A voracious appetite for movies and a flair for language are important
Always have something to comment about a film that you’ve just watched? Then film criticism may be the career option for you.
The film and entertainment industry in India is an evergreen sector. With hundreds of films hitting the box office every year, movie goers get bewildered as to what film to see and what to ignore.
Of course, most films do snazzy promotions these days, but one cannot judge a movie just by these ads.
In this case, the audience needs an opinion leader, a knowledgeable person who can give a sensible, critical analysis for a movie, thus guiding the movie buffs to watch quality films. These people are called film critics.
A film critic is a person who interprets and examines a movie. He or she should provide a technical and non-commercial review of a film. Criticism can be objective or subjective. The report – a general review of the film – can be objective but getting into the details of the film, like discussing the aesthetics and artistic sensibilities in the film can be regarded as subjective criticism.
What to study
Although no formal education is required for one to be a movie critic, film appreciation courses can come in useful. These courses, in addition to media and animation studies, are gaining popularity. Film appreciation is usually offered as a short-term course, from a duration of about a month to a maximum of a year.
Film appreciation deals with the auteur theory (french word for author) which talks about the director's perception of his or her film, the media aesthetics, cinematography, analysis of art in the film, the screenplay design, etc.,
Sometimes, film appreciation will be offered to students who do their under graduation or post graduation in film studies or direction. It will help a person understand the nuances of direction along with tricks and technique in film making.
Undoubtedly the aspirant should have a good command over the language in which he or she wishes to write. A voracious appetite for movies, reading reviews of renowned critics and practicing the art of writing film reviews is important.
You can start off with writing reviews by considering the shots, acting, production and directorial aspects of short films or feature films through blogs and social networking sites.
You can also do a video review and can upload it in video sharing sites and welcome feedback. You may also choose to work under an established film critic in a daily newspaper or in a magazine.
(Srimathi is a student of communication)