Digital Film Making Residential Program
Diploma in Digital Film Making is a multidisciplinary comprehensive course with custom-designed curriculum that takes a student through the essential basic fundamentals and concepts to the latest technological products and workflows involved in Digital Film Making. It is a unique educational program with a holistic approach offered in the largest Film and Television facility. The experienced faculty are drawn from different specializations with vast professional expertise and teaching experience. It makes for an ideal course for all those students and interested people who aspire to learn the art and craft and pursue creative professions in Digital Film Making.
The broad objective of this one year course is to give the students a deeper knowledge of digital visual media, lighting, on-spot-audio (location audio), and digital post production. Assignments, lectures, practical projects will form a major part of the course. Students will develop practical skills in all areas of digital filmmaking while demonstrating their understanding of individual subject theory.
The course involves:
- Exploration of digital media and techniques to work on a series of practical assignments
- Training towards creative and technical competence while using a variety of digital media
- Evaluation of the work of self and peers
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Use technical skills with a variety of digital media and apply them creatively
- Recognise and analyse digital filmmaking
- Develop new and experimental approaches to digital media production
- Understand digital technologies in a larger context
Syllabus for one year Digital Film Making Course
- History of Cinema
- Early Cinema
- Development of Classical Indian & Hollywood Cinema
History of Global Film including European Film (1930-present)
Origin of Classical Narrative Cinema-Soundless film
- Exploration of film and analysis of the three-part beginning, middle and end of story (This includes study of plot points, dramatic premise and resolution).
Students will study various films (World Cinemas) and try to understand and analyze the essence of filmmaking. Films from Director’s like Satyajit Ray, Vittorio De Sica, Akira Kurosawa and other masters will be shown and discussed.
- Scriptwriting Process and it’s various phases
- Film Grammar for Scriptwriting
- Story: Pitching a Story (includes Shot, scene, sequence)
- Outline: Attempt at putting a story into a dramatic structure from catalyst to climax, Identifying the beginning, middle & end of the story, the theme and concept.
- Treatment: Structure & Composition, the more detailed version of Story told in scenes with plots, characters and dialogues
- Writing the final script.
Digital Video Cinematography
This class focuses on advanced digital video cinematography techniques for both studio and field. Students will operate HD video cameras, use lights, determine set and lighting needs, roll and need of a jib, block scenes and become familiar with topics including filmspace, continuity, lenses, color, filters and camera control.
Introduction to Digital Video Cinematography
- Cinematography, Interactivity and emotions through Cinematography, Building blocks, Compositions
- Lenses and Cameras
- Types of lenses: Zoom Lens, Prime Lens
- Types of Cameras: HD Cameras, Basics of Film Camera, difference between Film Camera and Digital Camera, DSLR and HDSLR Cameras.
- Lighting, Psychology of light, Visual Environment, Directional Effect of Light, Lighting design process.
- Three-point lighting, High-Key lighting, Low Key lighting
Construction of a Shot, Color, Contrast, Deep Focus, Shallow Focus, Depth of Filed, Exposure, Racking focus, Frame Rate, Telephoto shot, Zoom shot.
- Framing, Angle of Framing, Aspect Ratio, Level of Framing, Canted Framing, Following Shot, Reframing, Point-Of-View shot, Wide angle Lens Scale, Extreme long shot, Long shot, Medium long shot, Medium Close-up, Close-up, Extreme Close-up Space, Deep space, Frontality, Matte shot, Offscreen space, Shallow space Movement of Camera, Crane Shot, Handheld Camera, Steady Shot, Pan, Tilt, Tracking shot, Whip Pan.
- Working with Audio, Capturing Audio while shooting, Recording Audio with HDSLR Video Camera, Importance of Audio while shooting.
- Costume, Acting and Typage Direction, Screenplay, Role of Directors, Vision of Directors, Screenplay and it’s presentation, Scene Analysis, Working with Actors.
Digital Video Editing
This class focuses on advanced digital video editing techniques where student will learn the basic as well as advanced level of Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X. The Following chapters will be covered in detail:
- Introduction to Video Editing & System requirements
- Effective Editing
- Principles of Video Editing
- Non-Linear Editing (NLE) Concept
- The Three-Point Edit
- Non‐Linear Editing (NLE) Techniques
- Working in the Timeline
- Applying Filters
- Advanced Editing Techniques
- NLE Compositing
- Color Correction & Color Grading
- Working on Audio Titling