WEEKEND COURSE IN FILM MAKING

Autonomous Certificate Course offered by MGM


Start your journey as a film maker 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 Making 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 Weekend Certificate Courceis 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, weekend
Intakes: In the month of June
Hours:: 3 per day
Our intensive 12-month Weekend Certificate Courcewas the first of its kind. You will learn all expected Film Making disciplines: allied arts, directing, producing, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound and film marketing. In over 3 hours of practical tuition per day 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 Weekend Certificate Courceis 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 Weekend Certificate Courceprogresses naturally from a basic introduction to aesthetic and technical aspects of Film Making to wider, more complex problems posed by film production.


Creativity, Technology, and Business 1. Picking out Patterns
2. Mechanics of the Movies
3. Illusion Machines
4. Making the Movie: Film Production
5. The Scriptwriting and Funding Phase
6. The Preparation Phase
7. The Shooting Phase
8. The Assembly Phase
9. Terms and Roles in Film Production
10. Modes of Production
11. Convergences: Film and Video
12. Bringing the Film to the Audience
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to understand the concept and process of film making with its practical aspect
Reference books:
Reference films:
Inhouse facility


The Significance of Film Form and Screenplay
1. The Concept of Form in Film
2. Conventions and Experience
3. Form and Feeling
4. Form and Meaning
5. Principles of Film Form
6. Fundamentals of Screenplay writing
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to understand several Film forms and its importance in the process of film making. Students will develop writing skills and a critical approach towards screenwriting which will help them planning the creative process of film direction


1. Principles of Narrative Construction
2. Plot and Story
3. Cause and Effect
4. Time
5. Space
6. Playing Games with Story Time
7. Narration: The Flow of Story Information
8. Range of Story Information
9. Depth of Story Information
10. The Narrator
11. Summing Up Narration
12. The Classical Cinema
Exercise- Decoding A film Learning Outcome: Students will develop an aesthetical approach towards film making.


1.What Is Mise-en-Scene?
2. Aspects of Mise-en-Scene
3. Setting
4. Costume and Makeup
5. Lighting
6. Staging: Movement and Performance
7. Putting It All Together: Mise-en-Scene in Space and Time
8. Film Language and grammer • Shots • The 180-Degree Rule • The 30-Degree Rule
9. Screen Direction
10. Compression
11. Elaboration
12. Dramatics elements embedded in the screenplay
13. Staging
14. Reading Your Screenplay
15. The Director as Auteur
16. The Reference Films Practical tasks- Students will do exercises on several above mentioned topics Learning Outcome: Students will be able to understand and develop set of skills required to become a good filmmaker


1. Five C’s Of Cinematography
• Camera Angles
• Continuity
• Cutting
• Close-Ups
• Compositions
2. Writing with motion
• Writing with Motion
• Building a Visual World
• The Frame
• The Lens
• Light and Color
3. visual language
• Design Principles
• The Rule of Thirds
• Miscellaneous Rules of Composition
• Basic Composition Rules for People
4. language of the lens
• The Lens and the Frame
• Foreground/Midground/Background
• Lens Perspective
• Optics and Focus
• Depth of Field
• Deep Focus
• Selective Focus
• Image Control at the Lens
• Lens Height
• Dutch Tilt
5. Visual Metaphor
6. Lighting Basics Practical tasks- Students will do exercises on several above mentioned topics
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to understand and develop set of cinematography skills required to become a good filmmaker

1. What Is Editing?
2. Dimensions of Film Editing
3. Graphic Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
4. Rhythmic Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
5. Spatial Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
6. Temporal Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
7. Continuity Editing 8. Spatial Continuity: The 180° System
9. Continuity Editing in The Maltese Falcon
10. Continuity Editing: Some Fine Points
11. More Refinements Crossing the Axis of Action
12. Crosscutting
13. Temporal Editing: Order, Frequency, and Duration
14. Rule of Six
• Emotion
• Story
• Rhythm
• Eyercise
• Two- Dimensional Plane of screen
• Three- Dimensional Space of action
Practical Tasks: Students will edit several sequences with the help of trainers
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to understand and develop set of editing skills required to become a good filmmaker


1. Understanding sound
2. Sound effects, folly and background score
3. Location sound, sinc sound and dubbing
4. Sound Mixing
Practical Tasks: Students will record several scenes and effects with the help of trainers
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to understand and develop set of sound skills required to become a good filmmaker



1. Planning for vfx sequences
2. Understanding methods and tools of vfx

Practical Tasks: Students will plan and execute several vfx scenes and effects with the help of trainers
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to understand and develop set of vfx skills required to become a good filmmaker


1. Working on script
2. Shot division to storyboard
3. Preparing the schedule
4. Shooting our own movie
5. Editing our own movie
6. Designing sound of our own movie
7. The final presentation
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to develop set of skills required to conduct
the preproduction, production and post production process as a director.



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 5 July, 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. 50000/-
• 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