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Directors are people who manage and take charge of activities, organizations, and projects. If added the word creative to it, we narrow it down to the field of media. Films, advertisements, newspapers, videos, plays, animations, etc. In progressing time, the need to “showing” has increased drastically. With idea that audio-visual medium has a greater impact on the human mind has encouraged more and more people to take up the field of direction.

 Education pathway

Having a degree is not as important as it seems. A person who can show their work and portfolio (considering it is appropriate for that project) will be selected for the job. if you are sure of becoming a director then for the sake of graduating, you shall finish your bachelor’s in journalism/mass communication/advertising/ graphic designing or any related field. Masters is once again not important unless you look forward to teaching young students.  

Several colleges offer diploma courses. Taking them up and honing your skills can easily help you achieve your success.

Colleges 

The college offers diploma courses in Journalism & Mass Communication, Communication for Development, Advanced Integrated Communication Programme (Valid for working professionals) Film, Television & Digital Video Production, Advertising & Marketing communications, Mass Communication Marathi.

Certificate courses: Announcing, Broadcasting, Compering, Dubbing & E-book Narration, Computer Graphics for Print Design, Radio Jockey, Photography, Public Speaking & Personality Enhancement. Creative Writing

Courses offered include: Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in Multimedia, Print Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Diploma in Multimedia

An aptitude test and personal interview can get you into the institute.

Courses offered include: MA in Print and New Media, MA in Radio and Television, MA in Communication and Media Studies

Courses offered include: BA in Journalism, Psychology, and English, BA in Communication and Media, English and Psychology, MA in Media and Communication Studies, M.Phil in Media Studies, Ph.D. in Media Studies

Diploma courses offered include Direction & Screenplay Writing, Cinematography, Sound Recording, and Sound Design, Editing, Art Direction, and Production Design, Feature Film Screenplay Writing, Electronic Cinematography, TV Direction, Video Editing, Sound Recording, and TV Engineering

Skills 

  • Expression: Show, don’t speak. That is the rule for every director on this planet. Having an eye for the camera or aesthetics portrays your thought process. And that’s your job!
  • Persuasiveness: Risk is a part of every job. To take a risk, being persuasive could your go-to tool. Many times, the production may not agree with your idea and willing to take the risk. In those times logical explanation, reasoning, creative view, etc. types of tools could be used to convince the team.  
  • Time management: Seasonal and well as production factors affect time management procedures. A particular location may not be the best during summer and hence needs to be shot during winters. Plays could be seasonal hence the director needs to make sure of the lightings, sounds to make sure the play is put out well.
  • Verbal communication: Communicating the idea with other team members is a must. Internal conflicts can be avoided if the director directs his team well. This also involves leadership qualities. Since there are multiple groups of people like costume and make-up, set designers, camera, lighting, sound, artist, etc.
  • Technical understanding: “Speak their language to them” a director i=needs a technical understanding of all equipment on set. At least the basic level. This is necessary as the people in charge can get a clear understanding of the director’s mind. For example, if a cinematographer has is shooting a scene and a change is needed, the director can easily communicate if he knows the jargon. Like “let’s get a pan shot of this” This will make it easier for the cinematographer to work on the scene.

Conclusion

As the same suggest and discussed previously under skills, one needs to be creative. This doesn’t arrive within a say. Trial and error is the key method to learn in the practical field. Since all media institute offers practical component, one must make good use of the same. Try making your movies. Use your phone to shoot. Experiment as much as possible. Apply for internships or work for local production. Freelancing is a bold decision and the best way to platform your passion towards the creative direction.   

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