Diploma in Filmmaking (One Year)

Diploma Awarded by Madurai Kamaraj University

This course offered by MMFSA is affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University (Appendix- CH/ MKU Academic Council/ 20.03.2018).

This course is suited for those who want to enter film and media industry early avoiding a three-year degree programme.

Degree holders who want to join film and media industry can also benefit through this diploma.

This course will help to acquire higher skills in Script Writing, Cinematography, Graphics and Animation for filmmaking, Editing, Acting, Directing and Film Appreciation.

The course will also expose you to the artistic and aesthetic sides of filmmaking.

Duration: One Year (Two Semesters)

Medium of Instruction: Tamil & English

Eligibility: Pass in +2 or its equivalent

Medium of Instruction: Tamil & English

Examination: Can write in English or Tamil.

Class Timings: 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM (Monday to Friday)

 

Course Content

SEMESTER – I SEMESTER – II
Film History and Film Appreciation – I (4hrs/Week) Film History and Film Appreciation – II (4hrs/Week)
Film Acting – I (4hrs/Week) Film Acting – II (4hrs/Week)
Screenplay Writing (4hrs/Week) Film Editing (4hrs/Week)
Photography and Cinematogrphy (4hrs/Week) Sound and Music (4hrs/Week)
Graphics and Animation for Film Making (4hrs/Week) Film Direction and Production (4hrs/Week)

There will be a brief survey of film history from 1896 to the present day. The emphasis is to teach students how film emerged as a unique narrative medium of revolutionary mass appeal responding to different technological innovations, changing artistic and aesthetic trends, viewing culture and socio-political changes. Not only the major trends in world cinema but also trends in different national cinemas, will be highlighted in relation to the developments in Indian Cinema. Lectures, Power Point Presentations and viewing of trend setting films will be followed by student sessions of film reviewing.

The academy also encourages students to view as many trend setting film as possible after class hours on the large screen. The course is taught in two semesters because of two reasons. First, it involves more than a hundred year history of cinema. Second, it helps you to form the much needed perspective to place every other craft in place- film acting, cinematography, art direction, editing and directing.

Every diploma student is expected to take both the theoretical and practical aspects of film acting seriously whether he or she has primary interest in acting or not. This is because acting training in general, helps articulating the skills for self-expression and communication. This is much needed for every aspect of film making. A person, who undergoes acting training, can do much better as Script Writer, Director and Cinematographer. It also helps young students to drop their shyness and discover the hidden artists in them.

Different approaches to acting, performance techniques involved in acting, aesthetics of acting performances and the distinctiveness of film acting will be taught through highly participatory workshops by industry trained people. Students are also encouraged to prepare their own script for staging performances.

Both the creative as well as execution aspects of filmmaking are anchored in screenplay. MMFSA believes that anyone thinking of a career in filmmaking should have basic skills in screenplay writing irrespective of the fact what he/she wants to choose as later specialization. Screenplay writing is taught at three levels. Our first level workshops are designed to unleash the basic creative energy in each individual. The second level is teaching the basics of screenplay through lectures, illustrations and participatory exercises.

This will include understanding of different narrative strategies, plot structure, characterization, dialogue writing, formatting etc. The final stage is a series of facilitative workshops in which each student develops his or her one-liner, writes treatment and scene outline, develops a full-fledged screenplay and format it. Though the Screenplay Writing is marked for the first semester, workshops and practice exercises will continue during the second semester also.

The course starts with the understanding of the history and evolution of both photography and cinematography from the beginning to the present. This will be followed by teaching of basic rules of photography involving perspective study, picture structuring and exposure. Cinematography classes would begin imparting knowledge on types of movie cameras, movie camera lenses, filters and their functions. The idea of visual story telling will start with the teaching of 5-C’s of cinematography. Lighting basics, colour theory and language of the lens will be taught in relation to visual story telling and film aesthetics.

Theory classes will be followed by demonstrations by experts and hands-on training. Students will be asked to produce photographs and video clippings that would employ different narrative strategies with both still and movie cameras.

This is a laboratory based course. First, it aims to provide basic knowledge to students on how animation is done through traditional drawing and painting, and computer graphics. Second, students are helped to acquire basic knowledge and practical skills for creating posters, image manipulation, retouching and creating 2d and 3D scenes or objects for pre-visualization. Third, it equips students with basic skills for storyboarding. Software to be used are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Maya (Introduction). This will prepare the student for understanding higher level concepts in VFX and Editing that will follow in the second semester.

This is a practical course completely based on laboratory work. The course begins with history of editing and VFX in film industry. Then basic concepts and techniques in Editing and VFX are introduced. Students come to understand different stages and processes involved in post production and working pipeline. They also acquire skills in using non-linear editing software by editing their own Short Films and documentary film projects. Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro-X, are the software used.

There is no film narrative without sound and music. The course begins with the sketching of the evolution of sound and music technologies, in films. Students will be taught the fundamentals of sound design in terms human voice (dialogue), music score, special effects and silence. They will be enabled to acquire skills in handling sound recording equipment and practically understand issues in sound recording. Techniques and concepts in sound editing, sound mixing, and sound mastering, and the use of software, will be taught through practicals. Student assignments will be in the form of live recording, dubbing and sound editing for short films and documentaries. The students will be made to understand the place of Carnatic, Hindustani, Western and Folk music in Indian films.

The final capping comes through this course. Now the students are helped to see all the knowledge and skills acquired through Film Appreciation, Screenplay Writing, Cinematography, Film Acting, Computer Graphics and Animation, Sound and Music and Editing and VFX will be consolidated and synthesised in such a manner that each student sees himself in the role of a director who can make a film. They are helped to see various aspects of artistic and authorial (Auteur) role the Director plays in making a film. The ability for artistic collaboration, team work, floor management and meeting deadlines is emphasised. The Directorial experience is given to students through the making of short films.

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