“Film school is not for ev­ery­one”

India Today - - SIMPLY HYDERABAD -

In 1964 my fa­ther, Akki­neni Nageswara Rao, went to the US as part of a cul­tural ex­change pro­gramme and came away im­pressed with the for­mal ap­proach to film ed­u­ca­tion in many lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties even back then. He nur­tured a dream to es­tab­lish an in­sti­tute that will im­part world class ed­u­ca­tion in cin­ema in In­dia. It ma­ter­ilised in 2011, when An­na­purna In­ter­na­tional School of Film and Me­dia ( AISFM) opened. The vi­sion for AISFM was two- fold: the in­sti­tute should op­er­ate on a non- profit ba­sis, and it should of­fer full- time, gov­ern­men­tac­cred­ited Bach­e­lor’s and Mas­ter’s de­grees. De­spite there be­ing sev­eral film schools, the in­dus­try is still fac­ing a sig­nif­i­cant tal­ent crunch. The National Skill De­vel­op­men Cor­po­ra­tion ( NSDC) es­ti­mated that the In­dian me­dia in­dus­try will need an­other 20 lakh trained pro­fes­sion­als in the next decade in or­der to grow at pro­jected rates. We be­lieve that longer, univer­sity- stan­dard cour­ses will help meet the needs of the in­dus­try in the fu­ture. So, a com­mon ques­tion that is asked is “Do I need to go to film school or can I jump into the in­dus­try and learn as I go?” The an­swer is both yes and no. A great film school is cer­tainly not for ev­ery­one. You have to be pas­sion­ate about study­ing films and the process of film­mak­ing. Th­ese pro­grammes are years of hard work. Be­com­ing a great film­maker isn’t just know­ing how to light a scene or how to write nice dia­logue. You need to un­der­stand phi­los­o­phy and psy­chol­ogy, cul­ture and so­ci­ol­ogy and his­tory. You need to un­der­stand both the emo­tional and the vis­ual im­pact of one lens or fil­ter or light over an­other. At a film school, you have years to cre­ate, ex­per­i­ment with and de­velop your own style and ex­pres­sion. Should you de­cide to en­roll in a film school, you have to find the one that matches your in­ter­ests and as­pi­ra­tions.

As for me, I stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing be­fore be­gin­ning my film ca­reer. Di­rec­tors like Priyadar­shan and Ram Gopal Varma who de­manded the most from me also helped me learn the most as well. The tough­est thing to mas­ter as an un­trained ac­tor was dia­logue. You had to de­liver your lines at the high vol­ume au­di­ences were used to while en­sur­ing that the words were clearly un­der­stood and had the right emo­tion and all this over mul­ti­ple takes. I learnt it on set by ob­serv­ing the great char­ac­ter ac­tors on and off cam­era. Now, in many ways the In­dian film in­dus­try is bridg­ing closer to the Hol­ly­wood sys­tem. With new film schools gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in In­dia, it is pos­si­ble that we might reach this stage even­tu­ally.

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