They say there is never a dull moment in the film industry and for those who work within it. The art, glamour and heady lights of the film industry have seduced many a dreamer, and spawned some great success stories.
This is your Complete Guide to a Degree in Film Making.
To achieve success in any field though, you need to know its ins and outs. Did you know that the gross box office takings for the year 2015 across the Indian film industry were a staggering $2.1 billion? And that number is expected to hit $3.7 billion by the year 2020? All this comes from this Mint article that cites data released by the Deloitte Indywood Indian Film Industry Report.
The article cites another great titbit of information that exemplifies the dominance of the Indian film world – “The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of number of films produced with around 1,500 to 2,000 films produced every year in more than 20 languages.”
Furthermore, one of the film making institutes in India, Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism,reports that audience figures for Indian films 2015 reached a massive 52 billion people.
Aspiring film making hopefuls will definitely be buoyed by this, and at the prospect of immersing themselves within the biggest film industry in the world here in India. However, cracking into the top echelon of the industry isn’t a cakewalk, and as stated earlier, anyone who wants to make it needs a solid foundation to build upon. This brings us to the many film making courses in India and the degrees on offer therein.
Here is a comprehensive guide that walks you through the factors to consider when picking which of these degree film making courses to consider.
- The stature
There are so many options available to students out there today that it becomes difficult to choose. One of the primary considerations, however, should definitely be the stature of the institute. For the most part, institutes make a name for themselves only if they have quality courses on offer, and while this shouldn’t be your only consideration by any means, it should be looked at for sure.
- The course structure
Most, if not all, institutes have websites that list the course structure of their programmes on their websites. Do a little research. Run a comparison of these courses and the kind of modules they offer. A good course is a well-rounded one, one where every aspect of the world of film making is taught. Especially in a degree course, the ambit of the programme should be wide and full-bodied, as a student, look for a course that gives you comprehensive knowledge of all aspect of the film business.
- The teaching staff
The film industry is as much about experience as it is about art and technique. The perspective of people who have been there and done that is always more rounded than someone who hasn’t, even if they have a PhD to their name. Most college websites tend to carry information regarding the teaching staff and their credentials. Look for a school where the program leaders are industry stalwarts who can impart insights and add value to the course on offer.
- The facilities
Film making is such a practical, hands-on type of vocation that just theory is never enough. Don’t be blinded by the bright lights of on-the-surface features like Wi-Fi, cafeterias and air conditioning. Dig a little deeper and make sure that the school has the proper equipment such an editing studio, a recording booth, camera, reflectors, and green screens among the many things required in a film production.
- The alumni
You can learn a lot about the qualities of a film school based on the experiences of the school’s alumni. Look up student testimonials and reviews and see what former students have had to say about the institution. Ask around and see if you can find students who would be willing to talk to you about the college.
- The placement prospects
The path to your future in the film industry can be made a lot simpler through a great internship or placement opportunity. Look at what production houses and media institutions the school has associations with. Make sure that your prospective school gives you every opportunity to succeed through these tie-ups, and minutely examine the claims of schools that guarantee placement, these are typically tall fibs just to lure you in.
- The cost
Remember, most degree courses are residential in nature, and a lot of the top schools may not be in the city you live in. Budget not just for the tuition fee but lodging, food and other miscellaneous costs. Some schools are proactive in this sense where they have in-house hostels or if not, at least have the right contacts in place to help the students sort out their stay.
Remember, at the end of the day, no matter how good the school is, the biggest determining factor of your success will be you yourself. So pick a school and then make the most of it, focus, persevere and extract every bit of knowledge you can out of it.
This Article is Provided by Mr. Dharmendra Chavan, Senior Director of the Broadcast Media wing at Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism.
With a Master’s degree in Communication Studies and close to 25 years of experience in journalism, advertising, digital film direction, and editing, Dharmendra Chavan is pursuing a PhD in Film Studies. Currently serving as the Senior Director of the Broadcast Media wing at Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism, DC (as he is fondly called) is your go-to expert for anything and everything related to mass communication. In his spare time, DC loves following the latest trends in the VFX/Animation space, consulting new studio setups, and helping young individuals find their calling in life.