How to Write an Amazing Screenplay That Can Be Executed on a Low Budget

Gone are the days when high budget scripts ruled the film industry. The television has taken the industry by storm. Today, producers rarely opt for scripts that require millions for execution. The industry pros are searching for ways to make profits. That’s where a screen writer’s crucial role comes in!
Be it an autonomous producer or a well-known film studio, everyone desires for extraordinary screen writing that can be executed on a shoestring budget. So if you’re looking at making it big in the industry, you must have at least one low budget script in your armory.
Producing a film in itself is quite a task and when one is dealing with a minuscule budget, it gets even more challenging. While drafting the script, if you keep the following pointers in mind, your meetings with the producers will be off to a good start!

1. Contain the Locations

While screenwriting, always make an endeavor to draft a story line calling for lesser locations. Keep it to a maximum of three to five locations. Scrutinize the storyline for external locations as well. Keep them minimal.
Ensure the locations are re-accessible, have provision of apposite power supply, and are devoid of external distractions.
Another aspect of locations that eats on the budget big time is night sequences. Avoid the paraphernalia required and save on your funds.

2. Script Locations You Can Control

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If you’re looking at low budget execution, you obviously don’t intend to make the producer spend big money on shutting down streets or using the airport! The best idea is to stay indoors as much as possible especially in scenes with dialogues.
Keep street scenes with minimal dialogue. Good sound is a highly crucial facet of filmmaking. You definitely don’t desire to jeopardize such a cardinal aspect. So have dialogue sequences in locations with little noise traffic. Well! The best would be within four walls!

3. Limit the Characters

Since the aim is to execute a low budget film, the characters need to be limited as well. The best solution is to avoid crowd sequences. Scenes shot at restaurants, marketplaces or cricket stadiums require several background artists, which certainly escalate the budget.

4. Avoid Action Sequences

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Action sequences require colossal expenditure. Even an ordinary car chase requires blocking of streets. Elaborate martial arts sequences, stunts and car crashes call for even higher budget and are time-consuming as well.
Make the dialogues heavy and engaging instead!

5. Keep Dialogue Succinct

This one is a highly common error with novice writers. They tend to draft scripts with dialogue chunks. The consequence is a script with repetitive and highly illustrative dialogue. Believe me, it’s a complete turn off for producers!
A good film school canvasses to show not tell. In the world of cinema, actions should speak louder than words. If you remember this golden rule while script writing, you will certainly reach the pinnacle soon. So keep the language concise, minimal yet powerful.

6. Craft a Compelling Story

The screenwriter’s job is to put the producer at ease when it comes to budgeting. So if you cannot cater for a sought after producer, A- level actors, fanatical animation, extraordinary locations, and several martial arts sequences — the only aspect your script writing should highlight is an out-of-the-box, original, and life altering STORY!
Draft a compelling story by investing maximum time towards perfecting your characters. Remember, a brilliant screenplay is a priceless commodity in the film industry.

7. Restrict Cameo Roles

Restrict your screen writing with regard to cameos. Stay clear of ensemble pieces. The fewer the number of characters to account for, the better is the execution! It’s time; script writers abandoned the line of thought that an entertaining film requires plenty of characters. Films centered on specific themes sell beautifully.
A persuasive story has the potential to attract high quality actors. With a few gem actors you can create the magic!

8. Adhere to the Genre

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Low budget genre films include horror, suspense, and comedy. Drama can be tenuous when it comes to execution on low budget! So create what sells best in limited budget.

9. Keep it Short

If you’re looking at tight finance, keep the length of the script between 80 and 100 pages. The shorter the better as lesser money is spent in the execution! It’s simple logic, no great Math involved here!

If you keep these parameters in mind while script writing, you shall certainly be able to maximize the minuscule budget. Why spend loads of finance on transportation, multiple locations and food to satisfy a large crew; when the same can be invested in A-listed actors to offer flawless performances!

MMBA, A Specialized MBA for the Media Industry

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A career in Media and Entertainment is indeed very promising. Want to know why?

  • Over the next five years, the industry is poised to grow at an average annual growth rate of 11-12%​
  • By 2022, total employment across the industry is expected to be 6-6.5 million from the estimated 3.5-4 million in 2017.

With ​myriad emerging options​ and career tracks​ to choose from; like ​Over The Top (OTT), ​Print Media,​ Out of Home (OOH), Animation, VFX, Film Business, Music Industry, TV Broadcasting,​ Publishing, Online Media and other electronic media – the Media ​+​ ​Entertainment domain is a multitude of opportunities for professionals ​and potential aspirants.

What some of the industry professionals have to say about how a specialized MBA in Media and Entertainment, makes all the difference!

Shobu Yarlagadda, Producer of Bahubali:
The industry is evolving rapidly, the way we produce films and the way we manage and market films is changing very fast. And there is a need for people with good management skills, good strategy and good communication skills. Students with an MMBA background will be an ideal choice for a production office like ours.

Akkineni Nagarjuna, Film star:
Entertainment business management in India has been unorganized for the most part. As the business is growing more and more diverse; studios, production companies and media companies are experiencing a serious skill gap. This results in the increase in demand for trained professionals. To meet this demand, a MMBA program, a unique inter-disciplinary program, spanning across both business and media is the solution. MMBA graduates master the conventional business subjects as well as media and entertainment subjects, a winning combo, which makes them, survive and succeed in the fast growing media industry.

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Jeffery Hardy, Founder of Film Profit, Hollywood:
I think business side of the business is obviously what I focus my life on. The business side of business is what makes everything run well. You can’t just think about only the creative side. You have to do good production, you have to have them well managed, you have to do good distribution, you have to look for every opportunity in the market place, you have to manage it well, manage relationships with distributors, exhibitors, with everyone.

More people need to focus on it because we need people who can run good productions, who can run good distribution companies and really understand this business, not just from a creative point-of-view or personal desire point-of-view, but from a business point-of-view; only they will make the business work well.

Kandaswamy Bharathan, Producer of Roja:
The Indian film, media and entertainment industry has witnessed remarkable transformation in the last 5 years. This industry has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 12% per annum as compared to India’s national GDP growth of about 7.5 % per annum. What this means is that there is a huge demand for trained creative technical and management professionals in this fast growing industry.

Smitha Sasidaran, Programming Head, Fever 94.3 FM:
The entertainment industry is really vast, be it radio, music, film, fine arts; so I think there is a great opportunity for everyone in this field. To sell creativity, now you have convergents of different media. Selling creativity is the biggest challenge and if it is academically taught, then the industry is more than happy to welcome them.

Understanding who are your stakeholders and consumers is very important; if you don’t understand that, then you are missing out on many opportunities. So, a specialized academic program is definitely helpful.

Kishore Kedari, Business Development, International Distribution, Arka Media Works:
MBA schools prepare the students in understanding the business, process as well as the organization structure of the industry. We need a specialization to an extent where we are offering courses exclusive to each and every aspect of film production. MMBA is not only going to give a broader prospective of the production, but also the business aspects related to the media and entertainment.

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Top Reasons to Apply:

  • Pursue a unique course that will fast-track you into the film, TV and other emerging+allied creative industries.
  • Practice and undertake production inside a Live studio environment in the heart of Hyderabad.
  • Produce a ‘Graduate Film’ and gain complete work experience (internship project) at a major media firm.
  • Study the course that is designed and delivered by top industry experts from Indian and global industries.
  • Participate in a series of Film Markets, Film Festivals, Industry Conferences, Master Classes and Guest Lectures.
  • ​Partner with business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs providing an endless pool of potential associates/producers and employers.
  • Profit from the MoU between AISFM & JNTU-Hyderabad, a first of its kind University and Industry Collaborative Program, leading to our certified professional post-graduate degree, MMBA.

Want to know more about our unique MMBA course in detail, watch our MMBA FB Panel Discussion: https://goo.gl/pUQrhc

Want a quick overview of what MMBA is, watch this MMBA Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfmbBWQyLbY

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Brief Profile of the author: MNVVK Chaitanya
In his current role, MNVVK Chaitanya provisions academic advisory by means of curriculum design, development and delivery for the MMBA course. In addition to undertaking teaching, industry interface and project supervision; all aimed at creating an India based research plus teaching agenda in media & entertainment business and management areas.
In the immediate past, at KSK Energy Group, he conceptualized and implemented twenty different OD, talent management, leadership, employee engagement and policy designinterventions. ​

Source Credits: According to the report published by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) titled ‘Media & Entertainment: The Nucleus of India’s Creative Economy—Unleashing the Talent Tsunami to Drive Growth.’

Hollywood VFX Expert Phaneendra Gullapalli at AISFM

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AISFM had a Master Class with Mr. Phaneendra Gullapalli, a Hollywood VFX expert, and a member of the team that won an Oscar for the Hollywood film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for visual effects. Phaneendra  has also worked on visual effects for movies like 2012, Mummy-III, Transformers-II, Tron: Legacy, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and many more. Students enjoyed the interactive and engaging session with the expert greatly.

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Speaking about his journey from Vijayawada to Hollywood, he recounted how he fell in love with animation & visual effects early on in his life. He kept pursuing his passion inspite of being rejected four times for internships at famous Hollywood studios. The secret to his sustenance and success? He says “One third of your life is spent at your workplace and I didn’t want to pursue something that I was not happy with. I wanted to pursue my passion, so I took up animation. Some people give up after a setback. I didn’t because there is a thin line between winning and losing.”

What level of artistic instincts and capabilities, and how much technical skills should a person have, asked a student to which he said that “it is good to have both backgrounds if possible; artists and technologists together is a good combination.”

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Speaking about the process of visual effects in a typical film, he gave a walkthrough of his role of expertise in the process of filmmaking. He demonstrated how with Halon virtual camera, wherein you shoot your film before you shoot your film live. This method was used on projects like Bahubali, where by this previsualizataion, lot of production cost can be saved as the director can pre-emptively make changes to his visualization, rather than trying out his ideas on expensive sets.

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‘When do you come into the picture?’ was another question posed. “VFX and post production are collaborators right from Stage 1 and on a daily basis,” he said and cited an example of Bahubali, “We would shoot 10 to 12 shots for the scene and Director Rajamouli would pick one for the final scene.”

Talking about the role of a VFX supervisor, he said that he ensures that each scene is shot as per the requirement. “In Mummy III, the green screen was blue instead of green, so it is the supervisor’s job to ensure such things don’t happen.”

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Phaneendra also shared tips and tricks used in the industry and said that to tackle the challenges of lighting conditions, a chrome ball can be used and software like Nuke, Maya or Houdini. Talking about the work culture in Hollywood, he said “the culture is a lot different in Hollywood and there is no hierarchy per se but it is more about the role/job description of each individual on the team.”

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What happens towards the end of a shoot, how does an editor receive the scenes? To this, he said that actors have reference points and so do the VFX artists. “For example in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, we wanted to show an old man’s body and Brad Pitt’s face, so we shot two different portions of the same scene and Brad’s face was superimposed on it.” He went on to add that directing actors is also a fundamental requirement for VFX artists and said “In Mummy III, there is a scene where the demon is holding a sword, to make it more powerful, we made the hand holding the sword shake, which was the improvisation of the VFX artist.”

Sharing his thoughts on the current entertainment industry in India, which is growing at a rapid pace, he said, “These are certainly exciting times as the industry is evolving with new platforms for storytellers like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Example: Mr Rajamouli embraced virtual reality on his last feature film Bahubali2 and you can check it out here http://baahubali.com/vr/

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Content vs Technology, your take on the right balance required to succeed?  To this, he said, “Working on various tent-pole Hollywood feature films I have learnt that story is paramount. Every Hollywood director that I worked with used technology as a tool to create visual experiences that stand out which I believe is striking the right balance.”

What is your favorite movie in terms of animation/VFX and in the ones that he has worked? For this, he shared, “I’ve spend almost two years of my life working on Tron Legacy which is no doubt my favorite feature film till date that I worked on.”

Sharing his thoughts about AISFM and its facilities, Phaneendra said, “I’m impressed with AISFM’s facilities during my tour and believe AISFM is second to none. AISFM is in good hands with Mr. Bala Raj steering the ship with his phenomenal Hollywood industry & academic experience. I hope students will leverage the AISFM’s facilities, resources and personnel.”

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His advice to aspiring professionals in this field, “Focusing on foundations and fundamentals will enable students to adapt to the ever evolving industry and help them be at the forefront at any given time. For example: Virtual Production never existed prior to feature films like Avatar and today it’s pretty much the standard and integral part of film-making process.”

Closing the master class, Phaneendra gave some words of advice, “Job opportunities in other areas like virtual reality and augmented reality are now there to connect to the consumers. If you are up to speed with these latest technologies, then you have more chances. There are lot of applications in diverse areas – like Apple X has IR tech etc. The gaming industry is also garnering a lot of interest, and training in these areas is a good idea.” He further added, “Networking and working hard is very important and of course there is no stopping to your learning curve.”

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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:

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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!

AISFM launches Corporate Role Play workshops

AISFM_Fiirefly_38AISFM faculty Nitin Mane, MFA (USA) & Bala Rajasekharuni, MFA (USA), who is also the Dean conducted a workshop of Corporate Role Play at Firefly Creative Studios, Hyderabad.AISFM_Fiirefly_32Bala and Nitin blended various actor training methods to bring out the hidden talent of the team members, accommodating a variety of personalities and their own unique modes of expression. AISFM_Fiirefly_26Every creative exercise concluded with a briefing on how those techniques can be applicable effective tools for self development and team building in any setting, be it home or the work place. AISFM_Fiirefly_16Using humor as a medium to engage the group, the instructors walked the participants through a process of profound learning, yet, making it fun to spend their Saturday morning for. AISFM_Fiirefly_13The workshop is one of the recent initiatives of AISFM outreach programs, which has started with a summer intensive teaching methodology workshop in collaboration with Critical Education Academy, Los Angeles.AISFM_Fiirefly_8AISFM believes in creating an ongoing synergy between its in-house academic expertise and various societal settings in the outside world.AISFM_Fiirefly_18

Children explore AISFM & Annapurna Studios!

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AISFM has opened doors for outreach programs in a big way. Starting with the recent International Teacher Training Workshop for the local schools, Annapurna Studios & AISFM are playing an active role in the local culture & education system, bridging the gap between the society & film industry. AISFM & Annapurna Studios was vibrant with little voices and smiles of excitement as 40 children from across India visited their premises on a day-long trip.

AISFM took this initiative being an Academic Partner in the International Children’s Film Festival of India (ICFFI) 2017, organised by Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and the Telangana Government. As a partner of this film festival, popularly known as, ‘The Golden Elephant’, Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM), hosted dinners for delegates, CFSI board meetings, and sent their experts as panel members to support the festival.

The cheerful little students came from various places, including Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Goa etc.

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Then it was time for a quick, short and crisp learning session for the students. Divided into two groups, one group learnt about the finer nuances of animation and the other group learnt the art of acting. The Animation Group had a small six-scene storyboard to follow, wherein the children created live models of each scene in the story with play dough which was then shot on a camera; when replayed was a mini-animation movie in itself! The Acting Group learnt what goes on behind the camera in acting and how to act and express oneself.

While all the children unanimously said that they loved the whole experience, they all wished to have a full fledged longer workshop.

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Mohd. Nadeem, a Grade 9 student from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir, who was attending the film festival and coming to Hyderabad for the first time, loved the ambience and said “the ambience, cleanliness, people and facilities are very nice and I loved the movies shown too.” J Abhilash, Grade 9 student from Government School, Narsampet said, “I want to learn acting and know more. This workshop was very nice and it will help me in concentrating too.” Aivya, Grade 8th student from Ryewood International School, Lonavala found the workshop very interactive and interesting and Kabir from Sharda Mandir, Goa felt that the workshop was an eye-opener into the field of film and media.

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G Venkateshwarlu, teacher from Government School, Narsampet, lauded the AISFM facilities and said, “The workshop was really nice and was a way of expression for the students; more such workshops should happen.” R Saraswati, teacher from ZPHS, Hayathnagar said “the children’s wish is not fulfilled in one day; they want to join it and want to come back for more.” Shweta Pardesai from Ryewood International School, Lonavala said “both the workshops were very good and they will really help the children in eye-hand coordination, concentration and in studies. What I really liked was that all the children in each workshop were given an opportunity to showcase their talent.” Veena Kumari, teacher from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir said, “It has been a great experience for the children to see the studios, campus and workshop and also the movies at the festival; and we would definitely want to come again.”

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Children need to understand the value of visual media and film and that it is a very powerful medium which should be included in all curriculums. This event was very helpful for the students to learn more and gave them great exposure and a concrete idea on how things work in the film industry, be it animation, lights, sounds, music etc., according to the need of the movie. These skills are something that the children can use in their classrooms too.

Annapurna Studios and AISFM are proud to be a part of the CFSI activities and glad to open its arms wide for the imaginative young audiences & future citizens of India.

Rhythm Mojo & Prism – AISFM Students explore TV & News Production

Live hands-on experiences bring filmmakers closer to realities of the industry. AISFM always believes in this and ensures that it brings forth such enriching and learning experiences for its students. Such is the recent initiative, ‘TV & News Production Workshop’ in the professional movie set at Annapurna Studios, that was used in many blockbuster movies like Manam, Rarandoy Veduka Chuddam, Jai Lava Kusa & Manikarnika. The set rocked with Rhythm Mojo, a Rock Show and Thorough the Prism – A Talk Show by AISFM students.

Editing faculty, Satyendra Mohanty and Direction faculty Prem Ragunathan conducted a TV News and Production workshop with full fledged professional technicalities.

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There is a big difference between film and television, which they wanted to highlight so that the students would get the right kind of grooming and exposure to TV. Understanding the purpose, focus, the process, the aesthetics and the business of television shows is crucial to make a mark in the TV industry.

Students of cinematography, editing, sound, advertising and MMBA came together and worked as a team to get these two shows on to the floors. They were further divided into teams and each team had a responsibility to handle; the faculty was happy to see how harmoniously they all worked together, and the result is an end product of industry standards.

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Mohanty – an alumnus of FTII and currently a faculty at AISFM is a teacher with enormous knowledge in film and television production.

“A film can be made into a piece of art with the right editing and before editing, the ingredients are present but a film has no form yet,” Mohanty said and added that the most important qualities that need to be developed in an aspiring editor are patience, willingness to learn the nitty-grities and good observation.

“These days, editing in film and TV are almost becoming the same, because films are also adopting the multi-camera system,” said Mohanty when asked about the differences between the two media. Most TV shows are edited in real time, so you can actually cut out scenes when they are being enacted, he added.

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Prem Ragunathan, faculty of Direction, an experienced professional in TV reality shows threw light on the difference in direction methods in TV and film. He said that in films, the director comes up with an idea and approaches a production house whereas in TV, the channel comes up with an idea and the executive producer then finds a director to direct it. Sometimes the executive producer will have a program producer who himself will direct it.

To ensure that students understood this crucial difference, they were divided into teams as per the structure of a TV channel. It worked out well as each student realized what goes into TV production and were able to understand and experience it in real-time.

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Moving on to direction as a career, Prem emphasized that one should be instinctive and meticulous with excellent observational skills and one must also be able to communicate clearly, not just through words but also through visuals, he added.

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What’s his advice to students? Echoing Mohanty’s thoughts, he too said “Watch a lot of films!” Quick to emphasize, he added “But not as an audience; you must watch films to be exposed to the filmmaking technique. Take a pen and book and watch films alone and write about what you watch; it can help you understand the movie better.”

The interview rounded off with Prem praising the AISFM curriculum and campus, “students at AISFM have a thirst for knowledge and the campus provides the faculty, syllabus and space to gain this knowledge. As the campus has numerous trees, one can sit under a tree and get creative he said, “Any tree could be your Bodhi tree!”

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The workshop was indeed a great experience for the students and AISFM aims at providing many more such experiences to its students during the course of study.

PAGE conducts its annual career fair at AISFM

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PAGE visited our campus to conduct its annual career fair, where some of the prestigious names in the educational sector were a part of it. Noted educationist and the principal of Delhi Public School, Hyderabad, Mrs. Geeta Vishwanath, graced the event.

An alumnus of Rosary Convent, she completed her higher studies (B.Ed. and M.Ed.) in Hyderabad. She started her journey at DPS by teaching English and Social Studies. Her determination, hard work, and expertise helped her take giant leaps in her career. She went on to become the Headmistress, then the Vice-Principal, and now the Principal. In the years 2003-2004, she also played an important role in building the Secunderabad branch of the school.

Her serene smile and quiet authority have always helped her win hearts of not just parents but also her students. It was an honor to have her as our Chief Guest.

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The participating schools in this year’s career fair were:
1. Amity Global Business School, Hyd
2. University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) Dehradun
3. SIT, PUNE
4. Manipal University
5. FLAME University, Pune
6. MITID Pune
7. DSK International, Pune
8. Unitedworld Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
9. DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore
10. Ashoka University
11. Azim Premji University
12. Shiv Nadar University, UP
13. Sharda University, Noida
14. Oberoi Center of Learning & Development, New Delhi
15. Shri Shakti Institute of Hotel Management
16. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
17. OP Jindal Global University
18. Annapurna International School of Film & Media, Hyd
19. SP Jain School of Global Management, Mumbai
20. GITAM University
21. Backstage Pass Institute of Gaming and Technology, Madhapur, Hyderabad
22. VM Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education, Goa
23. BML Munjal University, Gurgaon
24. ICFAI School of Law, Hyd / ICFAI Business School (IBS) Hyd
25. Hamstech, Hyd
26. Bennet University, Greater Noida, UP
27. Flytech Aviation Academy, Hyderabad
28. Woxsen School of Art & Design, Hyderabad
29. NIIT University, Alwar, Rajasthan
It has always been a pleasure for AISFM to host PAGE and be a part of this event.

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Award Winning Sound Designer at AISFM

‘Sound design’ is a specialized aesthetic technique that only international filmmakers appreciate & understand. Very few Indian filmmakers apply this to their films – and they readily stand out from the crowd. With the recent Oscar Award for Sound for Resul Pookutty, majority of Indian filmmakers woke up to the idea of ‘sound design.’ But, AISFM Sound Design Department visionaries have always aspired to bring in awareness of the importance of sound design to their students.

As a part of this mission, AISFM brought in four-time National Award winner Anup Mukhopadhyay for an intense workshop for its students. The weeklong workshop started on October 11th in AISFM’s state-of-the art preview theater, recently named, ‘SHIVA.’

Mr. Mukhopadhyay has more than 600 movies to his credit, some of which are simply of international standards. He generously shared his experiences, technique & artistic philosophy with AISFM students in an intense hands on workshop.

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Taking us through the journey of his career, he spoke about the future of the field and how students can make a strong career in sound design. Here are snippets of the very interesting workshop and subsequent interview:

An insight into sound design:

It all started in the year 1927, Mr. Anup said, and right from then the philosophy of sound design has been to connect with people’s emotions. Sound is something that must be felt. “70% of a movie constitutes the sound,” he emphasized. It is through sound design that cacophony is converted into symphony and that makes all the difference in a movie.

Initially, different sound tracks were clubbed together for the final outcome but sound design makes the entire process seamless, he said, underscoring its importance once again. When asked about his favorite movie in terms of sound design, he answered, Once Upon A Time In the West, adding that it had “fantastically designed sound.”

How did it all begin for Mr. Anup?

It was the year 1971, he reflected. There was a lot of turbulence in Bengal and times were pretty tough. He accidentally stumbled upon the FTII brochure for admissions and decided to give it a shot.

Mr. Anup was one among the 10 students selected to study at the then elite college, FTII. He beat thousands of applicants to secure a seat and that’s where his journey started. There was no looking back for him after that.

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His thoughts on AISFM &advice for the students

“What a person would generally take 15 years to learn in the industry, a film school like AISFM teaches in two”, he said, highlighting that our students had a great opportunity to learn and make a successful career in sound design. Furthermore, he was impressed by how attentive all our students were and how everyone was warm and welcoming.

If you are focused, patient, and have a sound mind with a zest to closely listen to a number of movies, you have what it takes to be the next star in sound design. Along with that word of encouragement, he smiled and said “don’t bunk classes!”

Our students were enthralled through the workshop, and why not? It was a very educational and extremely valuable session that could change their future.

DadTalk by The Literary Club of AISFM

The Red Fist event by The Literary Club on 13th October at Mayabazar Cafeteria included DadTalk, a platform where people from different walks of life come together to share their experiences on culturally relevant topics, helping break down the mechanisms of these phenomena.

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Guests who graced the event included Sreelata Shankar, HR Consultant, RJ Manasa and Sourabh Nolkha, ISB. AISFM Alumni Harshad Fad, who is also the founder of Human Library in Hyderabad, Vinod Reddy – BFA 7 and Mithun Soma – BF5 also shared their views.

Faculty Ranjit Sinha, Photography; Padma Ramesh, Liberal Arts; Amit Prasad, Scriptwriting; and Tawheed Rehman, Digital Marketing had a detailed panel discussion.

Topics discussed during the event were:
• Teachers Discussion Panel about Western Culture in Indian Films
• How to be a Professional Photographer: Step 1-Buy A DSLR
• Film Criticism: How Monkeys Choose Dollars Over Bananas
• The Digital Explosion
• Career Choices from Childhood to First Job
• The Corporate Life
• Superhero Films: A Devolutionary Formula for Cinema
• Hyderabad Marathon – A Runner Shared His Journey
• Human Library

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Obi-Wan Kenobi, a father figure to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars had told him: Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. The truth is often what we make of it; you heard what you wanted to hear, believe what you wanted to believe.