I am so thrilled to be here again. Whistling Woods International has been an inspiration to me.
I am so thrilled to be here again. Whistling Woods International has been an inspiration to me.
Whistling Woods has concentrated its energies & resources in building the future generation of our cinema.
Subhash ji, I would like to bow down and thank you for making this temple.
It's great when a designer starts a fashion school, because she understands what needs to be taught. - at the Future of Fashion Forum, 2015
Fantastic campus with amazing resources and a very committed faculty. (I am) Especially impressed by the depth and range of the courses offered here, unlike other animation schools. The students here work very hard on their assignments and are eager to enter the industry and deploying their hard earned skills.
Whistling Woods International has laid a perfect foundation for these students. We have had students interning with us for four month-long periods over the past 2 years now. The quality of their work is ratified by the fact that all my creative and technical directors are desperately waiting for the next batch of interns to arrive. Working with animators who bring with them a unique film-making perspective is an absolute pleasure.
Wish I had the educational opportunities you have. Enjoy the journey – Educational or Experiential – or both!
I think it was an amazing experience. We had a great time. - at the Future of Fashion Forum, 2015.
It was very interesting. I was very happy and glad that I didn't miss this one out. - at Future of Fashion Forum, 2015.
A great experience! A great campus and infrastructure for fabulous film-making. Looking forward to a lot of amazing films from here.
Singing is an art in itself. It means performance from the heart… as you really have to feel the words, to deliver the magic that captures the audience.
You are lucky to have such a wonderful ground and a beautiful institution. There should be an institute like this where all forms of art are taught. So many filmmakers came and went but no one has ever thought of doing this except for Subhashji.
Whistling Woods is a fantastic world. It's thrilling; exhilarating. There should be a halo around Whistling Woods and the sanctity of this place should never be contaminated. It should exist in its purity and create a generation that will come out from here inspired and that will go on a long way in shaping the world of tomorrow.
I am sure students coming out from Whistling Woods International will make the film industry stronger and a better place to be. Training from an Institution like this would surely will help you expedite your career in the Industry.
Paprikaas Interactive Services has been on a hiring spree from Institutions across the country during this year. We experienced a different class at Whistling Woods in terms of curriculum content, the exposure that students get and the overall calibre of students and would be happy to recruit students from Whistling Woods again next year.
I am deeply impressed by the quality of diploma films made by students. I would be happy to participate in the growth and even like to make films myself with these young filmmakers.
Whistling Woods is acting like the foundation of Indian cinema. This is a phenomenal training ground for the students where they not just learn about the craft and art of film-making but also about the business aspect of film-making. I think all the students are very lucky to be studying here at WWI. Industry should be very proud of Subhashji because under his guidance are taking birth a lot of talents of tomorrow.
It is such a brilliant academy, a brilliant place to be. The faculty is fabulous, the premises are great; everything is so wonderful. It’s very inspiring and motivating and a great platform for young and budding creative talent.
You should thank God because you are in the best place. WWI is the best guiding light you could have.
Mr. Subhash Ghai promotes art and music through his cinema. I appreciate and applaud his contribution to art and music. I am honoured and privileged to guide the students here, about music. I am so happy about it.
It is fabulous that Neeta Lulla has partnered with Whistling Woods and started a fashion school, thereby sharing her experience, expertise and knowledge with young aspirants.
Most inspiring place to study Art, Animation & Film-making! Wish you the best!
Whistling Woods is one among the top 10 quality institutions in India and has the potential to be Top 3. There are very few education institutes catering to this industry and you are very lucky to graduate from such a wonderful institute.
Just talent is not enough, it needs to be honed. And Whistling Woods is the place.
Whenever I meet Subhashji, I just feel so glad that there is one film institute that encompasses everything.
Let India continue to shape the 'world-class' talent at this 'world-class' institute!
Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia said "I couldn’t even imagine that India would have an institution like Whistling Woods International. I would like to thank Mr. Subhash Ghai and his daughter Ms. Meghna for bringing this institution that teaches all different art forms present in our industry.Whistling Woods International is an institution which will bring India’s name on the world map".
It's not the place. It's the people at WWI. I wish I was a student.
There is tremendous responsibility on your shoulders. You need to have a very good mix of commercialism and idealism for success. I am sure that students here will learn and contribute a great deal to to the Indian entertainment industry.
Whistling Woods is a super platform for shaping a bright career in the media industry. It has a team that actually knows what film-making is.
At Whistling Woods International's weekly Master Class, students go beyond the classroom and the technical sessions and learn from the real world from the Masters themselves. This week's session featured the VFX wizard Samir Hoon, who after over 17 years of experience working in Hollywood's biggest productions, including Mission Impossible, Twister, Star Wars (Episodes I, II, & III), Terminator 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 etc, made at George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), is now heading the VFX division of Prana Studios, with the goal of bringing cutting-edge visual effects and expertise to the Indian film industry.
After a show-reel of some of his phenomenal work at ILM, and of ongoing work at Prana, which included a lot of "live action" as reference footage, Samir went on to a detailed discussion on various aspects of his work. Aware of the "cross-discipline" nature of the student audience-besides, the students of Animation, others were from Screenwriting, Direction, Producing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, etc.- Samir tried to keep the structure of the session, both open and meaningful. While noting that there has been an exponential growth of visual effects (VFX) in films as is evident from the sheer number of shots used: 52 CGI shots in Juraassic Park (1993), as compared to Star Wars III : The Revenge of the Sith (2005) featuring 2400 CGI shots, Samir emphasised the fact that "VFX can be a powerful tool for storytelling in films, adding narrative power as do sound, colour, and experimental camera angles and other innovative film technologies, but VFX cannot be seen as becoming the story." Samir dwelt upon his own close client interaction with directors, producers and editors, spanning the entire pre-production and post production process, and supervising artists and technical directors in lighting , rendering, compositing, animation to create visual effects using a variety of software. For VFX to succeed, he emphasized the crucial importance of "Pre-visualisation, as early as at the scripting stage, with the VFX team involved in the flow of the film, and its look, with the director, cinematographer, the set-designer and even specialists in make-up." Samir pointed out that, even where VFX is used extensively, not all of the film is completely computer generated. "They use the best of both worlds, the biggest challenge being to achieve a seamless look and convince the audience." Noting that the students at WWI are coming into the industry, "past the digital realm", Samir had an informative Q & A session on technical aspects, including a discussion on some of the HD cameras in use, the Sony F35, Red and VistaVision etc. His advice to students on Animation was to focus on acquiring skills in Rendering and Rigging. He advised them on the show-reels they should prepare: "The name of the game is quality. Be realistic, focus on your strengths. Simplicity is important. What you do should be executed well. Make your characters come alive so that they connect."
WWI and Prana are committed towards providing training to WWI students through working professionals in the fields of VFX and Animation.
The session brought back to Samir, "memories of being a student and eager to interact with industry". On WWI, he said, "Very impressive school, would love to come back."
I enjoyed every minute of my session at WWI and also the students are 'LAJAWAB'. I must say Subhashji and Meghna have done such a fabulous job. I love all students and their mentors.
Yesterday I visited the future of the Indian Media & Entertainment industry. I spent time at Whistling Woods International. If anyone has any doubt that the future of the industry is bright, I invite them to spend a day at Whistling Woods International. It is truly a glimpse of the glorious future of the Media & Entertainment industry in India. - at FICCI FRAMES 2012
At this amazing Institute, the Foundation course enables animators to attain a high level of visual literacy, and to have access to other aspects of film-making including the rich tradition of story-telling and cinematography in particular.
Whistling Woods is an inspiration in itself. It gives a great platform for learning with its state-of-the-art infrastructure and latest technologies. It’s great to see that these students have the opportunity to learn from the experienced influencers who are from the industry.
I would prefer to work with WWI students over other film school students. They are very sincere, hardworking and you can trust them.
I am really impressed by this school. This extraordinary film school will guarantee that the film world will prosper in India forever.
Sonu Nigam said "I have no words to explain my experience here. I saw young blood, culture, respect and a lot of dreams. Mr. Subhash Ghai has done something which will be remembered. It will create a generation full of knowledge, sanity and security".
Taufiq Qureshi said "After a long time, I encountered such beautiful infrastructure. Kudos to Mr. Subhash Ghai for this innovative and effective method of imparting knowledge to students via Masterclass".
I love this space and envy you all who get to explore Cinema here
Our Whistling Woods graduate employees are hard working, sincere and thorough professionals as displayed through their high levels of commitment. They are focused about their work and are proactive in their assignment deliveries. Their high degree of adaptability and willingness to learn helps them bring a fresh, innovative perspective to the table in terms of ideas.
You're placed at the right time, and you have some bright students coming in. - at the Future of Fashion Forum, 2015.
I wish I could go back 40-50 years and come back and study at WWI as a student. There is so much to learn under one roof. Remember, learning is very important but this is not the end. It is just the beginning.
Yash Chopra, Filmmaker and Chairman, Yash Raj Films
Today you are fortunate to have an institute like Whistling Woods to educate and guide you. The future of our industry lies in your hand, so go out and give it your best.