Uktopia – A 50 Hour Film Making Course in Bangalore Indiranagar – Nonfiction Storytelling Using Moving Images
FLUX offers Uktopia – A 50 hour film making course in Bangalore Indiranagar via nonfiction storytelling using moving images. The course starts on 5th January 2020 and runs for a duration of 3 months.
Storytelling and Its Visual Comprehension
Perhaps we think of it as strange because fact unfolds in ways that we seldom comprehend, let alone control.
That is where storytelling comes in. Despite all our material progress, we humans have always depended on storytelling for our collective emotional progress.
Stories are how we make sense of everything around us.
Why you get irritated by traffic?
What makes you like a particular song?
Why did something happen to you?
The logical answers to several such questions may lie in a string of facts. But the emotional and psychological answers that we really need to feel a sense of balance in life come from stories.
Art deals with telling those stories.
Our brain comprehends the visual perception in the easiest and the fastest way. Therefore visual storytelling can be the most popular approach to emotional comprehension.
The Importance of A Film Making Course in Bangalore Indiranagar
We have known it for a while now that film making sits at the apex of the family of visual art forms with the courses by the institutions like National Academy of Cinema and Television and many more of them. The efforts made by Innovative Film City are commendable in this regard. Not in the least because it is a superset of most of the other visual art forms. Most things an artist can imagine visually can be accomplished with the added dimension of time in film making. Especially with the ever-evolving genres, techniques, processes and technology being employed in this art form, more and more possibilities are always opening up for telling stories using moving images.
Documentary Film Making Course in Bangalore Indiranagar
One of those genres of film making is commonly referred to as documentary film making. It was originally intended to use moving images to simply document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. But by now this now-ubiquitous genre has come a long way. It has spawned sub-genres of its own – educational, observational, and even “docufiction”. In the beginning, though, documentary films were often just a minute or less in length. They were appropriately named “actuality” films.
Somewhere along the way, documentary films made a huge leap. Film makers started telling stories through these films as opposed to just documenting reality. These film makers started employing techniques of storytelling similar to fictional films. It gave rise to a constantly changing genre. The limit and reach of this new genre were ever-expanding. By now the form and function of this genre has evolved to such an extent that it is a bona fide art form in itself. It is this art form that we will primarily be concerned with. We will refer to it as “nonfiction storytelling using moving images”.
Challenges in The Film Making Process
It is as demanding as the creative process of any single one or a group of artists. The process of film making, in particular, is riddled with a host of challenges. All such challenges are unique to this art form. Some of them, in fact, make the creative process seem like a cakewalk. From settling on a team until distributing the finished film to the intended audience, every step of this process is replete with practical, financial and logistical hurdles. They can cripple even the most seasoned film makers.
And that is true even for fictional film making. The equivalent challenges in the process of nonfiction storytelling using moving images can sometimes be an order magnitude of more than in a fictional filmmaking process. Not in the least because there are no “retakes” in the reality that this art form tries to capture.
Compromises in The Film Making Process
No wonder most filmmakers go through the non-creative process (which is at least half – if not a lot more – of the entire film making process) with the attitude “ends justify the means”. This makes this particular art form, i.e., nonfiction storytelling using moving images, a lot more susceptible to the perils of developing, and then widening, a chasm in the noble creative integrity of the film maker. It may very well reflect authentically in the content. It can also reflect in the highly compromised process from which that final film emerges.
We live in a world where several human systems of social organization are failing. We had once thought of them as timeless solutions for harmonious human coexistence once. But as of now, they are revealing unprecedented cracks in them. Add to this the predominant human crisis of all times in the human history, namely the climate crisis. Therefore in the face of failing capitalism, diseased democracies and incessant global crises, art can no longer stay immune to these challenges. Movie making especially can’t.
Film Making Course in Bangalore Indiranagar: Resources
Film making may be most creatively fulfilling and full-of-potential for social conditioning and change. But the process of film making is quite an arduous one. It is also human labor, time and resource intensive. All these resources combine to make each film project a relatively more expensive enterprise than most other art forms. That is why the common moniker, “commercial art”, majorly goes with film making. Therefore, the film industry embodies the conflict between art and commerce embodies very acutely. It does so much more contentiously and palpably than most other art forms.
The extent to which resources are used up during each film’s lifecycle is humongous. These resources belong to pre-production, production, post-production, promotion, distribution and consumption. They are also vulnerable to a host of external factors at every stage. Therefore it is not a surprise that the stakes are consistently and increasingly stacked against the film makers. They have to pay a lot of attention to the film reaching a huge audience. It’s inevitable if you want a return on investment as a film maker. Or else they will have to incur huge losses. It’s more so in the present era an acute attention deficiency on the part of the audience.
It’s a highly elaborate and expensive technology that has limited our options to freely use them without any tension. But then the same technology has brought storytelling in the reach of unlimited masses. This is what imparts a silver lining to the dark clouds!
Uktopia: A 50 Hour Film Making Course in Bangalore Indiranagar – Nonfiction Storytelling Using Moving Images
Uktopia is short for ukti (expression) + utopia (an ideal place). It is a film making course in Bangalore in nonfiction storytelling. It recognizes this basic truth. And it employs the art and craft of moving images to provide you with an experience. It’s an experience that can transform the way you look at the world around you. It can also change the way you feel about film making.
We are aware that we often compromise with the virtues espoused in our films time-and-again during the making of those very stories. In such a scenario, Uktopia will allow us to try and avoid that discord. It’s the discord between the noble intentions of our films and the reality of collective actions that create them.
Gokul Chakravarthy is a videographer and a documentary film maker with over a decade of experience. He will be your facilitator on this transformative journey called Uktopia: A 50 Hour Film Making Course in Bangalore.
Join Uktopia: A 50 Hour Film Making Course in Bangalore Indiranagar – Nonfiction Storytelling Using Moving Images and learn a new technique unique in itself. You have an additional option of choosing any number of electives in case you wish to go deeper into them.
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