So you want to make films. If your ambitions go beyond the glamour, you will realise that it is the script that is the driving force behind any fiction film or tv serial. Writing for films is a deeply satisfying process, and it can be learned by anyone who is passionate about cinema.
I offer this workshop online, we can meet on gtalk, or on skype.
This is an ongoing workshop. Mostly carried out on google hangouts, the time and date is mutually decided.
The Script Writing Course is divided into two parts, the Story and the Screenplay.
Aim – The secret behind a good film is a well told story. All of us have many stories in our cupboard, but we don't know how to tell them. In this section, we learn the art and the craft of writing a complete short story, which we will later transform into a script.
Day 1 : Finding your own voice / Ras. The Navrasas, our immense wealth.
Day 2 : An exercise to deal with the writers block. Start your own story.
Day 3 : Structure of a story : Conflict and Resolution. Developing your story.
Day 4 : Making it flow : Final touches to the story.
Aim – In the professional world of films, the audio visual format of the screenplay is the only way to 'show' your story. Your script will not be read unless it is written in the correct format. The final stage of the process is a storyboard, which is an illustration of all the shots such that the images and camera angles are clearly visualised. If you can master the art of the storyboard, your script is ready to be shot.
Day 1 : Format of the American Screenplay. Writing a scene.
Day 2 : Theme, Story and Plot. Writing a one line script.
Day 3: Characterisation, Dialogues and Transitions.
Day 4 : Writing a five page script.
Day 5 : Making a Storyboard.
You will be given links to free scriptwriting softwares, scripts to read up, and some films which I would like you to watch before and during the sessions.
The fees for these ( nine sessions of two hrs each) online workshops is Rs 9,500/-
Faculty : Manjushree Abhinav
Manjushree is an author and a film maker. An alumnus of the Film and TV Institute of India, she has taught scriptwriting and film making at FTII, NID, and Storygram.