The O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) today announced the launch of a practical course in the art of filmmaking which will introduce students to ten essential disciplines of the filmmaker’s art. The filmmaking workshop is produced by Bennett E. McClellan, who is a member of the American Television Academy, the Actor’s Equity Association and the Writers Guild West. An MBA from Harvard and a Ph.D. in management, Bennett E. McClellan is also a distinguished graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television.
This initiative is amongst the many unconventional approaches that JSLH has adopted in its liberal arts pedagogy. As part of the filmmaking workshop, students get the opportunity to attend master classes with film industry professionals, such as renowned Bollywood screenwriter and lyricist duo Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal, whose recent credits include the movie Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-leela. Siddharth & Garima conducted a lecture for the students on ‘Making Commercial Cinema is an Art’ and also interacted with students one-on-one to review and give tips on screenplays the students are preparing to produce as short films.
Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH) Professor & vice Dean, Bennett E. McClellan, said, “The Filmmaking Academy represents the first step for JSLH toward establishing a professionally oriented center for media and the performing arts. We hope to create a new kind of creative center that fuses hands-on creative work with minds-on critical thinking about the art form. Our goal is to equip our graduate-citizens with the ability to tell visual stories effectively, regardless of what walk of life they choose."
Siddharth Singh, speaking about the experience of interacting with the 10-Day Filmmaking students, said, "We happily accepted the invitation and the opportunity to interact and communicate with JGU students. We really appreciated the support and enthusiasm given to use by the University. Cinema is not only the most consumed form of art, it is also a money making business. Our advice to the students was: Make it exciting!"