Our teaching methods are unorthodox. We provide an environment that encourages self discovery. This environment is based on teaching through demonstration. Students are given required work skills and freedom to think. Special emphasis is laid on inculcating healthy work practices and developing career strategies to lead a happy wholesome life. To make them not just tools of a system but active, thinking and productive human being.
FILMZCOOL is an initiative to bring the best of teachers and students of cinema together in a spirit of mutual give and take. The idea is to not only improve the standards of film making but to lift the standard of film education itself.
The people who have committed their time to this endevour are experienced professionals of the highest standards. They are determined to give back to the community the fruits of their experience and expertise.
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Prof. Levine does not teach at FILMZCOOL.
We have others who endorse his methods wholeheartedly.
(in random order)
Editor/Director/Producer. FTII product. Managing director of Blackmagic, leading Ad production company. Retiring at the peak he has turned to full time editing, his first love. Been there done that. Last outing as editor/co-director on ‘Sthaniya Sambad’, winner of Best Film Award at New York Festival of Indian Films, 2011
Read an interview here or watch an excerpt here.
Sound Engineer/Designer. FTII product.
MD of Fireflies, Sound Post Studio. Long filmography, latest work: Matroo ki Bijli ka Mandola (Vishal Bharadwaj), Reluctant Fundamentalist (Meera Nair), Talaash (Reema Kagti), Jai Bhim Comrade (Anand Patwardhan).
More at www.fireflyspostsound.com
Cinematographer. FTII product. Foremost in the league of cinematographers on big budget films. Works with dream directors on a regular basis. Humble to the level of flaw. Film credits include Chak De India (Shimit Amin), Iqbal (Nagesh Kukunoor), Guzzarish (Sanjay L Bhansali), Dhoom 3 (Vijay Acharya)
Read more on Wikipedia here.
Actor/Comedian. FTII product. Known publicly for his appearances in Chupa Rustam.
Organizes BYOFF (Bring your own film festival) in Puri annually with like minded friends. Galvanizes another group called MAFIA (Musicians, Artists, Filmakers Aa Jao).
Far more than meets the eye.
Director/Writer/Curator working with fiction and non-fiction.
Best known for her documentaries, she also blogs on cinema, feminism, politics and other sundry matters.
More at http://www.parodevi.com
or visit her channel here or her blog here.
Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Editor/Director/Producer. FTII product. Independent documentary film maker. Master fund-raiser, acute conversationalist, solid knowledge of the medium. Trained under the legendary Renu Saluja.
More at his blog.
Director/Cinematographer/Producer. FTII product
National Award Winner. Involved in cultural and language conservation, he runs a trust Brothers of Malana that helps the people of his adopted home in Himachal.
Writer/Director/Teacher. MA in film and media Arts from Temple University, USA. Taught at Symbiosis Inst. Pune. Finishing her maiden documentary for PSBT and bringing up an infant.
Actor/Writer/Director/Producer. St. Stephen’s College, Delhi product. Studied Law at the University of Delhi. News correspondent and a travel show host. Aamir’s commitment to acting has seen him excel in many independent films, Clever and Lonely (Ashwani Malik), Frozen (Shivaji Chandrabhushan), The Great Indian Butterfly (Sarthak Das Gupta), A Wednesday (Neeraj Pandey). Harud it is his first venture as a writer, director and producer.
A M Padmanabhan
Sound Designer/Engineer. FTII product. Granddaddy of present generation audiographers. Thinking man and a wonderful person to interact with. Film credits include Holi (Ketan Mehta), Damul, Hip Hip Hurray (Prakash Jha), Drohkaal (Govind Nihalani), Siddheshwari (Mani Kaul).
More at IMDB
Cinematographer/Director/Producer. FTII product.
Considered a saint in film circles for his quiet demeanour, he is a visual artist. The films that were fortunate to be touched by him include Harud (Aamir Bashir), Peepli Live (Anousha Rizvi), Reluctant Fundamentalist (Meera Nair) and Frozen (Shivaji Chandrabhushan).
Watch excerpt of work here or read an interview.
Activist/Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer. Brandeis University and McGill University product. The most prominent political documentary filmmaker from India, every filmmaker has learned from. He has faced consistent censorship and has fought successfully each time to have his films reach their audience. A cult unto himself. Latest film Jai Bhim Comrade, others in a long list include War and Peace, Ram Ke Naam to Bombay Our City. More on his site.
Sthaniya Sambad directed by Arjun Gourisaria and Moinak Biswas
Amlan Dutta's acclaimed documentary, One day ahead of democracy.
Tanmay Agarwal interview at Films Division, Mumbai
Paromita Vohra at Brandeis university.
Pankaj Rishi Kumar curating at FDZone.
Gurpal Singh on Tedhi Baat