The FTII is also conducting the course on behalf of the AICTE, as part of requested the latter’s ATAL (AICTE Training and Learning Academy) programme. It aims to impart new skills in teachers and faculty across disciplines, including intensive use of information technology. The course is being conducted entirely online, and will end on Friday.
Nearly 75 participants are part of the course from across the country, including FTII faculty and staff. The rest of the participants comprise faculty, research scholars, post-graduate scholars from institutions sanctioned by the AICTE, as well as staff from public sector utilities. According to the FTII, the request for such a course came from the AICTE due the ATAL programme’s insistence on cross-learning.
FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola said,“We are the only film and television institution that has courses approved by the AICTE. Since animation filmmaking is something which can also be used in classroom and training situations to teach better, AICTE requested us to design this course, as they encourage learning across disciplines. That is why most of our participants are faculty from AICTE-approved civil and software engineering courses, as well as other disciplines.
According to the FTII, the course is geared towards an outline of animation, including its history and basic principles. The participants will also learn about the screenplay and the storyboarding process before creating an animated film of any length, as well as the visuals and editing process of that film.
Besides the concept of chroma keying- layering visuals through the use of coloured background screens that is used heavily in animation, the participants will also be taught about stop-motion films, something that can be shot and edited on smartphones.