Script Writing

Course Description

Now you can learn to write a complete screenplay from anywhere in India or outside. The Script Writing Course is divided into two parts, the Story and the Screenplay.

Story

“Audience is drawn to a film primarily to be swept off by the story.”

–  Anjum Rajaballi         

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. How to identify the pain, the vulnerability within us and use its fuel to propel a catharsis of writing? In this section, we learn the art and the craft of writing a complete short story, which we will later transform into a script.

SCREENPLAY

“Writing is the be all and end all of film making.”

– Abhishek Chaubey                              

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. You will be guided step by step towards writing your own short film script.

Course Process and Requirements

You will be given links to free scriptwriting software, scripts to read up, and some films which the mentor would like you to watch before the sessions. The students will be given assignments to be completed before the next session, to be submitted latest by Friday 12 pm.

The classes will be referring to popular Indian films like Sholay, Deewar, Dil Chahta hai, Pinjar, Satya, 3 idiots, Piku, Bajrangi Bhaijan, Namesake and American films like Kill Bill, American Beauty, Little Miss Sunshine, etc. You are expected to watch most of these films if you have not seen them, before the Script Writing Course begins.

What you will be Learning 

  • Week 1: Finding your own Voice / Ras. The Navarasas, and Archetypes.

  • Week 2: An exercise to deal with the writer’s block. Start your own story.

  • Week 3: Structure of a story: Conflict and Resolution. Developing your story-line.

  • Week 4: Format of the Screenplay. Scene Construction.

  • Week 5: Theme, Story and Plot. Integrating these in your script. Finalising your story.

  • Week 6: Characterisation, Dialogues and Transitions.

  • Week 7: Writing a complete five page script.

  • Week 8: Storyboard & Pitch talk. How to present your script.

Your Mentor

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Manjushree Abhinav

Manjushree is a dynamic woman with experiences in Academics, Filmmaking, Script Writing and Developmental Work. She has worked for many institutes like NID Ahmedabad, FTII Pune, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (Bangalore), NIFT, Gandhinagar and more. She has conducted multiple workshops and has edited, directed and produced many films and documentaries. She has collaborated with organisations like SPCA, WWF, IIM and multiple NGOs. She has written and translated several short stories and novels. Her novel, A Grasshopper’s Pilgrimage, was published by Rupa & Co, in 2009.