Call For Entries : NFDC’s ‘Directing for Directors’ Lab

Posted: December 3, 2013 by moifightclub in Call For Entries, cinema, Workshop
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Directors-LabWHAT : NFDC LABS – 2 week, fully residential workshop challenges and empowers directors to enhance, fine tune and balance these complexities.

– Working with actors and script is at the core of this programme and each participant will workshop and develop his/her approach to scenes using scripts provided but also work-shopping scenes from their own upcoming films.

MENTOR : The full time two week programme lead by London based director Udayan Prasad (My Son the Fanatic, The Yellow Handkerchief) and professor of Directing at the UK’s  NFTVS -National Film and Television School, and LFS-London Film School among others.


  • Acting for Directors – being on the other side of the camera.
  • Working with actors and the value of understanding the various processes actors employ in inhabiting their characters
  • Preparing a scene: the building blocks for directing actors
  • Casting – Masterclass & individual consultations
  • Opening reels; a look at the ‘set-up’ from various movies.
  • Point-of-View  – Masterclass
  • Dialogue in cinema.
  • Examination of story, structure and form
  • Screenplay & Writing : Masterclass
  • 1 to 1 script consultations on each directors script from internationally renowned script editors.
  • Use of dramatic space and light in movies.
  • Light, space, colour, framing and movement : Cinematography – Masterclass
  • Music & Sound in film  – Masterclass
  • Choice and manipulation of space : Production design – Masterclass
  • Film screenings and analysis will be used throughout the lab.

– The workshop is designed and will be lead by Udayan Prasad and he will be joined by top professionals* from the industry who will share world class knowledge of their particular discipline.

– Accomplished and acclaimed actors* will add their talent and craft to the scenes which will be work-shopped throughout the programme, and share their personal feedback and experience with the participating directors.

ELIGIBILITY (Profile of Directors) : This lab is for working film directors with experience and/or training in the field.

APPLICANTS : should be currently preparing to shoot a feature or short film script which is moving towards production, and be prepared to workshop scenes from their script within the lab.

WORKSHOP DATES : January 19th to 31st 2014

PARTICIPANTS : Strictly limited to 12, by application and selection.

LOCATION : The ‘Directing for Directors’ lab will be held within a hotel/resort style setting within driving distance of Mumbai, but outside the city to allow a full creative retreat experience to unfold.


FULL LAB FEE (on selection): Rs 1,50,000

– Food & accommodation is included in the fee.

* additional experts and actors will be announced in 1st week January.

– To know more about the lab and to apply, click here.

  1. […] NFDC has announced the final list of applicants who have been selected for the Directors Lab. More details about the Lab is here. […]

  2. Ravi says:

    This is unfortunate that Full fee is 1, 50, 000/- for this NFDC lab instead of minimal or free.
    Due to this I can’t participate. Sad. 😦

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