I did my film course in AAT College. I had earlier done a summer course in Los Angeles which was generically very state-of-the-art. But my course in AAT had both, state-of-the-art approach and was also rooted to the context that I will be working in. I would therefore describe the course as GLOCAL - local to India but global in perspective and course structure.
I worked on an Independent Hindi Feature, "Yeh Dil Ramta Jogi”, as First A.D. Then moved onto a Telegu Feature, " Rudhramadevi”, as Associate Director. I have a Hindi Period Film planned for October and at the moment I am working on my own Malayalam feature script. It has been a great innings at AAT. My first mentor is the faculty at your campus.
AAT’s intensive Digital Film Making program of SAW is like a constant accelerating treadmill. Once you get on, the only way is to keep pace. Working with fi lm students from across the world makes it great & this experience has readied me for the craziness that lies ahead in the world of media, film and video business. So far I have Directed half a dozens of Music Videos, a dozens of Ad. film, many Corporate films through my Production house
I was always passionate about making music. I would tinker around with plugins, turning knobs, trying to get the sound that was in my head, not knowing how or why something worked or did not work. So instead of shooting in the dark, I decided to formally take a course in audio engineering. With education came the understanding of processes. Interaction with teachers and fellow students opened some hidden doors in my mind. If my music were a ship on the sea of ideas and possibilities then education would be the rudder.
My passion was acting and film making.This drove me to an acting school in Mumbai for a year. I discontinued my engineering studies midway. Once the acting part was over I decided to take up a formal course in film making. Technology is my passion and AAT fulfi lled that part of my dreamlearning from known industry greats and student facilities are the best. Though the classes are gruelling, I changed from being a on "on the surface guy” to a serious learner.
We believe formal education is so important because if you practise anything without proper guidance there are chances you do it in a wrong way, of course you might learn it at the end of the day but unnecessary wastage of time, unnecessary sufferings and if you have learned something in a wrong way it is not good for a career. Learning without a school is like learning driving without an instructor. You might learn it but things can go wrong on the way of learning which we can avoid through a formal education. Working in the industry on our first film Neram made us realise the importance of AAT.
Pradeep Palar, Shabareesh Varma and Alphonse Puthran
I have always been interested in music.Even though my family members are music lovers, no one is a professional musician. Hence, I also wanted to follow in their footsteps and do an MBA course. I always knew music will be a part of me. But had no idea about the technical part of it. The making of the songs.But while I was doing my B.Com in Loyola college, Chennai, I came across the sound engineering course at AAT. Joining that course changed my life. My father has been my biggest strength and support . I understood the technical part of music, the sound, the frequency. Learning sound engineering gave me a different perspective about composing music. And I will continue to always learn.
Born in a film crazy country like India it was no surprise I went with the masses on my passion. Numerous people influenced me and set me on this path. No matter the masters who have been adept at this craft, my question has always been - HOW and not what makes it unfold. This drove me to search for a course in Film making and i landed at AAT. I want to be responsible for my artistic creation and one day be known as a story trekker who brings to life films which are more engaging and rewarding.
Having born in the the southern film industry hub of Chennai, my life revolved around movies. My passion is to make my own feature film. Joining a film making course at AAT was based on this passion. I found the syllabi extremely industry driven ( after I discussed with friends in the industry). Today it has helped me a lot. I loved the classes of direction, cinematography, writing and editing, I am excited to be on my chosen path in life.
28 Feb 2017 Issue
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