MA in Film Art & FilmmakingJanuary 17, 2020
If a picture can speak a thousand words, imagine the power of communication of a motion picture! Filmmaking in the 21st century has come a long way since its original form. During its existence, it has diversified and multiplied its application across industries: entertainment, education, advertising, travel and tourism, news coverage, cultural events, social media, and more.
Value of Postgraduate Studies
As with all growth, so also in the realm of film making: the competition is intense, as is the expectation of increasingly superior products. It is therefore important that aspiring filmmakers, although gifted with the requisite talent and passion for filmmaking, take note of this reality and arm themselves with in-depth studies.
One of the best ways to achieve this is to do an MA in Filmmaking from a reputed institute, such as, the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, which offers an excellent master’s program spread over two years with the opportunity for national and international studies.
A Master’s degree in Filmmaking equips students with the tools to understand cinematic appreciation, its history, and development over time, its artistic challenges, pitfalls, and victories. The syllabus at the postgraduate level is far more extensive and conceptually powerful than that of other courses in Filmmaking. It is ideal for strongly committed and passionate students wishing to pursue a rigorous curriculum.
Studying at the postgraduate level helps students develop and hone specialized skills in production, direction, screenwriting, cinematography, sound design, and music, along with the techniques and nuances of storytelling, the craft of the medium, the technicalities and effects of the equipment and a sound understanding of the relevant business management needs.
They also develop the capacity to experiment with various genres, adapt their writing to the visuals, customize their content for different types of audiences, execute their ideas efficiently from “script to screen” and cultivate a broader outlook of the medium.
With exposure to diverse methodologies, they can experiment with various techniques such as still or moving images, analog or digital media and create multimedia experiences.
If you want to pursue this course at Manipal Institute of Communication, you need to pass with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university, with a minimum of 50 % aggregate marks. You can find more details about the course here
There is no dearth of career prospects in film making. The Indian film industry has the distinction of producing the most number of films in the world, annually. In recent years, audiences have responded well to non-formulaic films, opening up the field to new entrants with original ideas and concepts. With corporate involvement in film making now a norm, new entrants have a world of opportunity waiting for them.
The employer profile ranges from advertising companies, event management firms, multimedia and digital design outfits to academic research and other educational institutions, large broadcasters, production companies, market research organizations and newspapers, and magazines.
Some of the jobs that are not only highly remunerative but also creatively fulfilling, are those of Scriptwriter, Cinematographer, Film Director, Producer (Films/Television/Video), Art Director, Casting Director Archivist, Critic, Broadcast Presenter. For each specialization, there is a career path that these budding filmmakers can choose to follow. Then again, those with an entrepreneurial spirit can set up their own ventures – if they have the stomach for risk; if not, the industry has numerous freelancing opportunities.
A Vision and a Voice
Ultimately, the filmmakers have tremendous reach through their medium and can, therefore, lend their voice, aurally, or pictorially, to a host of contemporary stories and experiences that must be shared for the larger good. With a deep study of filmmaking, they have the opportunity to leverage their perspective of the cultural, sociological and economic backdrops of their audiences and create compelling narratives that will serve the present as well as future audiences.
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