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Career in Film Making Colleges and Institutes

Today film making as a universal media has gone beyond all the cultural differences of the nations and has also acted as a catalyst to strengthen global harmony and cooperation.

Globally too, world has awaken to the potential of Indian film makers, the popularity of Indian film makers can be gauged by the fact that today one out of every six films filmed in London is in Hindi.World over various types of films are made to cater to a unique target audience. These include documentaries, promotional films, newsreels, feature films, TV commercials and music videos, each catering to a different audience.

Film-making is a teamwork exercise which requires close coordination of various skilled professionals. This art involves skills in acting, directing, producing, script writing, cinematography, sound recording, visual mixing and editing etc.

University of Delhi
Contact Information: University Road, Delhi 110 007
Phone South Campus: 011-24119832 Phone North Campus: 011-2766709, 27667011, 27667190
Fax: 011-27667049
Website: www.du.ac.in

Eligibility And Courses

Educational Qualification: For technical courses in this field, basic eligibility is 10+2. For other courses it is graduation. Generally, most universities conduct aptitude tests and interviews to assess candidatesí potential for this specific field of study.There are Diploma, Degrees, Post Diploma and even Certificate courses in each area of specialization. Specialization areas include production, direction, editing, cinematography, film processing, animation, acting, sound engineering, make-up, photography and so on.

Personal Attributes: a film maker should essentially have artistic flair, ability to work cooperatively, sense of responsibility, ability to work under deadlines, great physical stamina, strong visual sense, good communication skills as well as administrative skills.

Career Prospects

Producer: He is the chief decision making authority in all matters. He plans and manages the technical and artistic resources. It is he who decides the story, acquires legal permission, appoints the director, actors, decides the crew and the location etc. The producer's role is occasionally combined with that of directing.

Director: He is responsible for all the creative aspects that go into the making of a film. He decides the camera angle and directs the work of the cast and crew, costumes, choreography and music etc.

Editor: putting the film in correct sequential order is an editorís job. He re-views processed film and video with production personnel to choose scenes which need to be enhanced or re-shot. He also synchronizes the sound track and adds special effects. Here, degree in film direction and editing or professional experience is required.

Screenplay writer: Screenplay writer rewrites the original story of the film in a format proper for the screen. A graduate or postgraduate degree in literature with expertise in creative writing is suitable to become a screen play-writer.

Actor: An actor should have an ability to become the character he/she represents in the film. A screen presence and a good physical appearance are added attributes in this field. While formal training is not a prerequisite, a graduate/post graduate degree in acting does help to hone skills.

Animator: Animators use their drawing skills to create moving images and effects for films & commercials. An animator can work for Cartoons, movies, TV commercials, multimedia or as a game designer. Proficiency in graphic software's or a graduate degree in Fine arts, Graphic Design, Animation Design, etc is helpful in this field. The basic qualification for training in this field is 10+2/ equivalent.

Cinematographer: He is responsible for compiling each scene to be shot. He also decides lighting and camera angles as per directorís requirement. This Job requires high technical knowledge and experience in the film-making field.

Cameraman: The cameraman operates the camera as per the instructions of the Cinematographer. Good technical ability and knowledge of camera and lenses is a must for being a successful cameraman.

Lighting Technician/Operator: Lighting is applied to change the mood of a scene or to indicate practical phases such as day or night. Here, high technical knowledge and experience is needed.

Sound men: Responsible for all sounds or effects that go along with visual images. The work includes dubbing, recording and mixing of music, dialogues and other sound effects. Generally a degree/diploma in Audiography/Electronics is required with Science background at plus two level.

Other film related careers

Film critic: He has to interview filmmakers and actors, covers local developments in the film business, hence a film critic has to be well read, have adequate knowledge and experience in his/her respective field.

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