The reason you should choose careers in Media & Entertainment Industry
Last year, the Kannada Film Industry produced 142 films. Overall, the 4 southern states produced a whopping 1017 films in 2014. To put this into perspective, the Hindi film industry produced just 252 films. With an overall projected growth rate (CAGR 2014-2019) of 10%, this figure is expected to climb steadily. The prospects for the Television industry are even more promising. It is already close to 4 times the size of the Film industry, with a projected growth of 15.5%*. And, there is much more to the entertainment industry than just films. With the internet boom and proliferation of digital media, there are innumerable new avenues that have opened up. Today, the market for technically qualified personnel is not restricted to just Films and Television. Documentaries, short films, animated films, VFX, sports, all of them require technical expertise. Even in the Media industry, the demand for trained professionals has grown exponentially. This is applicable on a regional, national, as well as international level.
But, in spite of it being an extremely lucrative career option, there still remains a large gap between demand and supply. One of the primary reasons for this is that there are hardly any reputed institutes offering quality education in this sphere. In an effort to address this problem, the MIT Group of Institutes launched its Film and Television Institute this year in Pune.
All the courses on offer are highly technical in nature. These include Direction, Cinematography, Sound Recording & Designing, Editing, Production Design & Art Direction, and Screenplay writing.
What’s particularly significant about these courses is that they will be conducted under the tutelage of stalwarts from the industry, who have spent years perfecting their craft. And they understand fully well the importance of being trained in all the contemporary techniques involved in these disciplines. With the illustrious Dr. Jabbar Patel as Chairman, the academic council of MIT – SFT reads like a who’s who of contemporary Indian film making: Mani Ratnam, Mammooty, Goutam Ghose, Shaji Karun, Girish Kasaravalli, Jahnu Barua, Samar Nakhate, Binod Pradhan, Sreekar Prasad, Resul Pookutty, Jayant Deshmukh, Kamlesh Pandey, and Shankar Mahadevan.
Girish Kasaravalli, Member, Advisory Board, MIT School of Film & Television, “Today, a whole new pool of talent is emerging in India, bringing with it new expressions and fresh insights. This talent needs to be nurtured and given a voice. In order to do that, a mastery over technology is of paramount importance. We need more schools that can familiarise young filmmakers with contemporary techniques. Only when they have a mastery over technology, will they be able to use it as a tool, and it will not hinder their creative process.”
All the courses are designed to impart students with theoretical knowledge and practical exposure in equal measure. With internships, live projects and industry placements, all MIT SFT programs are focussed on employability. But it is not just the course curriculum or the faculty that make MIT – SFT special. The institute’s location also accords it considerable sheen. Rajbaug, where the institute is located, was formerly the residence of Raj Kapoor, the doyen of Indian cinema. It is here that he conceptualised and created many of his epoch-defining films, and is also his final resting ground, along with that of his father, Prithviraj Kapoor and mother Smt. Ramsarani Devi. This hallowed ground literally lives and breathes cinema. Spread over a sprawling 125 acres, it is also home to a number of other reputed institutes like the MIT Institute of Design, the Vishwashanti Sangeet Kala Academy, and the Vishwashanti Gurukul IB World School, among others. It is an environment that fosters creativity, and inspires excellence.