Though over a hundred years old, Cinema is still an evolving art form. Metamorphosing constantly as it does, both in content and in style. Cinema has managed to become the most powerful and vibrant art form within the short span of its existence. Cinema today shapes our ideas of ethnic identity, our ideas of culture, our ideas of the future as well as of the past, but most importantly it shapes ideas about our selves and is perhaps the best means of self-discovery.
The Director is without a doubt not only a person who tells the story, but also one who fully understands why the story must be told and the manner in which it should be presented. A Director may or may not write the screenplay but certainly visualizes it, controlling the film's artistic and dramatic aspects while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of the vision.
The Film Direction course at Digital Academy - The Film School prepares the student in diverse aspects over a relatively short period of time. Classes are held thrice a week, and students are required to watch at least three major films outside classroom hours every week and write their own screenplay.
The emphasis here is on independent study and learning through the writing of and 'original' screenplay and the making of a film. The teacher is thus like a guide-by-the-side rather than a sage-on-the-stage. As part of the learning process, students also need to read recommended texts on Cinema, watch and analyze as many films as they can, from around the world and attend relevant cultural events in the city.