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Projects, Studies & More – How It All Happens In BMM

Posted on 13 June 2013 by BMMBoxer

- By Devina Sethi, Sophia BMM

You walk into class for the first time, nervous and scared. By the first week you know how your college is, what the course is about and you gradually begin to make friends. You taste a different kind of freedom for the first time. By the second or third week of class you are introduced to your projects. You get excited because this is probably the first time that you will research, understand, analyse and present all at the same time.

Well, there are two types of students. The Type One kind of student works each day and finishes his/her work bit by bit. They are often known as the methodological or the organised kinds. The Type Two however, are the “work-only-when-absolutely-required” type. These students do not start their work till one night before the submission. If Type One works for an hour for four days, Type Two will work for three hours the night before the submission.  There are both kinds of students on all batches. Which type is your type? Which way of working will benefit you more? That is for you to decide.

Soon, you will be introduced to a different kind of project, called a “Group Project”. Each group has different way of working.  Some groups are the collective democracy kinds; the members of these groups sit together at all times to complete the assigned task. Whereas the other kind of is group is the group which believes that individual work will yield to better results. They assign different tasks to their group members and come together once the individual work is done to put the whole project together. However, what is common between both the groups is that a group leader will emerge from amongst the group. This leader will not be selected, nor elected; he/she will just voluntarily take on the responsibility of being the communication link between the group members and moderating the discussions.

By the time you come to second year, groups will see a lot to ‘marriages and divorces’ between the group members. Laughter and tears will be shared. Is BMM just about projects? Well, though projects take up our major study time, a BMM student is required to study for the semester end exams.

Honest is what I’ll be with you now.  Most BMM students do not study throughout the semester. They are focussed on projects. They seldom bother about their course in the exam. Is this the correct thing? Well, I’m not too sure.

However, it can be fatal not to read the newspaper, not to watch advertisements, news etc. Why? Wait, I will give you an example to tell you why. Once I was in my Cultural Studies and the question was “Give an example of an ad where there is gender stereotype.”  There were many students who could not attempt this question properly because they did not watch enough advertisements!

So, whether you study the course material or not, it is very necessary to read and watch all forms of media. Doing so, will help you throughout the course, in your projects and in exams.

Most students tend to study a few days before the exams. Some students prefer to study in groups as interacting helps them analyse certain things better. On the other hand students like to study alone. Both ways work depending upon what works for you as an individual.

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Faculty Interview: Ms. Manjula Srinivas, Co-ordinator, KCBMM

Posted on 04 March 2013 by BMMBoxer

Manjula Ma'am

Manjula Ma'am

In our first faculty interview (BMM co-ordinators) in a series of 3, we touched base with Ms. Manjula – Co-ordinator, KCBMM. This soft-spoken lady kindly spoke to us about the importance of the BMM course, what sets it apart from the rest and told us why KCBMM is different from BMM offered in other colleges.

Excerpts from the interview

1. What according to you sets BMM apart from other graduation courses?

Other graduation courses are theoretical, whereas, BMM has practical components that set it apart from the rest. The structure of this course is such that a student will get hands-on experiences that will help him/her in his/her academic + professional life.

2. What skill sets must a student have if he/she wishes to take up BMM after standard 12?

I think this question is not valid in the present context because Mumbai University does not allow colleges to admit students on basis of an entrance exam. As per norms we are required to admit students on basis of merit alone. If you ask me ‘what kind of students should take this course up’ then I’d say that those who are good at writing, those who excel in various forms of communications and are good with creativity – in terms of designing, writing, presenting something in an interesting manner, should take this course up.

3. How do BMM students who seek entry into the professional media world benefit from this course?

According to me, assignments for all 36 papers that cover all genres like photography, creative writing, marketing, management, understanding cinema, and so on give students a thorough understanding of various aspects of the media world.  Further on, choosing the right specialisation in the third year and interning at a company of choice between the second year and third year break helps students understand what they are good at and what kind of work they enjoy.

4. How much weightage would you place on fests and academics in the BMM course structure?

70:30. But then again, one has to theoretically sound to apply all the knowledge practically. And for this one must be thorough in the syllabus and must excel at each module by the end of the term.

5. Some BMM myths you’d like to break?

One BMM myth I’d like to break is that fests are not life. They are an integral part of BMM as students learn a lot – people skills, management of finance, they get a chance to network and so on, but all this does not help beyond a point.

I think students need to focus on projects more and while theories might be redundant because the University has not updated the syllabus, students can make projects keeping in mind today’s requirements, changes, etc.

6. What sets KCBMM apart from BMM as offered by other colleges?

I’d say that KCBMM has stability. For one, our department and most of our faculty has not changed in 13 years. This proves to be a strong base for the course.

Additionally, I have made program difficult by incorporating essential extra components like a Certificate Course, a Program on Contemporary Issues that has been running since 8-9 years now and has been well accepted by professionals. The fact that KC students must take up compulsory internships has proved greatly beneficial too. Our two newspapers – Scribe (serious) and Slubberdigulligan (chit-chatty) gives students a platform to showcase their talents.

I don’t believe in just theoretical knowledge. I believe in challenging my students by giving them challenging projects that they are required to submit within strict deadlines and it is this that pushes them to excel.

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The Day the Computer starts to Misbehave

Posted on 30 July 2012 by Khushboo Motihar

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‘There are three kinds of deaths in this world.  There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network’ said Guy Almes, and I must say he is right. I just can’t imagine what would happen to me if my computer stopped working for a nano-second. We, BMM students, are completely dependent on machines for each and everything and they are nothing less than a demi-God to us.

Computers are fickle machines. Sometimes they work like a dream and sometimes they are really a pain err… you wouldn’t want to know where! When the computer doesn’t work, we scream and shout, throw a fit, give the computer a kick, bang it a couple of times and when this too doesn’t work our last resort is to pray to the “Computer Deva” who in all his mechanical glory has chosen to show his ire today. We sit and ponder as to what it is that we have done to invoke his wrath. Is it the fact that we yet again forgot to switch off the computer all night or dropped the monitor’s sibling, speakers, too many times today? Has the computer come down with a bad case of “viral” fever which cannot be controlled by the best medication i.e. my antivirus program? You can try and cajole, plead, beg and even threaten (not necessarily in that order) your computer but the point is that it won’t work. So what can you do?

The first and foremost thing that would come to your mind would be to call in all the favours and goodwill that you have accumulated throughout your semester and crash at someone’s place. If you are the angry young man type or the one who believes that silence is golden (basically you don’t interact much) then you may not have anyone to depend on. In that case your second best option would be going to a cyber cafe. Now a cyber cafe has its own set of limitations. So here are some tips.

The first thing you must do is fallback on books for research. Yes, books. No, they are not archaic. Every college has a well stocked library with excellent set of books which you need to make the most use of. So if you cannot use your computer, then invest some time in research. Read the matter thoroughly. What you speak is of greater importance than what you put up on show.

Now when you are armed with a lot of information walk into a cyber café and spend those 60 bucks. The first hour will go in typing out all the information that you have collected from the books. Another thing to remember; don’t carry an armful of books around. Edit and write down all the important points and then start working on your PPT. Once done, you can go back home and read through all the information you have used. Exercise your oratory skills and practise for a wonderful presentation.

Remember this when you are working on a project, “Beauty lies in simplicity”. Make this your mantra and dole out excellent presentations even when your computer has decided to misbehave. ;-)

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7 Reasons Why You Must Discuss Concepts With Your Group

Posted on 20 June 2012 by Srirang Kavali

Several times while brainstorming over what should be the concept of a short film, we are hit with an idea which we think sounds great. In our excitement of having finally gotten ‘that’ perfect concept, we pen it down and begin to build the final storyline around it. After we are ready with our finalised product, we share it with our siblings or parents or friends. On doing so, two things happen, either it is appreciated or we are asked to fine-tune certain angles/twists. In such cases, the critical analysis of the concept seldom happens. After this casual discussion we think our concept is ready to be shot.

However, we must realise that concepts of a short film that we need to shoot for a project/fest need to be discussed with our work group. Discussing a concept with the group strengthens the potential of the concept and widens its scope. Following are the benefits of discussing a concept with the group.

  1. Different point of views: The first benefit that you get from group discussion is that you are surrounded by multiple point-of-views. Right after the concept is expressed, each group member assesses the concept in his unique way. These different P-O-Vs will only help strengthen the original idea and make it complete.
  2. Works as a test-sample: Discussing the concept is akin to testing it in a small part of the market. These people who are from different backgrounds and who hone different thought processes work as the perfect test sample.
  3. Suggestions always help: Meaningful and well-intentioned suggestions will help better the concept. They will also help get rid of the undesired and socially/politically ambiguous messages that can be the reason behind the breeding of hurtful sentiments.
  4. SWOT analysis: Group discussion helps you conduct the SWOT analysis of the concept. This way you get to know the benefit and flaws of the concept, its potential threats and what opportunities lay ahead. Generally, conceptual discussions involve: S for Strength: The USP of the message that is delivered through the concept, W for Weakness: What the concept lacks in, O for Opportunities: What can be explored / added, T for Threat: What must be eliminated / not used.
  5. Reduced bias: The shared responsibility of a group in arriving at decisions can encourage individuals to think using independent outlooks. Individual biases and prejudices can be challenged by the group, forcing the individual to recognise them. Group pressure can also encourage individuals to accept that change is needed.
  6. Higher commitment: When goals are agreed upon it gives a common purpose to the group, with the help of which individuals can harbour a feeling of self-determination and recognition through their contribution. Individuals who have contributed to finding a solution feel a greater commitment to its successful implementation.
  7. Helps fill loop-holes: You might be mesmerised by the concept and be absolutely sure of its success and this may result in you overlooking the faults within the concept. Discussions will help iron out these faults and result in a strong and flawless storyline.
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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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