Filmmaking as a Career Option


 Films are one of the most powerful tools for social change. The purpose of films is to not only provide entertainment but also bring about a positive change in the society. As such, a lot depends upon our filmmakers. Films are the most varied creative opportunities in mass media. It is one of the most creative professions and there are many scopes in filmmaking. Filmmaking includes feature films, documentaries, newsreels, promotional films, TV commercials, music videos, etc.

A film, also called a movie or motion picture, is a series of still or moving images. It is produced by recording photographic images with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or visual effects. The process of filmmaking has developed into an art form and industry. Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures, which reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment and a powerful method for educating - or indoctrinating - citizens. The visual elements of cinema give motion pictures a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitles that translate the dialogue into the language of the viewer.
There are many institutions from where one can learn film making and other things related to films. The pioneering institute in this line is the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Aspirants may join after senior secondary or after graduation in courses related to films at FTII. For technical courses, the basic eligibility is 10+2. For other courses, it is graduation. There will be aptitude tests and interviews for getting admissions. Duration of courses depends on the course one opts for and the institution chosen. There are Diploma, Post Diploma and even Certificate courses in each area of specialization.  Specialization areas include production, direction, editing, cinematography, film processing, animation, acting, sound engineering, make-up, photography and so on. Students should be careful when they take admission in private institutes related to films. 
Apart from the formal degree or diplomas, one need to have some personnel attributes and some skills for getting success in career related to films. Some of the required skills are creativity, capacity to work in team and lead or manage teams, ability to work under pressure, effective and good communication, etc. Candidates can find employment with Film Studios, Production Companies, Advertising Agencies, Government Departments, etc which make films or start their own venture as producer, director, editors, cameramen, soundmen, lighting crews, assistants and so on. Careers in films can be those related to the actual production of the film and those related to the film field such as a Film critic, Film archivist, Film curator, Film distributor, etc.
Apart from directing or producing films, there are many other technical careers associated with filmmaking. Some of the popular words here are film editing or animation. Animation films are created by filming sequences of drawings or computer graphics and processing them at high speed so that they appear to be moving. Animation graphics are used in action films to stimulate real events. There are also many scopes related to light and sound. 
There are different corporations under the State government or central government which promotes film making. All those who are creative and serious about film making can opt for careers related to films. The scope is endless as this is one of the booming industries all over the country. One need to have patience as there is a lot of competition in this field. One may not become successful immediately but with consistency, patience, hard work and other creative skills, one may become successful in filmmaking. 
FTII: Established as 'Film Institute of India' in 1960 on the erstwhile Prabhat Studio premises at Pune, FTII boasts of a rich legacy in quality Indian cinema. The Prabhat Studios were declared heritage sites by the Pune Municipal Corporation and are used by the students to this day. The Institute was renamed as 'The Film and Television Institute of India' in 1971. The Television Wing, earlier located at the Mandi House, New Delhi was shifted to Pune in the early seventies, bringing together the training in film and television under a common roof. During its inception in 1974, the Television wing was concerned with the provision of in-service training to personnel from Doordarshan. This Wing has, in recent years, launched a one-year course in Television.
The Institute has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Today, the FTII is commonly regarded as a center of excellence across the world. Films made by the students of the Institute have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and abroad and have gone on to win National and International awards.  The alumni of the FTII have left an indelible imprint across all facets of Indian Cinema and television and have built an excellent reputation in its allied industries. 
The FTII is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. Some of the courses at FTII are: Post Graduate Diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing, Post Graduate Diploma in Cinematography, Post Graduate Diploma in Sound Recording and Sound Design, Post Graduate Diploma in Editing, Post Graduate Diploma in Acting, Post Graduate Diploma in Art Direction and Production Design, Post Graduate Diploma in Feature Film Screenplay Writing, Post Graduate Certificate Course in TV Direction, Post Graduate Certificate Course in Electronic Cinematography, Post Graduate Certificate Course in Video Editing, Post Graduate Certificate Course in Sound Recording and TV Engineering, etc . 
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute (DBHRGFTI): The DBHRGFTI (erstwhile Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute) was established in January 1999. This is the only institute of its kind in the entire north-eastern region. It is a regional centre of excellence for education in film and television. Students from the north-eastern States study various facets of film in this institute. DBHRGFTI is now ranked amongst the leading film and television institutes in the country. Its education emphasizes holistic development and interactive practical learning to groom students as film makers for development of the film industry in the country. A closely networked industry-institute interface is ensured through guest lectures, studio and laboratory visit, workshop, seminars and participation in various film festivals.
Jyoti Chitraban: Located in Guwahati, Assam, 'Jyoti Chitraban' is the most premier film studio of the entire north-eastern region. It was established in the year 1961 by the Government of Assam in Guwahati. Named after the pioneer of the film industry in the region, Rupknowar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, this prestigious organization started its journey on 17th January, 1968 with a view to mitigate the various difficulties faced by the film-producing entrepreneurs of the North-east. Since its inception as the only film studio of-its-kind in the north-eastern part of this country, Jyoti Chitraban has been extending laudable and indispensable technical support for the growth and sustenance of the film and television industry of the region for nearly 50 years now.
Though the scope of filmmaking is limited in Assam and the Northeast, a number of youths from the region are working in cities like Mumbai and some of them have been able to get national and international recognition. Organizing events like the recently concluded 'Guwahati International Film Festival' and film festivals are directly and indirectly going to impact the film industry in the region in a positive way.
Ranjan K Baruah is a social activist and career mentor who has conducted career awareness programme in different parts of Assam and Northeast India and can be reached at or 98640 55558 for any career related queries