Duration : 96 hours
Course Category : Story Telling
Batch Size : 10
Mentor : Karan Bali & Ranjan Das
Price: INR 81,562
This 6-month professional course is aimed at people desiring to tell their own stories but lacking the necessary skills, helping them to acquire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of screenplay writing. The entire course is designed to impart both theoretical and practical knowledge to aspirants, enabling them to grasp the foundations of traditional as well as modern narratives. Apart from writing assignments of increasing complexities, the final outcome will involve writing a detailed script for a short film. By the end of the course, the students will have gained a thorough understanding of the nitty-gritties of the craft that would help prepare them for a wondrous journey not only into the field of cinematic storytelling, but also other allied audio-visual forms.
Those who want to grasp the unique language of cinema and acquire the skills needed to create those engaging stories that go into its making.
This course is designed to demystify the writing process by familiarizing the students with a deeper understanding of the dramatic principles related to story structure, character development, conflict, scene construction, dialogue writing and theme. Apart from analyzing seminal films and the reasons why they work, the course will involve mentoring students on writing assignments which are designed in a manner that would take them through different aspects involved in the intricacies of screenplay writing, enabling them to gain a holistic view of the art and craft of writing. With cross-references to other forms of story-telling practices, both ancient and modern, the students will gain a matured understanding that will help them operate across different media – be it feature films, web-series, single episodes, short films or animation.
Karan Bali graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, with a specialization in Film Direction in 1993. He has been making mainly documentaries besides being the first Assistant Director on two feature films. Since 2010, he has been teaching Film Appreciation and Filmmaking, and he is also the Co-founder and Content-in-charge of Upperstall.com, an analytical portal on the cinema of the sub-continent. An American in Madras (2013), his first feature-length documentary, has been screened world over at various film festivals and was streaming on Netflix from 2017-2019. Currently, he is completing another feature-length documentary on the confluence between politics and cinema in Tamil Nadu, South Indian - Naan Aanayittaal. Karan’s love for cinema is infectious, and he hopes to make all his students fall in love with it. Karan’s love for writing will be translated into his two classes - Script Writing - Introduction and Script Writing - Full.
After doing his Masters in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Ranjan Das studied in the Film & Television Institute of India, specializing in Film Editing, 1992. He has since worked extensively as an Editor, Director, and Writer for both Films and Television. As an Editor, he has more than 100 documentaries, news, and feature stories to his credit. He has also written screenplays for various feature films in different languages ranging from Hindi to Bengali to Odia. Ranjan also teaches Filmmaking and conducts workshops in Screenplay Writing and Direction all over India. Ranjan has been on the jury of Kashish International Film Festival, Mumbai, 2019, and Chambal International Film Festival, Kota (Rajasthan), 2020. Being in the industry has its own qualms, that Ranjan is eager to teach his students about. His creativity and passion for cinema is one he hopes to pass on to the next generation of filmmakers. The course that Ranjan will teach are Script Writing - Introduction and Script Writing - Full.