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Himawan Pratista

Himawan Pratista lahir di Yogyakarta pada 3 Maret 1974. Sejak usia balita sudah mulai menonton film. Mengenyam pendidikan di Jurusan Arsitektur Universitas Atmajaya, namun selama kuliah tetap intens menonton film. Setelah lulus menjadi Sarjana Arsitektur, di sela-sela pekerjaannya ia mulai lebih serius mengamati film dari era klasik hingga kini. Pertemuannya dengan para dosen senior IKJ (Institut Kesenian Jakarta) yang mengajar di sebuah akademi Film di Yogyakarta merubah jalan hidupnya. Oleh karena pengetahuan serta referensi filmnya yang luas, ia ditarik menjadi dosen film yang mengampu mata kuliah Sejarah Film di Akademi Komunikasi Indonesia, Yogyakarta sejak tahun 2003. Di sela-sela mengajar, ia mulai menulis artikel tentang sejarah film dan sutradara berpengaruh hingga ribuan lembar untuk Institut Kesenian Jakarta. Tahun berikutnya, ia juga mengajar mata kuliah Pengantar Seni Film dan Teori Film hingga tahun 2019. Tahun 2008, ia menulis buku film berjudul Memahami Film, yang memilah seni film menjadi unsur naratif dan sinematik. Buku ini menjadi acuan referensi literatur film bagi SMK hingga Program Studi TV, Film, serta Komunikasi di seluruh Indonesia. Buku ini telah terjual lebih dari 2000 eks sejak dua tahun rilis cetaknya. Ia seringkali juga menjadi pembicara di berbagai diskusi, pelatihan, seminar film, hingga menulis jurnal akademik.  Buku terbarunya, Memahami Film – Edisi Kedua, telah dirilis bulan Juli tahun 2017 dan hingga kini telah memasuki cetakan kedua. Penulis juga terlibat sebagai editor dan salah satu penulis dalam Buku Kompilasi Buletin Film Montase Vol 1 – 3 serta Buku 30 Film Indonesia Terlaris 2002 – 2018.

Tahun 2006, Himawan bersama rekan-rekannya mendirikan Komunitas Film Montase. Komunitas ini menerbitkan buletin independen yang terbit hingga 27 edisi yang berisi pengetahuan, artikel, informasi, serta ulasan film, baik dalam dan luar negeri. Hingga kini, ia telah menulis hingga lebih dari 500 artikel dan ulasan film untuk Buletin Montase yang kini telah berganti bentuk menjadi website montasefilm.com. Dalam perkembangannya, sejak tahun 2013, Komunitas Film Montase mulai memproduksi film-film pendek baik fiksi maupun dokumenter. Film pendek debutnya, Umbul (fiksi/2013) dan Grabag (dokumenter/2013) mendapat apresiasi sangat baik di berbagai festival film besar di tanah air. Hingga kini, ia selalu terlibat dalam semua produksi film-film Montase Productions, baik sebagai produser, supervisi, penulis naskah, serta editor. Film-film ini sebagian besar berprestasi di berbagai ajang festival film di seluruh nusantara bahkan hingga festival film bertaraf internasional. Tahun 2015, ia berhasil membawa Komunitas Film Montase menjadi komunitas film terbaik se-Indonesia dalam ajang festival film bergengsi, Apresiasi Film Indonesia (AFI) 2015. Tahun 2017, ia mendirikan CV. Montase Press bersama rekan-rekannya di Komunitas Film Montase yang merupakan divisi khusus untuk menerbitkan buku yang ditulis oleh anggota Montase. Hingga kini, ia masih tinggal di Yogyakarta, aktif mengajar, mengulas film, menulis buku, serta ikut terlibat dalam produksi film fiksi maupun dokumenter.

 

Himawan Pratista was born in Yogyakarta on March 3, 1974. From the age of five he started watching movies. He studied at the Atmajaya University Architecture Department, but during college stayed intense watching movies. After graduating from Architecture, beside working, he began to observe the film from classical era until now. His meeting with senior IKJ (Jakarta Arts Institute) lecturers whose teaching at Film Academy at Yogyakarta, changed his life. Due his extensive knowledge and film references, he was drawn to become a film lecturer who teaches the History of Film at the Akademi Komunikasi Indonesia, Yogyakarta since 2003. Beside teaching, he began writing articles about film history and influential directors up to thousands of pieces for IKJ (Jakarta Arts Institute). The following year, he  also has been teaching courses Introduction to Film Art and Film Theory until 2019. In 2008, he wrote a film book entitled Memahami Film (Understanding Film), which sorts the art of film into narrative and cinematic elements. This book became the reference for SMK (High School), TV, Film and Communication Studies all over Indonesia. This book has sold over 2000 books two years prior of  its release. He often also a speaker in discussions, training, film seminars, to writing academic journals. His latest book, Understanding Film – Second Edition, has been released in July 2017 and has now entered the second print. The author was also involved as an editor and one of the writer of Buletin Film Montase Vol 1 – 3 and 30 Film Indonesia Terlaris 2002 – 2018.

In 2006, Himawan and his colleagues founded the Montase Film Community. This community published an independent magazine that has up to 27 editions containing knowledge, articles, information and movie reviews, both local and abroad. Till now, he has written up to more than 500 film articles and reviews for Montase Bulletins that have now shifted into montasefilm.com. Since 2013, the Montase Film Community began producing short films, both fiction and documentary. His short film debut, Umbul (fiction / 2013) and Grabag (documentary / 2013) received very good appreciation at various major film festivals in the country. Until now, he has always been involved in all the production of Montase films, as producer, supervisor, scriptwriter, and editor. These films also achieved the target in various film festivals throughout the country also international film festival. In 2015, he managed to bring the Montase Film Community into the best film community in Indonesia in the prestigious film festival, Apresiasi Film Indonesia (AFI) 2015. In 2017, he founded CV. Montase Press which is a special division to publish a book written by members of Montase. Until now, he still lives in Yogyakarta, actively teaching, reviewing films, writing books, and participating in the production of fiction films and documentaries.

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