udaan-school of photography

why udaan

Udaan aims to add wings to your dreams in photography, irrespective of your final destination with your camera. The one thing that binds students at Udaan is – passion for photography. Every student of Udaan, whatever his or her final aspiration, will be tutored by leading working professionals. The courses in Udaan have been designed to meet the needs of photography-enthusiasts at different levels of learning and expertise — from those who are interested in shooting good family photographs or landscapes to cutting-edge, world-class professionals. As a first of its kind, Udaan allows students of its weekend-classes to customise and make their own courses, as per their needs. Udaan caters to both photojournalists and commercial photographers, with its knowledge-intensive specialisation courses, designed meticulously by masters in the field. The comprehensive courses at Udaan aim, not just to impart technical knowledge to students, but to encourage and cultivate individualistic thinking and a creative vision. And to create a benchmark in visual arts education, powered by the expertise of its experienced faculty. Udaan is uncompromisingly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in knowledge-gathering and sharing. Udaan has an unmatched syllabus, covering areas in photography, that few dare to teach, if any at all. We are sure it would be an exciting journey of interactive education for both students and teachers.
Situated in the heart of Mumbai, Udaan is an independent school of photography.

THE UDAAN EDGE

Unmatchable Faculty: It is said they quality of an educational institute is determined by its teachers. The extensive faculty of award-winning photographers at Udaan, brings with it experience and diverse styles of photography and years of work experience in national and international arena.The faculty is fully dedicated to the school, and are not just “once-in-a-while” visiting teachers. Nor are they visual artists from other fields. The faculty of Udaan concentrates on pure photography. While the instructors at Udaan are leading professionals in the industry, having won top awards and accolades all over the world, they are available to the students all through the year. Its an unmatchable combination and great opportunity for the students at Udaan.

Unmatched course content: Udaan provides the most comprehensive and actual work oriented course content. The courses have been very meticulously and scientifically desgined by leading photogtraphy professionals. The extensive syllabus covers several subjects, that is not taught anywhere else. Udaan is able to offer such extensive content in its syllabus, and teach it with such expertise and authority, due to the immense global experience of its tutors.

Situated in the heart of Mumbai – hub to both fashion & glamour industry as well as journalism : Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Its the city of dreams. There is no other city in India, that better showcases the fashion and glamour industry, than Mumbai. The city of Bollywood, apart from the movie industry, has nurtured a huge number of successful fashion designers, models and commercial photographers and there is no better place than the Mumbai, to be part of this industry. And Udaan is based right in the heart of the city. But apart from the glitz and glamour, the tinsel town is also a hub of journalism, housing several of India’s large newspapers and magazines. Learning photography in Mumbai gives students frequent opportunities to interact with leading professionals, be it in commercial photography or photojournalism. And the city opens diverse career opportunites.

Easily accessible : Udaan School of Photography is well connected to the rest of the city through an easily accessible network of railways, bus routes and taxis that are available 24 hours a day. The school is approximately 20 kms away from the city’s airport, and less than 2 km from Mumbai Central railway station.The other three main railways hubs, Churchgate station, Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus (earlier known as Victora Terminus) and Dadar railway station are less than 6 kms from the school and 15-20 minutes drive away. To travel in local trains, Udaan lies between two suburban railway stations – a 5-10 minutes walk from Mahalaxmi railway station (for western line) and a 2-5 minutes walk from Byculla railway station (for central line), making it very convenient for anyone to reach the school from any corner of the city. There is no waterlogging around the school even during the worst monsoon and heaviest of showers, and remains accessible from different directions through the year.

Extensive access to computers, library and studio: Udaan provides students with access to its computers, library and the entire studio, five days a week. See
Students Resource Centre 

Reasonable course fees : Run by photography professionals, who have a passion to teach, Udaan offer its high-quality courses at a very affordable fee, as compared to the prevaling market trend. It has been made possible by the common drive among all instructors to make Udaan, a centre for excellence in visual arts education, rather then running it like a business.


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film making

“For me, film-making combines everything. That’s the reason I’ve made cinema my life’s work. In films painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film”.

Ranked number 6 by the American magazine Entertainment Weekly and by the british magazine Empire’s compilation of “The Greatest Directors ever!” Akira Kurosawa is one of the most influential, creative and passionate directors from the last century, and his work and techniques keep inspiring and attracting people all over the world.

During his 50 years of career, he managed to direct a little over 30 movies. But not only did he work as director, he was also involved as producer, screenwriter and editor (it is said that, after an entire day of shooting, he took the film and started editing overnight).

He was, what people would call, a “creature of habits” too, he always worked with the same staff because he considered them the best of their field and he had grown fond of them. Also, being such a perfectionist, he always wanted things to go his way; for example, he made his crew make a river flow in the opposite direction to get a certain effect, he demanded the roof of a house to be removed because it didn’t look good enough for the scene, he made the actors wear their costumes several weeks before in order for them to appear worn out and more accurate for the movie, he had archers shoot real arrows to the actors at close range to make add realism, and he had an enormous palace built near Mount Fuji only to burn it down after one scene.

Kurosawa’s techniques included different cameras, placed all over the set, to capture the action from distinct points of view, and keep the actors from knowing which camera was actually filming them and turn to it. Another technique was taking advantage of the weather to enhance the events of the story; like intense heat, cold wind, snow, fog, and, one which he was particularly fond of, heavy rain (one time, he even poured calligraphy ink in the water to make it look more dramatic).

As stated earlier, he has a screenwriter as well, so he decided get inspiration from famous writers’ plots to build his own stories, though he made adaptations too. Kurosawa used Shakespeare’s plays “Macbeth” and “Hamlet”, Leo Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” and Vladimir Arsenyev’s “Dersu Uzala”. He adapted novels from famous authors such as Dostoevsky’s (his favorite writer) “The Idiot” and Maxim Gorky’s “The Lower Depths”.

His movies had mostly American and Japanese influences. He admired Frank Capra, Howard Hawks and, most of all, John Ford. From the Japanese culture, he often used references to the Noh theaters and the Jidaigeki.

Among his movies we can find:

– Sanjiro Sugata.

– Drunken Angel.

– Stray Dog.

– Seven Samurai.

– Throne of Blood.

– The Bad Sleep Well.

– Ran.

“When I start on a film I always have a number of ideas about my project. Then one of them begins to germinate, to sprout, and it is this which I take and work with. My films come from my need to say a particular thing at a particular time. The beginning of any film for me is this need to express something. It is to make it nurture and grow that I write my script- it is directing it that makes my tree blossom and bear fruit.”

My favorite actor: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp: actor, musician, director, producer, writer… what else can he do? There’s only one word that could describe him: versatile; and that feature of his makes him my favorite actor of all times.

Depp has played such a wide range of characters, people have often called him a chameleon. He was the scary (but lovable) teenage freak in Edward Scissorhands; he’s also been the hopeless romantic inChocolat; and, most recently, he was John Dillinger, a murderer and a thief, in Public Enemies. Even though he’s had many different roles, each with a very complex personality, he’s given a believable performance and has received several awards thanks to it.

Although he’s an actor, his first love was music and, over the years, he’s managed to have a rather successful career as a musician. Actually, when he was a teenager, he wrote a few songs for the punk bandRock City Angels, which were used for their debut album. Also, even after he started acting, he still performed at the bar called The Viper Room with his band P, whose members included Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers among other notable musicians. Nowadays, his love for music still lives on, having participated in the movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which is an adaptation of a famous musical from the 70’s.

Aside from being and actor and a musician, he’s also gotten involved with the work behind the scenes, turning into director, producer and writer. For example, in 1997, he turned the novel The Brave into a movie, which he directed and in which he acted. Three years later, he was named executive producer for the upcoming movie The Rum Diary (which he also stars).

In short, Johnny Depp is a very talented and multifaceted actor, who’s been able to mix his skills successfully in order to obtain good results. And that’s why he’s my favorite actor.

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