Advanced Certificate Program in Filmmaking
Duration: 1 year
Category : Advanced Certificate Program
Financial aid available
Financial aid available
What is filmmaking?
Storytelling is an integral part of human development and films are one of the few formats that use pretty much all major mediums – writing, photography, performance, narration etc. This is what makes filmmakers such good storytellers. They hone their skills in all fields.
A good filmmaker doesn’t just understand his/her role well but also the roles of every other team member working on the project. Keeping this at the core, Virtual Academy’s Advanced Certificate Program in Filmmaking offers you comprehensive training across all spectrums of the craft of Filmmaking
This 1 year program curated by the experts from Whistling Woods International comprises of 60 + hours of learning through video lectures, video-based live sessions, offline workshop additions etc held by Whistling Woods faculty along with multiple testing protocols. You also get free access to the extensive library of Masterclass lessons from the legends of filmmaking as well as specialisation workshops held at the Whistling Woods Campus. After finishing the course, you’ll be awarded an Advanced Certificate from Whistling Woods International.
If you want to discover and pave a path for your passion for filmmaking, this is the place for you.
The Program Curriculum is spread across two semesters.
Week 1 to Week 7
Learn the art of transferring the story you have in your mind to the paper, and eventually to the big screen. A screenplay is the blueprint that keeps everyone working on the project on track. This is where a movie starts and thus, this is where we’ll start our journey to understanding filmmaking.
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Elements of a screenplay
- Character Development
- Scene Design and Dialogue
- Dialogue writing
- Analysis of a short film
- Hero’s Journey Part 1 & 2
Week 8 to Week 12
The process of filmmaking can be divided into three sections – creative, technical and financial. While different teams take care of each section, it’s the job of the producer to tie them all together.
- What does a producer do?
- Script Development and Funding
- Producer in Pre-Production
- Producer in Principal photography
- Producer in Post Production
- Taking your film to the audience
Week 13 to Week 20
Also known as the Director of Photography, a cinematographer is the master of movement and light.Their role is to translate the script into visuals and shoot the video.
- The basics of Cinematography
- Non-Motion Photography
- Video Fundamentals (SD & HD)
- Understanding the components of a Mise-en-scene and their impact
- Motion photography on Film cameras (16mm/35mm)
- The theory of Colour
- The study of a Cinematographer
- Understanding music videos
- Understanding non-fiction films
Week 21 to Week 26
Film editing is all about intuition. Intuition to know how the characters will portray their emotions and how the scene is going to affect the audience.
- The basics of Cinematography
- Edit Shots
- Software Training – How to use Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Davinci Resolve / DIT
- Types of Cuts
- Editing action sequences
Week 27 to Week 28
- Assessment – Shoot a Silent Film
Week 29 to Week 31
- Comparative study of Cinema vs TV
- The role of costumes and makeup in a project
- How to dress a set with furniture and wall pieces to accommodate a script
- How to work on an existing available location
Week 32 to Week 38
Making a film is not a one-person job, but it does need one person to guide all the different teams and technicians. This responsibility falls on the shoulders of the director. Much like the captain of a team, the director coordinates with the actors, writers and the crew to translate the words on a paper into a moving, breathing story.
- Introduction to the role of a Director and Film Grammar
- Composition for Filmmakers
- Space and time in Film
- Continuity of Motion
- Misc-en-scene and it’s aspects
- Sound in films and creation of time & space through sound
- Script Development and breakdown
- Directing and working with Actors
- Film Theory & Analysis
- Assisting a Director
Week 39 to Week 43
The responsibility of a sound designer is to record, acquire, edit and create the various audio elements required in a movie. The sound designer works closely with the director to create an acoustic environment for the audience.
- Introduction and history of sound in film
- Composition for Filmmakers
- Sound Recording (Part I) and the Recording Chain
- Advanced Aesthetics
- Music in film
- Sound Recording (Part II)
- The role of Sound in Post Production & Mixing
- Introduction to DAW Pro-tools
Week 44 to Week 52
- Assessment – Shoot a Film
During the semester coursework, you will also be involved in the activities below:
- Film Analysis – Watch the set of films provided and critique it
- Live sessions with Industry experts
- Project submissions & assessments
Advanced Certificate Programs
What kind of certification will I obtain from this program?
On successful completion of all the courses included in this program, the user shall be given a Advanced Certificate in Filmmaking from Whistling Woods International. You can download the certificate in the form of a PDF or collect a hard copy from the Mumbai Campus
Is there a specific time limit for this program?
The time limit to finish this program is 1 year. However, due to certain emergencies, we can look at extending the tenure of the program. This is subject to approval by Virtual Academy and will be treated as an exception on a case to case basis.
How many hours of study are required to complete this program?
We recommend a study time of 2 to 3 hours per week across the duration of the program for our Advanced Certificate Programs
Is there any financial aid available for this program?
Yes. Click here to know.
What are the key topics covered in this program?
Please refer to the curriculum tab on the course page of the Advanced Certificate program
What type of learning should I expect from this program?
This program comprises of learning through video-based lectures. You will also be given the transcripts of these lectures. The content is derived from the knowledge base of Whistling Woods faculty and Industry experts along with specific case studies used to explain the concepts and theories. You will also have live sessions held by experts on the topic that you are studying in a particular month/quarter.
In addition to this, a calendar of specialized workshops held through the year at the Whistling Woods campus in Mumbai will be shared with you. You will be permitted to attend a maximum of two workshops in a year.
Are there any assignment or coursework in this program?
There are regular assignments and coursework to be done in this program. We recommend a learning time of 2 to 3 hrs for optimum use of the material in the program
Does the program include live sessions with the faculty?
Yes. The live sessions will be updated as part of the course calendar once the program commences.
INR 160,000 (Inclusive of all taxes)
Admission Criteria :
- No work experience is required to apply for any of the programs
- Applicants need to have cleared Xth grade or equivalent
- All candidates need to have reading and speaking proficiency in English
Key Highlights :
- Extensive mentorship through the Whistling Woods alumni who work in the Media industry and the WWI faculty
- Build a network of similar minded leaners and industry professionals on the platform
- Gain Whistling Woods’s Alumni status and access to the WWI Alumni database to build your network and seek.
- Access to the WWI Mumbai campus for specialized workshops of your choice and specialization. Click to view the Workshop Calendar.
- Over 60 + hours of video content along with regular assessments, peer group assignments and projects
- Live sessions throughout the duration of the program with industry experts and the faculty of WWI
- Access to the masterclass library of Whistling Woods where you can access recordings of sessions / interviews from celebrity lecturers / industry experts for 1 year
- In case applicants have not completed Xth grade, they can still enrol, but will receive an Advance Certificate in Filmmaking.
- You can pay for the program with a debit / credit card and through Netbanking.
No-cost EMI facility is available for this program. Click here for more information.
On the success of the payment transaction, you will receive a confirmation mail with the order no. and payment acknowledgement.
You will be provided a course login URL within 48 hours of making a payment. Please register on the URL to gain access to the course.
- In case of any issues during payment, please write to us on email@example.com
Complete the program successfully to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Filmmaking from Whistling Woods International
- Connect with a wide network of learners & professionals
- Take a step towards discovering the world of filmmaking