Media and Films

What is it Multimedia ?
Have you seen “Jaadu” display his jaadu in the hit film Koi Mil Gaya ? Or the strange characters in Lord of the Rings and Alice in Wonderland ? Or the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park ? Films such as these have made use of vivid imagery to have the desired impact on the audience.

Multimedia is an integration of Information Technology, Design, Visuals and Communication. It is a tool which gives various communications media their cutting edge making possible the creation of graphics, animations, text, sound and other special effects. Thus the content we see, in the forms of films, commercials, radio and television programmes, DVDs, and videos, becomes much more colourful and effective.

You should have a flair for expressing your ideas through sound, colour and animation. Multimedia can offer an exciting and rewarding career and its related industries have grown exponentially. Market estimates suggest that though the Indian export market of animation in the past two years was worth $ 5 million, it could touch $ 50 million this year itself. Its application across business, education, entertainment, information, etc. make daily routines and work processes much more lively and welcoming than before.

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What is Journalism ?

Journalism is the collecting, reporting, writing, photographing, editing and publishing of news or articles for any of the media, especially for newspapers or magazines. A journalist collects, reports and comments on news and current affairs for publication in newspapers and periodicals or for broadcasting by radio / television. Apart from being a primary source of news, newspapers today provide detailed analysis of political, economic and social issues of current interest. The power and influence of the Press has to be exercised with tremendous responsibility.

What do I have to do ?

A journalist’s work varies according to the area in which he/she is employed but generally includes the following :
Newspapers: Apart from being a primary source of news, newspapers today provide detailed analysis of political, social, and economic issues of current interests. Newspaper journalists must be able to record and tell the story accurately, ignoring irrelevant details and highlighting important facts. Interviews are normally conducted personally or over the telephone, with the journalist carefully recording the information using shorthand or a tape recorder. The journalist may use reference books or old newspaper cuttings to research the background. Today, a wealth...

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Event Management

What is Event Management ?

The glamorous 50th Filmfare awards, Lakme Fashion week, Enrique Iglesias’ music concert, Indian idol talent search …. every year there are hundreds of such events – concerts, sports, games, fashion shows, exhibitions, product launches etc. Planning a great event like these involves a lot of steps: conceptualising, planning, organizing and finally executing the event. To keep everything on track, event managers assume responsibility for event planning through seamless logistical coordination and flawless execution.

Event management is closely related to advertising and marketing because many events can have advertising and brand building as objectives. Event management companies provide a turn-key outsourced solution. They handle the creation, sponsorship acquisition, marketing/branding, team selection/registration, public relations, media buying/placement, television production/ planning/ distribution, and event budgeting and coordination of your next event.

 

Personality traits

An event manager must be highly creative, full of novel ideas, resourceful, possess organizational skills, enjoy interacting with people, and be willing to work long hours to experience the thrill of achievement, is ideally suited for this field...

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Media Management

What is Media Management ?

If there is a story to tell, a fact to correct, a message to communicate, an image to project or protect, or an event to cover then media managers have the knowledge, capability and experience to achieve this with style. The media, in all its forms, is the method by which events reach mass audiences and sponsors communicate their messages. It is, therefore, one of the most critical components of marketing. The media industries are dominated by a number of large conglomerates whose interests and activities cut across many individual market segments such as publishing, audiovisual (TV and radio), film, sound recordings, and the Internet.

Modern media management is about applying the same skills, disciplines and practices, which are accepted as ‘best practice’ in industry and commerce, to the business of communications with and through the media. The activities range from the basics of establishing and running a press office for an event or sponsor, to the complexities of international media rights and the design and delivery of facilities and operations for a global circumnavigation event (travel all...

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Copywriting

What is Copywriting ?

“Connecting people”,  “Get out there”, “We love to see you smile”, ” Discover what’s possible”, ” The power of choice” …. Whenever you hear a 30 second spot on the radio or read the words in a magazine print ad, a copywriter is responsible. The list is endless. Wherever there is something being sold, there is a copywriter somewhere writing the sales and advertising materials.

A copywriter creates the text for advertisements, promotional brochures or other public relations outlets. Advertising agencies routinely refer to a written script as copy, thus the name copywriter applies to those who create the scripts.

Copywriting is the use of words to promote a person, business, opinion or idea. Although the word copy may be applied to any content intended for printing (as in the body of a newspaper article or book), the term copywriter is generally limited to promotional situations, such as advertisements for print, television, radio or other media. The author of newspaper or magazine copy, for example, is generally called a reporter or...

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Digital Media Communication

What is Digital Media Communication ?

Are you interested in working with video games, computer animation or web design ? Are you giving your work the digital edge ? If you want to address the challenging task of building brands through media, then Digital Media communications could be the right calling for you, providing one-stop, comprehensive digital media solutions for all business communication needs.

Digital Media is a combination of technology and arts. It includes areas such as game design/ programming, 3D modeling, web design/programming, digital audio, and video editing. Professionals in this field present ideas in a visually captivating manner through interactive digital media, which helps win over the target audience through E-brochures, multimedia presentations, promotional CDs, and business presentations. They integrate multimedia solutions with professional insight and knowledge using advanced interactive audio visual tools.

 

What do I have to do ?

The digital revolution is shifting power from traditional media giants to the consumer. Most consumers now expect high quality interactive and eye-catching web sites...

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Film Appreciation/ Critic

What is a Film Critic ?

Do reviews help you decide which movies to watch, and which to avoid? Has a critic ever influenced you in favour of, or against, a film, and/or its maker? Has a critic ever enhanced your understanding/appreciation of a particular film?

 

This year’s Cinderella story, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, a rag to riches film based on the life of a young slumdweller of Mumbai, has won the best cinematography award from the National Society of Film Critics, US.

In a comparison with another film, ‘Krishh’, with Hrithik Roshan as a superhero, was also success because he fit the character and the story was interesting.’ Abhishek gave good performances in Mani Ratnam‘s ‘Yuva’ and ‘Guru’ and all he needed was a good director and story to bring out the best in him, said a film critic. ‘The only bright spot in the movie is Priyanka in her beautiful costumes. She may not look all that convincing with a sword but at least she is gorgeous even when filmed in the Rajasthan desert...

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Film Editing

What is Film Editing ?

Imagine you are seated in a movie theater. The lights are dim and credits appear over an opening shot of a seacoast town. The title appears on the screen and after the last credits evaporate, you see a long shot of a vacant summer cottage, then a medium shot of a mysterious-looking man pouring lighter fluid on the grass near the house and striking a match. The grass catches fire; the man flees. The vivid crackling of the fire dissolves into the sound of a young girl’s laughter as she packs clothing into a cardboard box and sings along with her CD player.

Who created this scene? The screenwriter, director, cinematographer, actors, lighting designer, sound designer, and, finally, the film editor. After hours and hours of reviewing the unedited film, the film editor created this one-minute scene. The scene appears to take place in a seacoast town during an autumn afternoon. In truth, little of what the audience sees on screen actually occurred, and it certainly was not all filmed in one afternoon.

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Film Making

What is Film making?

Imagine a young child, eye level with a floor full of miniature toys, concentrating intently on building a make-believe world. To the child, the toys are not miniature figures made of plastic or wood. They are real characters with real adventures. The child frames the action, crafting scenes that unfold in a world of imagination.

Looking through the lens of a camera as actors bring to life a writer’s story, the filmmaker is also peering into a world of imagination. The director, producer, actors, screenwriter, and film editor are all essential players in the journey from concept to finished film. In this remarkable process, thousands of small details—and often hundreds of people—come together to create a film.  There are different ways of expressing yourself with moving images, using metaphor and lyrics which are integral to understanding the visual arts. The purpose of making movies is to reach an audience; to make them laugh, make them cry or make them jump so high they throw their popcorn over the two rows behind them. Films start with...

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Mass Communication

Mass Communication
(Electronic Media)

What is Mass Communication?

Have you been entertained by Matrix Reloaded or Lord of the Rings? Have you seen the eye catching advertisements by Amul or Intel or has any TV serial held your breath? Did these hold visual appeal? These stories or messages have been conveyed through the electronic  media to reach large and diverse audiences. This is Mass Communication.

Mass Communication is the creative artistry of documentaries, the bustle of a network newsroom, the whir of a computer, the hit record capturing the imagination of millions, the radio disk jockey setting the pace of a morning show, and the advertising executive planning a campaign.  It’s radio, research, recordings, resonators, and ratings.  It’s television, talent, telephones, and tabloids.  It’s satellites, storyboards, and systems.  It is all these things and many more….

Mass Communication through the electronic media includes programmes in radio and television broadcasting, as well as making documentaries, commercials and feature films.

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Media Governance

What is Media Governance ?

The participants of the UNESCO-sponsored World Press Freedom Day conference in Dakar, Senegal, in May, 2005 recalled Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, and regardless of frontiers”,

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals, set forth a human rights-based approach to development, in which participation and transparency in decision-making, empowerment and accountability play a key role. Greater participation by citizens in a democratic processes, the rule of law, the fight against corruption, respect for the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary, transparency, accountability, access to information, poverty reduction and human rights are key elements of good governance, and
free access to information held by public bodies as a vital component of good governance.

Thus, news media is an essential factor in good governance, vital to increasing both transparency and accountability in decision-making processes and to communicating...

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Modelling

What is Modelling ?

Fashion Modelling centres around clothing design and manufacture, which can be broadly classified into three main sections namely, haute couture, wholesale couture and wholesale manufacturing. Haute couture fashion produces collections of exclusively designed “model garments”. Wholesale couture garments are sold in limited numbers through selected retail outlets. Some modeling takes place in this area. Wholesale manufacture of mass produced goods is by far the largest sector, following fashion trends in the haute couture section. Not much modeling is done in this area.

Only one or two copies of each garment are made almost entirely by hand. Regular shows are held which are attended by  media persons, wealthy customers and buyers  from exclusive shops. Most haute couture houses are owned and run by well-known designers. Top models like Madhu Sapre, Antra Mali, Aditi Govitrikar, Vikram Saluja, Milind Soman, are selected to model these garments.

What do I have to do ?

Models display clothes and/or accessories to potential customers to the best effect, either live at a fashion...

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Photography

What is Photography ?

“For the camera, the creative moment is brief–a compelling, ephemeral collision of event and artist…”. Ken Ruth. At the heart of all photography is an urge to express our deepest personal feelings – to reveal our inner, hidden selves, to unlock the artist. Since the beginning of time, humans have always wanted to duplicate the physical world – whether it was in the form of drawings, portraits, sculptures or even writing about it so as to bring it to life, but none of these mediums have been as accurate as photography. The emergence of photography over 150 years back has given rise to a new way of seeing and understanding the world. Photography is an art that allows us to freeze time, capture memories forever, enhance beauty and spread information.

With the enormous expansion of the communication network and media, photography has grown from being just a hobby to a full-fledged profession of great commercial value and feasibility. Anything from newspapers, educational books and journals, magazines, research and even the Internet would be highly uninteresting without the bright, informative, eye-catching...

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Radio Production and Broadcasting

What is Radio Production and Broadcasting ?

Want to listen, respond, and react to your own voice surfing through the airways and digi-signals ? Go and explore the enthralling world of vibrations: Radio and Broadcasting.

Radio is constantly changing and reinventing itself. Podcasts, broadband, digital: it’s never been such an exciting time for radio. Just when media observers were signalling the end for the medium, new technologies and global competition have given radio a new lease of life and there are now more stations and brands than ever before. With this expansion comes a hunger for new programme genres and formats, a hunger for fresh ideas – so if you’re interested in this career, you can hone your skills and keep apace with the industry’s evolution.

While technology and programming have changed, the principle is the same. Radio has a unique way of distributing information to the masses, not to mention entertainment and news. Radio production involves more than just recording and mixing. Radio producers are also a creative force in radio. They determine the programming format and even produce the stories aired on the radio.

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Public Relations

What is Public Relations ?

In an increasingly competitive global environment, it is essential to leverage your brand and good will. News can be presented many ways, but finding the right way is difficult. It is a PR professional who can give your organization brand visibility through the most strategic coverage in the press, radio, TV and internet.

Publics relations comprises a set of practical skills and strategies designed to build or enhance the brand of an organisation, product or person, strengthen its relationships with key audiences, and enable it to deal with crises from a position of strength.

Public relations specialists—also referred to as communications specialists and media specialists, serve as advocates for businesses, nonprofit associations, universities, hospitals, and other organizations, and build and maintain positive relationships with the public. As managers recognize the importance of good public relations for the success of their organizations, they increasingly rely on public relations specialists for professional advice on the strategy and policy of their programmes.

The advent of company-wide intranets and e-mail have already impacted internal...

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Radio / Video/ Disc Jockey

What is Radio / Video / Disc Jockey ?

“Salaam namaste, 104.8 FM, you are listening to morning masala.” Does this sound familiar to you? Right from your morning cup of tea till the last light of the day, music, masti and magic follows you everywhere! This is the magical world of endless interaction with your favourite RJs, DJs and VJs! Who hasn’t heard of Cyrus Broacha, Malaika Arora, Nafisa Joseph, Nikhil Chinappa, Ramona and DJs Aqeel, Suketu, and Narayana?

A Radio Jockey (RJ) plays the listeners favourite tunes in radio stations. The job of a Video Jockey (VJ) is to introduce music videos; chat with the public and host celebrity interviews on satellite channels. A disc jockey (also called DJ, or deejay) selects and playsprerecorded music for an intended audience. Hip-hop DJs, mobile DJs, internet DJs are some of the newer trends in deejaying.

What do I have to do ?

Deejaying is selecting and playing sound recordings. It ranges from playing a...

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Script Writing

What is Script writing ?

The Adventures of TinTin, Harry Potter series, Mission Impossible 4, Udaan, Rockstar, 3 Idiots, Lagaan, Gone with the Wind,  have all gone on to become great hits. Do you know the secret of their success ? Each of these films was backed by a wonderful script.  A script is a document that outlines every aural, visual, behavioral, and lingual element required to tell a story. Outlines are required because a film is a highly collaborative medium and the director, cast, editor, and production crew will, based on your “outline”, interpret your story their way when it is filmed. Because so many people are involved in the making of a film, a script must conform to standards that all involved parties understand and thus has a specific format or layout. 

It is crucial to remember that film is a VISUAL medium. Script writers don’t just tell their audience their story, they SHOW them. They write a screenplay VISUALLY. Script writers virtually show it to them because they write what the audience will see and hear. This...

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Video Editing

What is Video Editing ?

Have you ever thought about producing your own high-quality videos on your computer ? With the help of computer software you can assemble a movie in no time. Add professional scene transitions, some background music, and a couple of title effects, and you’re ready to show the world your finished masterpiece !

The term video editing refers to:

  • non-linear editing systems, using computers with video editing software
  • linear video editing, using videotape
  • vision mixing, when working with live video signals

Video editing is the process of re-arranging or modifying segments of video to form another piece of video. The complete process of making art aesthetic in visual media is associated with the technique of editing. The most useful aspect of computer video editing is that you can weed out all the “junk video” that finds its way into everyone’s home movies. Once you have your shots figured out, you need a place to arrange them in proper order and piece them together. The place where you...

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What is Brand Management ?

Nestle, Pepsi, Coke, Reliance, Tata Steel, Compaq, Olympus, Maruti are some of the brands we are all familiar with. Brand management is the application of marketing techniques to a specific product, product line, or brand. It seeks to increase the product’s perceived value to the customer and thereby increase brand franchise and brand equity. Marketers see a brand as an implied promise that the level of quality people have come to expect from a brand will continue with present and future purchases of the same product. This may increase sales by making a comparison with competing products more favorable. It may also enable the manufacturer to charge more for the product. The value of the brand is determined by the amount of profit it generates for the manufacturer. This results from a combination of increased sales and increased price.

 

What do I have to do ?

Success in consumer products—which is where most brand management careers are found, is all about marketing, often by promoting a brand name. While...

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