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Here’s a pioneering college from Mumbai in Film education with its department named 'Rachana Sansad Film Institute' (RSFI). The idea of this institute came up for a couple of important reasons.

Mumbai, despite being the hub of Film and TV industries, does not have a good number of training and study facilities in these fields. Every year, the city produces hundreds of films. Also, nearly 300 TV channels run 24-hrs a day, requiring thousands of hours of content. This huge amount of productions is carried out by many people who are a mix of self-trained, vocation-trained, and untrained employees.

On the other hand, the sporadic courses available are either too short - only meant to serve as boosters in job-hunting; or too costly - thus discouraging many talented people. And most of these courses are crowded in northern part of the city, which further adds inconvenience to the talented people living in central and south Mumbai.

To bridge this gap, we needed a film school that can offer academically designed practical courses at reasonable costs. 'Rachana Sansad Film Institute' is the one such enterprise.

Digital Filmmaking

Digital filmmaking is the process of capturing motion pictures as digital images, rather than shooting them on film. Television productions have already upgraded to Hi-Definition digital and efforts are being made in Hollywood and Indian Film Industries by shooting on High Definition digital.

Digital filmmaking is more accessible, relatively low cost, and user-friendly. Digital recording equipment is the Personal Computer of the film industry, lowering costs to fit in not-so-deep pockets. That means talented filmmakers don't need the backing of heavyweights to produce their films.

Post production is becoming more convenient. Like digital recording equipment, editing and sound equipment for digital film is affordable and also easy to master.

Digital distribution reaches a wide audience, for which you no longer need a big marketing budget. Today, your movie could take off on promotions over YouTube.

In short, it’s clear that digital filmmaking presents some amazing opportunities in the film & television industry.

Career Avenues in Digital Filmmaking:

A good option for fresh graduates of digital filmmaking is to begin by joining a production house or freelancing with a producer on a project. This affords a lot of flexibility. Working for a smaller production house also increases the responsibilities a fresher might be entrusted with, thus providing more valuable experience. Entry-level jobs could be as researchers, production assistants, assistant directors, assistant editors, assistant cinematographers etc


Syllabus of ‘Diploma in Digital Filmmaking’ is developed by industry experts, and it comprises of highest level of global design trends and media requirements.

Emphasis is given on boosting imaginative, intellectual, and analytical capabilities.

Striking balance achieved between group workshops, and focused individualized education.


The writing lectures adhere to the philosophy that good direction cannot occur without a well written script. The course is designed to build a fundamental understanding of dramatic structure, which is essential to writing an engaging film. Story arc, theme, character, tension and conflict will be thoroughly explored.


Designed to help students understand the art of digital video photography, the subject includes white balance, shutter speed, focus, video latitude, and filters. Through hands-on exercises, students explore the possibilities of digital video and learn how it differs from film. In lighting class, they learn fundamental lighting techniques like key, fill, and back light; as well as how to support the mood of the story with lighting choices.


Director’s craft serves as the spine of the course, introducing students to the language and practice of filmmaking. Through a combination of hands-on exercises, screenings, and demonstrations, students learn the fundamental directing skills needed to create a concise and moving film. In ‘Directing actors’ class, students learn to identify a screenplay’s emotional ‘beats’ and ‘character objectives’ to improve their actors’ performances. This class prepares students for each of their film projects, and is the venue for screening and critiquing their work throughout the course.


This class teaches the language of editing, and the organization of picture and sound material. Films are edited digitally with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier Pro. Students explore the ‘ins and outs’ of the FCP software, log and capture, editing tools and techniques, media management, after effects, audio mixing and more. The emphasis is on the craft of editing, which challenges students to create convincing sequences that best serve the story.

Production Management:

In second term, students learn the script improvement in consultations with faculty. They learn budgeting, location scouting, casting, and designing their shoots. The class teaches students how to break down a film script for budgeting and scheduling purposes. After the shoot they begin editing; and once the rough cut is approved by the director, they will take their films to a professional sound mixer to do more elaborate sound work.

Film Appreciation:

Every week, students participate in screening and discussion on world cinema. Thus, expose students to some great directors who have approached visual storytelling with unique styles, and illustrate how they used the task of staging scenes and moving actors within the frame.


Semester I


  • Developing a basic idea into a concept
  • Story building & basic plots
  • Synopsis & Treatment writing
  • Understanding screenplay form
  • Building up dramatic scenes


  • Basics of Direction and filmmaking techniques.
  • Understanding types of films like Documentaries, Ad films, TV Serials, Short films, Feature films.
  • Grammar of screen direction


  • Art of camera & understanding camera operations
  • The Basic Building Blocks
  • The Art of Composition
  • ‘Shots’ and continuity

EDITING: Basic ( Adobe Premiere Pro)

  • Introduction Editing Software
  • Editing Techniques
  • Sync audio with video tracks
  • Titling
  • Video Effects
  • Editing Promotional Videos
  • Montage Making


  • Screenings of the world’s classic films
  • Understanding aesthetics of cinema

Semester II


  • Writing the screenplay-dialogue drafts
  • Character, character graph, and action
  • Designing the shooting script
  • Other forms of script like TV serial, Ad, and documentary


  • Lighting Techniques
  • Exposure concepts
  • Indoor & Outdoor Shoots

Editing: Advanced ( Final Cut Pro)

  • Editing as an art
  • Advanced technique
  • Editing Film Promos
  • Editing of Multiple camera shoots
  • Titling and Effects in Motion
  • Outputting


  • Screenplay conversion
  • Pre thinking the editing process
  • Aesthetics in screen direction
  • Song shooting-Director’s point of view
  • Working practice & General guidelines


  • Budgeting
  • Location Scouting
  • Breaking down the film script for scheduling
  • Guidelines for practical work in India.


  • Discussions on world cinema including classics.
  • Styles of Master directors.

Mr. Shekhar Sartandel
Head of the Department & Faculty for Direction.
Photography from Sir J.J School of Art.

A former television cameraman turned professional film director with more than 15 years of experience in Hindi films and television. His debut film ‘Joshi Ki Kamble’ was selected in Asian Film Festival (Pune) and got 6 awards in various competitions. His second film ‘Nirmaalya’ was selected in Mumbai International Film Festival (MAMI) 2010 and got 2 awards: while his third film ‘My Dear Yash’, which awaits release, became a practical floor study for the students from first batch of Rachana Sansad Film Institute.

Mr. Sartandel has taught direction and digital cinematography in film institutes for 4 years and has delivered special lectures on Screen acting in workshops.

Mr. Kunal Deshpande
Faculty for Editing
B.Com from Mumbai University
Apple Certified Course in Final Cut Pro

A professional film editor having experience of teaching for more than five years. He began as an assistant editor on Hindi feature films at a very early age. His teaching methods are original, authentic, and unique, as proved by many of his students now working in the industry. He has a teaching experience of Film Editing for more than 5 years in film institutes.

Mr. Kunal Deshpande is the editor of the forthcoming film ‘My Dear Yash’. He has also directed short films, out of which ‘The Judgment Day’ received much critical acclaim and won award for Best Short Film in ‘Mumbai Marathi Short Film Competition’ and Special screening at Film festival organized by ‘Friends of Cinema’ group at N.C.P.A. Mumbai. His first short film “Ti Ratr” got selected for special screening at Nehru Center by Moviemala group.

Mr. Sunil Satawlekar
Faculty for Scriptwriting
B.F.A. from Sir J.J.School of Art.

A professional scriptwriter with experience of actual work as well as teaching that spans over a decade. Having assisted a veteran TV writer-director, written and doctored screenplays for independent films, and scripts for a weekly TV show, he has taught screenplay writing in numerous film workshops since 2003, and at diploma level for last 4 years. His first feature film screenplay of ‘My Dear Yash’ is about to be released.

Mr.Yatin Pradhan
Faculty for Digital Cinematography
M.F.A. from Sir J.J. School of Art

Mr. Yatin Pradhan started his career by participating in various reputable art exhibitions. He simultaneously worked for fourteen years in animation. His interests in exploring visual art in motion drew him to cinema, and he successfully ventured into cinematography and direction.

His films have been screened in film festivals in Mumbai (MIFF 2008) and other cities.

Mr. Pradhan has a diverse experience of teaching at various renowned institutes in subjects like photography, film appreciation, art appreciation, and cinematography. His current work offers him direct interaction with respectable names in Indian cinema.

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Rachana Sansad Film Institute,
278 Shankar Ghanekar Marg,
Tel: (022)24301024 / 24310807
EMail: filmirachana@gmail.com