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Know Your Faculty: ‘I am an AIMC alumnus, it’s an honour to teach here’

Institute-building is a highly important aspect for educators, especially within a value-based brand like Apeejay



He is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge and believes that academia is a great place to do this. He is also drawn to the freedom and autonomy that academia offers, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other scholars and students to make a positive impact on the world.

“Academia can help me understand the new generation and collaborate with their new creative energies,” Ankit Kumar Malyan, Assistant Professor, Still/Digital Photography and Electronic Cinematography, at Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, said.

Excerpts from the interview.

How important do you think is institute-building for an educator, particularly in a value-based brand like Apeejay?

Institute-building is a highly important aspect for educators, especially within a value-based brand like Apeejay. This is because it ensures the preservation and transmission of values, long-term impact, sustainability, community engagement, continuous improvement, leadership development, alignment with brand values, innovation, and a broader impact beyond the classroom. It’s a crucial means to uphold the institute’s mission and leave a lasting legacy in education. These values, help students become holistic beings and equip students to be in future leadership positions and also resonate with the Apeejay motto, Soaring High is my Nature.

How did you become interested in this particular field?

I became interested in the cinematography or production field because I am fascinated by the power of visual storytelling. I believe that films and TV shows can have a profound impact on people’s lives, and I am excited to be a part of the creative process that brings these stories to life.

I am particularly drawn to the cinematography aspect of filmmaking. I love the way that cinematographers can use lighting, camera angles, and composition to create a mood and atmosphere. I am also interested in the way that cinematographers can use their craft to tell a story visually.

I am still under development, but I am learning more about cinematography and production every day. I am excited to use my abilities to help filmmakers create visually stunning and emotionally resonant stories.

What advice would you give to students who want to pursue electronic cinematography?

Learn the basics of cinematography. This includes understanding concepts such as lighting, composition, and camera movement. Second, experiment with different types of cameras and lenses. This will help you to develop your unique visual style. Third, watch as many films and TV shows as possible. Pay attention to the cinematography and try to understand how it contributes to the overall story and mood. Fourth, collaborate with other filmmakers. This is a great way to learn from others to develop your skills. Finally, be patient and persistent. It takes time and practice to become a skilled cinematographer.

Can you share any memorable experiences as a professor?

My first batch was an eye-opening experience for me, I learnt about the power and exchange of creative insights. I remember a student was trying to build a film on his personal experience and the entire batch resonated with his experience. This led me to the insight on how collaborative storytelling has personal aspects.

Any scholarly work or paper you have published?

Yes, I have an article on cinematography and editing published in a reputable journal. Further, I have created various videos containing social messages and created educational videos.

What have been your achievements at Apeejay?

Apeejay has taken me across geographical locations. I have taken workshops across India and engaged in collaborative teaching. I have also been a part of key teams within my institute and had holistic learning. I am an AIMC alumnus and it is my greatest honour to teach the institute that made me who I am today.

Shalini is an Executive Editor with Apeejay Newsroom. With a PG Diploma in Business Management and Industrial Administration and an MA in Mass Communication, she was a former Associate Editor with News9live. She has worked on varied topics - from news-based to feature articles.

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