A Huddersfield University student with his sights set on a glittering Bollywood career is helping tutors jazz up their lectures as part of his research.
Vijay Bhutada, 25, from Mumbai hopes his studies will help propel him into the world’s largest film industry.
But, as part of his masters degree, he is using his skills to help teachers inject some movie excitement into their presentations.
Vijay, who completed his three-year BA degree in Digital Film and Visual Effects Production last year, is working on a research project into how the use of audio-visuals can make lectures more interesting and engaging.
He has been liaising with head of informatics Dr Rupert Ward and helping bring some magic to his project management lectures.
Vijay has been mixing pedagogy (the science and art of education) and informatics, to research how incorporating motion graphic video film segments in presentation slides offers students more variety and interest in the subject.
Vijay said: “Instead of tutors speaking continuously, they will play an animated video to break up the lecture.
“It would be interactive, entertaining and colourful, with sound. I like movies, so I thought, why not use them to help with teaching?”
Vijay hopes his studies will help him get a foothold in Bollywood, where competition is fierce, when he returns to India after completing two University of Huddersfield degrees.
He said: “I really enjoy editing and visual effects because I like seeing it all come together.
“Doing my BA has definitely helped me because that’s where I learned all my skills. The masters degree is making it more polished.”
He hopes to find work in film editing and effects, which has become his passion. The student has already raised his profile by entering international competitions and earning commendations from judges.
He recently celebrated success in the Mountain Film Festival, which takes place annually in Wanaka, New Zealand, after it screened one of his mini-movies.