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MUNJAL YAGNIK

DIRECTOR &

CINEMATOGRAPHER

BFA in Film, Syracuse University, NY, USA

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MUNJAL YAGNIK

DIRECTOR &

CINEMATOGRAPHER

BFA in Film, Syracuse University, NY, USA

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philosophy

 

Compelling and original cinematic experiences are conceived when creative aesthetics and conceptual thinking are at harmonious interplay with technical proficiency, teamwork and self-dedication.

 

 

philosophy


philosophy

 

Compelling and original cinematic experiences are conceived when creative aesthetics and conceptual thinking are at harmonious interplay with technical proficiency, teamwork and self-dedication.

 

 

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ABOUT

 

I am drawn to creative projects that push conventional boundaries while still providing access to engage and entertain mass audiences. I specialize in directing and cinematography and my work experience ranges across narrative and non-narrative films; fiction, reality, sports, and journalistic television shows; and content creation for web in an assortment of genres.

In my own passion projects as a writer–director thematic patterns of love stories navigating through peculiar societal conditions have emerged. I enjoy working with narratives that require a bit of effort on the audience’s part to dissect and understand. For third-party and commercial projects, I have earned a reputation for being able to distill a client’s vision and goals to simple compelling narratives that their target demographics can connect to. My personal sensibilities as a director are strongly grounded in traditional narrative framework and often my attempt is to create experiences within this framework that surprise and excite viewers.

As a cinematographer, I work with directors to support them in realizing and executing their visual ideas. I prepare heavily during the pre-production phase to understand a director’s vision, present various looks and styles to them, and test gear as well as work on relevant crew dynamics to ensure smooth and timely production. Having worked extensively as an editor and colorist in the past (and even presently on my own projects), I understand the filmmaking process from end to end, which helps me better serve in my work as a cinematographer.

My third passion, and one that is perhaps closest to my heart, is in education. I presently work as an adjunct professor in the film program at Syracuse University. In that capacity, I have the extraordinary privilege of teaching film production to some amazing undergraduate and graduate students. Here I attempt to impart solid conceptual understanding in sync with thorough technical knowledge and practice to my students. I try to use my real-world experience to help them connect dots so when they go out to pursue their careers, they hopefully have some perspective.

 
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