Thursday, September 8, 2011

Introductory class of Scriptwriting and Film making in Bangalore

Introductory classes of Scriptwriting and Film making
every Sunday of September, 2011
from 11am to 2 pm  

at Protospace, Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore.

All of you who are interested in checking out the scriptwriting and film making course are invited to attend a free trial three hour introductory class. 


  • This class will sample an hour of script writing and an hour of film making inputs.
  • Since this course is oriented towards fiction, we will be watching a short fiction film, 'An occurrence at the owl creek bridge', to understand some brilliant tricks of editing.
  • A brief summary of the flow of the syllabus will be followed by a question and answer session.

Registrations for the 4 month script writing and film making course will be on at the Introductory Class - we can tell you about the course and you can formally register for it if you would like to.

Please call us on 9945192862, or 996469006 to confirm your attendance or for further inquiries.

Venue : PROTOSPACE, No. 6 , 2 cross. M.R.Garden, near Rangabharana Kala Kendra, Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore 560094. (Five minutes from Mekhri Circle) . Click on the image above to get a clear idea of the venue. .

Time : You can attend either the morning session from 11 am to 2 pm,register for the course, and attend the  afternoon session, from 3 pm to 6 pm.

(details of the course are pasted below)
on Sundays
from Sept to mid Dec' 11
Manjushree Abhinav, a film-maker, novelist and teacher, is organizing a course in film and television direction, from concept to screen, with classes on Sundays over 4 months, in Bengaluru. This course has been especially designed for people who passionately want to make feature films, television shows or short films, but can’t spare the time to learn full-time since they work or go to college on weekdays. Manjushree has taught at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, NID ( National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad), and SRISTI, Bangalore.
This Sunday course organised by Manjushree Abhinav has a well qualified and professional faculty, reasonable fees and a convenient location. It gives people the opportunity to learn film-making without leaving their jobs or studies.
So you can now follow your dreams while taking care of your responsibilities.

The course has been designed to teach the students the basics of film-making. There is a well-worked-out balance of practicals and theory classes. The topics that would be covered are:
Creative Writing : Since this course deals with fiction films, we would first tap the biggest reservoir of stories : an unblocked storehouse of memories and emotions. We will also understand the structure of the conflict-resolution story, and we shall dip into the Navarasas.
Scriptwriting: Audiovisual Writing, Theme, Plot, Step-outline, Structure, etc.
The Elements of Scriptwriting: Characterization, Dialogues, and the Screenplay format  for a fiction film, documentary film and television serial.
Introduction to Screen Grammar: What is a shot? The editing transitions that can be used to join two shots: Cut, Dissolve, Fade, Wipe, Bleach. The various elements of shot-taking: Image Size, Camera Angles, Camera Movements, Lighting. The Rule of Thirds & the Golden Points. Lenses. Depth of Field and Selective Focus.
• Shot Breakdown : How do these concepts actually break up into fragments of shots? We shall watch sequences from films and read out how they are written to understand the application of screen grammar into shot breakdown.
(All the writing classes will have ample writing assignments for the students. These assignments will be either read out in class or feedback will be given over email.)
• Continuity and the Imaginary Line
• Ways of Shooting
• Preparing for a shoot
• Assisting in Direction
• The Elements of Editing : A film is made on two tables, the writing table and the editing table. Pace, rhythm, timing, suspense and surprise: all of these are made or ruined during editing.
• Sound Design
This will be a practical, hands on course, with screenings of film clips of international cinema to illustrate the concepts being taught. The Camera practicals will incorporate the principles of Editing. We will have a professional cameraperson and a professional editor to demonstrate the practical aspects of Cinematography and Editing.
  • The end result of the course will be a short film made by a group of students, with the help of professionals from the industry.

Manjushree Abhinav’s Film & TV Direction Course is right for you if you are:
A Newcomer: The course would equip you to enter the Film and Television Industry as an assistant director or to make short films independently.
A Mediaperson who’s learnt on the job: You would benefit from learning the basics formally and getting your fundas clear.
A Professional who is already working in the Industry in another capacity: It would help you become a full-fledged director.
From the Corporate Sector: The course would add to your qualifications since films are a very important medium of corporate communication & advertising.
Animators will understand film making, which is an important aspect of animation.
The benefits of joining this Film & TV Direction Course are:
SUNDAY CLASSES: Full-day classes on Sundays, so you can pursue your dreams without forsaking the responsibilities of your work or studies.
• WELL-DESIGNED SYLLABUS: More than 50% of class time would be devoted to hands-on film-making, so that you learn how to transform your ideas into films that light up the silver screen. While the course is practical-oriented, the theory portion would help you develop a sound understanding of the basics of story-telling and film-making. You will also be watching many world class films to appreciate the different aspects of the teaching.
• STUDENT FILM: You would write and direct a short film. The cinematography and editing would be done by professionals from the Industry, which would be a great learning experience. It would also result in a well-made film which you can be proud of and use as your showreel as well as submit to film festivals.
• CERTIFICATE: You would be given a certificate at the successful completion of the course.
• FILM FESTIVALS: The student films made as part of the course would be sent to film festivals.
• DEMAND FOR FRESH VOICES: The Indian film and television industry is looking for fresh voices. With the diminishing appeal of the formula masala film, there is a demand for out-of-the-box thinking, for directors who understand the art and craft of film-making. It’s a great time to enter the field
Manushree Abhinav has authored a novel, 'A Grasshopper's Pilgrimage'.
She is a film maker. She has studied at FTII, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She has made several documentary films, and taught various aspects of film making like scriptwriting, making documentary films, video editing, at FTII, NID (National Institute of Design), Ahemedabad, Srishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore.
She has also conducted several creative writing workshops at the Times of India Nalanda group, Bangalore, Ahemedabad and Mumbai.
She blogs at and her website is
CONTACT : Please contact 09945192862 OR for more information.
DURATION : Full-day classes on 12 Sundays and half-day classes on 4 Sundays over 4 months starting from 18th September, Sunday.
FEE STRUCTURE :The course fees cover the classes, the cost of making the student film, and study material like books and cds. A donation of Rs 250 would be given from every student’s fees to a children’s charity.
There are two plans for paying the fees:
1. It is preferable if the student pays the full amount at the time of registration. The total fees would be Rs 24,700 for this plan.
2. It is also possible for the student to pay in monthly installments, in the form of post-dated cheques (non-refundable) that would be submitted at the time of registration. The fees would work out to Rs 29,700 if the payment is made in installments.
The first installment: Rs 10,700
The second installment: Rs 10,000
The third installment: Rs 9,000
Special discounts for Students is available.
ONLINE OPTION : For those living out of Bangalore. it is possible to join in online for the course. However, when the camera and editing practicals start, they will have to come to Bangalore if they want to do the complete course. If they cannot come to Bangalore, they may attend the scriptwriting classes only.

Scriptwriting course would span across half day classes on four sundays and four full Sundays, and cost Rs. 6,200/
The students would be given:
Copies of must have books for film students
Links to useful websites and free scriptwriting software
CDs & DVDs of some important films


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