Posts Tagged ‘Screenwriting Workshop’

Screenplays form the starting point for most great dramatic films. This shapes the perspective from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk. Would you want to learn the craft from a master craftsman?

Screenwriting structure:
Find out whether you should go with a simple ‘beginning-middle-end’? Or would you rather play with multiple timelines?

Synopsis and log-lines:
Learn how to write a logline apt for conveying the entire essence of your screenplay, and how long or short it should be.

Essence of your story relies on how well you organize its core events. Learn how to manage the heart of your screenplay from someone who has been there and done that.

Find out how do the experts write their way to successful stories. Learn the mantra of the industry professionals.

Plot Twists:
Could your plot-twist be abstract, and still be plausible? Learn how to make your plot twist impactful.

Dialogue Writing:
Know the dos and don’ts of writing dialogues, and how to make them believable and compelling.

How to begin about converting your words into visual language? Learn the basics for crisp storyboarding.

About the Facilitator
A former reporter, Mumbai based columnist and screenwriter, Mayank Tewari rose to fame with Newton, his second feature as a screenwriter following his debut Ragini MMS in 2011. If you are an avid film buff, you may have read that Newton is India’s official entry to the Oscars in 2018.

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NFDC Screenwriter's Lab

NFDC has announced the list of finalists for NFDC-TIFF Screenwriters Lab which will be held during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2013.

Here are the six finalists  for NFDC Screenwriter’s Lab 2013.

1. Chingari (The Spark) by Rajesh Jhala

2. Dainik (The Daily) by Nikhil Mahajan 

3. Kaalapani (Dark Waters) by Bela Negi

4. Maa Bhagwatiya IIT Coaching  (Mother Goddess IIT Coaching) by Varun Grover

5. My Brother the Salesman and I by Shanker Raman

6. T se Taj M se Mahal (T for Taj M for Mahal) by Ashish Srivastav

Yay! Especially for Varun Grover. Those of you who regularly follow our blog, must be aware that he is one of our regular writers. Some of us have read the script and it’s a terrific one. Hopefully it will get made soon.

All the best to to all the finalists.

Bit bored and tired today, so just copy pasting the release.

Unlike a few years ago, filmmakers today readily and repeatedly admit that without a good script, a good film is impossible. In fact, talent hunts and script contests are announced every other month. Every producer and studio is on the lookout for good scripts and competent writers.

While writing well is hard work, a sound knowledge of basic storytelling principles combined with an understanding of the form & rhythms of the screenplay help free up the writer’s imagination. This gives him the confidence to follow his intuition, helping him uncover interesting aspects of the characters, which in turn make the screenplay more nuanced, fresh and engrossing.

The Workshop will tackle all aspects that go into the construction of a script, starting with the basic central idea that drives the story.

Five intensive days of six hours each will cover the entire journey of the script from theme, premise, character, and plot, to structure, scene construction, and dialogue, and the use of music and song in Indian script. Plus, there will be a substantial session on mythology, with particular reference to the Ramayana and the Mahabharata which have had such a lasting influence on Indian cinema. The final session will deal with writers’ rights, model contract, copyright matters, and other professional issues.

Questions like

  • What makes for a compelling idea?
  • How does one know if a story could make a good script?
  • Can a great story turn into a weak screenplay?
  • How does one figure out the appropriate structure for a script?
  • What makes for an interesting character?
  • How can one write scenes that are crisp, compact and yet dramatically meaty?
  • Is there a technique to writing good dialogue?
  • What is the difference between Hollywood style of screenwriting and what we have here in India?
  • How relevant is the navras theory to modern Indian screenwriting?
  • What is the relevance of songs in modern Indian script?

and other relevant concerns of the Indian screenwriter will be discussed in depth.

About the Workshop Instructor : Anjum Rajabali has been a professional screenwriter for 20 years with films like Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Raajneeti to his credit. He is the Head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods, as well as Honorary Head of Screenplay Writing at FTII, a course that he began in 2004. Apart from being a script consultant on several films, he also conducts workshops and seminars on screenwriting in India and abroad.

According to him, “Screenwriting is an exceedingly interesting and rewarding craft. Learning it should be an enjoyable process. It is with that aim that I conduct screenwriting workshops.”

Three Guest Faculty will be invited from among Vishal Bhardwaj, Jaideep Sahni, Sriram Raghavan, Shridhar Raghavan, Saket Chaudhury.

Venue :  Whistling Woods International, Film City, Goregaon (E), Mumbai.

Dates :  April 25-29 (both days inclusive)

Timings : 10 AM – 1 PM and 2-5 PM

(Film viewing : 5.30-8 PM, April 25, 26, 27)

Fee : Rs. 6000/- (inclusive of lunch and tea/coffee on all days)

– The workshop is open to all.

– To Register for the workshop, please call 30916003 or e-mail: