The Gaming Industry & E-Sports In India | Q&A with Lokmanyu Chaturvedi

Lokmanyu Chaturvedi is a 23 year old, professional E-sports gamer from New Delhi. At a young age, he’s won over 35 domestic and international accolades and is among the top 3 competitive gamers in the country. Lokmanyu has also been a three time winner of prestigious ESL India Cup. He speaks to us about his experience of being a professional gamer and the future of E-sports and gaming in India. 

How did you start your career in gaming?

Well I’ve been in love with the most popular sport in the world, football, ever since I was a kid. I played professional football in high school and college which got me to explore the virtual side of it as well because I was always passionate about the game and I wanted to play with world class players on a virtual pitch. 

It all started with playing it casually with my friends and winning against the CPU by big margins. Since I was the best amongst the casual FIFA players in my circuit, they motivated me to go for a tournament which would have all the top pros in the country. Since I was new in the scene and I had nothing to lose, I played so well that I beat a couple of pro players at that time. Finally, the day came when I went past losing out in the first round and won my first tournament. One tournament led to another which made me a better FIFA player and hence the motivation came to become a competitive player. 

Was there a moment in time where you thought “I want to become a professional gamer!”? Or did you have a plan that you were going to pursue this anyway?

Yes, there came a time when I decided to become a professional. After winning some local tournaments I read and watched a lot more of FIFA E-Sports. Top players in the world, their stories and hard work towards the game increased my dedication ten folds. I never had the plan of becoming a professional since I never knew I could come this far by playing this game casually with my friends at a point of time. It was after the consistency I displayed in all tournaments I played in which led me to take a decision of going pro. 

How does one go about becoming a professional gamer?

Being a professional gamer in India is still a big challenge, to be honest. However, games like DOTA, Counter Strike:GO, League of Legends  are big earners since the investment is huge and frequency of tournaments is much higher. FIFA E-Sports is pretty much underdeveloped due to many reasons. Having said that, if a competitive player can acquire the right kind of knowledge, approach the right kind of organizations and most importantly stay patient without giving into fears of failure just because it’s a niche field then being a professional gamer is as solid as any other job in our country which requires 8 hours a day, probably the one which pays you for following your passion.

And what according to you is the future of gaming in India?

It’s been reverberating a lot lately, “E-sports is the next big thing”.

The potential of Indian gaming market as a whole astonishes me. Mobile gaming is the biggest example in our country. There have been a lot of investors coming in wanting to enter the world of E-sports. They are helping organizations build teams, play professionally with player salaries, instilling  coaches and establishing gaming houses. The future looks really promising and it’s only positive; trust me when I say that. The barrier of gaming being an addiction is slowly slipping down the drain and a professional approach has come in which explains why an E-sport is as important as any traditional sport. 

Okay, this is kind of a tough one, but what is your favourite game of all time and why?

You’ve put me in a tough spot here… this is difficult. But I guess I’ll have to go with Uncharted 4 : A Thief’s End, simply because of the thought and hard work that went in to creating so much detail in this game. You can explore so many things and the story is just absolutely mind blowing. Although, FIFA is my work and I would love to play it all day but if asked other than that, this is the one for sure, as the graphics, storyline and characters is second to none for me. 

A piece of advice you want to give to the people who want to become gamers!

Passion is the most important driving force behind anything we do. However, sometimes it’s just not enough since you have to be skilled at that game as much as you’re passionate about it. I’d say when you decide to go pro at any e-sport, the most important thing to consider is its sustainability and how much it means to you in the long run. 

Being a casual gamer is great since you can explore different games and enjoy it but being a professional at one game is not as easy as it sounds. Since I had so much to consider myself when I decided to make this my profession, I’d suggest everyone to evaluate their potential and not take a hasty decision of choosing this as your work just because you think everybody is playing that game or your friends are doing better at it than you. You’ve got to keep going and do what you love, but at the same time be smart and constantly practice. 

Insanely conceptualized photography shoots that we love!

The art of weaving a story through images is a craft that only a few have mastered. It requires patience, creativity and an original idea which is complemented by abstract thought. Here are some insanely conceptualized fashion shoots by Indian photographers, that we have absolutely  fallen in love with! 

Ishaan Nair 

We love the warm tones and the uniqueness of this image! It brings out an almost fun-but- chill kind of vibe through all the beautiful bright colors. The picture is a reminder of the good and the not so good times we have had hanging out with our mates in our comfort zone.

Ishaan Nair

Nirvair Rai 

Fashion, according to Nirvair, is about people wearing clothes rather than just clothes exclusively. This beautiful image is of a real-life vagabond from Pushkar, a Banjara Kalbeliya woman. She looks comfortable and is glowing with happiness while wearing a boho-inspired dress designed by Ishita Verma. We love the use of natural outdoor lighting and the natural setting. And not to forget, that lovely carefree smile! 

Nirvair Rai

Nayantara Parikh 

This tribute to Frida Kahlo is called Blue House. Conceptualized by Nayantara and Karuna, this is one of the most mesmerizing shoots we have come across! We love the unique elements like the langoor, the Ogaan dress that Karuna is wearing, the beautiful tables and the patterned floor. The light falls beautifully on the subjects face which makes the picture almost surreal. 

Nayantara Parikh

Aman Makkar 

In this conceptual shoot called Where The Wild Things are Aman Makkar captures the raw aesthetic of the wild with horses. The photo gives us an essence of the wilderness while creatively using the lighting on the model.  

Aman Makkar

Lekha Rathnam x Divya Balakrishnan

Ace photographer Lekha Rathnam and Bengaluru based fashion stylist Divya Balakrishnan collaborated on this conceptualized shoot called Mylapore which depicts the beauty of the community in Tamil Nadu. This unique shoot attempts to capture Tamil heritage in a simple yet authentic manner. 

Lekha Rathnam

 

 

Looking to explore fashion photography? Head over to www.projectmynt.com/courses and learn more about our upcoming fashion photography workshop with Nayantara Parikh at the end of August!

What the best film schools in the world look for in applications

Straight to the point, no-bullshit—this is a list of the best film schools in the world and how to crack their admission process. Spanning the US and EU, with a special mention for the Film and Television Institute in India, this covers the preliminary research aspiring filmmakers have to do to shortlist their dream school so that you can get to work on fulfilling its requirements. 

Here goes: 

TISCH School of Arts NYU (US)

Community service and a distinct voice. The NYU-based prestigious arts school emphasizes that your creative resume can include a list of activities that are not strictly creative, so long as they highlight “an engagement with your community and/or a significant time commitment from you.”

Their list of requirements includes a portfolio with original works, two creative assignments, the resume mentioned above and a video about yourself. The video, specifically, must be true to who you are and should not be a repetition of why you are applying to the school. The rest is up to you. 

Notable alumni include: Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Reed Morano, Joel Coen, M Knight Shyamalan, Charlie Kaufman, Chris Columbus

FAMU (EU)

Lots and lots of work. The school requires quite a hefty portfolio that includes things like a short feature or documentary (up to 10 minutes long), a storyboard presenting a narrative based on an encounter, two short synopses for short fiction films and an audiovisual self-portrait. 

Notable alumni include: Milan Kundera, Frank Beyer, Agnieszka Holland, Milos Forman, Jasmin Dizdar

London Film School (EU) 

Initiative. This film school has a relatively straightforward portfolio requirement: an original script for a three-minute-long film. However, they provide the option of sending in any other creative work, including photographs, videos or even literary pieces. So, get creative and show them what you’ve got—quite literally—in your arsenal. 

Notable alumni include: Iain Smith (Mad Max), Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice), Terry Bredford (Monty Python), Don Boyd (21), Tak Fujimoto (Star Wars, Silence of the Lambs, Gladiator)

American Film Institute (US)

Passion and street smarts that help you tell compelling stories with limited budgets. The institute offers two year masters in fine arts specialising in 6 disciplines—direction, cinematography, screenwriting, editing, production and production design. Admission to each of these programs has different requirements; for instance, the direction course mandates the submission of: 

  • A 10-minutes moving image project that the applicant has personally directed and that best demonstrates individual talent and ability. 
  • An original moving short (five minutes or less) that highlights your storytelling abilities.

Both of these must be accompanied by one-page descriptions of why and how you made these films. 

Notable alumni include: Darren Aronofsky, Neal Baer (Law and Order), Moritz Borman (Terminator Salvation) and Doug Ellin (Entourage)

FTII (Asia) 

Knowledge and a sharp focus on why you want to be a filmmaker. The Pune-based institute has an entrance examination followed by an interview where you must demonstrate why you want to make movies. 

Notable alumni include: Jaya Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, David Dhawan, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Rao

University of Southern California, LA (US) 

Quality letters of recommendation as well as good communication skills. In addition to your creative portfolio list or list of projects you have worked on and samples of your work, USC requires a compelling personal statement and two letters of recommendation. 

Notable alumni include: Will Ferrel, Macy Gray, LeVar Burton, Forest Whitaker

UCLA

A keen sense of interest in one of the aspects of filmmaking, for both their Masters and undergraduate programs. The requirements for the undergraduate program also include a one-page essay on a challenge that you have faced. 

Notable alumni include: James Dean, Steve Martin, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzerek.

Cal Arts (US) 

Plans for the future. This film school wants to know how far along you are on your creative journey and where you want to go. In addition to film or video work, the institute requires an artist statement that addresses the issues that inform your filmmaking, your artistic goals, a little bit about the films you want to make and why you’re applying to Cal Arts. 

Notable alumni include: James Mangold (The Wolverine), Tariq Tapa (Zero Bridge), David Nordstrom and Rachel Goldberg

Lodz Film School 

Versatility. In addition to samples of your work, Lodz requires you to submit a self-presentation on who you are and your life, an outline of an original fiction film, an idea for a documentary and a story board on Landscape, Portrait and your observation of an event with no more than five to eight images. 

Notable alumni include: Roman Polanski, Emily Young, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi

Why You Should Sign Up For Project Mynt’s Music Production Capsule

 

Yes, it sounds like it would be really cool to be a music producer but, we assure you, there’s so much more to this new-age career than meets the eye. Given that Project Mynt is committed to encouraging Gen-Z to explore and, hopefully, pursue unconventional jobs, the first thing we need to do is to generate awareness about the mindset and the workflow of a music producer. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not an assembly line-like process, and neither is it easy. 

Moreover, we believe that the typical entrant or aspirant to this industry suffers from a lack of understanding, not only with regards to protocol, but also the definition of the role of a music producer. 

Given that there’s actually a very large chunk in the demographic at the level of the uninformed and uncounselled aspirant who is seeking out information to cement their inclination towards music production, we saw the need for this course. Every producer worth their salt will vouch for it; there’s a shocking lack of resources available to absolute beginners, and veterans say that it would have been beneficial to have had the opportunity to enroll for a course like this in the nascent stages of their own careers.

Though it’s designed as a very brief introduction, our carefully-curated curriculum definitely serves as a gateway to an informed critical first step.

What’s in the curriculum? 

Structured over six weeks, the curriculum for the EMP capsule course aims to present the requirement(s), need and path of a music producer and works towards setting expectations in terms of what one needs to do to begin to develop the mindset this journey requires. 

Our approach involves outlining the tools that are currently available, and what these can become in the hands of an able producer. We want our students to define and challenge their limits, and begin the process of identifying and creating a personality that will influence the way they look at music-making. Forever. musi

If you think that Electronic Music Production could be your next thing, head to www.projectmynt.com for more details.

A Lesson On The Importance Of Self-Belief By Srijan Mahajan

This is a three-part story on self belief, one that began when I was still in school. I started playing the keyboard when I was about eight or nine-years-old, and spent the next five-seven years learning everything I could about the instrument. Then, when I got to class 9, a few of my musician friends and I wanted to form a band. You see, the school I attended had an annual Founder’s Day (School Birthday in our school) and we had wanted to perform at it for as long as I could remember. The only problem? We were missing a drummer. 

Till one day I saw that the same school where I’d been learning the keys also organised drum classes. On an absolute whim, I decided to give it a shot so we could complete the band. “How hard could it be?” I thought to myself without realising  that was the first day of the rest of my life. You see, the minute I held the drum sticks in my hand, I had already begun a journey that would take me around the world, playing gigs with many bands, including Parikrama. Needless to say, I also performed at the Founder’s Day. 

Act II

In 2012, I began accepting music production offers but there was a catch: I had no clue how to produce music. A fellow musician and friend, Arsh Sharma would sit in a little corner in his parent’s house learning and he would teach me how to make music. It was here that we went on to record bands and also produce some of our own songs, together as Fuzzculture, with Arsh guiding me the whole way. A few months later, another friend of mine, Nikhil Malik told me that someone he knew was making a movie and needed music for it that he was going to have to produce. Again, on a whim, I pitched the idea of the three of us getting together to do it, instead. By some chance, Nikhil agreed and that right there was the beginning of Studio Fuzz. Together, we worked on the background score for a full-length feature film, MCream when we didn’t have the slightest clue how we’d get it done. What we did know was how to say ‘yes’. 

Third time lucky? 

In 2015, I got curious about making photographs, and decided to make 365 great photographs, one for every day of 2016. This challenge led to me shooting constantly, getting better at photography and, eventually, even getting offered professional photography assignments and a music video–all of which, yep you guessed it, I said ‘yes’ to.

Back to the present

A few days ago, on a particularly rainy and grey morning (the ones that are perfect for a little bit of regression or a pause, if you may), I realised that the one thing that was common between my best work, over a 15-year period,  was that I had no idea how to do it at the time that I decided to do it. In retrospect, learning on the job has contributed entirely to my evolution as both a person and an artist. If I hadn’t said yes to any of those projects, I wouldn’t have learnt to do any of the things I do every day, and my life would’ve looked very, very different. 

So, say yes! I’m sure you’ll figure it out (whatever ‘it’ is)  as you go along. 

 

16 Patriotic Films You Can Watch On Independence Day

Skip ahead and scroll through for our list of 16 patriotic movies to watch on August 15 to celebrate the birth of an independent India, while asking yourself this question: what does it truly mean to be Indian? What does it mean to be patriotic? With a big tub of popcorn, of course. 

Swades

Where: Prime Video

The Shahrukh Khan-starrer that released over a decade ago, Swades is the story of NASA scientist, Mohan Bhargava (Khan) who travels to India to find his childhood nanny and take her back to the States. Instead, he ends up rediscovering his roots. In addition to great performances, the film has an extremely memorable soundtrack and “Yun hi chala chal rahi” still sounds as good as it did in 2004. 

Lakshya

Where: Prime Video

“Main aisa kyun hoon?” a  goal-less, confused young man asks anybody who’ll listen, till he joins the Indian army and finds purpose in life. Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan are absolutely wonderful in the romantic war-drama that released in 2004 but is still relevant today. 

Lagaan

Where: Netflix

Every Bollywood super fan will tell you that Lagaan has a special place in their hearts. Ashutosh Gowariker’s Oscar-nominated cricket film, set in a village in Pre-Independence India, saw Aamir Khan play the loveable Bhuvan. A story of love, freedom and cricket before it became the country’s favourite sport, Lagaan will have you laughing, crying and cheering for the bunch of bat-wielding misfits as they play the most important cricket game of their lives. 

Viceroy’s House 

Where: Prime Video

You’ll remember the name ‘Lord Mountbatten’ from history lessons in school; he’s the central character of this period drama directed by Bend It Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha. It follows the journey of India’s final viceroy, Mountbatten, who is tasked with overseeing India’s transition into an independent nation and must mediate between Nehru and Jinnah. 

Rang De Basanti 

Where: Netflix

Still one of Aamir Khan’s finest movies, Rang De Basanti is the story of a British filmmaker who comes to India to shoot a documentary about India’s freedom fighters based on the diary of her grandfather. She eventually goes on to cast a group of privileged, apathetic students for the film that, in dramatic and permanent ways, changes them forever. 

P.S. You’ll want to keep a box of tissues handy for this one, it’s a real tear-jerker. 

Raazi

Where: Prime Video

Alia Bhatt plays a 20-year-old Kashmiri girl who, on her father’s request, agrees to marry into a family of military officials in Pakistan and relay critical information to India in the run-up to the Indo-Pak war. Based on Harinder Sikka’s novel “Calling Sehmat”, the film was directed by Meghna Gulzar and, with a box office collection in excess of Rs 200 crore, it emerged as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films with a female lead. 

Uri: The Surgical Strike

Where: ZEE5

If you still haven’t watched the film that catapulted Vicky Kaushal straight into superstardom, we highly recommend settling down to watch it this Independence Day. A recounting of the surgical strikes that followed after the deadly Uri attack that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers, the film went on to garner incredible commercial success with a box office collection exceeding Rs 300 crore. 

It also swept the National Awards this year with four wins, including Best Actor to Kaushal for his performance as Major Vihaan Singh. 

1971

An underrated war drama directed by Amrit Sagar, 1971 is the story of six Indian soldiers who are taken prisoners by Pakistan, following the Indo-Pak war in 1971. The film had an ensemble cast that included Manoj Bajpayee, Ravi Kishan, Piyush Mishra and Deepak Dobriyal, and won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi the year that it was released. 

Unfortunately, at the time of publishing this article, the film is not on any OTT streaming platforms but, if you can, get your hands on a DVD and dust off your old player. It’ll be worth it. 

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Where: Hotstar

The biographical sports film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra follows the journey of Milkha Singh, and how he got the name ‘The Flying Sikh’, 

Paan Singh Tomar 

Where: Netlix

Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar is based on the life of army subedar-turned-steeplechase-champion-turned-dacoit, Paan Singh Tomar who was gunned down in a shootout in Chambal, Madhya Pradesh in 1981. Irrfan Khan breathed life into this role, portraying the record-breaking Indian athlete’s descent into one of the most wanted dacoits of his time subtly yet incredibly powerfully. 

Gandhi, My Father 

The film is prominent because it showed us a different side of the Mahatma by exploring the strained relationship with his son Harilal Gandhi. Starring Akshaye Khanna as Harilal Gandhi and Darshan Jariwala as MK Gandhi, the film is centred around the all-consuming, hatefulclash of ideologies between Bapu and his son. 

Unfortunately, at the time of publishing this article, the film is not on any OTT streaming platforms either. 

Article 15 

Where: You’ll have to see if you can catch this in a theatre near you

No spoilers ahead since the film just released but the Ayushmann Khurrana film is named after Article 15 of the Indian Constitution that prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, caste, religion or place of birth, and inspired by true events such as the Badaun rape and the Una flogging. 

Black Friday 

Where: Prime Video

A docu-drama, directed by Anurag Kashyap, traces the investigation into the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts that left over 200 people dead and more than 1,000 people, wounded. The film explores the perspectives of different people involved in the tragedy – civilians, conspirators and cops – to unpack one of the most devastating terrorist attacks to occur on Indian soil. 

Chak De! India 

Where: Prime Video

Who can forget Shahrukh Khan’s moving speech, delivered as the disgraced coach of the Indian women’s hockey team Kabir Khan, in one of the most popular Bollywood sports films ever? And there’s no better time to revisit it on Independence Day; it’s a story of one man’s deep love for his country that never wavers, even in the face of bigotry and hatred. 

Chak De! India also brought to the talents of Vidya Malvade and Sagarika Ghatge to the fore. 

Mulk

Where: ZEE5

Released in 2018, the film is about a Muslim family that must prove its allegiance to the country when a family member joins a terrorist outfit. Based on a true story, Mulk details the ordeal of Murad Ali Muhammed, a well-regarded lawyer who lives in Varanasi, whose life is turned upside-down when his son joins an extremist terror organisation and executes an attack that leaves many dead. Overnight, everything changes for Murad who must prove his family’s innocence amidst hostility, public shaming and downright hatred. 

Gandhi

Where: Hotstar 

The 1982 film, starring Ben Kingsley, is an in-depth look at the life of the father of our nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and how his path of non-violence led India into its future as a sovereign, independent nation–free from the clutches of British rule.

Which of these patriotic films did you end up watching? Tag @projectmynt in your stories and let us know!

Student Speak – What the first batch of Project Mynt’s music production capsule have to say

The entire song production process over six fulfilling weeks – our Music Production capsule has been curated to show students how to leverage existing tools and technology to make music. The curriculum is an overview of the key aspects of the production process, starting from the fundamentals of sound and music theory to the core processes applied within digital audio workstations. Having completed the first round of capsules, we decided to stop telling you why you should sign up for our immersive courses. Instead, we asked our students what they thought of this one-of-a-kind education experience. Here’s a gist of what they had to say:

Udit Godyal, student – Music Production capsule 

“It (the course) was really amazing since I was able to get answers to all my questions and know exactly what I wanted to learn. For me, that was a desire to understand how the music industry works and how to get into the scene. The faculty was really good and made everything easily digestible with their fun, interactive method of teaching.” 

Naman Keshri, student – Music Production capsule 

“The six-day experience was like a sneak peak into the next phase of my life. If the field of music is full of grand and beautiful trees, Gaurav Chintamani sir gave me the seeds of those trees. I am planting what I learnt every day since I completed the capsule course so I can keep growing with music and also make it sound mine. Sir is a universe of information and one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever met, his words gave me chills – they have so much weight and worth! He used the simplest things which together sounded so complex. 

In fact, the most surprising thing about my experience was learning about the music-making process. Seeing how synthesisers work, mixing, music theory, gathering sounds from your surroundings atmosphere and making music out of it – by the time Gaurav sir mixed a song made by my friend, I discovered a “oneness” where all the elements have their own significance but together they make music. The capsule course connected music to the deepest level, by tapping into my state of mind. 

Electronic Music Production is definitely my next thing. Being a songwriter and the vocalist of a band, I found that it is the way to make my music bigger and to bring out my feelings and ideas together in the greatest possible form.”

Garv Grover, student – EMP capsule 

“As someone who’s been producing music for about two-three years now, there were definitely some gaps in my own understanding that I needed to fill with professional guidance and mentoring. Over the duration of the course, not only did I learn a great deal about music production but also about the kind of personality and approach a music producer should have.  

One of the most special experiences was watching my own composition evolve to a whole other level when Gaurav sir mixed it to demonstrate the essentials of mixing music. I  believe that was the best way to conclude the entire Music Production programme. 

The course also showed me that Mr. Gaurav Chintamani is the mentor I always needed yet never had. After the very first session, I felt as though the huge roadblocks in my understanding of music were all being cleared. It’s been more than a month since the last session but I still find myself thinking “What would Gaurav sir do if he were in my place?” when I encounter a problem.  

Simply put, it’s been a hell of a ride.”

To find out if music production is your next thing, join us for our EMP capsule starting on the 24th of August at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. 

5 Tarantino Films To Revisit Post The Release Of His Latest Film

Did you know that Quentin Tarantino has only directed nine movies? Yep, that’s right – and he plans to stop entirely after the tenth one. A commitment he intends to keep since he reiterated it once again, post the release of his ninth movie, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. He also said that his tenth and final film will most likely be more “epilogue-y”, but refused to divulge any further details. Without the slightest hint of subject matter, plot or release date, who knows when (if at all) this will happen but, given that the Brad Pitt-DiCaprio starrer just hit Indian theatres, chances are you’re in the mood for more Tarantino. 

So, press rewind and re-watch 5 of his best movies to quell your hankering for QT’s brand of movie-making, complete with ensemble casts and unpredictable action: 

Pulp Fiction

Where: Prime Video 

Oh, man. Arguably Tarantino’s finest hour, the 1994 film is an icon in its own right. The story of how the lives of two mobsters, two petty criminals, a gangster’s wife and a boxer get terribly intertwined will leave you breathless…even if you’ve watched it before. Marked by graphic violence, punchy dialogues, non-linear storytelling and memorable performances, Pulp Fiction should be on every cinephile’s list of movies to watch before you die. 

Django Unchained

Where: Netflix

The synopsis of Django Unchained simply reads, “With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.”  However, this ode to Spaghetti Westerns (a genre created by Spanish director Sergio Leone, owing its nomenclature to the fact that most of these Western movies were made cheaply in Europe by Italian filmmakers) is marked by incredible performances and a more reckless, free-wheeling Tarantino at its helm, making it one of his best movies. 

Inglourious Basterds

Where: Prime Video

Christoph Waltz is probably the best thing about this movie that tells the story of two plots to assassinate Nazi leadership that culminates in a visually-stunning, and ironic, climax. If you haven’t seen Inglourious Basterds yet, we highly recommend adding it your watch list stat. 

Kill Bill Vol 1 and Kill Bill Vol 2

Where: Prime Video

An ode to grindhouse cinema, including martial arts films and samurai cinema, Kill Bill stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, a pregnant assassin who wakes up from a coma to discover she has been betrayed by her team and their boss, Bill. She swears revenge and sets out to kill Bill and the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.

Image courtesy : www.slate.com

Do you think you can be the next Tarantino? Join our Filmmaking capsule and start your journey today!

Know Your Mentor : Gaurav Chintamani | Electronic Music Production

Want to know the man behind the music production capsule course at Project Mynt? SAE alumni, Gaurav Chintamani is the Course Director of the Audio Engineering and Music Production Programme at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC). Gaurav is also a professional musician and music producer who has been working in the industry for close to two decades.

Gaurav Chintamani owns Quarter Note Studios, one of the most reputed recording studios and music production houses in New Delhi, and has produced content for a variety of projects from radio and TV broadcast, independent documentaries, short films, ad-films, theatre productions and feature films. Gaurav is also a member of Advaita, one of India’s best-known music ensembles.

The most crucial skill for a music producer is…

To know the difference between taste and bias, and develop the ability to listen without the latter and take decisions based on the former.

The best piece of advice you have ever gotten

“Don’t mistake sloppiness for feel” and “If you don’t like it, how will you make other people like it?”

The biggest roadblock you encountered during your professional career, and how you overcame it      

I face the same insecurity as every other creative person where I wonder is this/am I good enough? The only way to overcome it is to practice! 

A good producer is…

Someone who can find emotion in a musical statement and squeeze out the mileage, while being completely invisible. Remember, people need to hear the song, not the production.

A mentor that dramatically changed your perspective on music and music production

Not really but I am fascinated by artists, and Van Gogh is my absolute favourite. I think I’ve figured out more about music production by looking at paintings than sitting in front of a computer screen. 

A word to the incoming batch of your music production capsule

Paraphrasing a Japanese proverb, “Don’t be afraid of moving slowly, be afraid of standing still.”

Learn how to produce your own music with Gaurav Chintamani at Project Mynt’s Music Production Capsule this August. Click here to know more

 

Honest Parent Confessions: What Mums and Dads Think of Project Mynt

After the completion of the first round of capsule courses in Filmmaking, Photography and Electronic Music Production, we asked our students’ parents what they thought of the Project Mynt way of learning. And, luckily, we came off looking pretty good! Don’t believe us? Check out this parent-review of the filmmaking course: 

Was there any reluctance before you decided to sign your child up for Project Mynt’s capsule? 

We want our child to explore avenues that help open up his mind and vision to the possibilities in life. The only concerns were regarding the faculty he might get, the sort of infrastructure that would be there, the distance from our home and the safety of our child.  

What is the biggest change you see in your child after the completion of the course? 

This was something he hadn’t done before and we see a rub-off effect in how he does sketching, his favourite hobby, now; he composes a story around what he draws and focuses more on the complete canvas, not just on the characters he’s drawing. 

Are you open to letting them explore unconventional careers as their full-time jobs? 

Why not? This is the best time to be young in India given the possibilities that exist. 

How do you believe that India’s education system needs to evolve so that it can truly benefit your child? 

Address each individual and not just the curriculum. I think the education also needs to be in sync with technology, which is not just about using IT in classes but how technology has changed the world. It’s not about knowing stuff anymore. Google can tell you that. It’s how you use that knowledge that matters. In addition, we ought to mainstream creativity and not just limit it to something they do one class a week or in free periods!

How likely are you to recommend Project Mynt to a friend?

Very likely.

Impressed by review and our report card? Check out www.projectmynt.com to find out more about our education philosophy and upcoming capsule courses. 

 

16 Unconventional Careers That Did Not Exist A Decade Ago

What a wonderful time to be alive. Given the advent of social media and technology, there are far greater employment opportunities today than, say, when our parents joined the workforce. There’s a plethora of unconventional  careers to choose from. Not just doctors and lawyers, the 21st century has been privy to the rise of YouTubers, ethical hackers, writers, stylists and video game designers – all legitimate careers that pay the bills. If you’re still unsure where your passion lies, we encourage you to go through our list of some unconventional jobs that didn’t even exist a decade ago; if any of them appeals to you, deep-dive into literature about it, start looking for ways to explore it on the field, and then evaluate whether it might be your next thing. The path to a fulfilling future begins here. 

Influencer Marketing

An influencer is someone who has expert knowledge and/or social influence in their respective fields, from fashion to music and journalism to comedy. Think of the people you follow on Instagram – Kusha Kapila, Shayan Roy, Mallika Dua, Zaeden…they’re all influencers because they’ve demonstrated a strong commitment to their passion, combined with a superior understanding of how to use social media to engage hundreds of thousands of people. Consequently, influencer marketing is a form of social media marketing involving brand endorsements from such influencers. 

Expected income: It depends on how big and scattered the influencer’s audience is; the sky’s the limit really. 

Youtubers 

With millions of subscribers hooked to their content, broadcast specifically via YouTube, that may range from documentaries, music videos, web series, music covers, cooking, fashion, and more, these personalities influence pop culture in a significant way. One of the best examples is Lilly Singh aka iisuperwomanii, who has been in the business for around a decade. Now, she’s all set to host the next edition of the late-night show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, becoming the first ever South Asian, queer woman to do so. Talk about smashing the glass ceiling. 

Expected income: On an average, a YouTuber can receive around Rs 1,300 per 1,000 ad views. 

Comedians

Stand-up comedy has arrived in India in a BIG way – it’s a profitable, viable career option that more and more people are pursuing. Supported by tour managers, artist managers and agencies, stand-up comics are becoming celebrities in their own rights. Did you know that Kanan Gill, who was first noticed for Pretentious Movie Reviews, has just been signed on by a massive, US-based talent management agency in an almost-unprecedented move? This just goes to show that Indian stand-up comics are slowly, but surely, finding their place in the spotlight. 

Expected income: The range is between Rs 5,000 – 10,000 per gig for those who are just starting out to veteran comics who earn over Rs 4 lakhs per 30-minute show. 

Network marketing 

Don’t want a 9-5 job sitting at a desk in a corporate office? Network marketing may be for you. This is a business model that depends on person-to-person sales by independent representatives, often working from home – stellar sales skills required! 

Expected income: You can expect to start with a salary of around Rs 20, 000 but work your way up to Rs 1 lakh per month

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 

Artificial Intelligence is the study of how to train computers so that they can accomplish things that the most evolved species of our time, human beings, cannot. An application of AI, Machine Learning provides system with the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience. It’s all very Black Mirror, and it’s happening right now. 

Expected income: The median salary of AI professionals in India is Rs 14.3 lakh across all experience levels.

Experiential Marketing 

Another new-age marketing job, this involves directly engaging with your consumers, inviting and encouraging them to participate in the evolution of a brand or brand experience. The ability to think out-of-the-box, adapt to changing market scenarios and learn from your mistakes (and consumer feedback) are crucial to success as an experiential marketer.

Expected income: One can expect a salary that ranges anywhere between Rs 40,000 and 1,00,000

Mental Health Coach 

Given India’s mental health epidemic, there’s never been a greater need for young, driven and compassionate individuals to join the workforce as mental health care professionals – from therapists to coaches. If you’re not familiar with it, mental health coaching helps clients envision life without depression or any other obstacles on the path to emotional well-being. It is a niche within the coaching field which touches on therapy, but it does not work with or attempt to treat mental illness. 

Expected income: Mental health coaches take home a salary that ranges between Rs 10 lakhs to 15 lakhs.

Ethical Hacking 

Often organisations employ ethical hackers who specialise in penetration testing and other testing methodologies that ensures the security of their information systems. After all, prevention is better than cure. 

Expected income: The average salary of a certified ethical hacker is around Rs 3.5 lakhs and can increase with experience.

Graphic Designing 

Graphic designing is the craft of creating striking, stimulating visual content to communicate messages. Applying visual hierarchy and page layout techniques, graphic designers use typography and pictures to meet their client’s specific needs and focus on the logic of displaying elements in interactive designs to optimise the user experience. Today, graphic designers are creating album art, websites and even branded clothing for brands that seek maximum visual impact. 

Expected income:The average pay for a graphic designer is around Rs 2 lakh per year, but this can vary drastically from person to person. 

Creative Writing

Creative writers, with a flair for words and an obsession with good grammar, use their imagination, creativity, and observation skills to tell a story or weave a compelling narrative. 

Expected income: Although the median salary for content writers in India is around Rs 2.5 lakhs per annum, actual pay varies according to different factors such as job location, company, experience, and niche.

App Developers  

App developers use programming to create softwares according to their client’s brief, that could be to built a networking app, a learning app, a music app and so on. 

Expected income: An entry-level android developer earns approximately Rs 3 lakh per year, whereas an app developer with significant experience could take home an average salary of Rs 5 lakh per month.

Fashion Stylist & Personal Shopper

Fashion stylists are the people working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to make cover stars, Bollywood celebrities and TV personalities look good. Personal shoppers of the rich and famous, on the other hand, assess a client’s style so they can personally curate each item in their wardrobe. 

Expected income: A fashion stylist earns an average salary of Rs 4,40,000 per annum.

Video Game Designer

Don’t just play video games, make them! Video game designers characters and the flow of the game, to make them as appealing to customers as possible. The job requires boundless creativity as well as sophisticated knowledge of software coding. 

Expected income: In India, joining salaries are around Rs  4 lakhs per annum for programmers and designers and Rs 3 lakhs for graphic artists and game developers.

Professional Gamer

A pro gamer is a full-time competitive player who is paid to play video games – yep, you heard that right! You can finally tell your mom that Halo is serious business. Most pro gamers are normally paid by their teams or sponsors to play and compete in gaming tournaments around the world.

Expected income: Still in a nascent stage in India, professional gaming can fetch you around Rs 50,000-1,00,000 if you are backed by good sponsors. Apart from the prize money, that is. 

Food Stylist 

Food stylists are responsible making, well, food look really, really appetising on camera, typically for posters, ad shoots, videos and even Instagram. Most food stylists work on a freelance basis, making it another great job for those who can’t stomach the thought of conventional desk jobs. 

Expected income: Typically food stylists can earn between Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000 per month, but this varies based on the stylist’s experience level and nature of project(s). 

VFX Artists

A trickle-down trend that’s slowly making its way to India after firmly establishing itself as a technically-advanced job overseas, VFX is now being used in more and more Bollywood and Tollywood films. Think Ra.One,  Baahubali or even something like Shandaar. And the people behind all the magic? VFX artists that create these animations and special effects for movies, television shows, or video games.

Expected income: The salary of VFX artists starts at around Rs 3 lakhs per annum and can go up to Rs 10 lakhs per annum.