Career as Cinematographer


As you all might have seen the movie Dear Zindagi in which Alia Bhatt wanted to become a cinematographer and her family was not supportive as according to them cinematography has no career, but is it really true? No! It’s not true. A student pursuing mass communication can become cinematographer if he or she has a passion for filmmaking and photography. First of all, we should know what is the work of cinematographer and what actually is cinematography.

A significant part of filmmaking, the cinematography is the art of photographing a movie, dealing with the composition of lighting and the choice of camera, while the photographic images for cinema are recorded. Also referred to as director of photography, a cinematographer is supposed to handle several techniques of cinematography, including the size of a shot, use of intended effects, movement and expression, handling of camera with camera view, angle, movement and shot, lightning techniques and aesthetics, editing and transitional devices, use of special effects, sound effects, and many more. Cinematography has become a well-paid career option since the role of a cinematographer cannot be undermined, as he plays several roles in planning and coordinating a film. The modern techniques required to direct a film and produce picture-perfect results can only be handled by a cinematographer. The immense popularity of cinematography as a career option has led to the establishment of various institutes conducting specialized courses in this creative field. Students undertaking these programs can work cinematographers in films, documentary, short films, etc.

Course Details
A number of institutions in India impart courses in the field of cinematography. The courses are conducted at diploma level, certificate, and postgraduate degree level. Also, various short-term courses are also offered. The curriculum of these courses comprises of camera and lighting, electronic cinematography, sound recording, etc. Talking about the eligibility, candidates are required to complete graduation or qualify in 10+2 examination from any reputed institute or university.

Career Prospects
The cinematography is a very promising career. After completing a course in cinematography, one can join any small or big organization as a cinematographer. Graduates in cinematography programs can expect a large number of challenging and prospering job options. Besides, professionals with advanced computer skills and adequate work experience can be hired by leaders in the industry.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Several institutions in India offer courses in cinematography. Some of the prominent institutes are:

  • Centre for Research in Art of Film & Television, New Delhi;
  • Digital Academy-The Film School, Mumbai;
  • Mindscreen Film Institute, Chennai; Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata;
  • Whistling Woods International, Mumbai;
  • Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA), Mumbai;
  • Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune
  • LV Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai;
  • Adarsha Film & TV Institute, Bangalore; and Asian Academy of Film & Television, Noida.

    At the initial stage, a cinematographer is paid around Rs. 7000 – 8000 per month. An experienced cinematographer can earn anywhere between Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 50,000 per month, or depending upon the project he/she has undertaken.

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