ZEFT, the best film institute in Chennai, offers courses (Full time/Part-time/Weekend) in different film making subjects. These courses have been formulated with inputs from successful contemporary industry professionals. Some of the courses that we conduct at ZEFT Chennai are:
This course at the ZEFT film college in Chennai combines the curricula for both Screenwriting and Film Direction. The course imparts knowledge to improve the creative, conceptual, technical and organizational skills in this field.
Direction deals with every aspect of film making, from screenwriting to film publicity. The Direction and Screenwriting course is a combination of theory and practical classes that will make the students create movies independently on completion of the course.
Students in Film Direction are taught independent film production and an insight into the art of makeup, costumes, and design of the film sets. They will also be taught theoretical aspects of cinema from around the world.
Intensive script writing exercises are directed towards teaching the students to find the appropriate balance between the spoken words and unspoken feelings of the image on the screen and the contribution of the ambient sounds.
The students will spend a considerable amount of time with actors and directors (both film and theatre) to understand how physical action and the spoken dialog in combination with the camera result in the emotions that we see in the cinema.
Cinematography students of the ZEFT ilm institute in Chennai will be provided guidance on how to become competent in lighting effects and how to handle motion picture cameras. Students will be taught the aesthetic and technical inputs that are required in order that a story can be told photographically.
Students of the ZEFT film college in Chennai will be taught every nuance of lighting up a shooting floor for the visual effects that are to be produced. Practical sessions on balancing lighting ratios from different viewpoints in the set are taught.
In addition to colour management of the scenes in the professional movie environment, they are given detailed insights into manipulating images, colour grading and post-production techniques.
Applicants for this course get trained in the basic concepts and principles as well as all the advanced aspects of film editing as it happens in the industry today.
Students undergo rigorous training in the various editing tools that are available today. Moreover, their course is designed to include site visits, theoretical input and projects.
The students, as part of the Editing Course curriculum, will be subject to workshops and master-classes by visiting industry experts and creative professionals in the advertisement and film industry.
The course teaches the importance of sound in cinema. In the form of sound effects, music and dialog, any sound is as important as the image, in the story that is being told. To help students to become fully equipped, we have sound studios and the requisite technology that will help students in this direction.
In-depth theory behind acoustics, microphone technologies, boom operations, dubbing techniques, monitoring, web design, mixing of soundtracks, processing sound for cinema and a host of other topics are taught in detail.
Dolby Atmos mixing with 5.1 Surround sound, pre-production, production and post-production techniques are taught to the students. They are also subject to intense sound engineering workshops and projects.
In ZEFT Film College in Chennai, selected students are trained to breathe life into the characters conceived by the storytellers in their screenplays. Fundamental classes are provided to students include the history of films, acting techniques, theories and actors’ performance histories among others.
The classes give the students deep insights about the intentions of characters in a movie and motivations of these characters so as to enable them to make suitable role choices for themselves which result in powerful performances.
Veteran movie actors, theatre professionals and television artistes will be invited to share their experience and knowledge with the students of the cinema acting course.
Film & Theater Actor, Director & Author
R Amarendran is an Indian theatre director & actor who has directed and acted in several plays in English and French. Amarendran's love for acting started in the 1980s during his college days. He was part of Girish Karnad's play Tughlaq which soon led him to get minor roles in Mithran Devanesan's Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. He later acted in English plays for several theatre groups in Chennai. In 1989 he was one the four Indians to be selected by the French government to go the L'ecole Nationale d'art Dramatique at the Theatre National de Strasbourg in France to train in acting and to act in a French play that was staged in Delhi, Calcutta and Strasbourg. On his return from France he decided to direct plays himself and in 1992 he founded the Theatre Arlequin. He staged more than 25 plays in English and French the most notable of which were Tartuffe by Moliere, The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, The Maids by Jean Genet and Tony Kushner's adaptation of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique. His film career started in 2008 when he landed the main villain’s role in the movie Bale Pandya directed by Siddharth Chandrasekhar featuring Vishnu Vishal as the protagonist. He has acted in a major role in the critically acclaimed Vidiyum Munn which was inspired by the British film "London to Brighton". He later played the role of a history teacher in the multi-Oscar winner Hollywood film "Life of Pi". Amarendran has acted in many Tamil films like Jil Jung Juk, Vidiyum Munn, Vikram Vedha and Kabali. Amarendran has conducted numerous acting workshops for aspiring actors across India and has a strong penchant for teaching.
Script Writer, Director & Producer
John Edathattil aka Sab John is one of the most critically acclaimed Script writer in Tamil and Malayalam film industry. John has penned the Script for more than 30 feature films in Tamil and Malayalam. John became interested in Script writing early in his accounting career and started working on script writing. His noted works include Kamal Hassan starer Malayalam film Chanakyan, Guna and Kuruthipunal. His other noted films include Vyooham(1990), Gandhari (1993), Soorya Manasam(1992), Highway (1995 film), Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006), Mayilpeelikkavu(1998) and Priyam(1999). He has framed Screen writing course curriculum for various universities in India and has trained many aspiring screen writers in India and abroad. John E has also worked as a Director and Producer for numerous Ad films and documentaries.
Cinematographer & Actor
Santhosh Nambirajan is a cinematographer and an Indian actor, who performs in Tamil language films. As a Cinematographer Santhosh has assisted National Award winning Cinematographer Chezhian in many films like Paradesi, Thaarai Thappatai,Joker, Thenmerku Paruvakaatru to name a few. He is recognized for the protagonist role he played in the film To Let. To Let has won more than 62 awards in various film festivals across the world including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil at the 65th National Film Awards.
Vijay worked as a photo journalist for the Vikatan Group before working as a cinematographer. He assisted the camera teams of some of the commercially successful films including Bommalattam, Chera's Autograph, Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Ajith's Varalaru. He subsequently worked as an independent cinematographer in ad films, working for over fifty brands, and then worked on assignments for documentaries for BBC about PT Usha. In 2009, he got his first big break as a cinematographer for Rajesh Lingam’s Pugaippadam, after which he worked on Maathi Yosi. He subsequently worked on Ondipuli and Nagaram. He used practical lights instead of the traditional film set lighting in the web series Nila Nila Odi Vaa. Vijay enjoys teaching and has conducted numerous workshops on Cinematography.
Director, Actor & Writer
Thilip kumar is a Software Engineer turned Independent Film maker. His first film Gubeer which was a limited release received a positive critical response, with particular praise for its novel structure and narrative. Director Karthik Subburaj of Petta praised the movie as an experimental film which is gutsy, bold & filled with fun. Thilip produced his second film through crowd funding and waiting for the release of Gubeer Part 2.