Filmmaking Course Pune



With Film Direction at its core, this filmmaking course covers the fundamental aspects of the art and craft of making movies.

| Made for the Aspiring Filmmaker |

Pune, India
Mentor: Prashant Desai
Duration: 9/16 Days

This is an intensive, comprehensive hands-on filmmaking course in Pune where the aesthetics of cinema are explained in theory as well as in practice.
Participants will learn the narrative film form and the collaborative nature of its creation by participating in its production process.

  • Screening and analysis of classic masterpieces will give a sense of the power of this medium.
  • A team of experienced mentors and other film industry professionals from various areas of expertise will instruct and guide the participants through all major stages of professional filmmaking, from History of Cinema, Screenwriting, Direction, Production, Cinematography to Video Editing on FCP.
  • During the filmmaking course a short film will be developed and produced by the participants. This will give you a practical experience of the entire filmmaking process.

This Workshop is suitable for:

  • Passionate individuals who want to learn to make movies.
  • Students who are considering films as a vocational pursuit.
  • Film industry/Media professionals working in any department.
  • Aspiring Youtube/online video content creators.
  • Educators/Trainers (to make films as a tool for training)

We are currently running two modules for Filmmaking:

  • 9-day Filmmaking Course
    Theory & Practicals + 5-7 minute Short Film
  • 16-day Filmmaking Course
    Theory & Practicals + Extra sessions on Direction + 2 Exercise Films + 5-7 minute Short Film


Prof. Prashant Desai Filmmaking
Prashant Desai

Prof. Prashant Desai (Anchor Faculty) graduated from the Film & television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in Cinema with specialization in Cinematography in 1982. Since then he has worked in the industry in various capacities in Cinematography, screenplay writing, Production and Direction. He has taught at FTII, Pune and NID, Ahmedabad. Prashant was the HOD (Film & Video) at MIT Institute of Design, Pune and Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai. He teaches at SNDT, Mumbai, regularly since 1996. He has also taught at FLAME and MRID (Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gaekwad Institute of Design, Baroda) His Filmmaking course is highly appreciated by the participants. He is also a partner at Living Bridge.

Vaidehi Sancheti Screenwriter
Vaidehi Sancheti
Prof. Mahesh Digrajkar Cinematography
Mahesh Digrajkar
Prof. Subhashis Roy
Subhashis Roy
Prof. Niraj Voralia Video Editing
Niraj Voralia

Course Content:

  • Origins of Cinema: What is Cinema? Why do we watch Films?
    Pioneers in the field of Cinema: Lumiere Brothers, Georges Melies, D. W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, et al
  • Film Language: Key Concepts
    Semiotics in Cinema, Signs and Symbols
    ​Screenings of films by Norman McLaren, Charles & Ray Eames, Maya Deren, et al. Samsara, Inception.
  • Major Movements in Cinema
    Hollywood Continuity, Soviet Montage, Italian neo-realism, French New Wave/ Nouvelle Vague, German Expressionism
    Film Screening : Battleship Potemkin (or other relevant film).
  • Forms in Cinema: Documentary, Dominant Mainstream, Hollywood studio system, Film noir, et al.
  • Introduction to the film theories: Sergei Eisenstein, Andre Bazin , auteur theory.
    Film Screening: Roman Holiday, Citizen Kane, Breathless, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (or other relevant Film)
Film Screening & Analysis
Discussion after Film Screening
Understanding Practical Aspects of Filmmaking
Understanding Practical Aspects of Filmmaking


Direction Practical Exercise
Direction Practical Exercise
  • Grammar of Cinema
    Mise-en-scene, Intellectual Montage , Deep Focus, 180-degree rule,
    shot/reverse-angle shot, Framing, Lighting, Close-up.
    Film Screening: Citizen Kane, Cinema Paradiso (or relevant film)
  • Role of the Director
    Responsibilities during the entire process

  • Director as the author of the film
    Vision and realization of vision through cinema
  • Film Screening and analysis
  • Pre-Production duties of a Director
    Shot Divisions
  • Production duties
    Handling Actors, working with the DOP
  • Post Production duties of a Director
    Working with the Editor


  • Screenwriting: An Introduction
    Basic characteristics of “Cinematic” writing
  • Story Idea/Concept; Character and Plot
    Writing Exercise with Prompts
  • The Three Act Structure – beginnings, middles and endings
  • Construction of Scenes
  • Script formatting
  • Discussion of story ideas for short film.
    Development of script (Plot, Characters, Basic story line)
  • Writing first draft
Writing Exercise with Image Prompt
Writing Exercise with Image Prompt


Learn Lighting Arrangements
Learn Lighting Arrangements
  • Role of a Cinematographer
  • History – Cinema and Cameras
  • Basic Still Photography
    Framing, Exposure, Depth of Field, Shutter Speed, et al.
  • Lensing
    Image Magnification, Area of Coverage, Plane of Focus
  • Camera and Gear options
  • Camera Movements and Continuity
  • Lights and Lighting
    Practice Session with Lights and DSLR camera

Sound Design

  • Physics of Sound; Measurement and Units
  • Sound and Cinema: a brief history
  • Importance and Use of Sound
    Diegetic and Non-diegetic sound
  • Recording Devices and Media; Storage Media
    Live monitoring; Documentary sound recording
  • On set Duties; Post production duties
  • Practice Session: Live Recording a conversation
Sound Recording Exercise
Sound Recording Exercise

Video Editing

Making First Cut
Making First Cut
  • Editing Concepts:
    Rhythm and pace of a film
  • History of Editing:
    Soviet Montage; American Continuity; French New Wave
  • Storytelling through Editing
  • Types of Cuts: Jump cut, Match cut, Cutting on action, et al.
  • Transitions: Fade, Dissolve, Wipe, Iris, et al.
  • Layering Music and Sounds on the Video
  • Making a First Cut: Rushes, Assembly, & Software.

Film Production: Writing, Shooting, and Editing

Students will learn about the production process by making their own Short Film.

  • The development of the final film will begin during the screenwriting session.
  • In preparation of the shoot, students will:
    Write the final draft of the Screenplay
    Create a Story-Board for the Film
    Make Shot Divisions; shooting schedule
    Scene breakdown; Props and equipment required
    Make Props; Design and create sets
  • Our professors will be present during the entirety of the shoot, constantly guiding the students and ensuring that the correct methods are followed.
  • Roles/duties will be rotated regularly between students to allow them to experience all the different aspects of a Film shoot.
  • The day after the shoot, students will sit with an editor and edit all the footage that was shot.
Students Preparing for Shoot
Preparing for Shoot
Students Preparing Set
Preparing Set

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Filmmaking Course

5 - 20 May

10:00am to 06:00pm
(hours may extend)
Early Bird Offer: Rs.32000/-
(Offer Valid till 25th April)
Seats: 3 – 5

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