FILM DIRECTION

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 Certificate Course 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)



Duration: 1 year, full-time
Intakes: In the month of June
Hours:: 30 per week (plus additional hours, incl. evenings and weekends)
Our intensive 12-month Certificate Course In Film Direction was the first of its kind to offer “full picture Film Direction”. You will learn all expected Film Direction 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 Film Direction 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 Film Direction progresses naturally from a basic introduction to aesthetic and technical aspects of Film Direction to wider, more complex problems posed by film production.



MGM’S DFA Certificate Course In Film Direction 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 Film Direction progresses naturally from a basic introduction to aesthetic and technical aspects of Film Direction to wider, more complex problems posed by film production. Film Direction 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 Certificate Course
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“Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied... That's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good.”
-Akira Kurosawa

To specialize in the craft we must know the fundamentals. After making them understand the fundamentals for Directing a film we work on an intensive practice, it is termed as Skill Development Tasks Program (SDTP). We have defined related Skill development Tasks required to achieve excellence in the journey from script to pre-production, production and editing to release of film. Students are motivated to take on the role of a storyteller and team leader. In the year every student will be engaged in a number of individual projects and the finished film analysed in the class. Students work with technicians and actors to understand staging, text analysis and casting, etc. During the pre-production of diploma films students have one-to-one feedback and counsel from an acclaimed film director.
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“To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script, and the script.”
-Alfred Hitchcock

Each student will explore in depth the narrative film format, from concept, character to dialogue. They will work on several possibilities in narrative structures. Few student scripts will be selected to go through intensive workshops. They will work on scripts until they are ready to go into production. Students learn early on in the course that film business is the game of patience. A good story or concept fails to work when it is poorly written.

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“I would like to produce films, but I feel I am an unsuccessful producer. That's the fact.”
- Mithun Chakraborty

Film Production also should be considered as art. You need to be an expert of so many things to become a successful producer. Success of a film depends on the director producer relationship. Hence a good director must know each and every aspect of producing a film. We practice to develop production related skills in our students. We expect him to craft his dream in the discipline of finance and time management. Although all state-of-art film making facilities are easily accessible to every student we have made it mandatory to take a proper booking of the facility. The student is supposed to complete his work in the budgeted hours only.
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“And later I thought, I can't think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography.”
-Nicolas Roeg

A good director must know the roles like director of photography, gaffer, camera operator, 1st and 2nd camera assistants and grip (track and dolly). Predominantly, students work with 35mm film censor digital cameras (Blackmagis Ursa Mini Pro) to understand thoroughly the nature of light, framing and the mechanics of film. Classes are taught and shoots are supervised by different Cinematographers in the film industry. Students are exposed to the highest standards of practice by some of the world’s leading directors of photography.

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“In my view, the only way to see a film remains the way the filmmaker intended: inside a large movie theater with great sound and pristine picture”.
-Ridley Scott
The sound module will start with the brief history of music in cinema and the aesthetics of film music, and a practical guide to working with a composer. It will cover foley, the definition of sound and the physics behind it; the physical recording of production sound on digital recorders with a range of microphones, multiple tracks, details of the craft of sound design, track mixing, etc. Practical sessions will be combined with cinematography, All Certificate Course films will be recorded, dubbed with professional standard at the state-of-art sound studio.

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“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
-Alfred Hitchcock

Students work with existing drama material and rushes from student’s own individual projects to learn Final Cut Pro X. These practical sessions are woven together with theory lectures that include cutting techniques, filmic time and space, editing styles, setting audio levels and Individual Film Projects and Commercials
Throughout the course students are given an opportunity to direct and work on a number of projects, including short films and commercials. Tutors guide and assess students through a formal shooting experience on 35mm film censor digital cameras (Blackmagis Ursa Mini Pro) with professional/armature actors. We will provide the encouraging environment where students will reveal their strengths as a leader and philosopher of cinema. Time to time mentors, faculties and instructors will give prolific feedback in the journey of skill development.
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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, DI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_intermediate ) and mastering facility.
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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 Certificate Course, director of photography from cinematography Certificate Course 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 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 the Orientation 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 0240-2478908or
email mgmfilmart@gmail.com