Do I need any prior filmmaking or computer knowledge in order to take your class?
While many of our students have had prior experience working in the film industry, no experience of this sort is necessary or expected. You will, however, find that a basic working knowledge of computers will greatly improve your experience as a student here. For those of you with little experience using computers, we recommend looking into a basic introductory Macintosh computer class. But the only thing that is truly required is motivation; film editing requires the ability to work independently and creatively.
Do you help students find jobs after completing the class?
We do have an official job placement program and we do make promises about getting our students jobs after completing the six- months course. We do, believe that this course will make you extremely prepared for any editing job you may acquire after the course is through. Many of our former students are employed as assistant editors, technicians.
Do you offer classes in any other locations?
Yes we do offer classes in other cities , it will be fast track one week program for people having prior knowledge of the subject.
Will I have my own computer to work on?
Yes , you will be having you own Mac Machine to work . You'll have two hours a day on your own editing system.
Are you teaching on the latest version of Final Cut Pro and other software?
As new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, DVD Studio Pro, and the Mac OS are released we quickly incorporate them into our classes, though we do allow a few weeks to troubleshoot and update the curriculum before all the student machines are put on the new software.
Do I have to make Demo reel after completing the course?
Yes after completion of you course and certification you are suppose to do a project.
Do you provide any hostel facilities for outstation Students?
We do not have hostel facility however we help you in finding the accomodations.
Is there any evening class / weekend classes available?
Yes we do have evening and weekend classes.
Do you provide any loan assistance for students?
As of now we do not have such facility , however we are working on it.
Will I get any extra practice hours if I want to?
Yes, we do provide extra practice hours.
Will it be possible for me to pay fees in Installments?
For the Small duration courses you have to pay with in 10 day of joining the course and for the 6 months course you can pay in two installments.
How long it will take to get my certificate after completing my Examination?
It takes about 4 weeks to get your certificate.
After completing the level-1 certification will I be able to work as a professional editor?
Definitely. Once you are certified your name will also listed in the Apple website with your creditials.
What is the focus of the Course?
The Course focuses on rigorous, hands-on, practical training using real-life situations and settings. The emphasis is on getting the student to experiment, to explore, to make mistakes and to learn - all under the guidance of seasoned professionals.
Do you have study material and lectures?
We do have Apple Prescribed study book. The emphasis is on practical training. However, there will be periodic guest lectures by visiting faculty and practitioners such as Cinematographer, directors, Sound engineers, Composers etc so that the students can learn from their experiences.
Will the Advanced Course be considered a professional qualification?
The Course is meant to provide a thorough grounding in field to students intending to become professional. We are confident that once the student has completed the program, he/she would have learnt all the necessary techniques and will be in a strong position to begin a career as a professional editor immediately.
Is the 6-Months Professional Course recognized by the government?
No, the Course is not recognized by the government.
When does the Course begin and end ?
The Level I course starts very month and finishes in two months, whereas 6 months course starts once in three months.
Are there any other terms and conditions?
Audio Media is not responsible for the safety of the your belonging. Students are not permitted to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes within the premise. They are also strictly prohibited from storing or bringing in banned and prohibited drugs.
When are the fees to be paid?
The fees are to be paid in full before joining. Payment may be made by Demand Draft or Bankers Pay Order, drawn in favour of and payable at Chennai, India.
Can I pay the fees in installments?
Yes, Only for 6 months course.
If I am unable to complete the Course will you refund the fees to me?
No refund of the Course fee will be done.
How is the weather in Chennai?
For the better part of the year, Chennai is hot and humid. The hottest part of the year being May June, with maximum temperatures peaking at 38-42 ° Celsius. Chennai has pleasant weather in December and January, with temperatures hovering around 25-30 ° Celsius. Rain may also be expected in June/July. The monsoon usually begins in October and ends in December.
What kind of clothing will I need ?
Cool cottons are the best! Indeed, they are necessary to work comfortably given the heat and humidity. Sweating is common, so make sure to carry lots of deodorant! Winters are not unbearably cold, so a light sweater or shawl should be sufficient. Make sure to carry umbrellas, raincoats and footwear for rainy weather - the monsoon runs from October to December.
What are the options for eating out?
Chennai is a food lover's delight. With cuisine designed to please any palate, there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from. Whether you prefer dinner on a shoestring budget or a fancy five-star meal, Chennai has a wide range of options. Indian, Chinese, American, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese - there's something for everyone. The city also has a chain of South Indian fast food restaurants - Saravana Bhavan, Murugan Idly Shop etc - all well-known landmarks renowned for their masala dosai and filter coffee!
What are the entertainment options?
There's no dearth of recreation in Chennai. There are national parks [Guindy National Park, Vandalur Zoo], amusement parks [Mayajaal, Dizzy World], pool parlours, go-kart tracks and bowling alleys. Chennai is the retail capital of India and there are numerous shopping malls (Spencer Plaza, Citi Center, Ampa Mall etc) where one can just hang out. There are dozens of theatres and multiplexes (Sathyam Cinemas, Inox, Maayajaal etc) where a variety of English, Tamil and Hindi films are screened. Ticket prices at these multiplexes are typically between Rs. 100-150. There are also historical and cultural places of interest [Cholamandalam Artists' Village, Dakshinachitra]. The East Coast Road (also known as ECR to Chennai-ites) which runs along the beach makes for an enjoyable long drive. Chennai is also home to the world's second longest beach - the Marina. Mahabalipuram is 60 kilometres away, while Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) is 160 kilometres away.
What are the facilities for travel?
The Kamaraj Domestic Terminal at the airport serves all domestic travellers, while the Anna International Terminal serves foreign travellers. There are two railway termini; the Central and Egmore railway stations which connect Chennai to destinations in all parts of India.Within the city, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation runs buses from early morning to late-night, connecting every part of the city. Southern Railway runs local trains, connecting most major parts of the city. Auto-rickshaws and call taxis are available in plenty. The fare for an auto-rickshaw is Rs. 14 minimum and Rs. 6 for every kilometre after, but it is very rare to find a driver who will be willing to accept the fare based on the meter! Be prepared to negotiate hard before you step in! There is also the Koyambedu bus terminal which connects Chennai to other destinations in the South by buses, operated by the State Express Transport Corporation and private operators.
What languages are spoken?
Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu are widely spoken and understood. English is surprisingly well-understood; you may even find an autorickshaw driver or shop-keeper managing a smattering of English! Hindi may be spoken and understood by a small number of people. For visitors and others who don't speak the local languages, it is quite possible to get by with English.