The Total Filmmaking Diploma and Internship Program


The Open Film School has integrated the production of a series pilot into the Total Filmmaking Diploma Program. This facilitates better learning as the participant gets a readily available platform to experiment and apply their newly acquired knowledge of filmmaking. This happens under the guidance of industry professionals and becomes the most important feature of the Program.

Jay Gholap Alumnus New York Film Academy.  A computer engineer before he made his first documentary for SETI NASA,  He founded The Open Film School to bring film education to everyone. The Open Film School has trained more than 300 participants over 8 years. Jay Gholap also works as a script consultant, Documentary and corporate filmmaker. Previous experience includes AD to Ram Gopal Verma and corporate films. 

The Open Film School brings to you The Total Filmmaking Diploma an intensive program that will jump-start your career. Initiate you into the art and set you on the right path to follow your passion. We proudly boast that this is the best short-format filmmaking course one can attend in India.

The Total Filmmaking Diploma is designed to create this experience over 4 months. The world of filmmaking presents a face of glamour and wealth but beyond this face are inspired artists that are passionately pursuing their art and craft, Backed by years of learning and commitment. The Total Filmmaking Diploma will introduce you to this world and help you take your first step.
The Total Filmmaking Diploma program is designed by Alumni of NYFA, FTII and SRFTI. Award-winning and practising filmmakers will share insights and experiences that will help you to start working on your first project.

The Open Film School has been in Bangalore for the last 5 years. This course has evolved from a small workshop to a diploma. The past batches have given us a couple of award-winning films. And a couple of other filmmakers who have joined the industry as assistants or are pursuing their passion full time. The very thought of doing what you love for a living is the best motivator.

What You’ll Learn:

How to read a film – The visual arts

Learning from the masters, Before the films, why film as an art, How film tell stories, Film studies and history

Production process – The art of delegation

The Hierarchy, film-worthy, The vision, The Tribeca reunion

Understanding your characters – Tell me your story

Forrest Gump character analysis,The Hero’s Journey and the act structure, Save the cat, Building a character for film – Make me care

Screenplay Format – The Blue Print

margin for error, minute by minute, Celtx

Story-boarding – First Visuals

Three little pigs, comic strips, beat, incorporating your screenplay

Cinematography 2 – Painting with light

Types of lights, Lighting setups, lenses and filters

Direction – Mise – en- Scene

The rules, Talking heads, walking heads

Editing Techniques and formats – Slaying dragons

Making a film, Objectivity, The tools

A career in Filmmaking – Start your first film

Iceberg Filmmaking, pitching, getting started

The Open Film school is located in Koregaon park socially the most vibrant part of Pune.

Koregaon Park, Pune

The lanes of Koregaon park with old British era bungalows and huge green trees on both sides attracts lots of people who visit here for morning/evening walks as well as just for hanging out.

The Osho International Meditation Resort, which earlier was Osho ashram, still attracts many visitors from abroad as well as natives who come here for meditation programs.

It is also a destination for art and music enthusiasts in the city with many art galleries and clubs in the vicinity.

Koramangala , Bengaluru

Koramangala is situated in the south-eastern part of Bangalore, it is one of the largest neighbourhoods, and is a residential locality with wide, tree-lined boulevards and a mix of commercial structures, and bungalows. Planned as a suburb post-independence, its location between Bangalore and Electronic City attracted migrants from across the country during Bangalore’s tech boom of the late 1990s. Consequently, it has gradually developed into a commercial hub. Koramangala is also Bangalore‘s prominent startup hub.

Writing for the films – The Rosetta stone

Inspiration – James Cameron, who are you – Andrew Stanton, Titanic a case study

3 Acts – A Philosopher’s idea

Why the act structure, For the love of films, break the rules

Screenplay Structure – Write write write

A novel idea, breaking down creativity, one step at a time

The Writing process

Who What and how, The Hare and the Tortoise, plot points (Act culmination) subordinate plot points

Cinematography 1 – The Canvas

The camera, Film Vs Video, The science

Cinematography 3 – Director’s eye

Types of shots, Camera movement and meaning, working with a cinematographer

Actors and casting for the film

Finding Talent, Working with an Actor The best part

Short film project – Writing, casting, shooting, editing and screening.

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