Film Direction & screenplay writing course in Delhi NCR .
We are accepting applications for the next academic session starting from January 2024 at B-11, IMM Building, Qutab institutional area, New Delhi-110016.
1. No of Seats: 20 seats to be filled on an interview basis for Indian students. We have 2 seats for International students and 2 seats for management quota.
2. Eligibility Criteria: Minimum qualification is 10+2 -for a "Diploma" certificate. Graduation in any discipline is required for a "PG Diploma” certificate. Students who are appearing for their 12th/final year exam of graduation can also apply. Course content and classroom remain the same for the main course. However, the difference will be in terms of additional classes on soft skills, which will be offered to the 10+2 pass-out students. If you are 10+2, you will get a “ Diploma in Film Direction & Screenplay " and if you are a Graduate, you will get a “ PG Diploma in Film Direction & Screenplay”.
3. Selection Criteria for Course: Selection is done on the basis of an interview, which will happen on campus only. Results are declared within 7 days after the interview. Selected candidates have to submit the seat confirmation fee within 10 days from the date of declaration of the result. The students on the waiting list will be declared in the last week before the session starts.
4. How to Apply: In order to study photography in CRAFT,You need to apply online from the website given below-
The amount of Rs .1,000/- as an application fee has to be paid by Debit Card/Credit Card / UPI / Net banking. If you are coming personally to CRAFT, you can also pay in cash.
5. Last Date to Apply for Course :
We are accepting applications for the interviews to be conducted- on the 14th October 2023.
We have allocated 10 Points for overall performance. Sincerity score: 2 points | Academic Record: 2 points | Portfolio: 2 points | Interview Performance: 4 points. The candidate needs to score a minimum of 6 points to qualify for admission in CRAFT. Hence if you are making an inquiry today, you need to apply within 3 Days to gain a Sincerity score of 2 points- which will qualify you as a “Sincere Candidate”.
6. How to prepare for an interview: The main intention of the interview board is to see whether the student is really passionate about the field of study he/she has applied for.
7. Hostel Facilities: We don’t have a hostel, but our student coordinator helps in finding economical accommodation within walking distance from the institute. It saves traveling time and cost- an average of Rs 2500/-per month!
Generally, rooms cost between Rs. 6000/- to 7000/- per month which, on a sharing basis, costs around Rs. 3,000/- Rs 3500/-per month. A food joint is a nearby CRAFT where most of the students have their lunch and dinner.
PG accommodation for the girl candidates in safe areas costs around Rs. 10,000/- per month including feed.
8.Course Fee: The total fee in lump sum mode is Rs.1,50,000/- In installments, it becomes Rs.1,55,000/.
1) 50% of the total fee 30 days before the academic session starts.
2) 25% as 2nd installment to be paid after 1 month of starting the Academic session.
3) 25% as 3rd installment to be paid after 2 months of starting the Academic session.
Students who opt for the Installment method need to deposit the Post-dated cheque ( PDC ) of the below dates at the time of joining.
9. Class Timings: Class Timings: ‘Our motto is to ‘Learn by Doing’. In semester one of 6 months. From 8:00 am to 10:00 am, there are daily screenings of International Films having English Subtitles, after which students email their film's critical analysis daily. From 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, with a 30 minutes tea break, three days are devoted to lectures on various modules by various experts. Every week, two days are devoted to Camera and Editing practice.
10. Course Duration & Syllabus : It is a one-year full-time program. Semester two there are no regular classes. Students need to form a team of cinematographer, sound recordist and expected to make 2 short films. One is a Public service ad film of maximum 60 seconds and another one is fiction or documentary short film of maximum 15 minutes.. Equipment and post production facilities are provided by the institute and direction students need to hire the actors and find the location to shoot their projects. All the shooting projects are held in Delhi & NCR.
11. Workshops: Various Industry workshops are conducted by guest faculty from Mumbai film industry in CRAFT
Sriram Raghavan's Direction workshop in “CRAFT Film School”.
Atul Tiwari-Screenplay writer & Workshop Promo.
Supratik Sen - Filmfare Award-winning screenplay writer & Workshop Promo.
Vivek Agnihotri: The Kashmir Files Directors Master Class.
12.CRAFT’s Legal Status & Affiliation: CRAFT is registered as a nonprofit-making public charitable trust established on March 6, 2006 with Sub-Registrar in the Delhi government. We offer autonomous diploma courses. Established in the year 2006 (March 6) ,we are now 16 years old!
13. Bank Loan Provision: We do not have tie-ups with any banks, but if you apply for a Student loan.We can issue a letter required from our end.
14. Placement Support: Students having 85% attendance in the 1st semester of 6 months will get internship support after completion of 1st semester to work with a production house or with an individual director .The internship will lead to the placement in the same place if you perform well. That's how 90 % of our students start their career.
15: Management Quota Seats:-There are 3 management quota seats available in each course in which one can seek direct admission without an interview. One has to pay an additional Rs 20,000/-(Rupees twenty thousand) for blocking the seat besides the regular fee.
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Overview : Film direction course -
“A film school should inspire you to make cinema, the craftsmanship which you learn there is a bonus." -Milos Forman
What does it require to become a director? A director is a person who is the “creative person having management skills” to handle production along with all the creative aspects that go into the making of a film. Director turns the pages of a script into reality on the screen. A director decides the camera angle, directs the work of the cast and crew, and guides the work of the costume designers, choreographers, and music directors. He leads a crew of 50-100 professionals, handling their egos, who may have personal differences with each other. Our film direction course makes learners understand what does one require to become a director.
One generally starts this career as an assistant director even after having been born into the family of Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai or Bernardo Bertoluchi. Film direction course also includes the role that an assistant director plays. He has to ensure the timely arrangement of things that are required for the shoot. Assistant director acts as a coordinator : gives dialogue to the artists, writes continuity report, gives clap before the shot, while the producer and director work on the artistic aspects of the film. There can be one or more assistant directors, depending upon the budget of the film. The responsibilities range from technical pre-planning of production to coordinating the crew, cast, and scenery within a prescribed budget. Additional responsibilities include keeping records of film sequences, scripts, call sheets, and daily reports.
Handling actors is considered as one of the important elements of fiction film making. Film direction course is a practical laboratory for film and television directors who want to explore the process of directing actors and the camera. Directors will cast and rehearse a team of professional actors, work out blocking and camera movement, inspire performances to tell a story.
Students during the film direction course at CRAFT will gain industry perspectives by studying the structure, composition, and interaction of the various elements of the entertainment industry. Students gain an understanding of the key players and relationships that drive the industry.
Film direction course also provides inputs about television direction. After the advent of cable television in India, various avenues are available to directors to find employment. Depending on the aptitude, one can explore documentary film making, work in television stations, work as a freelance director for television serials, talk shows, game shows, music videos, or even set foot in lucrative advertising film making.?Directing feature-length fiction is the ultimate dream of any director and with the influx of multiplexes in India, it is not as difficult as it used to be 15 years ago. Young film school graduates are creating independent films within a budget of 2-3 crores which are making waves in the international market and are well appreciated by film critics as well. Even regional quality films are being applauded in major film festivals namely Cannes, Berlin, Venice and are finding international theatrical releases. Any film school in India that offers film direction course, should offer you all the necessary inputs to make you realize your dream and this is what we do at CRAFT film school.
Job opportunity for direction students:
One begins as an assistant Director. One can join a TV serial director, advertising film maker, feature film director, corporate film maker depending upon the area of interest. One starts as 2nd assistant to slowly become 1st assistant and later as chief assistant director. In the beginning, one earns a monthly salary of 20-25k per month and later with experience one can command anything between 50-75k per month.
Once independent serial/ad film/feature film is directed, one can command a salary in the range of one lakh per day to 5 lakhs per day !!
OUTLINE OF SYLLABUS
Basic Fundamentals of Film Production:
Pre-production #production planning # post-production # Role of producer: # budgeting for feature film. # marketing of feature film # distribution of feature film. # Developing international co-productions and using film festivals as a platform for promoting films. Marketing trends, legal contracts, distribution rights, and television sales are the key areas covered in this section.
Screenplay Format: Your Visual Language: Developing the screenplay layout involves making key annotations on pages, scene headings, scene direction, camera angles, montages, paragraphing, entrances and exits, character Cues, actor direction, dialogue, and sound.
Developing Your Idea: From Idea to Framework: This section will help you answer the question 'How do I choose my main story?' The 'Writing Backwards' approach will be demonstrated. There are only eight basic stories or genres, which will be expounded and illustrated in this section. It also includes an introduction to the Three-Act Linear structure, the one-liner, log-lines, theme title, background and setting, and subplots. There will be some discussions on the cost, research, and medium
Creating Your Characters: The section provides you with the guiding principles for creating characters and covers aspects such as choosing a name, creating 3-D characters, defining character functions/categories, identifying the protagonist, generating the character biography analysis/checklist, building the back story, identifying the secondary and minor characters, ascertaining the cast design, creating the counter-character chart, identifying character flaws, and establishing audience identification with the characters.
Deep Structure: This section provides inputs on how to develop the detailed structure of the story. This requires you to define the sequence of the scenes, create a scene dialogue, write the subtext, enhance emotions, and inlay the character motivation. The section also discusses techniques for creating momentum such as building tension, pacing information in the screenplay. Students develop skills for Award winning national and international campaigns will be taken up for discussions. A supplemental segment on public service advertising (PSA) is also included, which trains students on how to generate ideas and give cinematic treatment to PSAs.
Sound Recording Elements: basic elements of sync-sound Recording: mixing of sound: various sound recording formats.DAT:DOLBY-SR:DOLBY-DIGITAL:microphones and various sound recording medium: sound recording Films: sound transfers :dialogue dubbing.
Actor Handling: Directing and staging of scenes, working with trained actors and non actors.
Understanding Imp Crew members: Responsibility of - set designer: costume designer: make up artist: cinematographer: music director: editor: assistant director: continuity girl: clapper boy: action director: choreographer:
Directorial elements: understanding of shot taking: shot breakdown: mood lighting: color coding and look of the film: shot composition: mise-en-scene: dynamisation of time and space: various kinds of continuity: cinematic transition from one time and space to another. Music appreciation: Painting appreciation: Study of various video games for camera angles, styles etc.
Analysis various style film making: An analysis of various specialized areas in direction such as making promos, music videos, advertising, corporate films, feature films, and documentaries will be taken up.
Various Film regulatory bodies: IMPA : TRAI: censor board: films division: national film development Corporation. Directors Guilds of India. Title registration and script registration Bodies.
International Scenario of Film Studies—30 -40 dirctor’s representative work will be shown
The art and craft of cinematic storytelling in social, cultural, and political systems outside the traditional American Hollywood system with emphasis on European cinema.
Cinematic movements in the context of 1or 2 landmark films of master film makers (at least 50) among the following such as Study of French new wave cinema: Italian realism cinema: Czechoslovakia new waves: Also around.30-40.best foreign language Oscar winning films will be screened and discussed in the class after screening of the film.
Pedro Almodóvar, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittaorio di sica, Ingmar Bergman, Bernardo Bertolucci, Luis Buñuel, Claude Chabrol, Charles Chaplin, Francis Ford Coppola, Jacques Demy, Sergei Eisenstein, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Federico Fellini, Ritwik Ghatak, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmusch, Abbas Kiarostami, Mazid majidi, Samara makbalbuff, Moghsin makabulbuff, Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Takeshi Kitano, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Chris Marker, Nagisa Oshima, Yasujiro Ozu, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, Jacques Rivette, Glauber Rocha, Eric Rohmer, Francesco Rosi, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jacques Tati, Bertrand Tavernier, François Truffaut, Jean Vigo, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yimou,
Educational Tours: An off-campus field study (film Festival) will be organized where students will gain in networking skills professional producer or technician.
Production Exercises to be done by each student: Students will work in group as a team of two direction students, two-camera, two-editing, 2-sound recording students members on following exercise
Dialogue exercise.max.10 mins
ad film /PSA.max 1-mins
Short fiction.max-10 mins
Total 24 - Camera Practical Exercises for the Direction students.
1. Imaginary line; Basic Details: -Subject travel may be considered as a line on a map, or an imaginary line made by an individual walking down a hall; or a vehicle driving on a road, or a plane flying through the air. This travel line is the action axis. If all camera set-ups are positioned on one side of this line, screen direction will remain the same throughout a series of shots, regardless of camera angles. Once the left-to-right or right-to-left directional movement is established, it can be maintained throughout a series of shots, by remaining on the same side of the action axis. A new location will require drawing a new axis, and remaining on the same side as the original axis to preserve established travel direction.
Total shots: 8-10 : Edited Duration: maximum 60 sec.
2. Perspective ; Basic Details: -Foreground objects and background action. Movement in foreground object Special Equipment: wide angle attachment.
Edited duration: 30 Sec : Total shots: 10
3. Entry and exist; Basic details: -Into the frame and complete exit in the frame of the charter. Next shot again he enters in the frame and exist completely from the frame.
Edited duration: 6-shots and to be edited in two different ways. Total shots: 10
4. Shoot to edit on fast Music; Basic details:- a fast track will be given to the student of 30-60 sec duration on which they have to shoot in a single day 30-40 shots to be edited keeping in mind of the fast track.
Edited duration: 30—60 secs. Total shots: maximum 30 shots
5. Over the shoulder; Basic details:- Two people having conversation while sitting across the table. Over the shoulder shots of their conversation:
Edited duration: 30—60 secs. Total shots: maximum 10 shots
7. Sense of background Music from – Basic details: select the stock shots from any film and choose the music of your selection of two types which suits the visual.
8. Poster design: Basic Details: a lecture of poster designing will be given and students need to develop from an image the idea of designing a publicity poster for hypothetical film, a detail story line will be given
Note: A complete detailed list of all 24-excercises will be given to all the students on the day of joining.
# please note that this is tentative syllabus. We keep updating syllabus every semester. The latest Updated Syllabus will be emailed to you along with th
5- Months Offline Classroom Coaching in CRAFT campus Delhi -- Total seats : 10 ( Ten )
What are the additional advantages of joining the classroom coaching?
Online Interactive Classes of 60 Days 120 Hours --Total Seats :50 ( fifty )
1) In a very focused manner, it will be done in Q & A (question and answer) format.
2) In every class, 3-4 descriptive questions will be taken by the teacher and you will be given pointers on how to write about them.
3) We would also be discussing previous years’ questions which can be asked in a different manner.
4) Around 50-70 new expected questions for JET-2022 will be discussed in the class based on the pattern of previous years’ question papers.
MCQ- Section of 30 marks.
20 Days 40 hours, in 5 months, once in a week.
2 hours class on MCQ : Sunday 10:00 am to 12.00 pm
Apply online from the website
Only Recorded Video lectures of the ” Interactive Online Classes” Total Seats : Unlimited
DIRECTION Interactive Class -- Paintings & Posters
DIRECTION Interactive Class -- Paintings & Posters
DIRECTION Interactive Class -- Image Analysis
DIRECTION Interactive Class -- Previous Year’s Questions
DIRECTION Interactive Class -- Various Cinema Movements
It is a 6-months Part-time Course, with theory and practical training classes.
Classes are conducted Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm There are practical and theory classes of Camera, where you learn about the short taking, composition and lighting etc. Also, you'll learn the basic editing on FCP Softwares and Adobe premier pro. Pre- recorded lectures are given to the students for various modules.
No of Seats:
5 Seats to be filled on an interview basis for Indian students. We have 2 Seats for International Students & 2 Seats for Management Representation Students.
Minimum qualification is 10+2 -for a Short-term certificate Course. No minimum percentage is required to apply. Students who are appearing for their 12th can also apply. Course content and classroom remain the same for the main course. You will get a ‘Certificate in Part-time TV Journalism, New Reading and Anchoring Course'.
The selection of the applicants is done on an interview basis. Results are declared soon after the interview. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, if a student is not able to come personally, for the interview, we will conduct a telephonic interview via WhatsApp/Skype.
Course Fee of the 6-months part-time Course:
The total fee in lump sum mode is Rs.60,000/-
This is the list of Books which ,Naresh sharma, Director have read and highly recommended to anyone who would like to get into the depth of Film Direction and Screenplay Writting.
1. Sculpting in Time: Andrey Tarkovsky
2.Grammer of Film Language.
3.FIVE C'S OF CINEMATOGRAPHY
4.Book by Pauline Kael
5. Notes on Cinematography - Robert Bresson
6. The Films In My Life - Francois Truffaut
7. The Magic Lantern - Ingmar Bergman
8. My Last Breath - Luis Bunuel
9. Something Like An Autobiography - Akira Kurosawa
10. Studies In European Cinema Volume 4 Issue 3
11. What is Cinema Vol-1 -Andre Bazin
12. What is Cinema Vol-2 -Andre Bazin
13. Japanese Cinema Film Style and National Character Donald Richie
14. Changing Direction - Lenore Dekoven
15. Closely Watched Films
16. Film Directing Shot by Shot - Steven D Katz
17. Gilles Deleuze-Cinema 1
18. Gilles Deleuze-Cinema 2
20.Film Theory and Criticism - Leo Braudy, Marshall Cohen
21. Master Shots Vol 3_ The Director’s Vision
22. Master Shots
23. Paul Schrader - Transcendental Style in Film
24. Herzog on Herzog - Paul Cronin
25. La Jette
26.Colin MacCabe - Godard_Images_Sounds_Politics
27.David Sterritt - The Films of Jean-Luc Godard Seeing the Invisible
29.Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick
30. Godard on Godard
Recommended Reading :
For History of cinema :
1. The Liveliest Art by Arthur Knight
2. History of Film by Virginia Wexman
3. History of Cinema by Eric Rhode
4. How To Read A Film by James Monaco
5. Hindi Cinema Ka Itihaas (Hindi) by Manmohan Chaddha
For Role of Editor, Justification, Continuity, Editing Principles,
1. The Technique of Film & Video by Ken Dancynger
2. Five Cs of Cinematography by Joseph Mascelli
3. Grammar of the Film Language by Daniel Arijon : Silman-James Press, Los Angeles
4. Film Direction Shot By Shot by Steven Katz
5. Film Art by David Bordwel & Kristin Thomson
6. Hitchcock by Truffaut’,
7. In the blink of an eye by Walter Murch,
8. Directing by David Mamet,
9. Making Movies by Sidney Lumet.
For Linear, Non-linear, Creating Sequence on Timeline :
1. Digital Non-linear Editing by Thomas Ohanian
For Dialogue, Comedy, Action :
2. The Technique of Film Editing by Karel Reisz & Gavin Millar: Focal Press
3. The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice
Book by Ken Dancyger
These Interviews were conducted by Editor, naresh shrama ," Cinematography Art Magazine ",on variety of people behind the camera.
Directors On Cinematography: