“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” -Albert Einstein
There are two major streams in the academics of cinema, film studies and film making. Film studies unfortunately focuses on the philosophical or discussion oriented part of studying cinema, where film making focuses on the technical aspect of film making. We ate MGM Film Arts firmly believe that film is a art and every student of MGM Film Arts need to be groomed as artist first of all. Alfred Hitchcock once said that if he will start a film school he will first make each student to understand and learn art. To follow the ideology every course will start with allied arts workshops where every student will get trained about elements & principles, fundamentals of every art like painting, sculpture, music, dance, etc.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. -Anton Chekhov
Knowledge Workshops: Knowledge workshops will be usually conducted in the classrooms or preview theatres according to the context, where experts will explain the theoretical part. It will be conducted regularly as per the syllabus every day for 1hr 30 min to 3 hrs. Practice sessions: Practice sessions are the sessions based on practical. Our experts defined certain set of skills need to be developed in students. E.g. a cinematographer must excel in focus pulling, hence he is supposing to de intensive practice under the guidance of mentor to excel in the skill. We at MGM Film Arts don’t believe in competition or examinations, here students will get redo until they do the satisfactory work.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams
Developing Judgement, Sensitivity and Creativity as explained earlier filmmaking is not just about talking some philosophy or learning any equipment. A student who knows any editing software cannot be certified as an editor. He must achieve the excellence in the art of film editing. To achieve excellence we will make them work on the result of their judgments. Specially defined programs will boost the sensitivity and creativity in the students. Rumination: One cannot achieve excellence in a day. As Aristotle says, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
We have created a perfect environment for the rumination on films and the art of film at MGM Film Arts.