Methodology of training budding film makersmgmu
“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein
There are two major streams in the academics of cinema, film studies and film making. Film studies focus on the philosophical, theoretical, research-oriented part of studying cinema, where film making focuses on the technical aspects of film making. We at MGM Film Arts firmly believe that film is an art and every student of MGM Film Arts needs to be groomed as an artist first. Alfred Hitchcock once said that if he will start a film school he will, first , make each and every student understand and learn art. To follow this ideology every course will start with allied arts workshops where every student will get trained about elements & principles, fundamentals of every art like painting, sculpture, music, dance, etc.
The progressive line starting from providing KNOWLEDGE to making the state-of-the-art facilities available for PRACTICE of knowledge to develop the urge to do RESEARCH to providing environment & feedback required for SKILL DEVELOPMENT and finally providing the PLATFORM to showcase their art , this constitutes the backbone of our methodology. This process under the guidance of industry legends will prepare our students for success in today’s exciting and innovative film making landscape. The set skills and confidence developed at MGM CJMC’s Dept. Of Film Arts will fuel our students to rise to the top of today’s demanding infotainment and entertainment industry. Knowledge Workshops are usually conducted in the classrooms or preview theatres according to the context, where experts will explain the theoretical part. It will be conducted regularly as per the syllabus everyday for 1hr 30 min to 3 hrs.
Practice sessions: Practice sessions are the sessions based on practical. Our experts have defined a certain set of skills that need to be developed in students. E.g. a cinematographer must excel in focus pulling, hence he is supposed to have intensive practice under the guidance of a mentor to excel in that skill. We at MGM Film Arts don’t believe in competition or examinations, here students will get opportunities to redo until they complete the work satisfactorily.
Implicit learning: along with the practice students are supposed to do a lot of implicit learning by watching masterpieces by legendary filmmakers. It will be supported by discussions and interactions with such makers.
Developing Judgement, Sensitivity, and Creativity: As explained earlier film making is not just about taking in philosophy or learning about any equipment. A student who knows any editing software cannot be certified as a editor. He must achieve excellence in the art of film editing. Specially defined programs will boost the sensitivity and creativity in the students.
Rumination: one cannot achieve excellence in a day. As Aristotle has said, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
We have created a perfect environment for the rumination of films and the art of film at MGM Film Arts Department.
Aurangabad International Film Festival
MGM Film Arts
Mahatma Gandhi Mission College Of Journalism & Mass Com.
Mahatma Gandhi Mission Campus, N-6, Cidco,
Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431003, India