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Sarat Kumar Jena


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Course Name : Media and Film  Arts

Code(Credit) : CUTM1284(3-2-2)

Course Objectives


  • The objective of the media and film arts course is to develop an understanding of the film-making process and film studies along with the evolution of 'Film' as a performative art.

  • To know the technological development in film-making and film studies.

  • To know the history of the world cinema and various phases of development of Indian cinema from colonial period to till date.

  • To understand the structure of the film and film production process.

  • To know and understand the Western theories of cinema.

  • To impart technique and skill of film appreciation, film review, and film analysis to learners.

  • To engage learners in screening of world panorama and Indian panorama and further to guide them for research work by project mode

  • To understand history and growth of the Odia Cinema.

  • To prepare learners for attending national and international film festivals in India and abroad.

  • To introduce learners to mobile phone filmmaking and digital filmmaking.

Learning Outcomes


  • Learners will be able to develop skills in understanding aspects of cinema from the view point of film-making and film studies.  They will be able to analyze film as an art.

  • Learners will be able to appreciate, analyze and review a film for academic research, media and communication industry and entertainment industry.

  • Learners will be able to identify that cinema is a performative art form which has emerged as a larger industry in India and USA in twenty first century.

Course Syllabus




Origin and development of cinema, film language and theories: aesthetic theories, soviet formalist theories and ideological theories, film and society, film movement, new wave films.




Film and technology, short history of technological development of cinema; story and characterization; script writing and story board; production design; finance; film shooting - location, crew and cast, sound recording, set design and set lighting, camera movements: pan, roll, tilt, tracking, zoom, deep focus, soft focus, rack focus; post-production - editing: sound trace, montage, jump-cut, inter and parallel cutting, fade, dissolve, iris, wipe; introduction to VFX, SFX, Animation, Chroma; introduction to mobile camera film production, introduction to digital filmmaking




Film crew: director, producer, actor, writer, music director, choreographer, editor, cinematographer, art director, sound engineer and sound recordist, costume designer, film star, selected film personalities, their works and achievements




Film Appreciation - How to read cinema.

Film Review - Review of selected films in Indian Panorama and World Panorama.

Film Analysis - Introduction to film analysis.

Cinema and Nation - Introduction to new research paradigms in Film Studies.




Odia Cinema: Origin and growth. Cinema and Odia Culture, Odia New Wave or Parallel Cinema, Review of selected Odia films.




Case Studies - Screening of Indian Panorama and World Panorama, Project Work on Selected Cinema.

Film Pitching - International Film Festival of India (IFFI), National and International Film Festivals in India and Abroad,

Film Enterprenureship - Introduction to Film Industry in India, Distribution and Marketing of the Cinema.

Internship - Industrial Training based on the curriculum of the Film Studies in national and international production houses, electronic, print and digital media houses and entertainment industry.




Ahuja, BN. Audio Visual Journalism. New Delhi: Surjeet Publications, 1988.

Chotani, Supriya and Tarafdar, Suman. The Penguin India Cinema Quiz Book. New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2002.

Dick, F Bernard. Anatomy of Film. New York: Macmillan (Bedford/St. Martin's), 2002.

Hyward, Susant. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge, 2013.

Kazimi, Fareed. The Politics of India’s Conventional Cinema: Imaging a Universe, Subverting the Multiverse. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1999.

Lacey, Nick. Introduction to Film. New York: Pulgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Lenos, Melissa and Ryan, Michael. An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film. New York: Bloombery Publishing, 2012.

Monaco, James. How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media and Multi-Media. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Nelmes, Jill. Introduction to Film Studies. New York: Routledge, 1998.

Ray, Satyajit. Our Films: Their Films. New Delhi: Orient Longman Private Limited, 2005 (1976).

Sarup, Jyoti. Fine Art of Acting: Film Television Drama and Real Life. New Delhi: Jaico  Publishing, 2001.

Stam, Robert. Film Theory: An Introduction. New York: Blackwell Publishing, 2000.

Session Plan

Session 1


Introduction to Film and Media Arts

Media Arts : An Introduction

Film as an Art, Film as Mass Communication in 21st Century, Film as a Genre of Studies, Industrial Revolution and Cinema. [Theory]

Session 2


Origin and Development of Cinema

Short History of Cinema

Brief History of Indian Cinema

History and Evolution of Indian Cinema

Origin and Development of Cinema in Europe and USA

Origin and Development of Cinema in Colonial India and Later [Theory]

Session 3


Language of Cinema

Verbal and Non-Verbal Language of Cinema, Cinema and Nation, Cinema and Cultural Identity. [Theory]

Jena, Sarat Kumar. "Translatability of Films: A Critique of the Languages of Cinema" in Mass Communicator, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct-Dec 2013). ISSN 0973 - 9688, 0973 - 967X.



Session 4


Aesthetic Theories [Theory]

Film Theory and Aesthetics

Session 5


Formalist Theories [Theory]


Session 6


Ideological Theories [Theory]

Ideology and Cinema

Film Politics and Ideology

Session 7


Film and Society [Theory]


Session 8


Introduction to Film and Movement [Theory]

Film and Movement

Soviet Montage

Session 10


New Wave Cinema in India : Introducing Satyajit Ray [Theory]

Interview with Satyajit Ray

The Indian New Wave

Parallel Cinema

Two Voices of Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray - Scripts

Session 12


 Brief History of Technological Development of Cinema [Theory]

Session 13


Film Pre-Production: Research, Story, Screenplay Writing, Storyboard, Characterization, Production Design, Deciding Caste, Crew and Location, Finance [Practice]

Session 14


Film Pre-Production: Research, Story, Screenplay Writing, Storyboard, Characterization, Production Design, Deciding Caste, Crew and Location, Finance [Practice]

Session 15


Film Production - Set Design, Lightening, Shooting [Practice]

Session 16


Film Post Production - Editing [Practice]

Session 17


Film Post Production - Animation, VFX, SFX, Chroma [Practice]

Session 18


Film Crew - Director, Producer, Writer, Director of Photography [Practice]

Session 19


Film Crew - Sound Engineer, Sound Recordist, Art Director, Actor, Editor [Practice]

Session 20


Film Personalities and Stardom [Practice]

Meeting with Film Industry Personalities

Session 21


Screening and Review of Selected Films (World Panorama) [Practice]

Session 22


Screening and Review of Selected Films (Indian Panorama) [Practice]

Session 23


Screening and Review of Selected Films (World Panorama) [Practice]

Session 24


Screening and Review of Selected Films (Indian Panorama) [Practice]

Session 25


Screening and Review of Selected Films (Indian Panorama) [Practice]

Session 26


 How to Read a Cinema. [Theory]


Session 27


 Why Film Appreciation?

Social, Cultural and Economic dimensions of film appreciation. [Theory]

Film Appreciation

Film Appreciation Terminology

Film Appreciation Technique

Session 28


Film Review. [Theory] [Practice]

Writing a Film Review

Film Review by BBC [Practice]

Session 29


Film Analysis I. [Theory] [Practice]

Session 30


Film Analysis II. [Theory] [Practice]

Session 31


Film Studies : Generic Approach [Theory]

Session 32


Odia Language Cinema - Origin and Growth [Theory]

Session 33


Odia Language Cinema - Social Dimensions [Theory]

Session 34


Odia New Wave Cinema or Parallel Cinema [Theory]

Session 35


Screening and Review of Selected Odia Cinema [Practice]

Session 36


Screening and Review of Selected Odia Cinema [Practice]

Session 37


 International Film Festival of India (IFFI) [Theory]

Session 38


Research in Film Studies : Challenges and Opportunities [Theory]

Session 39


Film Studies : Recent Approches [Theory]

Session 40


Introduction to Major Film Movements - Nation, Margin and Propaganda in Cinema [Theory]

The Soviet New Wave

Session 41


Introduction to Filmmaking by Mobile Phone [Practice]

Session 42


Introduction to Digital Narrative [Theory] [Practice]

Session 43


Introduction to Digital Filmmaking [Practice]

Session 44


Film Pitching [Theory] [Practice]

Session 45


Film Entreprenureship [Theory]

Case Studies


Selected Films made by Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) [Project Work]

Case Studies


Selected Films of Odia New Wave or Parallel Cinema. [Project Work]

Case Studies


Selected Screening of International Film Festival of India (IFFI). [Project Work]

Screening of Cinema


Saturday Screening of World Panaroma and Indian Panorama (2 pm-4.30 pm) by SoMC at Bhubaneswar Campus except second saturday and holidays. [Practice]

Film Festival and Film Pitching


Attending International Film Festival of India (IFFI) as the delegate of the Film Division of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India.

Local, National and International Film Festivals in India and abroad. [Practice] [Project]

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