THE ART OF CINEMA COURSE:
Most filmmaking courses are specialised and compartmentalised into niche brackets of knowledge. so if you're an aspiring director, you will not have access to technical knowledge about cinematography, audiography or editing. Similarly, if you're an aspiring cinematographer you will struggle to find any inputs on scriptwriting, audiography or editing in your course. This cubby-holing of knowledge forces students to develop very narrow ideas about the Filmmaking Process.
What is needed is a very strong multi-disciplinary foundation course that introduces all aspects of cinema in a holistic and inter-related manner - so that cinema can be viewed as an organic whole. Today cinema is highly driven by technology so-much-so that even the erstwhile generalist position of the director is now replaced by the position of a Technician-Director.
Today the director needs not to only understand how to write and evaluate scripts or handle actors but also must know how to use various software for scriptwriting, storyboarding, budgeting, scheduling and production design.
The director also needs to understand the technology of music programming, cinematography, editing, audiography, digital intermediate, sound post and DCP delivery. Then there are computer graphics and VFX workflows that involve technical planning right from pre to post-production.
Today's director, therefore, must be a highly trained multi-disciplinary technician.
Just as each of the specialist technicians needs to know about each other's jobs in order to do their own. Without this multi-disciplinary approach and inter-departmental knowledge sharing - filmmaking will surely hit a roadblock as it usually does.
This is where THE ART OF CINEMA CERTIFICATE COURSE comes in.
This is a perfectly designed course to train you in all aspects of filmmaking both aesthetic and technical.
This is a basic foundation course which gives you a wonderful insight into each and every aspect of filmmaking in a short duration format. So that students can either become technically trained directors or become specialised technicians (For example they could become Cinematographers, Editors or audiographers) by using this course as the first step in their training.
The certificate we issue at the end of the course generally helps students to gain employment in the industry straightaway or even helps them to gain admission in institutions that are difficult to get into. Our certificate carries a fair amount of academic weight and industry approval.
Without this kind of foundation or orientation in 'ALL' aspects of filmmaking, it is very difficult for people to form holistic ideas of the cinematic art and find their specific space within it. The course is like a multi-use toolset - some use it to become independent filmmakers, some use to gain employment in the film industry as apprentices and some use it to decide which area they will seek further training in.
There are hundreds of students who have passed out of the AOC course and now working in the film industry or as independent film-makers. The philosophy of the course is governed by the idea that even the smallest technological chore must be fully informed and connected to the larger meaning aesthetic of the film.
So at AOC, you are not only taught 'how' to execute jobs technically but also taught 'why' you will do those things by judging the aesthetic parameters of that action. It is the combination and balance of all the modules and the carefully calibrated course structure that results in the high the efficacy of the course..