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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Screenplay- Narration and Pitching Workshop in Mumbai


SCREENPLAY- NARRATION & PITCHING WORKSHOP

Learn the art and craft of screenplay- narration and pitching from eminent film
professionals like Robin Bhatt (Writer, Baazigar, Koi Mil Gaya, Krissh), Sanjay Chhel
(Writer: Rangeela, Yes Boss), Atul Tiwari (NSD Grad + Writer, Mission Kashmir), Jyothi
Kapur Das (FTII Grad + Creative Director, Development & Production, Viacom 18 Motion
Pictures) and Amitosh Nagpal (NSD Graduate + Actor, Dabang).

Please contact 9769449556 or rajashree.in@gmail.com for more information

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 writers who
understand the art and craft of story-telling. It’s a great time to enter the field.

But in the Bombay film industry, it's not enough to approach a producer or a film
star with a well-written script. Because people often don't read scripts. They ask for a verbal
narration. And a bad narration can mean that you, and your script, are shown the door. A
narration is a performance. But a very specific kind of a performance, in which you have to
narrate your script in a dramatic way, so as to make the listener 'see' the film in their minds and
feel emotionally moved by it.

Pitching a script is an art form, and although it can be stressful, it's something every
writer has to perfect before approaching producers, studio executives or stars. So what is
pitching exactly? A pitch is a dramatic verbal summation of a script with emphasis on the main
characters, the conflict, and the genre. It's a big help to have a great pitch prepared before you
contact industry personnel. You never know when you'll be called upon to sell your story or
how you'll be asked to sell it. In this workshop, you will learn to pitch, that is, what to say about
your proposed film and how to say it, in order to get the producer or star to say yes!

The practical-oriented workshop will have limited seats, so that attention can be given
to every student. There will be full-day classes on Sundays, so you can pursue your dreams
without forsaking the responsibilities of your work or studies.

DURATION
The course will be conducted as full-day classes on Sundays over 1 month.

VENUE
The classes will be held in an air-conditioned hall in Oshiwara, Andheri (West).

CERTIFICATE
The students would be awarded a certificate at the successful completion of the workshop.

FEES
The fees for the workshop would be Rs 12,700. They would be payable in full at the time of
registration.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Participants would be required to know the basics of screenwriting. Please note that the participants
would not be taught how to write scripts in this workshop, they will only learn how to pitch their
proposed films and narrate their scripts to producers, directors and actors.

FACULTY
Amitosh Nagpal will lead the workshop and conduct the practicals. Robin Bhatt, Atul Tiwari and Jyothi
Kapur Das will give lectures.

ROBIN BHATT: He is one of the most successful script-writers in Bollywood, having written Baazigar,
Dil  Hai  Ke  Maanta  Nahin, Koi  Mil  Gaya,  Krrish, and 50 other films. He is the Joint Secretary of the
Film Writers Association.

SANJAY CHHEL: Is a writer, director and lyricist. Has written Rangeela,  Yes  Boss,  Kismet
Konnection, Partner, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and 20 more films. He has directed Khoobsurat and
Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam.

ATUL TIWARI: Dashaavataar with Kamal Haasan was his latest release. He has scripted more than
twenty films like Yeh  Woh  Manzil  Toh  Nahin,  Mission  Kashmir and Netaji:  The  Forgotten  Hero. An
NSD graduate, he has adapted and directed plays of Shakespeare, Shaw, Goethe and Schiller apart
from Indian plays. Also conducts workshops on screenwriting and theatre. He works very closely with
Kamal Hassan.

JYOTHI KAPUR DAS: She is a graduate from FTII. An award-winning filmmaker and writer, she is
currently the Creative Head, Development & Production, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

AMITOSH NAGPAL: A graduate from NSD, he is a talented actor, script-writer and lyricist. He has
acted in Dabang, Aarakshan and Powder. Amitosh has written and sung a song in Oye Lucky, Lucky
Oye. He is currently writing scripts for some feature films.

RAJASHREE: Assisted Mansoor Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansal after studying direction at the Film
and Television Institute of India, Poona. A film she wrote and directed, The Rebel, was screened
at many film festivals, and won the National Award. Her critically acclaimed first book, Trust Me, is
a lighthearted romantic comedy set in the Bombay film industry. According to figures given by The
Times of India and The Sunday Telegraph, Trust Me is the biggest-selling Indian chick lit novel. She
is represented by Isabel Atherton, the director of Creative Authors, a literary agency based in the
UK. She has taught at FTII and some of the best film schools in Bombay. She has been organising
courses independently since 2009.

Please contact +919769449556 or rajashree.in@gmail.com for more information