Department of Editing
About the Department
The department creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment for students working individually and in groups to ensure that they play determining roles as professionals with creative contribution in a variety of media related vocations. Our objective is to endow students with comprehensive theoretical as well as intense hands-on training with state-of-the-art technology used in contemporary professional practices worldwide.
About the Course
Students are introduced to the basic grammar of editing and taught to create a narrative in audio visual form, by manipulating space and time on-screen. Simultaneously, they are also taught about the historical evolution of the craft of editing. During their practical sessions, students edit several short exercises on Digital Non Linear Editing Systems. At the end of the integrated course, each student directs and edits a short film as the term-ending project.
In specialization, there are in-depth theory classes about the concepts of pace and rhythm,handling of time, continuity, and the other tools that an editor has to tell a story effectively. Students are also introduced to the major film movements in history (both in fiction and documentary), with special emphasis on the editing styles and conventions.
A thorough grounding in digital theory (basic concepts of computer technology, analog anddigital video, compression formats and different media) is given to ensure students are at ease in the modern digital post-production environment.
Throughout the specialization modules, students continue to edit various kinds of exercises like dialogue-based dramas, action sequences, musical sequences, advertisements, promos and documentaries on DNLE systems.
In addition to theory and practical classes, there are up to eight workshops conducted by respected industry professionals on subjects like Graphics and Compositing, Digital intermediates, Basic Sound Design and Digital Post-production workflow.
3 Years Divided into 6 Semesters.
Total No of Seats
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
Candidates successful in the Joint Entrance Test (JET) will be called for Orientation and Interview.
Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of written examination(JET), orientation and interview subject to qualifying in Medical test.
Faculty & Academic Support Staff
Saikat Shekhareshwar Ray
—Assistant Professor & HOD-in-charge
Holder of Post Graduate Diploma in Editing from SRFTI,Kolkata. Worked as the chief editor with a number of well-known directors, in projects commissioned by National and International television channels and foundations. He has received National Awards 2007 (best editing non-feature)- ‘Hope Dies Last in War’ IDPA 2008 (Gold Award for best editing short fiction)- ‘Dhin Tak Dha’ IDPA 2009 (Gold Award for best editing, documentary)-Many Stories of Love & Hate. Films that he edited got National Award for Best Film (Non-feature) 2007 -’Hope Dies Last in War’ ,National Award for Best Film (Social Issues) 2010 – ‘Understanding Trafficking Cinema Du Reel Grand Prix. 2013 -’ Shunte Ki Pao/ Are You Listening’ Golden Conch at MIFF. 2014, Special Jury Award. Film South Asia , 2013.
Taught briefly at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 2006 as a faculty in the Film Editing Department. Taught at St. Xavier’s College as a lecturer in the Mass Communication and Videography Department from 2009-2011.
Sankhajit Biswas has studied Film Editing at SRFTI (2002-05). He has participated at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2010. He has edited many films, both fiction and documentary format, that have been screened and awarded at major international film festivals including Berlin, Toronto, Moscow, BFI London, Goteborg, IDFA, DokLeipzig, Busan, Hong Kong, Asia Pacific Screen Award, Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA) New York, Film Southasia, IFFI Goa, Jio MAMI, IFF Kerala and many more.
Eight of his edited films have won National Film Awards of India and twelve have been selected for Indian Panorama including two as Opening Films. He has also edited films from Malaysia, Nepal and Bangladesh with renowned directors.
‘Dui Dhuranir Golpo / In-between Days’ (2012), his debut documentary as director, has been screened at CPH:DOX (Denmark), Yamagata (Japan) and DocPoint Helsinki (Finland); and won ‘Best Documentary Award’ at Kolkata International Film Festival 2014.
‘The Wind in the Maruwa Field’ (2016), produced by Films Division, Govt. of India was selected for the prestigious Indian Panorama and screened at IFFI Goa.
‘Hridoy Bosot’ / ‘A Home for My Heart’ (2022), his first feature length documentary was screened at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, IDSFF Kerala, Liberation Doc Fest, Dhaka and won Jury’s Special Mention at Signs Film Festival, Kerala.
The Integrated Course LAB also provides one machine per student. The department provides industry standard software like AVID, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut PRO and DaVinci Resolve for practicing and learning the craft of Editing.
The departmental classroom and conference room are equipped with modern projection. and sound systems for previews, discussions and workshops.
Analogue systems of Editing are still in operation which make the students understand filmmaking technology from it’s basics.