Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing,Lucknow

Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from 05th to 27th Feb 2019

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, in association with Himalayan Society for Art, Culture, Education, Environment & Film Development (HIMACEEF) and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow, announces Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing (20 days) at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Following are the details in this regard;

(1) Dates: 05th to 27th Feb 2019 (excluding Sundays)

(2) Timings: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

(3) No. of participants: 24 (Course will be conducted only if minimum strength of 20 is reached)

(4) Age: Participants must be 18 years or above in age as on 01st Feb 2019

(5) Nationality: Indian

(6) Venue: Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Vidya Vihar, Raebareli Road, Lucknow – 25

(7) Course Fees: Rs 30,000/- per participant (Course fees is inclusive of GST)

(8) Mode of payment: Demand Draft - to be drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, Film & TV Institute of India, Pune”, and must be payable at Pune

(9) Last date to apply: 21st Jan 2019 by 4 pm

(10) How to apply: Download application form from website of FTII. Fill – in all details, attach required Demand Draft and send it by speed post/ courier or deliver it in person to

Shri Rajesh Shah,
Pilgrim lodge Compound,
Nainital – 263 001

so as to reach on or before 21st Jan 2019 by 4 pm.”

On envelope of application at top left, write “Application for Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing”. Incomplete applications, applications without required Demand Draft, applications received after due date & time etc will be rejected.

(11) Medium of Instructions: The medium of instruction would be mainly English and partly Hindi. Participants are expected to have adequate knowledge of English and/ or Hindi as regards to reading, writing & speaking.

(12) Selection Criteria: First – Come – First – Served basis. However, course will be conducted only if the minimum strength of 20 participants is reached. Selected candidates would be communicated by email. Course fees of the selected candidates will be non – refundable under any circumstances. Demand Drafts of non–selected candidates would be returned within 07 days.

(13) Certificates: All participants would be given participation certificate on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

(14) Accommodation: Limited accommodation (on first come first served basis) in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Vidya Vihar, Raebareli Road, Lucknow on double sharing basis is available for the participants on additional lumpsum payment of Rs 5,000/-. This additional payment is to be made in advance in cash on 04th Feb 2019 directly to the University or to HIMACEEF authorities. Interested participants need to intimate the accommodation requirement in the application form without which the same will not be considered. The accommodation will be available from 04th to 28th Feb 2019.
As regards to the meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/ coffee), the same is available in the University canteen/ mess on additional payment of approximately Rs 40/- to Rs 50/- per meal. If any other services like laundry etc are opted by the participants, the same will be charged on at actual basis by the University to the participants.
Participants need to assure general decency, decorum etc on the University campus and room allotment may be cancelled if same is not followed. All rights in this regard are reserved with the University management.

(15) Queries: For any queries contact following persons;
(i) Ms Shalini Shah – 9410544524 or Mr Rajesh Shah – 9411344136,
(ii) At FTII, Pune: Prof. Sandeep Shahare – 9923242654,

(16) Course Details:

Objective: 20 days course introduces students to the basics of screenplay writing, while helping them develop an original idea into a 8 page story and step outline which will be the base of a screenplay and first 10 pages of their screenplay. The student can choose to work either on a short film idea or a feature film idea. The course will also aim to introducing the student to various writing tools to help them expand their creativity.

Deliverables:: A log line, 1-page synopsis, 8-page story, first 10 pages of the screenplay. A final video pitch of 5 minutes.

Methodology: Writing exercises, video pitches, viewing and analysing films, individual and group feedbacks. The demands of the course will require a full-time commitment, even outside classroom hours, for the student to make the most of the course. A lot of work will be done through group work and group feedback. But simultaneously, individual feedback will also be given. Students can also ask for more inputs if required individually.
Course Contents:

Week 1:

Introductions: Using personal introductions and interviews to create a group space. And initiate the ideas of observation and story telling.

Storytelling: Discussing the kind of stories we want to tell. What works for cinema, what doesn’t.

Premise: A more detailed discussion of premise. Socio-political relevance. Ethics of filmmaking.

Pitching: Pitching our story ideas in 5 minutes. Group feedback helps us to understand what our story ideas are actually conveying.

Film Analysis: Watching films and analysing them.

Exercise: Writing a log line and one-page synopsis.

Workshop: Initial Group feedback on the same.

Week 2:

Exercise: Fine tuning log line and one-page synopsis.

Workshop: Discussing premise, character, conflict and setting of individual ideas. With interactive feedback from group. Detailed Group feedback on the same.

Writing Exercises: Using various writing exercises to develop the characters, conflict and setting of individual ideas. Sharing with the group.

Film Analysis: Watching films and analysing them.

Video Pitching: Using to-camera pitches to sharpen story telling skills. Group feedback helps us to understand how we can better tell our stories and the loopholes in our stories.

Dialogue: Understanding dialogue for film and silences. Understanding how to show and not tell.

Exercise: Writing 8-page story treatment, which is in itself a complete outline of the story and how it will unfold.

Week 3:

Workshop: Group feedback of 8 page story treatment. A work in progress. Understanding that the 8-page story is the foundation on which the script will be built.

Bringing to Life: Working on characters, secondary characters, sub-plots and setting, to make the story’s world come alive.

Video Pitching: Pitching from the protagonist’s POV. Using this tool to bring to life the protagonist’s world. Group feedback helps us to understand how identifiable our protagonist is.

Exercise: Continuing work on the 8-page story treatment. Writing a step outline simultaneously.

Week 4:

Workshop: Group feedback on story treatment and step outline.

Video Pitching: New video pitches of fine-tuned stories. Group feedback.

Script format: Converting a story to script.

Exercise: Writing first 10 pages of screenplay.

Workshop: Group feedback on story treatment continues. Group feedback on screenplay.

Ending: Sharing our experiences of the workshop, and our learning.

(16) COURSE DIRECTOR: Ms Batul Mukhtiar

Batul Mukhtiar has studied Screenplay Writing & Film Direction at Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, and is a practicing filmmaker in Mumbai since 1995.

She worked as Associate Producer and Fixer on documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera, Arte, CBC, NatGeo, YLE & VPRO from 1995-2012.

She has directed & edited an indie feature documentary, 150 SECONDS AGO in 2002. The film has screened at prestigious festivals like Cinema Du Reel & Yamagata IDFF.

She also shot, directed & edited several short documentary films MUMBAI SHOTS for an online portal in California, EVEO in 2002.

She wrote, directed and produced a children’s feature LILKEE for Children’s Film Society, India in 2007.

Her second children’s feature KAPHAL won the Golden Lotus National Award for Best Children’s Film 2014 & the Golden Elephant for Best Director at International Children’s Film Festival India 2013. It has screened at festivals like MAMI, Goteborg IFF, Zlin IFFCY, Busan IKFF, Chicago South Asian FF & Saga Stockholm Women’s IFF.

Both LILKEE and KAPHAL continue to be shown in schools, children’s festivals and television.

Batul has served on the National Award Jury in 2015 and works on several juries and selection committees for FTII, NID, Films Division, IDPA, Kashish, Toto Fund for Arts and MAMI Half-Ticket amongst others.

She also mentors documentary projects through a voluntary program ‘Conversations on Documentary’.

Batul’s script ‘MISHI’ was part of the NFDC Screenwriters Lab 2017.

Batul writes short stories and blogs about films and books at

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