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. 

 

Seven Free YouTube Channels For Aspiring Filmmakers

Are you an aspiring filmmaker and want to make a movie? Do-It-Yourself! Passionate about stand-up comedy and creating funny videos? You can Do-It-Yourself! Interested in becoming a fashion stylist and working for a shiny, glossy magazine? We’re happy to report that it’s possible to Do-It-Yourself. Given that the Internet has made access to information so ridiculously easy, it’s a shame not to use all the tools and resources that are at your disposal to pursue your passion. Or at least, get started! Welcome to the DIY generation.

For instance, if you’re interested in the craft of filmmaking, you don’t have to wait to apply to a fancy school, shell out exorbitant fees and then spend the next five years shadowing a director (all of which are good things to do, nonetheless). You can take what you have (a speedy WiFi connection and a notebook) and start learning, thanks to free tutorials and content that are available online today. We’ve rounded up seven YouTube channels that will help you get started on your journey to being a successful filmmaker, provided that you’re willing to put in the work. These are: 

Filmmaker IQ

Perfect for beginners

Just starting out? Check out Filmmaker IQ (both the YouTube channel as well as the website) that is built for first-time movie makers and hobbyists. You will learn the craft of filmmaking, the history of films as well as the technical skills that most directors need. In addition, Filmmaker IQ deep dives into how stuff works as well, so you have a more rounded understanding, rather than a superficial idea, of the different aspects of filmmaking.  

Dave Dugdale

Perfect for geeks

Learn with Dave Dugdale who takes his viewers on rollercoaster rides as he shares everything he knows about cameras, equipment and post-production software. If you love comparison videos, Dave does a lot of them so you’ll want to hit that subscribe button. 

Tom Antos

Perfect for open-minded learners

The director, cinematographer and VFX enthusiast has uploaded over 500 videos that include everything from his Filmmaker Rants to tips on how to buy gear, and his own short films, making it ideal for every aspiring filmmaker and cinema enthusiast. 

Philip Bloom

Perfect for cinematographers

Product reviews, informative articles and filmmaking resources—the suave cinematographer, Philip Bloom has worked for Lucasfilm, CNN, Sky and the BBC, while also running this one-stop-shop channel for those interested in the craft of moving images. 

Every Frame a Painting

Perfect for writers

While the channel is no longer active, its creators, Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou created a repository of video essays that explore film form. Critical scenes of award-winning movies are deconstructed, soundtracks are analysed and narrative techniques are unpacked.  

Film Riot

Perfect for amateurs. 

Run by Ryan Connolly, an American filmmaker, Film Riot has been described as an on-demand film school by Wired.com. It has lots of helpful tips and tricks and also takes you live on set, so you can see exactly what a day in the life of a director looks like. 

Indy Mogul

Perfect for independent filmmakers.

With over a thousand tutorials, Indy Mogul is a great place to learn about the different nuanced aspects of the craft, including how to shoot cinematic interviews, music videos and short documentaries. 

Want to know learn the craft of filmmaking? Join our filmmaking capsule course today! 

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.

We can help you tell your story!

Project MyNT is all set to introduce its filmmaking course offering a great opportunity for students to put their dreams into action! This is an interactive course to explain and train those eager to learn the skills needed to tell stories through film.

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.

Enrol today!