Today is studying day.
After 2 one hour tutorials on photoshop essentials (editing pictures with masks, cleaning up images, adding shadows to images etc) and suffering a serious red-eye as a consequence, I got onto the net with a vengeance searching for courses I could get started on.
I was looking to study screenwriting to start off with. Just a short term course to whet my appetite and get a grip on a few basics. To my disappointment, not a single exciting course came up in the first 15 minutes of Google search.
First of all, my biggest bone of contention with Mumbai is that, being home to Bollywood, it has shockingly few options to study film-making and the associated arts. No FTII or NID or schools of similar calibre pop up when you’re hunting for further education in film-making the city.
Maybe they expect that if you have real talent and perseverance (and the right contacts), you would land a Filmfare anyway (instead of going to school and trying to become better at a craft)
Or maybe real artists need real struggle (read – sleep under a flyover or getting stoned on someone else’s money) and going to school takes away from that?
Either ways, the quality of film-schooling in the city is terrible. And while there are a few saviours like Anupam Kher and Subhash Ghai who’ve swooped in to create some educational structure, my only hope is that the city systemises education for one of its biggest industries in a more meaningful manner.
Clearly there isn’t a dearth of teachers here (the entire talent pool of artists thrives here) and neither of students (the entire talent pool of aspiring artists thrives here too) – whats stopping you Mumbai?
Second of all, India as a country is very unfriendly to people interesting in continuing education when they’re older. Cut-offs for admission for most universities is 30 years, which is clearly a sign that you’re unwelcome to learn more as you age more.
Now this fact is true for most colleges and course streams across the country and I despise it. How is one supposed to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives even before they get a licence to drink? And what if someone changes their mind about what they want to be after they turn 35? Doesn’t age and the associated experience count for great values that one would want in any student?
Where are the schools that value intent and enthusiasm over age?
Or am I going about this entirely the wrong way and the only way one can learn is by doing/struggling?
I have no clue.
Finally came across a few courses at the Whistling Woods Academy and will apply soon. Hope to learn immensely from them.
Meanwhile, need to make the best of my time, so back to my home-schooling sessions.
P.S: Sincere thanks to Youtube and all the good fellows out there sharing the love.