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mass media courses

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 mean 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 within the age of YouTube and Vimeo, cell phones 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

There is big money in Indian cinema, and the numbers are proof. According to this report in Forbes the Indian film industry revenues grew by 9% in 2015 reaching a total of $2.08 billion, and according to the same report, that isn’t anywhere near the industry’s potential. The domestic box office grew by a healthy 8.5% to clock revenues of $1.05 billion as well.

The article mentioned above cites a study conducted by KPMG and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) called ‘The Future: now streaming.’ The study 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 cognizance 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 the pattern

Currently, the Hindi film industry parallels a monarchy, where actors’ children become the 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 film making courses in India, through two campuses. These mass media courses are:

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 film making among other things. Semester two is all about introducing the requisite film making equipment, visual communication, creating film for advertising and more detailed lessons in digital film making. Semester three covers Current affairs, media laws, audio-video tech, development, communication and more besides more complicated aspects of the film making process. Semester four gets students familiar with communication, media and society, online journalism, more current affairs, and advanced level film making techniques. By semester five, students are taught media marketing, introduced to the research process, photojournalism, ethics in the media, and all the film making applications linked to these learnings. Semester six is the last semester and gives students the most intensive training in digital film making along with the 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.

Next we have a short film making course. As the name suggests 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

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. This seven-month long course delves largely into the world of cinematography. It covers the following subject matter.

  • Theory of Digital Cinematography
  • Videography
  • Lensing & operation
  • Camera Movements
  • Lighting techniques
  • Visual design
  • Understanding color theories
  • Visual Aesthetics
  • Shooting for the Chroma
  • Various Genres
  • Digital Intermediate & color grading
  • Multicam & Steady cam workshop
  • Different Cameras, lenses and Grip equipment’s
  • Final Project

We also offer a diploma in film making that only span a year. Each semester deals with one aspect of the filmmaking process. The first of the three is an introduction to film, where students are familiarized with the basic fundamentals of the key aspects of film making. After this, students can elect to specialize in direction, editing or cinematography. Based on their chosen discipline their next semester is dedicated entirely to that particular aspect of film making. A more focused course meant for students who know exactly what they want to do and wish to stick with only that.

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
  • Montages
  • Online Editing
  • Basics of VFX
  • Image Editing
  • Color correction
  • Titling & output

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 on what it involves.

  • Various types of films
  • Developing an idea
  • Script-writing
  • Production Process
  • Direction aesthetics
  • Visual styling
  • Post Production
  • Short film Direction
  • Documentary film production
  • Lighting techniques
  • Multi-cam Production
  • Production of your own Short films

Are you excited to be a part of Indians pulsing, 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.