MA in Filmmaking with Specialisations | (2 Years)

Flim Making
Programme Overview

Programme offered under an agreement with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development- an Institute of National Importance

The objective of this 2-year, 4-semester post graduate course is to create complete filmmaking professionals. Over the course of their study, students will have classes in theory of filmmaking and its various specializations along with hands-on practical instruction. This learning leads to multiple projects during the course – some individual and many in groups. Students are also introduced to works of master filmmakers through screenings and analyses. Frequent Master Classes by practicing filmmakers round out their learning. Besides, General Education classes will round out their learning.

Award: MA in Filmmaking
Duration: 2 Years

SWOT Analysis of the Indian Film Industry
Strengths

  • The Indian Film Industry is the largest film industry in the world making roughly 1200 films every year in 11+ languages.
  • The Indian film industry has been growing at 10-11% per year for the last 10 years. This growth is predicted to continue.
  • Ticket sales in 2012 were 4 billion +
  • There are very few avenues of entertainment in India – especially in the interiors thus films will continue to be a prime source of entertainment.
  • Film is recession proof.

Weaknesses

  • Even though films have a huge impact on the culture and psyche of most Indians, they are low revenue generating
  • Filmmaking in India is a high volume, low value industry
  • Indian films primarily make money from domestic markets. Except for a pocket or two around the world where Indian films are seen, the only other revenue Indian films make is from NRIs.
  • Unlike Hollywood where 70% of the revenues come from outside the US, in India, 75% of the revenues come from domestic theatrical release. Most of the rest comes from domestic ancillaries.
  • Getting to market is a high barrier for pan Indian films. Today films cost anywhere from Rs. 6 – 20 crores to market. Of course, this is lesser for regional films.

Opportunities

  • Today Indian films (Bollywood) are becoming more and more popular in Western countries. More people are aware of the Indian industry
  • Technology is making films less expensive to make and this low entry fee allows more filmmakers to express themselves in this medium
  • Distribution patterns are going through major flux with the digital domain changing everything.
  • More and more theaters and TV channels are coming up giving more opportunities to filmmakers to show their work.
  • The Indian government is framing rules and regulations to help the entertainment industry.

Threats

  • The primary threat to the film industry as it exists today is from digital downloading of films
  • Theater ticket prices keep rising making theater going inaccessible to many Indians.
  • There is no stigma to downloading films and watching them.
  • The film industry might go the way of the music industry in India where, overnight, the industry collapsed because it couldn’t deal with the new paradigm opened up by digital downloading of music.
  • Piracy continues to be a threat.

Eligibility for Admission
Any student who has an undergraduate degree in any discipline from any university within or outside India is eligible for admission.

Employability
The Indian film industry has been growing at around 12% and television industry at over 15% over the last decade. It is estimated that by 2018 the required manpower by the Indian Entertainment industry will be around 5 million personnel.

It is also estimated that 70% of the core personnel in the Entertainment Industry (the creative personnel) are not trained. The opportunities for trained personnel is immense in the near and long term future.

Course Structure
The first semester of the course is the Foundation Semester. In this semester long foundation program, all students are exposed to the many disciplines of filmmaking – Screenwriting, Producing, Direction, Acting, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design. Students receive instruction through a powerful integration of student productions, classroom theoretical instruction, motion picture screenings and analyses, workshops and interactions with global filmmakers. Along with core filmmaking courses, students also take classes in Contextual Studies (General Education). These subjects will help students understand their core subjects better and create complete filmmakers.

The film foundation semester develops within students their own unique story development and filmmaking perspectives and vision. The course also promotes individual professional conduct, communication skills and leadership qualities.

For the rest of the three semesters, students will Specialize in one of the following areas:

Types of Courses: Over the course of their programme, students will have the following types of courses, some mandated while others can be chosen by students:

  1. General Education Courses: These courses offer a context to students learning, enabling them to understand historical developments in their specific areas of interest as well as allied areas such as classical and folk art, cinema, photography, urban mythology and digital art etc.
  2. Core Courses: These courses are mandated by the Program Head of a course and all students in the Program have to take them.
  3. Specialization: In the second and third years of the Program, students take up one area of Specialization as mentioned above. In each of their Semesters III, IV, V and VI, they are mandated to take all the Specialization courses that are offered by their department.

Semester I Course Structure

In this semester, students will take the following Courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1102 Film Analysis and History I 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1105 Culture Studies I 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1106 Basics of Production Design 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1107 Music in Film I 2 0 2 30
Total GE 8 0 8 120
FMGE 1122 Introduction to Filmmaking 8 6 14 300
FMGE 1114 Basics of Screenwriting 2 0 2 30
Total Core 10 6 16 330
Total 18 6 24 450
Credits Hours
Core Theory 10 150
Total GE 8 120
Total Theory 18 270
Total Practical 6 180
Total 24 450

Semester II Course Structure

In this semester, students will take the following subjects. Along with the GE subjects, each student will take a Specialization as below.

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1113 Film Analysis and History II 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1109 Culture Studies II 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1102 Intermediate Production Design 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1115 Music in Film II 2 0 2 30
GE Total 8 0 8 120
Specialization Producing
FMAP 1201 Producing Theory I 6 0 6 90
FMAP 1202 Producing Practical I 0 6 6 180
FMAP 1203 Mise en Scene Project – AP 0 7 7 210
Specialization Total 6 13 19 480
Specialization Cinematography
FMAC 1201 Cinematography Theory I 8 0 8 120
FMAC 1202 Cinematography Practical I 0 8 8 240
FMAC 1203 Mise en Scene Project – AC 0 2 2 60
Specialization Total 8 10 18 420
Specialization Sound Design
FMAR 1201 Sound Design Theory I 10 0 10 150
FMAR 1202 Sound Design Practical I 0 4 4 120
FMAR 1203 Mise en Scene Project – AR 0 6 6 180
Specialization Total 10 10 20 450
Specialization Editing
FMAE 1201 Editing Theory I 8 0 8 120
FMAE 1202 Editing Practical I 0 10 10 300
FMAE 1203 Mise en Scene Project – AE 0 2 2 60
Specialization Total 8 12 20 480
Specialization Direction
FMAD 1201 Direction Theory I – A 9 0 9 135
FMAD 1202 Direction Practical I – A 0 5 5 150
FMAD 1203 Mise en Scene Project – AD 0 4 4 120
Specialization Total 9 9 18 405
Specialization VFX
FMAV 1201 VFX Theory – I 4 0 4 60
FMAV 1202 VFX Practical – I 0 8 8 240
FMAV 1203 Mise-en-Scene Project – AV 0 4 4 120
Specialization Total 4 12 16 420
Specialization Production Design
FMAN 1201 Production Design Theory I 4 0 4 60
FMAN 1202 Visualization Practical I 0 9 9 270
FMAN 1203 Soundstage Set Project 0 6 6 180
Specialization Total 4 15 19 510

Semester III Course Structure

In this semester, students will take the following subjects. Along with the GE subjects, each student will take a Specialization as below.

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE1111 Film Analysis and History III 2 0 2 30
GE Total 2 0 2 30
Specialization Producing
FMAP 2101 Producing Theory II 6 0 6 90
FMAP 2102 Producing Practical II 0 6 6 180
FMAP 2103 Location Shoot Project – AP 0 3 3 90
FMAP 2104 Night Shoot Project – AP 0 5 5 150
GE Total 6 14 20 510
Specialization Cinematography
FMAC 2101 Cinematography Theory II 8 0 8 120
FMAC 2102 Cinematography Practical II 0 10 10 300
FMAC 2103 Location Shoot Project – AC 0 1 1 30
FMAC 2104 Night Shoot Project – AC 0 2 2 60
GE Total 8 13 21 510
Specialization Sound Design
FMAR 2101 Sound Design Theory II 10 0 10 150
FMAR 2102 Sound Design Practical II 0 2 2 60
FMAR 2103 Location Shoot Project – AR 0 6 6 180
FMAR 2104 Night Shoot Project – AR 0 4 4 120
GE Total 10 12 22 510
Specialization Editing
FMAE 2101 Editing Theory II 8 0 8 120
FMAE 2102 Editing Practical II 0 8 8 240
FMAE 2103 Location Shoot Project – AE 0 2 2 60
FMAE 2104 Night Shoot Project – AE 0 2 2 60
GE Total 8 12 20 480
Specialization Direction
FMAD 2101 Direction Theory II – A 8 0 8 120
FMAD 2102 Direction Practical II – A 0 4 4 120
FMAD 2103 Location Shoot Project – AD 0 4 4 120
FMAD 2104 Night Shoot Project – AD 0 4 4 120
GE Total 8 12 20 480
Specialization VFX
FMAV 2101 VFX Theory – II 4 0 4 60
FMAV 2102 VFX Theory – III 4 0 4 60
FMAV 2103 VFX Practical – II 0 8 8 240
FMAV 2104 Night Shoot Project – AV 0 4 4 120
GE Total 8 12 20 480
Specialization Production Design
FMAN 2101 Production Design Theory II 6 0 6 90
FMAN 2102 Visualization Practical II 0 6 6 180
FMAN 2103 Set on Location Project 0 8 8 240
GE Total 6 14 20 510

Semester IV Course Structure

In this semester, students will take the following subjects. Along with the GE subjects, each student will take a Specialization as below.

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1123 Cinematic VR I 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1124 Cinematic VR II 0 2 2 60
GE Total 2 2 4 90
Specialization Producing
FMAP 2201 Producing Theory III 7 0 7 105
FMAP 2202 Producing Practical III 0 7 7 210
FMAP 2203 Diploma Film – AP 0 7 7 210
Specialization Total 7 14 21 525
Specialization Cinematography
FMAC 2201 Cinematography Theory III 4 0 4 60
FMAC 2202 Cinematography Practical III 0 6 6 180
FMAC 2203 Diploma Film – AC 0 10 10 300
Specialization Total 4 16 20 540
Specialization Sound Design
FMAR 2201 Diploma Film – AR 0 18 18 540
Specialization Total 0 18 18 540
Specialization Editing
FMAE 2201 Editing Theory III 6 0 6 90
FMAE 2202 Editing Practical III 0 8 8 240
FMAE 2203 Diploma Film – AE 0 6 6 180
Specialization Total 6 14 20 510
Specialization Direction
FMAD 2201 Direction Practical III – A 0 4 4 120
FMAD 2202 Diploma Film – AD 0 16 16 480
Specialization Total 0 20 20 600
Specialization VFX
FMAV 2201 VFX Theory IV 4 0 4 60
FMAV 2202 VFX Practical – III 0 10 10 300
FMAV 2203 Degree Film AV 0 8 8 240
Specialization Total 4 18 22 600
Specialization Production Design
FMAN 2201 Production Design Theory III 2 0 2 30
FMAN 2202 Visualization Practical III 0 4 4 120
FMAN 2203 Costume Design Workshop 0 2 2 60
FMAN 2204 Make Up and Prosthetics Workshop 0 2 2 60
FMAN 2205 Final Film 0 10 10 300
Specialization Total 2 18 20 570
Students’ Work
School of Filmmaking Production Design Workshop
YouTube Video
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Nariyel ke Ladoo
Quick Links
Industry Speak
Masterclass with the team of the film ‘Simmba’
5th Veda session with Madhur Bhandarkar