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If you want to be a Filmmaker, first you need to understand the different departments of filmmaking.

If you Google ‘film-maker’ word, you will get to know a person who directs or produces films for television or cinema. Many of us had this childhood fantasy to have a career in the film industry. And we start googling top 10 film schools in India. However, most people don’t know what they actually want to do in the filmmaking process or in business.

Once I met a tall cinematographer and told him that “currently, I am directing my short film”, he replied to me “there is high-neck competition in the direction field, everybody whether he/she is from any film departments they all want to be a director.”

Yes, that’s true, people used to switch from editing to direction, production to direction, writing to direction etc. There is a debate who is the best director among all of them, by reading the blog you decide yourself.

  1. Writer/ Screenwriter: Writer is the first person who imagines the characters and the story as a film. In his imaginary world film has already been made, sometimes it seems funny but that’s true. Knowing the technicalities of writing should be very necessary to write commercially, critically acclaimed and in a certain budget. Many directors would like to write scripts for their movies. Eg; Anurag Kashyap, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and many more.

2. Producer: Many people believe the myth; the producer is a person who invests the money, that’s a half truth. Producer is the person who is responsible for approving the script, arranging the finance, and then coordinating with the director in selecting his team. A producer selects a good team which makes him to get profit out of it, that’s why he/she should have a better understanding of finance management, permission-approvals, equipment arrangements and many more. Many producers also turned into directors, on those movies production would be the best. Eg; “Kick” is directed by Sajid Nadiadwala.

3. Director: If the film is a ship, then the Director is the captain of that ship. He/she oversees every department of film making. The final call related to all creative, dramatic, artistic and technical aspects belongs to the director. Director executes the writer’s imagination by providing his own philosophical and commercial understanding in the given film budget. Basically, for a film-project everyone on the team is trying to convert the director's visualization into a movie.

4. Cinematographer/ Director of Photography: In Indian Cinema, DOP word is bit new but we are familiar with Cinematography. Cinematographer or DOP gives the cinematic execution on the Director’s vision. Cinematographer should have a better understanding of camera, lightning, shots and angles but the most important is their metaphorical means. Shooting in practical lights is a big challenge; cinematographers of current ages would love to do that. Study of Cinematography is basically the study of camera and lighting. Cinematographer’s directed movies have always best cinematic experience, eg: watch “96” directed by C. Prem Kumar.

5. Editing: Editing is counted as post production work, but if this work starts with just after the selection of the story, it enhances the quality of the project and saves the timing in shooting also. Nowadays, editing is a software based work where animation, Sfx, Vfx, after effects and many other tools has created a revolutionary era in film making. It is also very popular among filmmakers “if you want to know the feasibility of a project ask an Editor”. I think the reason behind this saying is they make the final cut. The famous editor-directors in the industry are Rajkumar Hirani, Shree Narayan Singh and many more.

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