On the set!Lights, camera, action!
Digital technology has revolutionised the sphere of cinema and flung open new areas of experimentation, discovery, and opportunity. Effects which were unimaginable earlier, are now possible and this has made film the most sought-after medium for communication.
In 1943, Sir M Visvesvaraya, the great visionary of the then Mysore State, started cinematography, sound engineering and radio engineering apart from other specialised courses at the Sri Jayachamarajendra Occupational Institute. Not only had Visvesvaraya realised the importance of vocational courses but he had also foreseen the high potential that cinamatography and sound recording would have in future.
In September 1996, two specialized courses Cinematography and Sound&Television were separated and a new Institute-Government Film& Television Institute was started at Hesaraghatta, under the World Bank Assisted Project for Technician Development in India.
The Government Film & TV Institute is situated in Hesaraghatta about 35 kms from Bangalore, over an area of 25 acres amidst sylvan surroundings. The Institute is housed in well designed beautiful buildings and the ambience exuded by the institute is designed to trigger and promote creativity to meet the burgeoning needs of the film and media industries.
Cinematography: The 3 year study in Cinematography covers Still Photography, Motion Picture Photography and Videography with subjects like Film Analysis & Appreciation, Visual Composition, Filming Techniques, Lighting Techniques, Film Processing, Film Projection, Electronic Cinematography, Television Production, Multimedia, Computer Graphics & Animation.
Cinematography Department has two professionally designed Still Photography Studios, Motion Picture Labs, Television Production Floor and an acoustically treated Film Shooting Floor with a viewers gallery.
Sound recording: The 3 year Sound Recording & Engg course covers study of Sound Recording Techniques, Architectural Acoustics, Digital Recording, Music, and subjects pertaining to Electronics like Analog& Digital Electronics, Communication Engg, Television Engg. A few subjects are common to both the courses.
Sound Recording Department has a professionally designed Sound Recording Studio which can be used for Music Recording, Voice Dubbing, Background scoring in Analog and Digital formats, Digital Audio Workstation, Video Post-Production Console, Film Projection Booth, and well equipped electronics lab and computer lab.
Eligibility: Students who have passed their pre-university or equivalent examintions with physics, chemistry and mathematics may apply.
Potential: With film being used as a medium for information, education and entertainment, many new avenues have opened up. Students from the institute are much sought after and have excellent prospects as cameramen, sound recordists, sound designers, editors, film continuity managers, technical officers, installation engineers, acoustical engineers, maintenance engineers in research organisations, training centres and radio stations.
They also have enough expertise to set-up their own production centres for making ad films, documentary films, video programmes, animations, graphics, multimediam audio traacks and radio jingles.
The alumni of this institute are spread across the country, many of them in Doordarshan and Films Division of India. The Institute has produced leading cinematographers, sound recordists and directors. Alumni include stalwarts like the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner V K Murthy, Govind Nihalani, Late B C Gowrishankar, Late R C Mahapakshi, Ashok Kashyap to name a few.
Contact: Government Film and Television Institute, Hessaraghatta Post, Bangalore - 560 088. Phone : +91-80-28466768/ +91 - 80 - 28446672. Mobile: +91-9448810161/ +91-9008797965.