Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television

Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Flash Frame Visuals Academy, Bangalore, India

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Why Film School ?


Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Bangalore, India
www.ffvacademy.com
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Why Film School ?

There has been no school ever to teach art to anyone and filmmaking is very much a devotional art. But what a filming school does it that it teaches you the tools that can improvise your art and can make you a better skilled professional in this competitive field of filmmaking.

Also, the way cinema is slowly capturing our hearts, mind and soul, filmmaking seems to be the best and quite an appealing career option to many. So film school seems to be an easy option to enter this visual medium.

But where we see it as quite an attractive field, at the same time we should not overlook the fact that it is also the most 'unglamorous' and one of the most 'tedious' world where you will be stepping in. Yes! You read it right. What we see on screen is just a small portion of what ‘film making’ actually comprises of. It’s nothing but a final output.

So here comes the role of good, professional film schools. They not just showcase and give us a reality check of what all the visual media comprises of, they also make us evaluate ourselves that where actually we stand and how we can contribute in the filming process.

FFVA students working as assistant directors in a Feature Film OMOK

Right Film School

A professional film school is nothing but a blueprint of how the real industry is. It’s not as easy as it looks. More than money to just get enrolled in a film school, you really need to have a mad passion to serve the entertainment industry with both, your skill and will.

FFVA students during their project shoot

With so many media schools blooming in cities across the world, many of us do get tempted looking at all the flashy advertisements, whether or not to get enrolled in one of them. After enough of scratching our heads, we do walk in and take admissions without actually having an idea that how we as a film making student will have an extra edge over others.


Faculty

Infrastructure, building and ambience is one part of it. But the real essence of a film school lies in its faculty profile. These are the people who will be imparting their knowledge and sharing their experience with you.  Not just this, they also will help you to get an insight into your future in the film industry. And all this is possible only when they themselves belong to that field.

Theory sessions at Flash Frame Visuals Academy (FFVA)


FFVA students working as assistants on set of a Feature film

Media is a place where more than just theories, practical implementation is far more important. Each day new technology comes, so many things change. So only the academic books won’t help much to add on to your knowledge. You need to keep on updating your knowledge with what’s happening in the contemporary scenario. So interaction with the people from industry is the only way.

So a film school (though not every!) will make it possible for you to brush up your knowledge. So do check the faculty profile and if possible also interact with them and make sure that they very much are part of the industry or not.


Practical Exposure

Apart from qualified & experienced faculty, it is also important to make the students handle equipment. So only when a teacher is thoroughly and technically sound, he will be able to deliver the knowledge ahead.

You might get to see best of the cameras around your sprawling campus, but the skill of multi tasking is a must learn. You should not just be able to handle the camera, but also be able to set the tripod, set the lights, pack up things back to their place, because at the end of the day you are expected to do it all.


FFVA students working on set of Feature film shoot. Learning about Car rig shot

During Practical demo sessions, on-set of Feature Film OMOK

During the shoot, Flash Frame Visuals Academy students working as Assistant directors

Imagine a movie without any audio. How uninteresting and unexciting it would be. Same is the case with film schools as well. Where many of these schools will boast of good cameras and lights and editing suites, make sure that they have equally good setup for sound design as well. Because after all sound too adds on more curiosity in a movie.

Once you enter the industry, its not what you earn, but also what more you learn. So make sure that you are already prepared enough to hit the industry straight. But do remember to keep aside your ego and you arrogance if you really need to survive in an industry like this.

Once you are confident enough in your technical aspects, are you also confident enough to make your own films? Are you capable enough to do the role reversals as a assistant director, or a assistant cinematographer or a lighting artist? While coming out of a film school, if answers to the above questions is ‘yes’, indeed you made a right choice!

Living a decade in few months

The industry you are about to enter is full of deadlines, path breaking schedules and tasks to be taken care off. So if at all you have an idea that you will learn directly after entering the industry, time to put your thinking caps. Because practically speaking, no one actually has time and patience to teach you things the way you can learn in a good film school.


FFVA students preparing for a Track shot, on-set of one of their short film shoots

Students learning on-set of a Feature film, Directed by the Founder & Director of FFVA

A professional film school makes you learn from the scratch. There is proper schedule they follow, which makes those concepts much more easier for you. Again after completing your course once you enter the industry, you are not some neophyte, but an ‘experienced fresher’ who has quite a lot of ideas and who is ready to do some real action.

Yes, you can also learn many things by merely observing, but it takes years of time for you to get started. So what you will specialize in few years, why not to finish in one year and kick start your career from that!

A Healthy Competition

It's a common sight to see every new filmmaker  or a filmmaking student being so confident about his idea and considering it as best ever. They fail to see that they are just one amongst zillions who think their idea as the best one and fail to improvise it further. But film school helps you to break this confidence, rework on your ideas and make yo more better in visualization and output brainstorming.

With this I don't mean that your original ideas won't be accepted. It might be accepted and might get rejected as well. The idea is to break the notion of your story being a 'good story'. Instead various sets of exercises would be conducted to take your story from good to the best. And ultimately your movie is your baby and it should reflect best of your  thoughts and spirit into it!


Better understanding

Each one has his or her own notions when you speak about media. Some think it’s the most glamorous profession ever, others think this medium is the only platform to showcase their talent and so on and so forth.

But the reality is that unlike other professions, media and specially filmmaking doesn’t have predictable steps for promotion. Here patience and perseverance are the most important virtues. You won’t get to see your dream packages in this visual medium. But you can surely showcase your dreams through this medium. 

Once you gain some experience, and become creative enough to gain not just the interest of your producer but also the audience, money gains would surely come along.

FFVA students learning about Jimmy shots, on set of Feature film OMOK 

Initial stages of learning, in Flash Frame Visuals Academy

Placements

Many film schools promise about placements, but very few actually fulfill it. So make sure you make a right choice. First and the foremost criteria to judge how credible a film school is looking at the number of students being enrolled in the school. More the number of students, more difficult it is to provide placement to so many. So less or limited students would help for easy placement and sure shot entry in film industry. 

For instance Diploma students of Flash Frame Visuals Academy were absorbed as Assistant directors, asst Cinematographer and asst editors for the Tamil feature film Oru Modhal Oru Kadhal (OMOK), along with other Telugu and Hindi flicks, which are scheduled to release in Theatres by July, 2013. 

Secondly see to it that film school makes you do projects as part of the curriculum. Gone are the days where one gets entry based on just certificates. Now industry experts want to see projects (read showreels) just to ensure that you already have had a brief stint with the practical aspects of filmmaking, whichever field it may be. Example, FFVA editing students have been absorbed by various production houses and studios across the country based on the projects they do at the end of their course.

So a film making school will make you see the real side of things and that in turn would help you to understand this field better.

Well all this is to give you an idea that how and why a professional film school not just admit their students but instead recruit them as well. For more technical have’s and have not’s for a film school, do wait for the next article. Happy reading!!

Flash Frame Visuals Academy - Graduating Ceremony of 2012 batch, with Filmmaker Mr.Balaji Mohan

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 Article Written by:
Aditi KK
Head – Academics
Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Bangalore, India
www.ffvacademy.com
Email : aditi@ffvacademy.com


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Diploma in Digital Filmmaking

Diploma in Digital Filmmaking 
(6 months)

Type : Full Time 
Schedule : 10 am to 3pm
Monday to Friday


Next batches starting from Feb & July 2014 

The digital filmmaking foundation course, offers a professional level practical training in filmmaking. The course is planned in a way so as to develop the students as efficient

            filmmakers by training them in the basic aspects of filmmaking.






Subjects 

Script Writing

Direction
Digital Cinematography & lighting
Editing & Sound Design










Next batches starting from Feb & July 2014 

                                     As a part of his or her course, each student will create


                          ·      TV Commercial

                         ·      One 4 mins short film



                   Hostel Facilities Available 


    Students will be trained and provided with state of the art equipment to complete their project
                             work. Most of the students pursuing this six months course, enroll for the advanced specialization
                         in Direction or Cinematography, adding another six months to their course structure. 

    Tuesday, 14 June 2011

    Tip of the Week - Film Direction


    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
    Bangalore, India

    Tip of the Week - Film Direction 

    MISE EN SCENE
    The french expression mise en scene (literally, putting into the scene) is a usefully holistic term for those aspects of directing that take place during shooting. Mise en scene has to be decided globally and in broad outline for the whole script, and then each scene can be designed within the intentions of the larger structure.

    Mise en scene - Citizen Kane

    Globally or locally, mise en scene includes : 
    • Blocking, which includes planning positions of : Actors in relation to each other, Action in relation to set or location, Camera placement in relation to actors and set. 
    • Camera - Filmstock & processing, Choice of lens, Composition, Movements, Coverage for Editing.
    • Image Design - Use of colour, Depth perspective and treatment of space, lighting mood and treatment of day and place, Frame design in terms of scene's dramatic functions. 
    • Dramatic Content - Rhythms, Point of View, Motifs, Visual or aural metaphors, Foreshadowing
    • Sound Design - Whether sound in diegetic or non-diegetic, What part sound plays as a narrative device, Whether it relays a subjective or objective point of view, whose point of view it is. 
    The Director must know what options exist and eventually discuss them with DOP, who is the most important collaborator during the shoot. 

    Monday, 13 June 2011

    Team work - The essence of any Film


    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
    Bangalore, India




    Mention the movie Enthiran or Robo, first thing that strikes our mind is all time favorites Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and of course Shankar for his unusual thinking and capabilities which took Tamil cinema to international levels.
    No doubts about the fact that these three people truly deserve a loud hand of applause for the way they fulfilled their duties and almost touched the mark of excellence. Not to miss AR Rahman too, who shares a vast credit for adding on to the success of the movie. Infact for this particular movie, the response was such that many Indian audience was left bewildered and it took them some time to sink in with the feeling that it actually is an Indian movie and moreover a Tamil movie. Such was the response and movie surely would be remembered for long.

    Team work - Students of FFVA, India

    Well…just envision that movie devoid of those flexible dance moves, which made us like Aishwarya and Rajni more than ever. How can we forget their ball dance scene, can we? No. But then how can we not remember or not even notice the name ‘Raju Sundaram’, the man behind all these moves. Likewise can you imagine the amount of imagination, creativity and hard work that went into designing the costumes of these leading actors, the decade of crucial planning that went into pre production stage? Not really. No wonder why we didn’t notice the names of Manish Malhotra and Mary E who worked together and created the splendid wardrobe.
    We did clap on the train scene, the way Rajini did all his stunts and when he transforms into kali with all the weapons around him and so on and so forth. The flair that created all these scenes were Vogt and Yuen Woo Ping. Only if we had patience to notice the rolling credits, we would have noticed along with so many Indians how much of foreign talent too made a huge contribution to make it a movie we see today comfortably sitting on our theatre chairs.
    Making a movie is no cakewalk and many tragedies and unexpected moments do strike, often with which audience remains unaware with. The same happened with this movie as well. Sujatha Rangarajan originally was announced as the dialogue writer of film, but since he died during the production stages, Madhan Karky Vairamuthu was named as his successor. But whatever is the case, the real challenge is to surmount all this, and yet entertain the audience and make the movie full paisa vasool.
    It’s as simple as this. Once we are constructing a new home we do look for the designers, engineers, builders, carpenter and so on and so forth. Similarly movie is nothing but a foundation laid down with the hard work of so many people.
    Of course we have full rights to assess and appreciate each and every movie we come across, but least we can do is just spend some time with the credits and atleast notice which all people have contributed in what all-creative and technical methods.
    I would continue to surprise you with many such designations in my next article. Happy reading!!!!!!!!

    Article Written by:
    Aditi KK
    Head – Academics
    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
    Bangalore, India
    www.ffvacademy.com
    Email : aditi@ffvacademy.com



    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    Film Credits - Recognizing the team behind a Film


    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of  Film & Television
    Bangalore, India

    Film Credits - Recognizing the team behind a Film

    A pat on the back is not a thing to be aspired for only in school days. As a grown up too, we don’t mind little admiration and recognition for the real hard work we have put into something. But where on one hand we are keen to be on the receiving end of it, how about conferring it to those few who work endlessly without even expecting for the same.
    Well…all we have to do it just spare our few minutes and do sit through the credits rolling on the big screen when the movie is over. Irrespective of the fact whether you liked it, or whether you fully got entertained or not, there have been people who have tried their level best to gratify you, the ‘audience’ who are nothing less than a bread earning factory for them.

    Without our knowledge there are few characters like the lead actors, or as we like to say them as ‘protagonist’ and the ‘antagonist’, the director, the producer or at the most the story writer of the movie who bask in the glory of limelight. But the list doesn’t end here. There are so many others, who inspite of knowing that they won’t get as much attention don’t mind putting their entire endeavor to make movie a success.


    Students of  FFVA, involved in Production

    Movie is nothing but an output to the incessant teamwork that has been put into it right from the day when the idea was conceived; to the day it hits the theatres. From the script writer to screen play writer, from cinematographer to light technicians, from art director to production manager, from editor to VFX artist, each and every person has got lot of contribution in making it what you as a ‘movie’. For that matter even without electrician, spot boys, driver, tea boy et al , it’s impossible to envisage movie sets without either of them.

    Film industry is such where no one is big or small, as we tend to think. Of course we do have our favorites whom we see on the screen, but there are many behind the camera who are still serving endlessly without looking or expecting the same recognition.

    But if not much, at least what we can do on our part is to sit and go through the names of the people who have contributed, even though we will forget them the moment we step out of the theatre.
    Next we will go through some of such hidden people whom we have missed to notify, yet their contribution has surely not gone un noticed….stay hooked!!!


    Article written by :
    Aditi Soni KK
    Head - Academics
    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
    Bangalore, India
    www.ffvacademy.com 
    E-mail : aditi@ffvacademy.com

    Careers in Film & Television - I


    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of  Film & Television
    Bangalore,India


    Careers in Film & Television - I

    How much significance does movies hold in our lives? Probably it’s a way to spend our weekend, to catch up with some old friends, to take a break and entertain ourselves, to watch out our favorite actor on a big screen, or if nothing else probably just sit beside your eye candy and spend some few hours together. Even if none of the above, we love the chitchat with our folks to discuss how the cinema trends have changed, or if it has worsened or became better or if music has become a real treat or just utter noise.

    But once we go little deep into it… its movies through which we came to know about icons like Rahman, Johar, Ratnam or Bachchans. Its movies that has a given platform to many people who have woken up the world to the creative side of many things. The way people, emotions, music and many stories are embedded in a package, it itself is a talent which has not just given recognition to thousands, but also has provided employment opportunities to more thousands of people.

    The sole reason to confer the importance of movies above is the fact that its high time to accept that when we talk about careers there is much more in life than just engineers or doctors. And yes, I do truly accept that I am a witness to the slow yet noticeable variation taking place around me where people are actually keen on making a career in film making and are satisfying themselves more than anyone else.
    Where there are as many engineers as doctors in each and every street of India, am ecstatic to see a growth in the number of people who are not scared to see the creative side of things overlooking the scientific and academic side of it solely! 


    Some more details and career opportunities in film making will be continued in Career in Film and Television -II.

    Once the movie is out, how many of us actually sit through the credits rolling down on the movie screen? Do we even take an effort to familiarize with the people beyond  lead actors, director and the producer.  There are lot more people who sweat to make that movie. My next article will take you through the journey of all these people and their contributions. 




    Article written by :
    Aditi Soni KK
    Head - Academics
    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
    Bangalore, India
    www.ffvacademy.com 
    E-mail : aditi@ffvacademy.com

    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Film Institute in India: Advanced Diploma in Digital Filmmaking (1 year) - ...

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    Advanced Diploma in Digital Filmmaking (1 year) - Career in Film & Television


    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
    Bangalore, India
    www.ffvacademy.com


    Advanced Diploma in Digital Filmmaking - 1 year

                        Students first complete their foundation course for six months and then enter the advance level.
    The course demands a high-end specialization.
    Students practicing Camera Production - Flash Frame Visuals Academy

    Duration : 1 year

    Specialization : Direction (or) Cinematography

    Next batch starting from July 11, 2011


    Subjects

    ·      Advanced Script Writing
    ·      Storyboarding for cinema
    ·      Advanced Direction (or) Cinematography
    ·      Advanced lighting techniques
    ·      Advanced editing
    ·      Advanced Sound Design

    Friday, 10 June 2011

    Film Institutes in India


    Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television, is one of the successful and professional Film Institutes in India. Located in Bangalore, one of the IT HUB s, in South India, in the State of Karnataka. 

    Being one of the best Film Institute in Bangalore, India, and shortly called as FFVA, Flash Frame Visuals Academy was founded on the ideology that students need to learn the practical skills early, so that they can practice throughout their course of study.  

    The immense practice and hands on training with the world-class equipment enables the students to evolve as eminent film/video professionals. 

    Film & Television Courses Offered :