Karthik Subbaraj Karthik Subbaraj Teaches Filmmaking @ LevelUp Teaches Filmmaking

“The greatest gift to humanity is the ability to tell stories”
Learn from the Ace filmmaker himself.

In his first-ever online filmmaking class, the Award winning Filmmaker teaches his approach, from storytelling to editing to working with actors. He deconstructs films and breaks down his craft, changing how you make and watch movies.

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16 video lessons (4h 2m)

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Karthik Subbaraj tells us how his passion for film began and what they meant to him as a child. He narrates his creative journey from writing poems in his school days to directing his first short film.
This lesson emphasizes on the importance of film in society and culture. According to Karthik the responsibility of a filmmaker lies in their ability to tell a story that the audience enjoys and what they can take away from it.
Stories can come to us in many ways, sometimes in an instant. Karthik explains how being open to new experiences can help us find stories.
Research is very important for filmmakers. Karthik shares his experiences in researching for his movies and explains how research can enhance the filmmaking process. According to him research is the most enjoyable part of filmmaking.
Developing a narrative for your story can be challenging. Karthik shows us how to develop a story keeping in mind the various constraints one may face in terms of budget or time.
The screenplay of a film acts as a guide for the filmmaker and the crew. Karthik subbaraj gives us an overview of screenplay writing and its importance.
Karthik breaks down scenes from the movie Jigarthanda and talks about his inspirations that helped him develop and write the scene.
Characters make a story successful. Karthik guides us through the process of creating and developing characters.
Karthik presents the character ‘Sethu’ from Jigarthanda.With this character study he shows us how to write a successful character.
Montages in film can be used to convey different meanings to the audience. Using the example of the montage sequence in jigarthanda, Karthik explains how he used this technique to develop the characters in his movie.
Writing Dialogues can be difficult for some writers. Karthik explains how revising and rewriting dialogues can result in a better script or screenplay.
Karthik gives us pointers on how to evaluate a script. He explains how getting feedback from trusted sources can help us check the effectiveness of our work.
Planning a film is the first stage in film production and it affects the shooting process and ultimately the final output. Karthik explains the pre production process and its importance.
Cinematography is a major part of visual storytelling. A director and cinematographer work closely to bring the story to life through camera and angles and shots. Karthik shares his insights on working with cinematographers for his films.
Karthik presents a scene from his movie Pizza and explains how each shot was planned to make it more engaging for the audience.
A film’s visual style is a result of hours of planning and discussion. Karthik teaches us the role of storyboarding and shot divisions in developing a visual style.
Karthik shows how storyboarding plays a major part in production design, colour palettes, costumes and cinematography with the help of an example from Petta.
Karthik gives us an overview of the role of an art director and how they work in collaboration with the director and cinematographer to bring out the visual style of the film.
Good world building is what makes a movie believable and interesting. This lesson includes scene breakdowns of a few scenes from Petta.
Actors bring characters to life and a film’s story is told through them. Karthik tells us how casting and working with actors can be an interesting process which can yield unexpected results. He emphasizes on the importance of finding the right cast.
Karthik calls editors the ‘saviours’ of a film. He explains the crucial role editors play in the production of a film. A director and editor work together to bring the best version of the story to the screen.
Karthik shows how music and sound design can enhance the story of a film and how important it is to filmmaking. He explains the approach he takes to music production for his movies. He further explains the role of a music director in films.
Karthik shows how songs in films can be used to progress the story in a creative way. He uses the example of a scene from his movie Iraivi
Karthik shares his insights about what life is like as a filmmaker and gives advice to aspiring filmmakers out there. According to him life as a filmmaker is about embracing challenges and trusting the process.

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This class is for anyone who has an interest in filmmaking and wants to learn the know-how of creating storylines, writing screenplays, and making films in general.

This class acts as a guide for an aspiring filmmaker to navigate the difficulties and intricacies of directing, writing, and planning a film along with Tips and Tricks on how to go about the process in general.

Karthik also helps deconstruct how films are planned, shot, and edited through case studies of scenes from his films.
For a person who is well versed in the various aspects of making a film. This class would help understand the Directorial senses, beliefs, and values that an Ace director brings to the table.

The downloadable Scene breakdowns, Case studies, Script and Storyboard Excerpts, and In-depth workbooks will also help you hone your skills and truly LevelUp!

The only prerequisite that you require for this class is the Passion to learn. You do not need any prior knowledge of filmmaking.

Oh, and You definitely do need a Device with an Internet connection and a few hours to spare!

Yes, Karthik Subbaraj will be teaching all the lessons in the Class, However, the lessons will be recorded & will not have or involve in any live sessions/Interactions.

This course is in Tamil and English with English Subtitles.

There are no recurring costs or any additional charge that you need to pay after purchasing the Learning experience.
The Class is approximately 190 minutes long and is divided into 25 Video Lessons.
You get to access the certificate once you complete watching all the lessons in the course.
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You can access classes on mobile by downloading the LevelUp Learning App for Android and iOS devices.

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