetic
  • The aesthetic, ethics, politics of image and sound
  • Craftsmanship
  • Experimentation
  • Challenging conventional notions of cinema



Production stills from award winning final project film ‘E-thil (The Feeling Within)’ by Manoj Kshetrimayum



Production stills from award winning final project film ‘E-thil (The Feeling Within)’ by Manoj Kshetrimayum/em>


Course Structure

The curriculum comprises of different ways of learning as follows:

  1. Foundation Studies introduces students to basic principles and tools of Art, Design and Technology as methods, tools and processes
  2. Disciplinary Studios are learning spaces where students develop core disciplinary capabilities, while navigating a trans-disciplinary environment
  3. General Studies: A common and compulsory programme of study that integrates Humanities, Sciences, Development and Policy Studies and also offers Languages-English, Indian- Hindi and Kannada as well as Foreign (Spanish, French and German)
  4. Interim: An introduction to practice in new and emerging areas of art and design
  5. Electives: Of three kinds- this program allows students to expand their skills, develop the interests as well as provide opportunities for travel exchange
  6. Internship/Apprenticeship: Compulsory work experience done over the summer-break between the 6th and 7th semester
  7. Project involves the application, synthesis and demonstration of capabilities acquired, and is a qualifier to the thesis
  8. Thesis is culmination of the 4-year program, which allows for demonstration of an integration of values, positions, capabilities and practice.


Learning Approach

This is a 4-year undergraduate course offered at the main campus of Srishti in Bangalore. It offers a broad perspective of the art and practice of filmmaking. Students have the opportunity to build conceptual and reflective skills. They learn the principles of camera, sound, editing and direction that allow them to realise their ideas. Intensive workshops conducted by experienced film professionals teach them how to work with equipment. The approach is hands on and enables students to understand the nature of the medium they are working with so that they can mould it.

Engaging with different forms of cinema - fiction, documentary, experimental film, students are encouraged to discover their own artistic expression. The practices of watching films, talking about films and making films inform each other.



Degree Projects: 4th year film students working on track and trolley



Cameraless film : 16mm celluloid as canvas



Alternate Image Creation Techniques : Making a pin hole camera out of a tin box


Capabilities

  • Reading, writing about and watching films critically
  • Using image & sound as a way of seeing & understanding
  • Creating images, constructing meaning, trusting imagination
  • Exploring image and sound across a range of art practices
  • Using different research methods & critical thinking to generate insights
  • Articulating ideas and concepts to self and others
  • Understanding and constructing narrative
  • Experimenting with technique, form and material
  • Working collaboratively as a team & creative problem solving
  • Conceptualising and producing a short film independently


Opportunities

  • Undertake the making of independent or commissioned short films
  • To work in different capacities in film productions
  • To work in any organisation enagaged in audio-visual production
  • Specialise in a particular aspect of filmmaking
  • Pursue higher studies in an art related field


Award winning student films


POLA by Kinshuk Surjan won the award for Best Film at the National Students Film Festival of India, Pune 2013
Herald of The River by Sachin Gupta won the partner award at Kurzundshoen International Competition for Young Creatives, Cologne 2014

GAMANA by Aditi Sivaraman won the special mention in Fiction, at the 3rd National Students Film Festival of India, Pune 2015

E-thil (The Feeling Within) by Manoj Kshetrimayum won the best short fiction (gold) award at the 8th Cut.in film festival held at TISS Mumbai on December 2015



Award winning film ‘Gamana’ by Aditi Sivaraman


Disciplinary Intersections

This undergraduate program in film intersects with the following disciplines:

Research and Collaboration

Students of film courses have the opportunity to engage with and draw upon, the knowledge resources of other schools as well as the labs and centres at Srishti.

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