The programs run from
6 to 8 weeks.
We believe that students provide the talent; we provide
the instruction, equipment and infrastructure. It is the students'
drive and creative ability that carries them forward. We provide
students with the opportunity to learn directing by doing just
that - directing.
Students are challenged to make creative decisions that in some
way, great or small contribute to the drama of their films.
The program is divided between hands-on instruction in class and
short film projects. Students shoot
the film and the editing is done on a digital editing system.
Classes include still camera, scriptwriting, directing, video
camera and lighting, production and editing.
Practicals follow each week of theory. On completing the production
and postproduction, students screen their work for their classmates
and instructors and engage in critiques and discussion.
To get more details on applying for our
batch starting September 3rd 2013, please write to admissions.
Many a time, when the scenery looks so beautiful, when you can
see the last circle of the orange sun,
just before the brilliant sunset, or the river is so blue, or
the children are looking so pretty in the afternoon sun, the trees
are shimmering in the moonlight, or when the streets are littered
with plastic bags.
You click a photograph... it goes for developing
and printing, you wait anxiously for your award winning photograph
to arrive, having already decided where you will put it up and
you can already hear the praises it begets. You might even get
it published in a book! After all, it was such a lovely sunset,
such a beautiful river
Your prints are back, you open the packet impatiently
You turn photograph after photograph
somehow, none of them
seem to have captured the magic of the moment. The orange rim
of the setting sun is nonexistent, the blue river is reflecting
too much light and looks anything but blue, the pretty children,
well you can hardly see their faces, its much too bright
The list is endless..
where did I go wrong, what could
. And so the night passes and the next morning
dawns clear holding the promise of a better day.
All film is an illusion of movement. To master
this "magic of motion" we first need to learn adept
handling of a single frame. The SLR weaves meanings hither to
unknown into the picture.
A good director is essentially a good storyteller.
The key word in every directors dictionary is Perception.
Perceive and make the audience perceive. A directors
primary job is to give a point of view.
Every time you read a story or listen to a story, your mind as
a director begins to interpret it in a certain way.. Ideas come
naturally to all of us but whether we are able to express them
in their totality remains debatable. Try telling a story to a
friend and watch the expressions on his face carefully. Is he
able to picture it the way you want him to? Is he reacting accordingly?
The ability to make all the elements of cinema converge in order
to bring the central idea of a film into sharp focus defines a
Students are taught the language of filmmaking and the director's
craft as applied to the digital format. Aspects of mise-en-scene,
visual story telling, continuity, style, directing actors and
writing visually are essential to the director's palette.
The world is your canvas, paint it my friend
it to make me see the winter, with all the bare trees laden with
snow, and the little match-girl freezing under her threadbare
blanket, lighting match after match to keep herself warm.
Paint it so I can see the myriad colours of autumn as the forests
fill with the reds and oranges of the day...
Paint it so I can see the joy on the face of a girl as she feels
the sand slip through her fingers
Paint it to show me the dark depths of despair that a man feels
when he is unable to save his faithful dog from drowning
Paint it to show me the fine lines round the corners of my beloveds
Paint it so I can feel your tears when Grandma
Learn to use the camera to leave a lasting impression, learn to
talk with it, to show the world a point of view, one which supports
your conviction in the story.
The power of the camera lies in its ability to translate an idea
into a picture.
Hands-on video camera and Lighting Classes will help students
master the digital medium including composition, shutter speed,
focus, filters using a digital camera.
Students will learn to "capture" their digital footage
into the editing system. Creating a time line, inserting footage,
special effects, and building soundtrack are among the subjects
that will be covered.
The Instructor will be on hand to consult with students
on creative ad technical aspects of their individual projects
throughout the editing process.
Have you ever wondered why a suburban railway
station sounds different from the city railway station?
Why the village sounds different from the city? How
you feel you are back home in Kerala when you are actually in
We make connections with places. Visual connections, yes,
but audio connections too. Maybe Miami has a lot of palm trees.
So do the beaches in Kerala. The sound of the wind rustling through
the Kerala trees and Miami trees is the same. And you are suddenly
The sound may sometimes make you feel terrified.
the loud thunder claps, the deafening rumble of thunder,
the rain is lashing incessantly on the window panes, the doors
are rattling, you cant see beyond the bonnet of your car.
Any moment now the windows will shatter, and the fury of God will
be unleashed upon you. Youre praying.. to whichever God
you can think of
and then you open your eyes
mute your remote. Youre safe again
The cumulative effect of sound effects and music, is perhaps unbeatable!
Students learn to get professional quality sound for their projects
with microphones and accessories.
"Moments of moment create momentum"
I have always wondered what would happen if cats could
What if I could mute my spouse? Only for one day
I wish I could speak every language in the world
with the bees, the birds, the dolphins, the snakes
Some of the best scripts of the best movies have started out with
premises like these.
You can make your audience believe everything you say in your
They will then cry with your characters, feel the pangs of anguish,
and smile with you.
Herein lies the secret of successful scripting.
And mind you, there can never be an excellent film without an
Something like the woman behind a successful man!!