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Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International: First academic year starts July 2006

15-May-2006
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Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International: First academic year starts July 2006

Whistling Woods International (WWI), the dream project of Subhash Ghai, will commence its first academic year in July 2006. Promoted by Mukta Arts Ltd, the institute will be located in Mumbai.

It will provide training across all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking, television and animation in its first phase, with a full-time, two-year, intensive, hands-on training program. The programme, costing around Rs 11 lakh, will provide 84 weeks of comprehensive training and hands-on experience in specialized realms of filmmaking. Areas covered include Cinematography, Direction, Editing and Business of Film Television, Sound Recording and Design, Screenwriting, Animation and Acting. Kurt Inderbitzin, a producer-director from Los Angeles, will head the institute. He has 12 years of experience in developing, writing, directing and producing movies and TV shows for major studios and cable networks including CBS, ABC, Lifetime, NBC, TBS, TNT, HBO and Warner Brothers Network.

Subhash Ghai, Chairman, WWI, said, “Whistling Woods International is my way of returning to the industry what it has taught me over the last 27 years.

Whistling Woods will act as a stepping stone for anyone who wants to make inroads into the world of Television, Cinema and Animation. WWI will have the very best to offer, at par with international standards, be it in technology, faculty or resources.” Key faculty include Shyam Benegal (Chairman of Academic Council), Aruna Raje (VP, Academic Affairs), Naseeruddin Shah (HOD, Acting), Ashish Kulkarni (HOD, Animation), Anjum Rajabali (HOD, Screenwriting), Rajen Kothari (HOD, Cinematography), Rakesh Ranjan (HOD, Sound Recording and Design), and Umesh Gupta (HOD, Editing).

The academic advisory board and the governing council of WWI include prominent names like Anand Mahindra, Kiran Karrnik, Arun Purie, Ashok Mishra, Purnendu Chatterjee, Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Hema Malini, Rakeysh Mehra, Shabana Azmi, Dilip Kumar and Ashutosh Gowarikar.

“We are absolutely devoted to putting our students first and giving them the creative freedom, the technical skills, the business edge, and yes the connections and know-how to build careers in the film and television industry,” explained Kurt Inderbitzin, Dean, WWI.

The institute will also offer workshops and short-term courses tailored to meet the needs of practising industry professionals who wish to upgrade their skill level.

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