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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Everything you need to know about a career in Sports Management

A career in sport is no longer limited to playing; the industry is interdisciplinary and has segments like sport media, team administration, sports medicine, and sports management—perfect for those who have an administrative bent of mind and good managerial skills.

This is the business and applications side, or the driving force, of the sports industry. Sports managers call the shots and work tirelessly with colleges, universities, clubs, recreational departments and sports marketing firms, behind-the-scenes, to handle retailing, branding, merchandising, financing and marketing. They can be sports administrators, event managers, facility managers, sports economists or information experts.

 

Starting out

It’s not necessary to be an athlete or sportsperson to build a successful career in sports management. If you are passionate about sports and have a large knowledge base, that’s a good starting point.

This role requires a combination of multiple skills like planning, directing, controlling, organizing, budgeting, leading and evaluating a sports event.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in this field, opting for commerce stream in high school is advised; subjects like Business Studies, Economics and Accounts help build a strong foundation for further study.

Speaking of which, here are the colleges in India that offer courses in Sports Management:

  • National Academy of Sports Management, Mumbai – BBA in Sports Management
  • George College, Kolkata, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai – BA in Sports Management

 

These courses cover subjects like sports management theory, sports marketing, fundraising, promotions, public relations, ethics in sports management, legal aspects of the sport, facility planning and management and risk management.

The Scope of Sports Management

It’s a good time to be thinking about a career in this field; globally, the sports sector is estimated to be worth $460-620 billion.With the advent of sports leagues, like the Indian Premier League, Hockey Premier League, Pro Kabaddi, Indian Super League, the sports industry in India is flourishing. And the market is only set to grow from here on—courtesy a growing economy and a huge passion for sport.Consequently, the need for trained, skilled and passionate sports managers is also only going to increase.

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Why do early entrepreneurs have a better chance at success in India?

Before you read this article, it’s imperative that I put out this disclaimer –

This article isn’t to demotivate anyone at any age to start their entrepreneurial journey. However, it definitely states why the day was always yesterday when you had to start.

Being an entrepreneur doesn’t have any standard formula for success. This is a fact, and it’s important for you to realize this today because today, this moment, is the best time to start. Apart from time, another key attribute of any mildly successful entrepreneur is PERSEVERANCE. Let’s understand this in the purest form of how it’ll all start to make sense for you –

1. A startup being successful has no fixed formula and it’s not a 100% success rate for sure. But it’s true that if an entrepreneur keeps trying, he’s going to learn from the mistakes he makes. Once you apply this learning – you’re bound to reach to your definition of success in a matter of time (This time factor can vary, but you’ll definitely reach there).

2. The only prerequisite for an entrepreneur to start is to identify a real problem, figure out a solution (Idea) and have the confidence to solve it. Now this solution to become convincing for yourself, your target audience, your investors are going to be the serial effect of events and will take some time. Let’s say it’s going to take 5000 hours for you to solve a problem in form of a start-up that you start today. It all depends on you. Potentially, these 5000 hours can be translated in many ways –

4 hour work day = 1250 Days = 41 Months

8 hour work day = 625 Days = 21 Months

12 Hour work days = 416 Days = 14 Months

16 Hour work days = 312 Days = 10 Months

3. There is no guarantee that your new idea is going to become a business. But your next idea? It may take some time to build it all up again but it’ll have a greater probability of success. Keep at it. You don’t fail if an idea doesn’t work, you just end up one step closer to an idea that will work. Always remember – Be comfortable to believe in data when it presents the facts to you. Numbers don’t lie. Now depending upon qualitative factors like smartness, openness towards adaptability, perseverance, time invested and more – you’re bound to be successful. If not today then tomorrow or maybe in a few months or even a few years. It takes real conviction and lessons from your last businesses/experiences to decide whether an idea is something you really want to be a part of.

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Mark Zuckerberg uploaded his Music Taste App for free online because he understood that it won’t become the best business for him. While the same guy turned down a few Billion Dollars when he knew Facebook is worth a lot more. What’s common? He knew how to read businesses after failing (When you invest time on something and don’t reap benefits – it’s a business failure, but a good entrepreneur uses it as a learning success).

Just by virtue of the factors mentioned above, this is what we derive –

  • Your entrepreneurial success is based on reaching the finish line in a race.
  • While you start running, the finish line isn’t visible.
  • If you keep pushing harder (invest more time, brain and effort), you’ll start to see the finish line.
  • Your success is dependent on you covering the distance in the shortest time – which is a mix of learnings, implementation, and more pure work.
  • If you start early, you have more time and if you have more of the key asset – you’re anyway has a more probability of being successful.

Start today, this moment is the best time.

You lose something if you think about starting tomorrow, next week or next month. It should’ve been the moment when you decided to read this article. It’s always late, I sincerely hope you don’t go on to the next article and start NOW.