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Professional Interview – Daniel Fernandes, Stand-Up Comic & Entrepreneur

Posted on 14 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

Name: Daniel Fernandes

Profession: Stand-Up Comic

Company: Microphone Entertainment

Daniel Fernandes

Daniel Fernandes

Questions:

1. Did you plan on becoming a stand-up comedian or did stand-up comedy just happen along the way?

It happened by chance while I was studying for an MBA. I was asked to perform for a college event but I didn’t want to do the same old song/dance routine, so thought of giving Stand-Up a shot. It went well. Then I moved to Mumbai and as the scene was steadily growing I joined the bandwagon, while I still held on to my regular day job.

2. How do you come up with your jokes/material? Real events, observations, experiences, etc.?

Stand-Up is a very personal art form. All of my material is based on a life experience or an observation. You first jot down an idea and start writing about it. You run it by an audience, see how they respond, get back and keep editing till you get the order and delivery of the words just right and then you have a joke, gag or a bit that becomes part of your set-list. The entire process to get a single joke right can take anywhere from 9 months to years, depending on how deep you go with it.

3. What are the qualities required to be a stand-up comedian? A funny bone, discipline, diplomacy, etc.

A unique sense of humour, a never say die attitude, ability to write, quick wit on stage, honesty, discipline and a sound understanding of business.

4. Where do you see the stand-up industry in the next couple of years?

The industry is growing slowly and steadily but it is still a long way off from being established. We need more youngsters to look at Stand-Up as a viable career option (which it can be) and as more comics join the fray, supply will meet demand. The future is bright for sure.

5. The venue you love performing at is? The venue you aspire to perform at is?

The venue I love performing at is The Comedy Store Mumbai. There are many venues I hope to play some day like the The Comedy Cellar (New York), The Apollo Theatre (London) and stages at Comedy festivals across the world. All of this of course is many years down the line.

6. How easy/difficult is it for new artists to get a chance early on to perform? One piece of advice you’d like to give them would be?

Getting spots to try out Stand-Up for the first time is easy. Sticking it out and doing it till you get really good and are able to make a living out of it is the hard part. There are lots of open mic nights around the city where newbies can test the waters. My advice is to have a goal in mind when you start out and keep adding to it.  If you’re doing it for the money or fame you’re not going to get very far, but if it’s for the sheer joy of the art form there is so much you can do with it. There are many elements of Stand-Up that must be developed. The best advice I could give is to get on stage as often as you can and watch as much live comedy as possible. Eventually you will get the hang of it and if you’re smart about it, you might be able to make a decent living out of it.


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InfoBox 2013 – BMM Information Seminar for HSC/12th Grade Students

Posted on 23 March 2013 by BMMBoxer

Hello to all the BMM and media enthusiasts (and to BMMites and faculty members who know someone who is looking for BMM-related info!)

Have you or your friends been considering joining a media course? Are you or other people you know looking at colleges in Mumbai that offer BMM but don’t know which one to go for? What does it take to do a media course? Are you cut out for it?

Do you wish to pursue Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)? If yes, look no further!

Do you wish to pursue Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)? If yes, look no further!

Answers to these and more await you!

BMMBox.com has planned InfoBox 2013 – a Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) Information Seminar for all those who are interested in securing admission in the various BMM colleges including St. Xavier’s, Jai Hind, KC, Wilson, UPG, Rizvi, Ruia, National, SIES, Thakur, and so on! This seminar is open to HSC, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB, or just about any other board that is equivalent to 12th grade!

What: InfoBox 2013 (BMM-Information Seminar)
When: Sunday, May 19, 2013

Where: KC College of Management Studies, KCCMS Building, Mahakavi Bhushan Marg, Above Ling’s Pavilion

Landmark: Cafe Mondegar Lane,Behind Regal Theatre, Colaba, Mumbai 400039

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Registration Fee: Rs. 1,000/- per participant* (Was Rs. 1,500/- for the first event and now Rs. 500/- off on every ticket!)

*A nominal registration/participation fee is being charged so that only genuine participants turn up at the event and to cover speaker, venue, and event organization costs. Parents/guardians can attend by taking an additional pass for themselves.
We prefer parents/guardians coming along so they also get to know more about the course and can guide their children further.

Seminar Agenda

Seminar Agenda

Seminar Agenda

PART 1: Media Course 101
- Why taking up a media course makes sense
– Who should take up the course
– Skill sets required for the media industry

Part 2: BMM Colleges
- What makes a good media/BMM College
– Why getting admitted to a good media/BMM college is VERY important
– Points to consider when choosing a media college

Part 3: Entrance and Preparation
– Clearing the BMM-Entrance Exam confusion
– Which colleges are taking the entrance test
– How to prepare for those tests

Part 4: Media Industry Interaction
- Interact with both Ex-BMM students and top media professionals who are now working at advertising agencies, media and production houses, MNCs, public relations agencies, large publications, event managements companies, etc. They will give their perspectives on BMM and media industry

Part 5: Open Q&A
- Open Question and Answers session to ask all your doubts (if not covered during the sessions), and personal thoughts or apprehensions on taking the course.

If you wish to sign up for the event and still want to know the process of signing up and other questions, feel free to fill in this form below and our team will get in touch with you to help you out

Pictures from the InfoBox 2012 Seminar 1 held on April 17, 2012

InfoBox 2012

InfoBox 2012

InfoBox 2012

InfoBox 2012

InfoBox 2012

InfoBox 2012

So, what are you waiting for? Come over to this first-of-its-kind information seminar and get all your doubts cleared. This will help you keep a clear focus on your goals about which college to join, how to crack the entrance test, what parameters to consider when choosing a BMM college, and much more.

If you have any questions about the seminar, feel free to email connect@bmmbox.com with subject line ‘InfoBox 2013′.

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Various Beats Of A Newspaper

Posted on 11 June 2012 by Anandi Darpel

Newspapers are a tool used to gain insight and information into the happenings around the world. Be it in any language, newspapers are a tried and tested source of information that have survived the test of time. In the day and age of social media and live-time news, one may argue that newspapers are losing relevance. But let’s be honest, one’s day is not complete till the morning papers have been read!

A newspaper contains several beats. Crime, City, Politics, Science and Technology, Business, Entertainment, Sports, Travel, Education etc. are examples of such beats.  Politics, Crime and City are beats that are fill up majority of the space in a daily. Now, let’s take a look at each section and get to know what it covers.

Politics: There can never be a day when there is nothing substantial to report on politics. Therefore, it only follows that a newspaper dedicates substantial space and columns to this topic. Right from party politics, to complete election coverage, to political under-currents in the country, a newspaper covers them all.

City: The city section of any newspaper is of utmost relevance to the people who reside in that particular city. This section covers *everything* that is happening in the city: from local travel problems, to crime, to infrastructure issues, lifestyle concerns and so on.

Crime: This particular beat showcases the victims and perpetrators of all kinds of crimes. Be it city crimes, or ones that capture the imagination of the nation (like the Aarushi Talwar murder case), the crime beat reports them all. It also focuses on what the police/community are doing to combat crime and to rid the city of it.

Science and Technology: This beat includes research work and contribution of scientists to the field of science and technology. This beat covers less space as it does not excite the layman much. However, there are regular columns on technological and scientific developments that have the potential to change the world.

Business:  An extremely important beat, the business section provides us with news on the stock markets, world economies, and the general on-goings in the world of business. It also publishes interviews with business leaders and their expert take on all that is happening in the business world. While there are business newspapers which everyone in the business community subscribes to, the dailies give substantial space and importance to this beat.

Entertainment: Given India’s obsession with entertainment and sensationalism, most newspapers are succumbing to the demands of the customer and feeding them exaggerated news. Newspapers that offer ‘spiced up’ news are quite in demand. Since, not all news can be packaged as gossip, newspapers give ‘free’ supplements along with the main copy that are filled with ad-hoc gossip, rumours and popcorn information. Bombay Times is the best example of such a supplement.

Sports: This beat covers the last pages of any newspaper and will mostly be filled with cricket news (that is if India is playing). However, with the increased interest in different sports, more space is being dedicated to football, tennis, F1 and so on. Newspapers are now making sure there is something for every sports lover!

Editorial: This is the page in a newspaper that is read by almost everyone. The editorial contains opinions by various experts, the editor and people of knowledge on a variety of current issues. These steer away from merely reporting and go on to give opinions and advice on a particular topic of concern.

While a newspaper may choose to cover some beats and ignore a couple of others, the above mentioned ones are sure to find a place in all dailies.

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Why Are Projects So Important?

Posted on 09 June 2012 by Natasha Tulyani

Projects are an integral part of the BMM course. As per university rules, 50% of the marks are assigned to projects and the remaining are assigned to written exams. Therefore, it would be right to say that projects are extremely important if you want to score well. But then again, projects serve a more vital purpose than that. They help in the overall development of your cognitive skills and the umpteen presentations help in improving your public speaking skills. I can vouch for the latter. An introvert and a shy speaker, I am now able to speak eloquently and with confidence thanks to the many project presentations I have given. I am sure that these skills will help greatly during interviews and networking exercises with colleagues.

The fact that you are supposed to make all or most of your projects with the help of technology will also help you get acquainted with the same. One is required to constantly use softwares like Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop (photo-editing), Corel Draw (design), Pinnacle (video-editing) etc. The thorough knowledge of these is definitely going to prove beneficial should you choose to study further. Also, using multiple softwares results in many students discovering a talent they didn’t know they had! Maybe, something similar could happen to you.

Another major advantage of working on projects is that you learn how to work in a team. You will deal with all kinds of people, with various talents and temperaments when you are working on a group project. You won’t always work with friends, and sometimes you will end up working with people you don’t particularly like. Therefore, a group project will not only test your patience but will also help bring out the leader in you. Managing people, delegating work, meeting deadlines and keeping the group vibe cordial is essential to producing good, quality work.

The development of inter-personal skills is going to come in handy when you start work. Think of working in groups as a step towards working in bigger (and more complicated) teams at work. If you learn the basics of good team behaviour now, you will never falter when in working in any team, with any number or ‘type’ of people in your workplace.

It is for the reasons mentioned above that working sincerely on projects is thoroughly important. Do not outsource your projects and certainly don’t follow the cut-copy-paste method. The hard work will definitely pay off, be rest assured.

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InfoBox 2012 – BMM-Information Seminar for HSC/12th Grade Students

Posted on 13 May 2012 by BMMBoxer

Hello to all the BMM and media enthusiasts (and to BMMites and faculty members who know someone who is looking for BMM-related info!)

Have you or your friends, relatives been considering joining a media course?
Are you or other people you know looking at colleges in Mumbai that offer BMM but don’t know which one to go for?
What does it take to do a media course? Are you cut for it?

Answers to this and more! BMMBox has planned InfoBox 2012 – a BMM-Information Seminar for all those who are interested in securing admission in the various BMM colleges including St. Xavier’s, Jai Hind, KC, Wilson, UPG, Rizvi, Ruia, and so on!

What: InfoBox 2012 (BMM-Information Seminar)
When: All sessions full. Next session to be decided — preferably July

Register now by sending an email to connect@bmmbox.com with subject line ‘InfoBox 2012′. We will come back to you via email on the time, venue, etc.

Time: 10 AM until 3 PM

Where: KC College of Management Studies,

KCCMS Building, Mahakavi Bhushan Marg, Above Ling’s Pavilion

Landmark: Cafe Mondegar Lane,Behind Regal Theatre, Colaba, Mumbai 400039

Registration Fee: To be decided*

*A nominal registration/participation fee is being charged so that only genuine participants turn up at the event. Parents/guardians can attend by taking an additional pass for themselves.

Seminar Agenda

PART 1
– Why taking up a media course makes sense
– Who should take up the course
– Skill sets required for the media industry

Part 2
– What makes a good media/BMM College
– Why getting admitted to a good media/BMM college is VERY important
– Points to consider when choosing a media college

Part 3
– Media Industry Interaction
- Interact with both Ex-BMM students and top media professionals who are now working at advertising agencies, media and production houses, MNCs, public relations agencies, large publications, event managements companies, etc. They will give their perspectives on BMM and media industry

Part 4
– Open Question and Answers session to ask all your doubts (if not covered during the sessions), and personal thoughts or apprehensions on taking the course.

Pictures from the InfoBox 2012 Seminar 1 held on April 17, 2012

InfoBox 2012 April 17, 2012

InfoBox 2012 - Seminar 1 - April 17, 2012

InfoBox 2012

InfoBox 2012 BMM-Information Seminar 1 - April 17, 2012

BMM-Information Seminar

InfoBox 2012 BMM-Information Seminar 1- April 17, 2012

Pictures from the InfoBox 2012 Seminar 2 held on May 13, 2012

InfoBox 2012 BMM Information Seminar - May 13, 2012

InfoBox 2012 BMM Information Seminar 2.0 www.BMMBox.com

InfoBox 2012 BMM Information Seminar 2 - May 13, 2012

So, what are you waiting for? Come over to this first-of-its-kind information seminar and get all your doubts cleared. This will help you keep a clear focus on your goals about which college to join, how to crack the entrance test, what parameters to consider when choosing a BMM college, and much more.

Register now by sending an email to connect@bmmbox.com with subject line ‘InfoBox 2012′. We will come back to you via email on the time, venue, etc.

If you have any questions about the seminar, feel free to email connect@bmmbox.com with subject line ‘InfoBox 2012′

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6 Reasons Why You Must Choose BMM After 12th

Posted on 07 June 2011 by Natasha Tulyani

Bachelor of Mass Media is a Mumbai University course that (thankfully) places less importance on knowledge gained only via books but in fact promotes the acquiring of knowledge through a practical format of teaching. It was for this reason I decided to pursue BMM. This decision has been proved appropriate since, and I am absolutely pleased about being mentored by teachers and professionals who belong to and have a lot of experience across fields of media. If you want to be in the same position as I am, then you too need to join the BMM course. And here are top 6 reasons (according to me) for you to do so.

1.    BMM is a career oriented course that throws up umpteen options at the end of three years. Be it movie-making, theatre, radio, journalism, copy-writing, script-writing, branding, or PR, all these career options can be explored after getting a degree in BMM. One can never really be too spoiled for choice, no?

2.    Acquiring knowledge across fields (arts/science/commerce) is made possible thanks to BMM. For example, economics, an inherently commerce subject is taught in BMM to ensure students are well versed with the world of numbers and money. Similarly, a subject like political science which is taught in the arts stream is a part of the BMM syllabus too. Technicalities of radio and television are taught so that students know the workings of both these forms of media.

3.    After joining BMM you will see a sharp improvement in your communication/presentation and creative writing skills. Subjects like ‘Creative Writing’ will help you get well versed with script-writing, television-writing, narration etc. Introduction to Journalism is sure to teach you how to write long, crisp, jargon-filled reports. Also, given the large number of presentations that you will be expected to make, your vocational and presentation skills are bound to improve tenfold. Mine surely have!

4.    Industrial visits are an integral part of the BMM course. In my 1st year we visited FTII- Film and Television Institute of India. We were introduced to the world of dubbing, editing and other stages of film production by working professionals. In the 2nd year we visited Asia’s biggest film studio, Ramoji Film City, which brought us face to face with the magic of film making. This is practical learning at its best!

5.    Since BMM is a media course it allows you to work your way through media in the language of your choice. To further explain and justify my point, let me give you an example. A boy from my class was not very confident with his English speaking abilities. He always wanted to be a journalist with a Marathi news channel or newspaper. Keeping this is mind, he was allowed to make all presentations in the language of his choice. Cool, na?

6.    Your computer software skills are sure to be sharpened in BMM. Thanks to BMM I am now comfortable with softwares like Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw as well as video editing softwares like Pinnacle and Premier Pro. These skills will give me an edge over others in my work place, that I am sure of.

BMM is a great platform to give voice to your talent. Be it editing, sketching, writing, film-making, you will get opportunities to display and better your talent. It is a course that allows you to learn not only from industry big-wigs, but also from your talented class mates. This is the course you must choose if you wish to give wings to your true abilities and explore your inner hidden talent.

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BMM @ Bhavan’s

Posted on 29 March 2011 by BMMBoxer

Bhavan’s  College

The college has started the Bachelor of Mass Media (B.M.M.) Course from the academic year 2002-2003.

Course Co-ordinator: Miss. Shema Eapen

Faculty

Name Subject
Miss. Shema Eapen Sociology, Psychology, Culture Studies, MMR, OB
Miss. Ramona History, Political Concepts
Miss. Navita Mass Communication, Radio and TV
Mr. Sameer Charanya Marketing, PR
Miss. Geeta Raja English Literature
Mr. Saurabh Deshpande Creative Writing
Miss Madhulika Understanding Cinema
Miss. Sheetal Gogri Photography
Mr. Shyam Kapoor Intro to Advertising
Miss Zeenat Aboli Intro to Journalism
Miss. Vishakha Advanced Computers

BMM Festival: – Ray Film Festival

Students of the BMM department of Bhavan’s College organize the media festival called ‘Ray Film Festival’ every year. The festival is open to students of all BMM Colleges. The festival is judged by prominent personalities from the media and the film industry.

Contact

Address

JP Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri West
Mumbai, Maharashtra

Phone: 26256452 / 26256451

PS. Hey ya! Did we goof up somewhere? Anything more exciting happening at your college? Feel free to add a comment below about…well just about anything at Bhavan’s BMM!

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BMM @ National

Posted on 29 March 2011 by BMMBoxer

National College

The college has started the Bachelor of Mass Media (B.M.M.) Course from the academic year 2000-2001.

Course Co-ordinator: Miss Meghna

Faculty

Miss Shivani Sanghvi

Mr. Luku Sanyal

Mr. Vinay Prabhu

Miss Tanvi Madkekar

Miss Tahira Kashyap

Miss Sukriti

Miss Bulbul Bhattacharjee

BMM Festival: Cutting Chai

Students of the BMM department of National College organize the media festival called ‘Cutting Chai’ every year. The festival is open to students of all BMM Colleges. The festival is judged by prominent personalities from the media and the film industry.

Contact

Address

Linking Road,

Bandra West,

Mumbai.

Phone: 022 26483544

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