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Direction

The directing programme incorporates various aspects of filmmaking. The course endeavors to inculcate student's insight into society and humanity through story telling. The direction course reinforces students' communication skills, professional manners and leadership qualities, which are mandatory in the filmmaking business. Though the course mainly focuses on film production, it also provides insights into music, documentary, commercial and video production. The head of the department is Somnath Sen, a prominent director. WWI employs some of the most successful personalities from the direction field as faculties including:

  • Subhankar Ghosh
  • Shyamal Sengupta
  • Fareeda Mehta
  • Mukesh Kabir Kapoor
  • Ashmaki Acharya

Every student has to direct many projects during the programme. The projects help students to rise up as a finest director. These projects consist of filmmaking aspects like multi-camera television, Mise-en-Scene, commercials, and documentaries. WWI puts emphasis on interaction of filmmaking disciplines. The faculty teaches students how to communicate his/her ideas and interact effectively with co-workers including writers, cinematographers, actors, producers and team members to produce a creative project.

Whistling Woods International organizes workshops, seminars and training programmes. The film school invites prominent directors as guest lectures from film industry including:

  • Santosh Sivan
  • Manjul Sinha
  • Rakeysh Mehra
  • Munir Khan
  • Mahesh Bhatt
  • Rajkumar Santoshi
  • Vikas Desai
  • Saeed Mirza
  • Kundan Shah
  • Ashutosh Gowarikar
  • Ketan Mehta
  • Ramesh Sippy
  • Karan Johar

Head of the Department (HOD)

Somnath Sen

Somnath Sen is renowned writer and director. He has directed the film Leela. Mr. Sen started his career as an assistance director for a television serial in 1987. He has been actively associated with the entertainment industry for over twenty years. He has worked as director, editor, director of photography and screenwriter for documentaries, television serials, feature films, music videos, etc. at national and international level. After completing training in the Masters programme in Film Directing from USC School of Cinema and Television, Mr. Sen turned to Mumbai and contributed to mainstream films including:

  • Judwaa
  • Raja Hindustani
  • Ajay
  • Kareeb
  • Janam Samjha Karo
  • Kachche Dhage

National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has accepted Somnath Sen's first script, '67 Down'. He wrote the script when he was studying at the USC Film School. To get into the film industry, Somnath has established Lemon Tree Films where he produced and directed corporate and commercial films. Somnath Sen has obtained technical knowledge as well like MS in Computer Aided Design and worked as a software engineer at Electronic Data System, McDonnell, and Douglas for many years.

The list of Whistling Woods International faculties is given below.

Faculty

  • Ashmaki Acharya
  • Abhijit Mazumdar
  • Shyamal Sengupta
  • Fareeda Mehta
  • Mukesh Kabir Kapoor
  • Subhankar Ghosh

Guest Faculty

  • Vikas Desai
  • Mahesh Bhatt
  • Ashutosh Gowarikar
  • Kundan Shah
  • Ramesh Sippy
  • Munir Khan
  • Saeed Mirza
  • Manjul Sinha
  • Rakeysh Mehra
  • Ketan Mehta
  • Santosh Sivan
  • Rajkumar Santoshi
  • Karan Johar

Eligibility Criteria for Admission to "Direction Programme"

Candidates should pass 10+2/HSC or equivalent qualification from recognized institution. However, the preference will be given to graduate students.

Course Fee Structure

Acceptance 2, 00, 000
Term I 3, 00, 000
Term II 3, 00, 000
Term III 3, 00, 000
Term IV 3, 00, 000

Total Fees 14, 00, 000


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