Director Speak – Realizing Cinematic Dreams

 Cinema is a visual art form that has captured the collective imagination of people across all stratas of society. Be it as a medium that entertains or a forum to deliberate on society’s issues, to the viewer and the budding Film-maker & technician, the allure of Cinema has always been immense. In India especially, this fascination is a national obsession. From the average person on the street to people living in palatial homes, Cinema is all-embracing and all-encompassing. We have a rich history and heritage in Cinema, with Indian Film Industry being the largest in the world, by numbers and also because of the global interest in our Films and culture. 

Art imitates life and life mimics art. And in Cinema, this is truer than anywhere else. But while we have a rich tapestry of Cinema, what we did not possess is a platform to teach the art & science of Cinema. The nuances of Film-making that are on par with a global standard and sensibility. And it is this realization, coupled with a burning need to provide the millions of aspiring young Film-makers, artists and technicians a chance to learn the craft at a world class level, that led to the formation of Digital Academy – The Film School. 

Our Film school is a sprawling 40,000 sq ft one-stop shop for your next ‘Big Picture’. Right from conceptualization to digitization, we house all the facilities under one roof. Backed with new age equipment and age-old experience, Digital Academy – The Film School is the place to be. With an impressive faculty, both in-house and guest, the expertise of Film-making is rendered through a balanced curriculum over classroom instructions, periodic practicals and intensive workshops. 

At DA, it is our constant endeavor to produce free-thinking creative individuals, with a unique Film sensibility, rather than mere technicians. And this is something we strive towards relentlessly; to give India and the world the best creative force there can be in the world of Moving images .

The DA experience will change the way you view Films and the way you view the world. We welcome you to our proud institution and are eager to transform your lives to make you the best possible Film-makers you can be.

Regards

  
Kartikeya Talreja – Director

Passion, To Dream Bigger

Don’t let anything stand in your way, be the first”; words that may not sound very inspired, but they come from a real life hero, Jeff Arch, the critically acclaimed screenplay writer of the 1993 Oscar nominated hit ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. And these words rang true in Jeff’s own life, and his relentless struggle in recognizing his passion for writing.

Jeff Arch had struggled with writing in his early years. He had written many screenplays. They would take him, on occasion, up to three whole years to finish, and never ended up being considered for production. Disillusioned, Jeff set up a karate school. But while his life as a martial arts school owner seemed on course commercially, within him, the passionate beast of writing lurked.

Perhaps under the guidance of his mentor, Hollywood cameraman Conrad Hall, Jeff decided that he could no longer ignore his Screenwriting passion; but he had to give up everything else and focus singularly on writing. Make a firm and unshakable commitment. He surrendered his karate school, and inspired by an infomercial that he credits for breaking his ‘mental crunch’ when it said, ‘You’ve got to think bigger than you ever thought you could think’; Jeff ordered a series of instructional tapes on writing. And unlike his earlier attempts, this time he sat dedicated, listened, learned, and began writing in earnest.

The result? A Cold War script that was well thought out, but not commercially viable. The kind of ‘setback’ that would earlier have dissuaded him; this time only served to fuel Jeff’s fire further. And he persevered with an unquenchable thirst until his passion finally gave the world, the much sought after ‘Sleepless In Seattle’. He was nominated for an Oscar as well as several other prestigious Screenplay category awards, and the Film has become an iconic landmark in popular culture.

Despite Jeff Arch’s success; it is undeniable that it came to him rather late in life. Why? Perhaps because he did not act strongly enough on his passion, as early in his life, as he could have. But today, passionate young people striving to be Writers and Film-makers have a tremendous opportunity to really fast-track their dreams. By attending a Film academy and receiving a formal education in the medium; young creative minds can skip the unsavory aspect of Films, the lingering doubt, the constant struggle. Because being armed with a comprehensive Film education, you are already prepared. All you then have to do is, work. You don’t have to go through several years writing or trying to Direct without full knowledge, and neither do you have to be self-taught. A good Film academy can give you all that & more, in a controlled, professional, and time-restricted manner; so that you emerge a confident, aware individual, who is ready to take on the Film world.

It’s now or never. Don’t let your passion stagnate. Let a great Film education be the fuel to your Film passion!

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