Film Institute founded by Rajiv Menon, started as a school for Cinematography
and branched out to Screenplay Writing, Film-Making and Direction. Rajiv Menon,
known for his passion for teaching, has mentored award winning cinematographers
and directors during their formative years.
Run by a team of senior professionals, Mindscreen Film Institute takes
pride in having been the training ground for some of the best talent in the
film industry today.
The certificate course on Cinematography started in the year 2006 is highly
reputed for its comprehensive program on film-making with specialization in
cinematography. Students get hands-on learning experience and theoretical
knowledge on the latest equipment's and facilities available in campus.
Mindscreen Film Institute to offer high quality professional study programs in
the theory & practice of film-making.
Mindscreen Film Institute to focus on specialized areas of film-making that
develop very proficient technicians who are creative artists as well.
Mindscreen Film Institute and its alumni to make a professional impact and
significant contribution to the media and entertainment industry.
We believe that a good film-maker, irrespective of his/her role must appreciate
all aspects of the process.
From the choices a cinematographer confronts, understanding the director &
his script, how sound and music transform a scene to assembling of images in
the editing room. And the best way to learn them is to have a real
Mindscreen Film Institute is all about hands-on learning. Our learning
environment is designed to move one beyond their current level, expand the
vision, enhance technical skills and unleash the potential to IMAGINE, THINK
& CREATE a new way.
- Six Months Course on Cinematography
- Six Months Course on Screenwriting and Direction
- Three Months Foundation course on Digital Photography
- Six Months Course on Acting for Film & Television
- Weekend Acting for Camera course
(Saturday & Sundays)
- ONE YEAR CERTIFICATE COURSE IN
Rajiv Menon- Founder – Director
Rajiv Menon began his career in the film industry when he graduated in
cinematography from the Film and Television Institute. His subsequent training
in Steadicam operation under Garret Brown, the academy award winner provided
him the opportunity to work with some of the top productions.
Rajiv Menon with two decades of experience in making commercials has won
numerous awards. He has also worked on a few important documentary projects
with personalities like Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnard. While Rajiv Menon
worked on a few documentaries, He gained national recognition for shooting
Maniratnam's 'Bombay' and is continued to be associated with him through 'Guru'
Rajiv Menon made his directorial debut in feature filmmaking, Minsara Kanavu
for AVM Studios. He is equally interested in giving back to the industry a
range of talents it needs to constantly renew itself. With same aim he has
established Mindscreen Film Institute inaugurated in July 2006 by filmmaker,
Founder and Director page to include major awards
• 2000 - Kandukondain Kandukondain –Tamil Feature Film- Film fare Award - Best
• 2008 – Guru – Hindi Feature Film – APSARA award for Best Cinematography.
• 2008 – Guru - Hindi Feature Film – SHANTARAM award for Best
• 2014 – Kadal – Tamil Feature Film – Film Fare Award for Best Cinematography
• 2014 – Kadal – Tamil Feature Film - Vijay TV Award for Best Cinematography
• 2014 – Kadal – Tamil Feature Film - SIIMA Award for Best Cinematography
Rajiv Menon, Founder of
"Rajiv Menon Productions", born in Kerala, joined the Film and
Television Institute of Chennai in 1981, to study cinematography. In 1984, he
went to America to train under cinematographer Garret Brown, best known for his
invention of the Steadicam. In 1986, Rajiv founded "Rajiv Menon
Productions", popularly known today as "RMP", where he started
his career in TV commercials. Rajiv received his first national recognition
through his Asian Paints "Pongal" commercial, which he both shot and
directed and music for this was composed by A R Rahman. RMP has since produced
over 300 TV commercials for leading brands in the country, for over 25 years.
Rajiv's work in feature films was noticed and well appreciated when he did the
cinematography for the award winning feature film 'Bombay (1995)’. His skill as
a cinematographer received much praise, and since, he has worked with
accomplished filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad. His
latest contributions have been in Mani Ratnam's Guru (2007) and Kadal (2013) .
Rajiv's first directorial venture Minsaara Kanavu (1997) (Electric Dreams) was
not only a popular hit but also fetched four national awards for best
choreography, best playback - male & female, and best music director. His
second directorial venture was the multi-starrer Kandukondain Kandukondain
(2000) (I have found it), besides winning the best director and best picture
awards at filmfare, was screened at numerous International Film Festivals like
the London Film Festival, The Washington DC Festival and the Danish Film
Festival. A song from the film also won singer Shankar Mahadevan his first
National Award. Rajiv Menon is a tremendously hardworking individual and his
versatility extends across everything from being an ad photographer, cinematographer,
director, actor, singer and orator, making him one of the country's most
reputed and sought after film makers. Rajiv is equally interested in giving
back to the industry a range of talent it needs to constantly renew itself. It
is with this principal aim that he founded the Mindscreen Film Institute - a
film school that nurtures tomorrow's talent by providing comprehensive training
across all facets of Cinematography, Screenwriting and Filmmaking.