Tuesday, August 7, 2012

5-Day Scriptwriting Workshop in Pune from August 15-19, 2012, to be conducted by well-known scriptwriter, Anjum Rajabali.

Greetings from Living Bridge!

We are proud to announce a 5-Day Scriptwriting Workshop in Pune from August 15-19, 2012, to be conducted by well-known scriptwriter, Anjum Rajabali.


Screenwriting is the fastest growing career option in the Indian film industry today! In the last couple of years, we have seen several films being commissioned simply because the scripts were well-crafted. And these films went on to connect with the viewers and garnered box office success - reaffirming the fact that a good script can make a good film! Not surprisingly then, today every producer, every studio is on the lookout for engaging scripts and writers who know screenwriting. This is a sea-change from just about a decade ago when most people didn't even know what exactly a screenplay was!
However, this new surge in the need for scripts is actually a call for competence. While producers may be eager to offer higher fees and better terms now, none of them will tolerate weak work or ignorant writers. Aspiring screenwriters need to understand that while great ideas and stories are fantastic, they are not enough to make a film. You need to know how to write a screenplay! It hurts to say this but there are just too many people floating around with bagfuls of concepts and plot-ideas but with no sense of the rhythms and structures of screenwriting.

The Workshop

This workshop is a step towards filling that gap. It has been designed for aspirants who wish to enter the field, as well as for those who have already done some initial work in it.
The method of teaching will be mainly through interactive lectures supported by examples from wonderfully written films. The curriculum will cover the entire journey of a script from story-idea to final dialogue draft illustrating the different stages of idea, premise, theme, plot, character, structure, scene construction, and dialogue. Basic and advanced questions and difficulties will be addressed and answered. The syllabus includes one extensive session on mythology, with special reference to the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the content and dramatic form of which have had an overarching influence on Indian screenwriting.
The final session will be on industrial issues like writers’ rights, contracts, copyright questions, film industry protocols, union protection, and generally on the professional aspects of screenwriting.

Workshop Instructor

Anjum Rajabali is a well-known screenwriter with more than 10 films to his credit, including Raajneeti, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Ghulam and Drohkaal. In a career spanning 20 years, he has worked with directors like Prakash Jha, Govind Nihalani, Rajkumar Santoshi, Milan Luthria and Shaji Karun, and has been script consultant to several important films, like Gangaajal and Apaharan. He is also perhaps India's most respected teacher of screenwriting, regularly mentoring screenwriters at Indian and international script labs, and heads the screenwriting departments at FTII Pune and Whistling Woods Mumbai.

According to him, "Writing scripts means living with contradictions. The process is as demanding as it is rewarding, as frustrating as it is enjoyable, and as liberating as it is restricting. Only when one learns to accept this can one hope to write.”

Guest Lecturers

Sriram Raghavan has a diploma in direction from FTII Pune, and is the writer-director of several memorable films including Johnny Gaddar, Ek Hasina Thi and Agent Vinod. He generously mentors young writers informally, as well through fellowship programmes.
Abbas Tyrewala is one of Hindi cinema's more successful screenwriters with films like Maqbool, Main Hoon Na, Munnabhai MBBS to his credit. He turned director with Jaane Tu.. which became a rage with youngsters.

Workshop Details

Dates:      August  15, 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2012
Timings:  (10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm)
Film screening (5.30-8pm on August 15, 16 & 17)
Venue: Sumant Moolgaonkar Auditorium (No.1), Ground Floor, MCCIA Trade Tower, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016
Fees: Rs. 7000/- (Includes vegetarian lunch and tea/coffee etc.)

Incase you are interested in joining the workshop please fill in the registration form attached herewith and choose your preferred mode of payment.

Do feel free to contact us for any further details.

Best regards.

Ruta Talwalkar
Partner, Living Bridge

Contact Details

First floor, Raviraj, D.P. Road, near Parihar chowk, Aundh, Pune- 411007
Ph No- 020-41302932
Mobile- 9890000587

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