The Indian film industry is usually synonymous with Bollywood, but this is not truly the case. While Bollywood does have a huge presence and fan following both in India and abroad, it is not the be-all and end-all of Indian cinema. There is a whole other tier to it – regional cinema.
India is a country with a kaleidoscope of diverse cultures and indigenous languages, which means films, are made to cater to all this diversity as well. While they may not have as much widespread blockbuster success like their Bollywood counterparts they are still relevant in this context.
That is not all, now with in the age of YouTube and Vimeo, cellphones with 4K recording capabilities and the widespread tendrils of the internet Indian cinema has a new scion – web cinema. People making movies targeted at these internet portals and all the potential viewership they serve up on a platter.
Finally, indie or independent cinema cannot be ignored either. There are directors and filmmakers making movies in all sorts of languages and styles that don’t fit into the mainstream but are just as important in the scheme of things overall.
Indian cinema is raking in the moolah
A study conducted by KPMG and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) called ‘The Future: now streaming’ explains that theatres or exhibitors have received a boost in advertising revenue to the tune of 281% and increasing the audience reach could really help ramp up gross revenues in the industry. The study said, “The industry needs to look at innovative models for building exhibition infrastructure and the government needs to revisit the archaic laws to make cinema more accessible to the audience.”
The study also spoke about the changing roles of the industry and how important a role the content of the film now plays. “Content has become indispensable for the success of a movie and it is imperative that the producers take cognisance of the changing tastes of the consumers and reassess their budgets and business models to create profitable films.”
Clearly then, some new blood with fresh ideas and a more nuanced perspective is needed to take this already successful industry to the next level.
A change in pattern
Currently, the Hindi film industry parallels a monarchy, where actors’ children become actors and producers’ progeny end up as producers. This has led to a situation where the people making and working in films may not be the most competent people out there. As the study suggested, with the focus shifting to a strong narrative when it comes to the success of a film, a different, more educated approach seems to be the order of the day. This is where Seamedu comes in.
Courses for the film buff
We offer a massive six different filmmaking courses in India, through two campuses. These mass media courses are:
- Degree in filmmaking
- Short filmmaking
- Diploma in filmmaking
- Cinematography courses
- Digital film editing
- Film direction courses
Degree in Film Making
Our filmmaking degree is our most comprehensive offering. It spans three years and teaches students the A-Z of making a film.
- Spread across six semesters, the first semester covers topics like introduction to media, principles of communication, and the basics of filmmaking among other things.
- Semester two is all about introducing the requisite filmmaking equipment, visual communication, creating film for advertising and more detailed lessons in digital filmmaking.
- Semester three covers current affairs, media laws, audio-video tech, development communication and more besides more complicated aspects of the filmmaking process.
- Semester four gets students familiar with communication, media and society, online journalism, more current affairs, and advanced level filmmaking techniques.
- By semester five, students are taught media marketing, introduced to research process, photojournalism, ethics in media, and all the filmmaking applications linked to these learnings.
- Semester six is the last semester and gives students the most intensive training in digital filmmaking along with creation of their research project, their dissertations and an internship.
A truly comprehensive platform for those who would like to understand every last facet of the filmmaking process.
Short Film Making
Next up, we have a short filmmaking course. As the name suggest the duration is only four months long, and this is the most basic offering we provide. Here is a list of topics broadly covered in this course.
- Introduction to Film
- History of Cinema
- Production Process
- Fundamentals of Camera
- Fundamentals of Sound
- Fundamentals of Editing
- Introduction to Light
- Fundamentals of Script Writing
- Fundamentals of Direction
- Short film Project
Certificate Program in Cinematography
There is a certificate program in cinematography for those who want to excel at the art of capturing all the drama, action, and art created in front of the lens. Did you love what Alia Bhatt did in Dear Zindagi, and say, “Gosh! I wish I could do that!”? You could very well be the next stellar cinematographer in the industry! Our seven-month long course delves largely into the world of cinematography. It covers the following subject matter.
- Theory of Digital Cinematography
- Lensing & Operation
- Camera Movements
- Lighting Techniques
- Visual Design
- Understanding Colour Theories
- Visual Aesthetics
- Shooting for Chroma
- Various Genres
- Digital Intermediate & Colour Grading
- Multicam & Steady Cam Workshop
- Different Cameras, Lenses & Grip Equipment
- Final Project
Diploma in Film Making
We also offer a diploma in film making that only spans a year. Each semester deals with one aspect of the filmmaking process. The first of the three is introduction to film, where students are familiarized with the basic fundamentals of the key aspects of filmmaking. After this, students can elect to specialize in either direction, editing or cinematography. Based on their chosen discipline their next semester is dedicated entirely to that particular aspect of filmmaking. A more focused course meant for students who know exactly what they want to do and wish to stick with only that.
Certificate in Digital Film Editing
Our digital film editing course is dedicated to those individuals who wish to spend their lives turning reams of raw footage into the masterpiece that a film is in its final form. The wielders of the power to turn bits and pieces of video into a complete film. It too lasts for seven months, you can find the syllabus described below.
- Principals of Editing
- Editing Techniques
- Aesthetics of Editing
- Post-Production Process
- Sound Editing
- Editing Various Genres
- Online Editing
- Basics of VFX
- Image Editing
- Colour Correction
- Titling & Output
Certificate in Film Direction
The last of our focused courses is the film direction course. Again, it is planned across a seven-month period and is perfect for students that want to be the captain of the ship. The leaders shape and mold the film from its very beginning all the way till the credits finish rolling. Here is the lowdown of what it involves.
- Various Types of Films
- Developing an Idea
- Script Writing
- Production Process
- Direction Aesthetics
- Visual Styling
- Short Film Direction
- Documentary Film Production
- Lighting Techniques
- Multi-Cam Production
- Production of Your Own Short Films
And the world of cinema and a career in movie making is no longer restricted to being a male-dominant one! A recent article published on www.iamwire.com explains how women are taking huge strides in this industry.
Are you excited to be a part of the glowing film industry? Have you decided what discipline you wish to choose, or do you want mastery over all its aspects? Whatever your decision, there’s no doubt that a quality education like the one provided at Seamedu will help you on your way to resounding success in this vibrant industry.