Viraj More is a passionate filmmaker who has grown up in a household infused with visual arts. Having completed his primary education from the Rewachand Bhojwani Academy (RBA) in Pune, he comes from an unconventional, hands-on school of thought when it comes to the education system, approaching it from a holistic point of view to ensure that students don’t just receive information, but experience and learn from it.
After RBA, he studied Science at SP College, Pune as part of his junior college years. These two years, although brief in the larger scale of things, have been instrumental in stoking the curious side of his personality where knowing the how, what, when, where, and why, of things was just as important as knowing it existed.
Combining his curiosity, creativity, and love for storytelling and performing arts, he went on to pursue his undergrad diploma from MIT Institute of Design. Here he studied Film and Video Design with a specialization in film Direction, followed by a Master’s level Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma course in Filmmaking with a specialization in Cinematography from Whistling Woods International, Mumbai in 2018.
Although his formal training in filmmaking began with MITID in 2011 on paper, he has been working in the field for almost the same amount of time. His personal and professional work experience has encompassed the length and breadth of filmmaking covering topics like scriptwriting, filming, editing, acting, choreography, direction, lighting, production, art direction, and more. This integrated viewpoint allows him look at the many processes of filmmaking in relationship with each other and in isolation as well.
This has enabled him to deliver excellent films in genres ranging from documentaries, AD films, promotional videos, music videos, short films, feature films, wedding films, event films, product promotions, and corporate films for various renowned names in the industry like Supari Studios, IPL, Spotify, Bajaj Allianz, Forbes Marshall, Shekhar Naik Productions, Kohinoor Diamonds and Gems, SZ Films, Darshan Productions, and more.
His widespread experience in the industry is what brings him back to MIT today. Inspired by filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Anurag Kashyap, Alfred Hitchcock, and other veterans, he aspires to raise the bar of Indian cinema by being a part of the grass root level of the system – the place where filmmakers receive their primary training.
In the past, he has been professor at the Kalaswad Academy of Art, one of India’s youngest dance instructors at the Shiamak Davar Academy of Performing Arts, and Co-Founder of Timelights – a content creation firm where he headed the entire photography and film departments.