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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Films On A Budget!

If you want to understand the craft of filmmaking, you gotta make a film! It’s that simple, and it can also be that budget-friendly—so long as you have a little bit of help. One of the many benefits of living in a digital world is that it has drastically reduced the costs required to shoot and produce a film; don’t get me wrong, it’s still a challenge, but it’s not impossible!  

In fact, use the challenge and let limited funds inspire you to really get creative with filmmaking. Take a cue from living legends, Richard Schenkman (The Man from Earth) or Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) who directed stunning no-budget films. 

What it boils down to is making a few key adjustments right when you’re starting out. These decisions can not only help you save some big bucks but also add character, infuse creativity and, eventually, help produce a piece of work that you’re proud of. Here are a few nifty tips for making your first ever, low-budget film with as few hassles and bills as possible: 

  1. Shooting in black and white reduces a significant amount of work and money that would be spent during and post-production. 
  2. Using props and situations that are raw and earthy, instead of flamboyant and flashy, is a really good way to cut back on costs. For instance, if there’s a scene that involves the use of guns in your script, maybe you can use a saw or a hammer (easily available in most garages) instead. This can help eliminate things like expensive rentals, sound effects, and editing.
  3. You don’t have to force your imagination and creativity when it comes to filmmaking. Instead, try and build a story that’s closer to your heart and mind. Maybe your city, your college, your school or even your own family can be jumping-off points. Instead of racking up set-building bills or paying hefty actors’ fees, you can try and set your first film in as natural a setting as possible. 

These aren’t just my personal thoughts on filmmaking; these are tips from very successful and renowned directors who, at one time, were only aspiring to become film-makers—just like you. Here’s a video by the Royal Ocean Film Society in which they review younger films that Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez, and Richard Linklater made, discussing techniques and approaches they took to create low-budget marvels of cinema. Have at it!

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No Bullshit Advice For Making Your First Short Film

Making a short film is the perfect way for amateur filmmakers to test the waters and get a feel for the craft before they begin the more daunting task of creating a full-length feature. Not just that, short films can actually be more challenging to make; after all, each one is a capsule of emotions, narration, characters, and subtext that (in an ideal world) convey a complex thought in a limited period of time. Hence, by first turning your focus to a short film, you can really fine-tune your skills and build confidence. 

So what should you remember before you embark on this soul-satisfying, if sometimes difficult, journey? Here are five things that will help you save time, money and effort while still making a professional-looking short film: 

 

  • What’s the point?

 

The layman thinking is that all trending topics or news that’s translated into a film becomes worthy of being submitted to film festivals by default. That’s not true. Yes, there are plenty of them which get through, but there are even more that never see the light of day. The subject doesn’t always have to be about what’s digestible or entertaining for society; your narrative can be about anything as long as it inspires or intrigues. The thing to keep in mind here is that before you flesh out your concept, make it as emphatic as you can for yourself. What is the purpose of what you’re making? What is the end thought or emotion that you want to leave your audience with? Once you can clearly articulate the answers to these questions, you’re ready to take things to the next level.  

 

  • Production can wait

 

If a two-hour film is a novel, a short film is a poem—the key to remember is that a poem has fewer words that convey more meaning. So read the script of your short film again and again, and make it so crisp that every scene, every word and every pause is crucial to the development of the story. After all, you can’t afford to spend hours on shots that won’t even make it to post-production. 

 

  • Choose your team wisely

 

Many first-timers build a team of professionals in the hope that their experience will be an asset. It’s important to remember that that’s not always true. The idea of the film is yours, the creativity and improvisation that you bring to the table are yours, and so is the accountability. The amount of time that members of your team have spent on set is irrelevant; instead, choose to work with people who are as enthusiastic about your vision as you are. 

 

  • Keep your friends close; your AD and cinematographer closer

 

I cannot emphasise this enough: it is crucial that you work extremely closely with your assistant director and cinematographer. Create a schedule with them ahead of the production, and list down every scene, actor, prop, break and hour. Things will not always be as per schedule but creating these logs and lists will mean that two other people, apart from you, know what’s supposed to be happening on set. They will have your back.  

 

  • Never compromise

 

You started this with an idea and sheer enthusiasm. The thought of you wanting to express something through this effort is in itself an achievement. Now you owe it to yourself to bring it to fruition. There will be times when you don’t have the resources to shoot a scene the way you imagined it but let this inspire you. Do what you have to do so that you don’t compromise on your vision; find solutions instead of letting problems weigh you down. 

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What Makes A Great Film?

Filmmaking is an amalgam of people, processes, and perspectives, and a medium that can entertain, inform, inspire and, sometimes, do all three. Since 1895 when the Lumiere brothers made the first ever moving picture, the art of filmmaking has evolved phenomenally (in no small part) because of filmmakers that have pushed the boundaries of story-telling, removing themselves from preconceived notions or ideas, to create something that is transcendental, relevant and, most importantly, thought-provoking. Automatically, certain films and filmmakers come to mind—from the works of Satyajit Ray to Quentin Tarantino, there are universally-accepted ‘great movies’ that find themselves on lists like ’50 Movies to Watch Before You Die’. 

But what makes a truly great film? What are the important aspects of filmmaking?  Is it the script? Well-developed characters? Cinematography? In fact, it is the combination of all these things—a tight script, a director with a vision, careful casting, lighting, sound and so on—that delivers a significant, unforgettable sensory experience, one that could even last a lifetime. 

The Script

The sub-parts of a good script are a compelling plot line, a seamless weaving together of places and situations, effective dialogue, the conflict (or unending dilemma that draws you in to a make-believe world) and the final climax. Together, these components can either empower the director or hinder his/her vision. 

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The Acting

The craft of tantalising a viewer’s heart and mind at the same time is called acting. This is an essential aspect of filmmaking. From the greatest depression to boundless happiness, a good actor can convincingly convey every emotion and, in a way, carry the film. The minute the illusion breaks, the viewer is jerked back to real-life. 

The Visuals

Filmmaking is the greatest exploration of one’s imagination, and films are an audio-visual manifestation of it. So, it follows that, irrespective of genre, visuals are the backbone of any film that is worthy of being admired. Camera work, lighting, props, costumes—all these pieces come together to fuel the director’s narrative and create magic. 

The Sound

Think of your favourite film. It is possible that one of the many reasons you love it is the soundtrack, or the background score—even if you don’t immediately know it. The power of sound to transport audiences smack in the middle of the scene is incredible. The necessary complement to visuals, audio can dramatically enhance your movie-viewing experience. 

The Timing

Timing is everything for the craft of filmmaking. Timing is what makes a joke funny, an ordinary situation scary, or a moment intense. It brings structure to the plot, order to the events, and defines the pace at which the movie continues along. 

The Direction

Hundreds of people come together and work for months on end, to turn one person’s vision into reality. While this doesn’t make him or her the most important person on set, it certainly makes the director the controller of the film. The director guides the process and sets the tone for his or her entire crew. The playmaker, a good director harnesses the work of everyone involved in the making of a film and seals it off with his or her distinct stamp. If you think about it, certain styles of filmmaking will stand out and appeal to you more than others, and you will invariably tend to gravitate towards those movies. This is the director’s greatest success.  

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Take Inspiration From These Talented Hollywood Film Directors

Wish to film a story that you always wanted to tell the world? Let’s break the bubble down and make you guys aware of the fact that filmmaking is not just about lights, camera, and action, but a lot more! The art of making a film involves a number of stages including ideation, script writing, casting, shooting, sound recording, editing, and screening. A lot of patience and toil goes in the whole process, especially for the directors.

A film director is a person who oversees the entire process of making the film and controls artistic and dramatic aspects. They also visualize the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision. Pheww! Tough job, ain’t it? Not forgetting the budget, their key responsibility is to create a masterpiece without crossing the expenditure limits.

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We don’t have any favourites but we do look forward to the following directors who have given us some phenomenal movies! Their understanding of the way things should be shot and delivered on the big screen is just incredible.

1. Christopher Nolan – The Master of Spellbinding Cinema

Nolan fan, are you? Christopher Nolan is an extremely talented filmmaker who usually doesn’t fail to surprise his audience with spectacular twists and turns. Known for his cognitive and unconventional storytelling, his intellectual plots will make sure that you stay on your toes until the conclusion. He usually ends up connecting past with the present (yes, a lot of flashbacks) and doesn’t miss to add a pinch of ‘film noir’ perspective in his films.

Born in England (1970), Nolan started making films as a child at the age of 7! He eventually went on to attend University College London, where he studied English literature and joined the school’s film society.

Director Christopher Nolan has taken moviegoers into space exploration for survival, through the crimes of Gotham, and into the deepest bafflement of reality and dream. With top grossing films like Interstellar, The Batman Trilogy, The Prestige, Inception, Memento and many more, Nolan is a director who has a proclivity to indulge in thorough research and give the audience pragmatic and not larger than life characters who with their dialogues and scripts address larger points relevant to all of us. His films do not undermine a viewer’s curiosity and intelligence and always urges viewers to delve deeper.

Christopher Nolan

2. Steven Spielberg – The Epitome of Great Storytelling

Just so that you all know, Steven Spielberg has been in the field of filmmaking for six decades now! And that’s what makes him one of the most successful directors of Hollywood. Being a dropout and facing rejection to USC film school due to poor grades teaches us that it’s not always about marks but our dreams and the passion to pursue them. Spielberg then started off as an unpaid intern in the editing department of Universal.

The Oscar-winning director pioneered the practice of product placement and special- effects in movies influenced by the pop-culture. Using powerful flashlights in dark/night scenes, showing images of the sun, depicting kids in danger and/or bad relationships, discovering extraordinary species and using the cutting-in-camera technique are just some of the trademark Spielberg-movie-traits. He is also famous for his proactive nature that includes suggesting angles or shot ideas on set.

Spielberg is known for breaking boundaries across genres and making films as diverse as The Adventures of Tintin to Amistad to Munich. Not to miss the dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park that broke all the records, Steven has got a bent towards commercial stuff with some of the highest-grossing films ever! But without Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Jaws, our list of favourites would not have been complete.

3. James Wan – The King of Horror Flicks

Best known for showcasing the horror world on the big screen, James Wan ought to be on this list! Insidious and The Conjuring franchise top our list of favourite Wan movies. Saw, which was inspired by Wan and Leigh Whannell’s dreams, got an overwhelming response at the box-office in 2004. The Conjuring was critically acclaimed and got many people to start loving horror films. The Annabelle doll became a synonym to demonic figures worldwide and Wan’s continued involvement in this project with similar visual styles, classic old-school storytelling, and numerous jumping moments proves that he is here to stay.

If you wish to film a scary story, then you must pay close attention to James Wan’s incredible work. According to him, the smallest things can create a big impact and real horror lies in the sound. “A creaking door can send chills up your spine, and it doesn’t cost anything.” Even a low-budget horror story can work wonders!

He aims at breaking the audience’s expectation by playing with their emotions and fear. For instance, Lights Out is based on a classic fear that lots of people face – fear of darkness. As a director, James Wan very well knows where & how to place a camera or how to get that reaction. Impressed much? We are!

4. Quentin Tarantino – Action, Action, and Some More Action

Great dialogues and wonderfully shot action scenes packed with loads of drama and humour – that’s the recipe of a Tarantino movie. With Pulp Fiction, he has become a legend and we just can’t agree more! The best part about his films is the way he portrays women – strong, witty, independent; breaking the mainstream. Being a director with no formal training in filmmaking, Tarantino sets a perfect example that experience is the best teacher and nothing can stop you from doing what you really want to do.

Some of his successful films include Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. The 15-minute-long opening scene of Inglourious Basterds could not have been shot better by anyone in this whole world.

Actors driving vehicles, showcasing cult fiction, adding the Dutch element, guns & briefcases, unique storytelling with extreme close-ups, violence and revenge, offering comebacks to cult actors, killer soundtracks, your favourite characters dying horrifically, etc. are a few characteristics of why we love Tarantino movies.

Getting inspired from these directors and paving your own way towards success is what your aim should be. Remember, there is a thin line between inspiration and imitation. Unique techniques matter a lot in the film industry for they can get you utmost appreciation and self-confidence.

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Powered by internships and training under highly experienced mentors, our curriculum is inclusive of numerous clips or films to be shown in theme-based classes. It would require the students to be verbose about what kind of cinema they like, how aware are they of the process, and mainly what is it that they’re looking to learn from this course.

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