“Don’t film, if you already know your message before filming. Don’t try to save the world. Don’t try to change the world. Better if your film will change you. Discover both the world and yourself whilst filming”
- Victor Kossakovsky
Filming in jhoom fields in Fakim, Nagaland. Courtesy: Srishti Films
Environment, natural resources, livelihoods and human rights – together form the canvas on which an entire universe of documentary filmmaking, as a socio-political discourse, is presented. Today, filmmaking has been transformed by smaller, more affordable cameras culminating in smart phones followed by instant viewership through the Internet. We are speaking to each other through moving images and sounds in a way we have never done before. This matrix of changing contexts, techniques and craft has made documentary filmmaking particularly challenging, even as it becomes more inclusive and diverse. It is in this complex milieu that new filmmakers must seek to find a voice of their own.
Srishti Films, through the non-fiction film, engages students to explore notions of “truth” and “perception” that form the basis of documentary filmmaking. The idea is to rethink our current understanding of the environment and the society we live in, to become rational individuals who will ensure a reasoned response to the many environment and social concerns facing us today.
The curriculum comprises of different ways of learning as follows:
- Foundation introduces students to basic principles and tools of Art, Design and Technology as methods, tools and processes
- Disciplinary Studios are learning spaces where students develop core disciplinary capabilities, while navigating a trans-disciplinary environment
- 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)
- Interim: An introduction to practice in new and emerging areas of art and design
- Electives: Of three kinds- this program allows students to expand their skills, develop the interests as well as provide opportunities for travel exchange
- Internship/Apprenticeship: Compulsory work experience done over the summer-break between the 6th and 7th semester
- Project involves the application, synthesis and demonstration of capabilities acquired, and is a qualifier to the thesis
- Thesis is culmination of the 4-year program, which allows for demonstration of an integration of values, positions, capabilities and practice.
Following a nomadic pastoral community in the Banni grasslands in Kutch, Gujarat. Courtesy: Srishti Films
On successful completion of the course, graduates will have the following capabilities:
- The ability to conduct good research and write a script for a documentary
- The capability to craft a nuanced, professional documentary film using different stylistic choices.
- Meaningful dissemination of the film to build local and international awareness of issues.
- The ability to record and present real stories in an authentic manner.
Analysis, reflection & critiquing
- The analytical capacity to engage with complex issues or problems and respond with empathy and awareness.
- The ability to think critically and ask probing questions.
- The ability to use reality, representation and presentation primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record.
Understanding of context
- The capability to understand and react to the uniqueness and complexity of contexts.
- The creative capabilities to use film and moving image sensibilities to engage with and respond to issues.
Collaboration and creativity
- The ability to actively engage with communities and responsibly communicate their ideas and concepts, to a larger audience through the medium of film.
- The ability to creatively engage in artistic expression through film and begin a dialogue between the filmmaker and the audience.
Final year students shooting their diploma projects in Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagaland. Courtesy: Srishti Films
Graduates with the above capability sets have opportunities such as:
- Employment in international agencies (UNICEF, UNDP).
- Work independently and run their own production company.
- Employment in news and other television channels.
- Employment in NGOs and related agencies.
Filming Gaddi herders for FRA Film at Bakarthach meadow, Kulu Valley, Courtesy: Srishti Films
For more information, email Sanjay Barnela at firstname.lastname@example.org
Filming fisheries in a village pond – Malkangiri, Orissa, Courtesy: Srishti Films
The program is informed by the following learning disciplines:
Center and Labs