Sunday, November 6, 2016

Online Script writing Courses

Writing is the end all and be all of film making. -Abhishek Chaubey ( Udta Punjab, Ishquiya, etc. )
Now you can learn to write a complete screenplay from anywhere in India or outside.
I offer this workshop online, we can meet on gtalk, or on skype. You would be expected to submit your assignments by email. Call me for a free trial class.
Schedule : The time and date is mutually decided, as the sessions are mostly one to one, and therefore, customised.
Language of Communication : We can communicate in Hindi, English or Marathi. If you want to write the dialogues in a regional language, I would need a translation. A basic , working knowledge of English is preferable, as the scriptwriting format is in English.
 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 : Transitions, both poetic and visual.
 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 5  : Format of the American Screenplay. Scene Construction.
Day 6 : Theme, Story and Plot. Integrating these in your script.
Day 7: Characterisation, Dialogues and Transitions.
Day 8 : Writing a complete five page script.
Day 9 : Going back to telling. Write a one-line script, and practice the pitch talk.
 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. These sessions will be evenly spaced out, depending on the time the student has for home-work.
The classes will be referring to popular Indian films like Sholay, Deewar, Dil Chahta hai, Pinjar, Satya, 3 idiots, Piku, Bajrangi Bhaijan, and American films like Kill Bill, American Beauty, Little Miss Sunshine, etc. So please watch most of these films if you have not seen them, before the course begins.
The fees for these ( nine sessions of two hrs each) online workshops is Rs 9,500/- If you need support for writing a longer script, we can discuss the amount.
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.
You can watch her recent film, And Then The Mountain Called Her, here :
And here you can watch short films made by her students at Storygram
You can contact her at, or call 0982574664 .