CINEMATOGRAPHY

One Year Autonomous Certificate Course offered by MGM


Start your journey as a film director with one of the reputed colleges in India. MGM CJMC’s Dept. Of Film Arts offers you a one-year diploma devoted to practical training in all aspects of Film Direction and equips you with the skills, knowledge. You will get a 360 Degree support to excel in your chosen field. Join our supportive network of film professionals and sharpen your craft in a group within the nurturing environment of Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Aurangabad Campus. Our Certificate Course In Film Direction is the only fully comprehensive course of its kind, where you will learn your skills from practising Film industry experts and be fully engrossed in the production of your own films. We expect our student to leave as a multitalented filmosopher with an extensive showreel and a network of professional contacts. MGM has proven its expertise in last 35 years.



“I feel very Proud and happy whenever i visit MGM. I would love to visit MGM again and again to guide students of MGM’s Department Of Film Arts” -Nana Patekar



• One year study time (20 hr practical + 10 hr theory, 20 skill development tasks per week)
• Learn from award-winning, practising film makers
• Create reputation with a community of industry experts
• While developing your skills as a versatile and malleable industry skills make your own extensive showreel
• Avail facility of Scholarships given by MGM Charitable trust
• Showcase your Short Film (student project) at AIFF (Aurangabad International Film Festival)
• MGM will promote best short films made by the students at world-class film festivals
• World class DVD, Blu rey, eBooks library (along with all required reference books)



Intakes: In the month of June
Hours: 30 per week (plus additional hours, incl. evenings and weekends)
Our intensive 12-month Certificate Course In Cinematography is the first of its kind to offer “360 digree skill development program in Cinematography”. You will learn all expected Cinematography disciplines: allied arts, directing, producing, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound and film marketing. In over 30 hours of practical tuition per week you will find out where your strengths lie, and move into the industry with a wealth of skills, useful contacts and practical knowledge. All our faculties, trainers and mentors are film industry professionals with a working knowledge of current practice and a horde of striking credits. Regular faculties include Award winning director Chandrakant Kulkarni, Noted lyricist and playwrite Dasu Vaidya, Vetran Critic Ashok Rane, Award Winning screenwriter Ajit Dalvi. You will work with high end digital cameras (such as the Arri Alexa or Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro) Learn the current industry software including Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Final Draft, Movie Magic EP Budgeting & Scheduling, Avid Media Composer and work on a broad range of projects and film shoots including: visual narratives, short films (two-, four- and eight-minute) and commercials. This all ensures that you leave MGM’S DFA with an extensive showreel of work.



“Writing, of course, is writing, acting comes from the theater, and cinematography comes from photography. Editing is unique to film. You can see something from different points of view almost simultaneously, and it creates a new experience.”
-Stanley Kubrick






MGM’S DFA Certificate Course In Cinematography is a multi-disciplinary hands-on course, designed to enable students to make creative decisions and receive constructive feedback in a safe, nurturing environment. Over three terms Certificate Course In Cinematography progresses naturally from a basic introduction to aesthetic and technical aspects of Cinematography to wider, more complex problems posed by film production.



Cinematography is just not knowing about the technique. To become a versatile director we must have aptitude towards every form of art. A director must know the fundamentals of poetry as well as fine art. He must excel in music as well as theatre. Knowing the need we have an intensive allied arts workshop in the beginning of every diploma course.


“And later I thought, I can't think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography.”
-Nicolas Roeg

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Students will practically understand the prime job of the DP is to create the visual mood of the film and this is primarily achieved by the use and control of light. This is the most exciting part of the job. Even on a simple exterior, the student will be able to make judgements that can materially affect the way the audience will perceive the message the script, the direction and the characters the actors are playing is interpreted.
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Many pictures require specific, detailed research, particularly if they are period pieces, or if the director asks for a certain style or look. With the run-up and preparation times currently being scheduled, however, there is often too little time to research your subject properly. It is therefore useful to accumulate a store of reference material or to have a good idea where such material can be found. This can help not just with preparing for a shoot, but also with an initial interview for a picture.

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The Art of Cinema has a history of more than 100 years. Along with the art the technology of film is also emerged. Students will understand the technological journey of cinema as well as they will study the current stage and the future of cinematography.
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When you come to order a lens set for a picture,you are faced with a number of interesting problems and choices. These relate to:
● Definition or sharpness.
● Speed or maximum aperture.
● Contrast,or how quickly does black become white?
● Do you need prime lenses, a zoom or both?
● What focal lengths do you need? Should you include extreme wide angle or telephoto?

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Digital cinematography is the process of capturing (recording) a motion picture using digital image sensors rather than through film stock. As digital technology has improved in recent years, this practice has become dominant. Since the mid 2010s most of the movies across the world are captured as well as distributed digitally. Students will work on digital cinematography only, but to master the craft they will practically excel the entire process from stock to digital cinematography.

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Digital intermediate (typically abbreviated to DI) is a motion picture finishing process which classically involves digitizing a motion picture and manipulating the colour and other image characteristics. The intermediate is then used to mass-produce the films that get distributed to theatres. Observing the industry trend it is must for the student to master over the DI technique. Students will be provided with a devoted Davinci Resolve system master the craft practically.
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For this module students will specifically use the unique Skill Development Tasks Program. Here are set of skills students are suppose to inculcate in Exposure meters, Camera speed, Shutter speed, Average scene reflectance values, Types of exposure meter, Lighting ratios, Defining a lighting ratio, Visualizing lighting ratios, Lighting ratios for film and television, Lighting ratios when shooting for both cinema and television, Using lighting ratios on the set, Controlling the whole scene, Three-point image control , Colour temperature, Depth of field calculators, etc.
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Apart from mastering over the elements of cinematography students are suppsose to excel in the aesthetical part also. While understanding the aesthetics of Composition and the rule of thirds, Framing using the rule of thirds, Framing using the sixths, Diagonal framing, Complex and combined composition , Lenses and perspective, Frame size and focal length, Perspective, Focal length and emotional involvement , What is a ‘normal’ focal length lens? Aspect ratios, etc students will develop their skill in shot composition and operating the camera with several accessories like jib, grip, cranes, etc
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We firmly believe that excellence in technique only will support the maker to dream high and achieve it. We are proud that we are one of the very few institutes in India which provide in-house VFX and mastering facility.
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There are great developments in the field of cinematography in last 10 years. The changes are still happening. We will develop an Curiosity in the student towards observing the developments and changes in cinematography aesthetically and technologically.
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We follow the industry method to start the production. Students are supposed to pitch for their concept of the film. They will work with screenwriting students on the final draft. Final draft and budget will be presented in front of the panel of Producers. After approval from producer panel students are supposed to complete the project with industry discipline. They follow the projected schedule and come up with the complete film by strictly following the limitations of time and budget. We strongly believe that this skill will help students to grown in the competitive industry along with their creative skills. Students will select crew from other specialisations like actors from Acting diploma, director of photography from cinematography diploma and so on. We will provide autonomy in student’s decision making to manage the proposed budget in DFA currency. (Students will get credits in DFA currency which they are supposed to spend for hiring cast and crew, studio bookings and all related expenses. Students will be graded on their budget handling skills also)
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Students are encouraged to attend events and screenings at a range of film festivals throughout the duration of the course. MGM’S DFA is involved with a variety of film festivals like Aurangabad International Film Festival (AIFF). In addition students are invited to attend workshops held at these festivals and facilitated by the MGM’S DFA. Where possible, students will be issued with delegate passes for relevant festivals, where we actively encourage attendance at screenings or networking events. Such festivals may include the Yashwant International Film Festival, Mumbai or Filmingo Short Film Festival. their budget handling skills also)
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MGM’S DFA is a Film making community that operates like a production company. Students from all courses regularly support one another so that their film-school experience will be enhanced. Film Editing Certificate Course students work for post-production and Sound Design students join the sets with students of Film Direction for sound and so on.
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To start your journey as a director with us please register for theOrientation Workshop at REGISTER NOW. You will receive a mail about details of Orientation Workshop.
If you need any information or counselling please click the NEED COUNCELLING button and you will receive a call from our councillor.
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• 10+2 or equivalent can apply
• Students with good experience from the field of theatre, music, fine art, etc may get priority in the limited seats criteria
• Students with a non-traditional background will be considered on the strength of their knowledge about the subject and their performance in ENTRANCE TEST WORKSHOP where student can demonstrate transferable skills in other relevant areas
• Those who have experience in the field can present their work in audio visual format at the time of FINAL INTERVIEW
• Fluency in English is must for the applicant, as so many mentors and tutors will be from non-Hindi and Marathi background



“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”
-Orson Welles
• We will welcome you if you are Committed, dedicated and passionate for filmmaking
• If you want a professional career in film
• If you are Collaborative and have a capacity to articulate creative people
• If you have practiced on Film making or any other art form (Allied Arts)


Apply Now

• Register yourself before June 16, 2018
• Orientation Workshop is on July 7 & 8, 2018 (Full Day) at MGM Campus Aurangabad
• Fees For Orientation Workshop Is Rs.1000/- and this fees to be deposited at MGM College of journalism and mass communication before 16th April 2018
• First 40 applications only will be considered for the Orientation Workshop
• Course Fee: Rs. 100000/-
• Admissions will be conferment on July 10, 2018 after submission of required documents and first instalment of fees by the students.
• Batch will start from the third week of July 2018
• Final submissions, exam will be commenced approximately in the month of April/May 2019

For further information please contact our Admissions Coordinator on 0240-2478908 or
email mgmfilmart@gmail.com