Dutts Education & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
The Foundation Course on Movie Making offered by DENEPL reflects its commitment to nurturing talent and providing guidance to transform the talent into a successful career. Most other similar programmes offered by institutes focus on imparting theoretical knowledge to the participants and are aimed at people who wish to be professionals. DENEPL’s programme, however, is for anyone who would want to explore the avenues of film-making in order to decide (a) whether it is the path they choose to follow, and (b) use the acquired knowledge and skill to try out projects on their own, may it be for entertainment or education.
TModern world expects, on the one hand, promptness, and, on the other, detailed knowledge. While the two are apparently quite contradictory, today, we are rather used to getting both simultaneously. What used to be explanatory presentations over hours with data, charts, graphs and analyses—dry and to-the-point—is now expected to be animated, interesting, intriguing even, while giving away the same amount of information in half the time. And, the so-called ‘smart’-generation is expected to know how to achieve that.
The Foundation Course is ideal for future entrepreneurs, working professionals, students and academicians and anyone passionate about becoming a film-maker. Classes are held only on Sundays, so that working professionals and students can participate without disrupting their work/studies.
The principal objective of DENEPL is to help participants to understand the evolution of film-making, from the reel to the digital. The Foundation Course is meant to focus on the following aspects of film-making:
- To understand the role of a director,
- To learn the grammar of cinematography—from connecting moods and feelings through lighting, locations, sound effects and dubbing to effectively edit and create a coherent plot,
- To discover new resources within and around oneself through scripting, screenplay writing, film shooting, film editing and providing sound and music for production of a film made at different environments, and also,
- To be aware of the legalities concerning film-making—legal requirements for a feature film; standard structure of story; characters and acting; budgeting a production; psychological, economic and other dimensions.
The Foundation Course is a weekend programme offering a 360-degree knowledge of the many facets of film-making as well as hands-on, practical training in the craft. We follow an interactive and performance-based approach to knowledge, where the participant does not only listen to lectures, but actually ‘makes’ films.
Our select faculty, equipment inventory and a well-planned, very modern method of teaching are undoubtedly one of the best in the industry. An added attraction is the renowned guest speakers who frequently visit to share their knowledge and expertise with the participants.
At DENEPL, we believe that the most effective way to master the craft of film-making is through active participation. With this end, the participants are encouraged to make films from the very first week of the programme. A balanced merger of theoretical instruction, practical assignments and teamwork, participants get an opportunity to learn, use and experience all the roles involved in making a film. So, a participant, while directs his/her own film, simultaneously works as an actor/editor/cinematographer/sound mixer, etc. in a classmate’s project. Such an exposure provides the participants with holistic and enduring knowledge and working experience, which helps them eventually to choose the specific area that they wish to specialize in.
The duration of the course is 3 months (12 Sundays). The morning session begins at 9.30 a.m. and goes on till lunch. [Mention the lunch-break/time more precisely] The post-lunch session is practical/experiential learning that goes on till 5.30 p.m.
Each participant will work with HD digital video cameras and will learn in details how to compose, direct, provide light and sound to their films. The films may be upto 3-minute long and should have a story/message to tell. The films created and shot by the participants will be screened in front of the entire class and will be open to discussion among them and the faculty member. This way, the participants will not only create, but also critique and learn from each other.
By the end of the Course, each participant would have made at least 4 films, (a) a ‘one minute one shot’ film; (b) a ‘continuity film with 90 shots of 3 minutes each’; (c) a ‘10-minute movie with sound and dialogues’, and, finally, (d) a short film of 20 minutes. Upon completing the projects satisfactorily, the participant will earn the certificate.