Institute of Moving images - the Film School
Admissions open for fulltime Advanced Diploma & Diploma courses. Last date for Registration: 7th May, 2016 

Film Theory

The class surveys the theory and grammar of cinema. A lecture series and critical workshop defining the elements that make narrative filmmaking effective and important. In it students will have a forum to stretch and exercise creative powers, practicing newfound filmmaking evaluative skills.

Overview of 35mm DSLR stills cameras

This is essentially the study of Camera basics- Using DSLR stills camera to demonstrate body shutter, view finder, film transport mechanism.
Lenses: focusing, focal length and aperture.
Film stock: size, reversal/negative, speed (ISO), daylight & Tungsten
Use of Camera: choosing the lens, framing, focusing, setting the exposure
Exposure: what is it?
Aperture, shutter speeds, film sensitivity, how it is measured? Incident light, TTL meters.

Scriptwriting for Documentary

Research and writing are essential to documentary filmmaking. This class takes students the process of researching and writing a documentary treatment, script, voice-over commentary and project proposals.

Politics, Society & Cinema

The subject explores impact of politics on society historically. Film as the voice of a society and its ideas are examined in the popular films, advertising, ethics, censorship and globalization from psychological, political and sociological perspectives. The use of in-class discussion, lecture and screen studies of early days of Hollywood through global cinema in the silent and sound eras, and new cinema of the "third world".

Producing the Documentary

The producer of the documentary often has the private creative voice of the project. In this sense, students are the producers of all the film they make during the course. This class introduces students all the professional procedures of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking. Students have to practice basic production management skills including production scheduling, budgeting, obtaining location permission, organizing crew and production needs, copyrights and distribution.

Behavioral Science

The class introduces students to the psychology of self-evaluation, self-motivation, self-awareness and self focus. It provides proven methods in adapting to new environments and reducing anxiety. Students are also introduced to technique of time management, organizational skills, active listening and producing effective presentation.

Documentary Craft

Student will explore the history and evolution of non-fiction filmmaking technique as it applies to students own projects. Individual and group projects are introduced; various interviewing techniques and shooting strategies are devised for different genre of documentaries. The film exercises are screened and criticized by the instructor and students in Documentary craft class.

Camera Operation and Lighting

The subject introduces students to the art and operation of various camera types including traditional film formats and advanced high definition by providing an in-depth overview of terminology, camera structure and camera operation. In hands-on classes and production workshops, students learn to operate and maximize the functions of SONY Full HD PMW-300 and Canon C-500 Camera as well as SONY HD Camcorder. Subjects covered include composition, focal length, shutter speeds, apertures, frame rates, filters and scene menus.

Lighting classes introduce students to type of light, contrast ratio, colour temperature. It gives demonstration and practical exercise in lighting techniques including basic electrics, health & safety, clamps and stands, diffusion and reflectors.

It further teaches students how to make use of available and natural light on outdoor locations as well as traditional studio lighting for indoor situation.

Sound Recording

The subject trains students in all the essential elements of sound recording and designing. They gain knowledge of live-sync sound, microphone technique & boom operation, role of sound effect, track laying, music and film mixing.

Editing a Documentary

Documentaries and non-fiction content film often find their true form in the editing room. This class will teach students the fundamental principles and different style of editing with AVID Xpress HD. Students also study basic engineering for post production, digital video effects, compositing, color correction and edit lists. Sound designing technique, Music/ effect track laying and mixing is also covered. At the end of the course, teachers guide them through the process of editing their final projects on Final Cut Pro.

Screen Studies: Director Strategies

Each week a director or a group of documentry films are selected and analyzed from the point of view of the complex pattern of directing strategies it reveals, set in the context of technical possibilities, the directors other work, and the possible & impossible options presented by film, cultural and social history. Across one year, there are more than 100 different classes.

Final Project

By the end of two semesters, students are exposed to various facets of advanced Documentary filmmaking including on traditional film or high definition video. Students develop and produce their own projects using advanced technology and their final documentaries are celebrated in the IMI screening- open to Press, crew, friends and family.

Students retain the copy of digital master of their finished films to include in their demo reel and are free to submit their work to film festivals in India and abroad.

Upon successful completion of the program, each student receives a Diploma in accordance with industry expectation.

Students at IMI
The sessions are long and tiring at times but it is all worthwhile. The faculty is very knowledgeable and their teaching technique is innovative which helped us to grasp the entire process of filmmaking in a very interesting way. IMI course is must for every aspiring film maker.
Saif Shaikh,

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