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Speaking of films

Speaking of films, a book by Satyajit Ray first published 2005.


By Aurora Film Corporation

The man is a genius film maker. Everyone should watch his films. Satyajit Ray 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992 was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, author, and music composer. Widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray is celebrated for works such as The Apu Trilogy (1955–1959), The Music Room (1958), The Big City (1963) and Charulata (1964)

Ray says, “One day’s work with camera and actors taught me more than all the dozen books had done. In other words, I learnt about filmmaking primarily by making films. Not by reading books on the art of the cinema".

I checked into the costs for the fee for BA filmmaking for 2–3-year courses and they range from £27,750 for a three year to £42,000 for a two year, that is £21,000 per year! That would be great if I could afford this, but I could not.

So, I made a short film, "Knock of Janus " , got help from Masterclass , YouTube, online classes, and short courses that I could afford through Met film school, and local community support scheme such as Eastern Edge Lab.

Ray quotes in the book, the famous American director John Ford was once asked by an admiring critic how he got the idea for a particularly felicitous touch in one of his films. Ford said: “Aw, I don’t know, it just came to me”.


Ray, stressing the point that they often produced works of art intuitively. If you have the money it is a wonderful experience to learn through qualified courses, but if you do not have a pool of money like me, but still want to make a film, you can, though we may not all be geniuses like Ray.


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