NFDC

ONLINE SCRIPT WRITING COURSE

LEARN FROM THE GURUS OF INDIAN CINEMA

15 days (2 hour classes on alternate days) course that introduces students to the basics of screenplay writing, while helping them develop a short film idea, transforming it into a fully formatted screenplay

BASICS OF SCREENPLAY WRITING COVERING INTRODUCTORY MODULE

1. Storytelling: Why stories? How do we interact with stories? Elements of storytelling
2. From stories to Cinema: Why cinema? Peculiarities of writing for cinema
3. Reverse Writing a short film: Watching and analysing a short film, from idea to screen
4. Story and Plot: The action, emotions and thematic implications
5. Setting: The world of the story
6. Elements of a screenplay: Introduction to key aspects of a screenplay
7. Structuring: Linear and Non linear structures
8. Ideation- Sharing, exploring and workshopping short film ideas
9. Theme & Premise: What is my film about? What is it trying to say?
10.Characterisation: Finding interesting characters for our stories
11. Conflict: Why conflict? Sources of conflict: internal, external
12.Subplots and Secondary characters: The role of Subplots and other characters in a story
13.Thinking Visually: Showing v/s telling
14.Scene Design: How to write Scenes

METHODOLOGY

A combination of interactive lectures, writing exercises, viewing and analyzing films in conjunction with group as well as individual feedbacks on student's work will be used throughout the course.
Clips and videos will be screened to illustrate the point at hand, and reference materials will be provided
Deliverable: A 5-7 min narrative short screenplay
Additional Requirement: Basic knowledge of computer operations is must as the participants will be working on screenplay writing software like Celtx etc.

ONLINE PLATFORM

NFDC will be using “Google Classroom” and participants are requested to get familiarized with the same.
Steps to join online class including Login ID & Password will be shared with the students before commencement of the course.

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ABOUT THE COURSE DIRECTOR

A direction and screenwriting graduate of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India), MUNISH BHARDWAJ has been involved with Cinema, Theatre, Television and Teaching for over 25 years.
He is the writer director of the film Moh Maya Money and has extensively taught cinema courses across India. He has also been a visiting faulty at Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication and State University of Planning and Visual Arts, Rohtak (SUPVA), apart from teaching for FTII’s Skilling India in Film and TV (SKIFT) initiative and guest faculty at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA).
Most recently, Munish conducted an Online 10 days Film Appreciation course jointly organised by FTII and NFDC.