How a degree in filmmaking can change your life

The media and entertainment industry in India has grown exponentially in the past decade. According to a Deloitte report, our country alone produces the most number of movies in the world, between 1,500 and 2,000 every year in over 20 languages. This is far more than the 700 or so films made in the USA and Canada annually.

This statistic is predicted to rise even higher with an increasing number of people taking interest in joining the industry and advertising revenues rising like never before. Thus, a degree in filmmaking seems like a great idea. Here are reasons why you should definitely consider it.

1. You can watch your ideas play out in front of the world!

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No other field offers you such a chance to manifest your ideas so that they become larger than ever. Creating something that everyone can globally appreciate brings you satisfaction like no other! With the right equipment, camera angles, and other factors, your vision can be projected onto the big screen exactly as you thought of it! With specializations like directing, editing, script writing, and cinematography, you can pick your field of interest and excel in it.

2. Your career opportunities will be dynamic and challenging:

According to the above mentioned Deloitte report, the Indian film industry is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 11%, reaching US $3.7 bn by 2020. Such fast growth provides potentially unlimited opportunities for those wishing to make their name in this industry.

Most of us who grew up watching television and movies have, at some point or another, harbored the desire to work in the industry as a director, writer, or cinematographer- to show our ideas to people across the world. Many of us have also dreamt of working alongside the biggest names of the entertainment industry.

Very few workplaces can be said to be truly challenging to the mind and interesting at the same time. The world of films is one of them.

3. You can explore until you find what you like to do:

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Explore all the nuances of the world of filmmaking before you choose one!
An increasingly popular trend these days is to explore and find your niche in alternative cinema. Many popular filmmakers are doing this presently, including Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, and Anand Gandhi. If you are someone who wishes to explore the world of filmmaking and learn about other kinds of films along with commercial blockbusters, you can explore until you are ready to understand where your ‘zone’ in the film and media world lies.

As a filmmaking student, you will learn everything that will help you execute your innermost ideas using lesser-known and powerful techniques. These techniques are available across fields like directing, script writing, editing, cinematography, and more.

4. People will always be willing to be entertained:

Times may change and trends may come & go but people will always want to be entertained. Cinema will always shine as a beacon of hope and light for those who wish to feel connected to stories, and discover themselves from the eyes of different characters.

Right from ancient times, people have had a soft spot to watch performing arts, and filmmaking is the latest medium to do so. Therefore, your degree in filmmaking will be your ticket to a career that will always be in demand.

5. You will make plenty of professional contacts to help you later:


The contacts you make during your filmmaking degree will be there throughout your career!
Everything you learn while creating films is completely hands-on, i.e., what you learn always stays with you, no matter where you go. For such industries, it is essential to experience more and more, while also creating and maintaining professional contacts.

Whether you are interested in directing, editing, or script writing for movies, a degree in filmmaking will go a long way in helping you maintain proper networks and good relations in this industry, which is very important. The faculty can also give you invaluable advice, as many of them have experience in the industry themselves and can guide you toward the right contacts.

The film and media industry is a great place for you to grow as an individual. There is a lot more mystery in the film and media industry, and there is almost certainly something out there that is the perfect fit for your ideas. Along with learning the core and advanced concepts of filmmaking, you will also become efficient in developing creative ideas and following them through till completion.

Can you think of any more ways that a filmmaking degree can change your life for the better? Let us know in the comments below!

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