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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Ravindra Kotaki
ProfessionFilm Making
Designation – Independent Filmmaker
Organisation – SlV Movies
Age – 37
City – Bangalore
Work Experience (Years) – 10 years

Under-Graduation – B.A., Karnataka State Open University. Mysore
Post-Graduation – MA, KOSU

Please give us a summary of your Career.

Currently, I am an independent filmmaker, working in Kannada film industry. Before entering this profession, I worked on some environment-related projects such as INEP and EMPRI. I used to make documentaries, which led me to think about Cinema. I thought entering the industry would be an easy process. However, I did not have any contacts and I frankly did not know who to approach. I tried story-writing for other directors and even writing lyrics for composers, it was not something I really wanted to do. Therefore, I decided to make films on my own, at my own expense.

Being a Filmmaker please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

Before taking on any project, I have to be sure of it and I should believe in it. There are many processes that are conducted simultaneously while a film is being made. I have to look over every aspect of the process- from how the story will take shape, to making the actors understand their roles, as well as post-production. It is a long tiresome process that can be stressful even after the project is complete because now it is out for the public and other people in the industry to see.


Average Income in the  filmmaking Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 40-80 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 80+ Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 80+ Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Often
Does your work require you to travel?
Very Often
Does your work as Filmmaker requires you to relocate to different town/cities?
Very Often
How would you consider the job security in the profession of Filmmaker?
Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Risky

You need to make sure of your profits and loss in this industry as it highly depends on the budget. Therefore, you need to be careful about the projects you take on.

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

The profession of a Filmmaker needs knowledge in order for anyone to sustain it. To be a Filmmaker you need to have technical knowledge as well. Thus, you should focus on honing your skills when you are deciding on entering the industry.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Very Stressful
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
OK
How would you describe your co-workers?
OK
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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Importance of Education in the Profession of a Filmmaker

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
No
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
No
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Very Expensive
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

Pune Film Institute 

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful Filmmaker?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on few tasks at a time
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details

You should have a vision as to what you want to show through your films but you should also be able to make stern decisions when the need arises.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Filmmaker?

Being a Filmmaker gets you a lot of recognition over time. Be it artists or even the technical support, their efforts will bring them recognition. Money is the most important aspect of the profession as a film’s scale is decided by its budget. However, if you do make a profit, it gives more credibility to your work. The best part of this profession is you can travel to many places and are constantly on the move. You can experience different cultures as and when you travel to different locations and meet with a variety of people. There is a great work culture as each day new experiences and new thoughts will come up in this field.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as a Filmmaker?

The rate of success is very low in this industry. There are over 100 films that are released in Kannada alone. Very few of them make enough money to be called a successful film. This may just act as a domino effect because if your films are not doing well, it becomes more difficult to get other people to produce it. Therefore, you may have to put in your own money many times. You will need to show a sustained graph of successful films before you get recognition as well. These aspects can demotivate someone, in their initial years.


Recognition in filmmaking Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Neutral
What is Friends’ view of Filmmaking Profession?
My Friends are Neutral
What is Society’s view of Profession in Filmmaking?
Society is Neutral
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information in the profession of Filmmaker

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Maybe Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

Cinema is something I am extremely passionate about. Thus, I would pick the same profession.


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