Screenwriting Workshop

The 3-Day Screenwriting Workshop is intended to be a comprehensive introduction to the art and craft of writing for the screen. A basic familiarity with the essential principles of scriptwriting will be imparted to the participants, via a study of all the elements of the screenplay, including idea, theme, premise, character, plot, structure, scene design and dialogue.

Participants will be encouraged to look for stories within themselves, as well as in the larger world that they inhabit. Short as well as feature films will be shown and their screenplays analysed, thereby encouraging the participants to look at films from a storytelling perspective.

The workshop will furthermore look at mythology and its continuing relevance to all forms of storytelling, especially cinema. The uniqueness of the Indian film form will also be examined, with a view to understanding how Indian films are different in their approach from the Western models.

To elaborate, by the end of the workshop, it is hoped that the participants will not only have grasped the fundamental mechanics of the screenplay and its importance to filmmaking, but would also have learnt to channelise their imagination towards narrative cinema.
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Lecture in screenwriting, covering the following topics.

  • Storytelling since the beginning of civilization
  • Storytelling using cinema
  • Elements of the screenplay (idea, theme, premise, plot, character, structure, scene design & dialogue)
  • The process of screenwriting
  • Theme and Premise
  • Conflict

Film Screening

A detailed analysis of the film screened the previous evening, by deconstructing it into its various elements.

Lecture in Screenwriting, covering the following.

  • Story
  • Character
  • The Rasa Theory

Lecture in Screenwriting, covering the following.

  • Structure
  • Subplots
  • Scene design
  • Dialogue 

Q&A, which will cover participants’ final questions on the craft.

Conducted by

Ashwini Malik

Ashwini Malik is a screenwriting teacher, screenwriter, script consultant and an independent filmmaker. After graduating from Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in 1994, he began his career by writing and directing TV shows. He has been teaching screenwriting since 2004 at FTII, Pune and Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. He regularly conducts screenwriting workshops in India and abroad, and has been a mentor at several script labs. His writing credits include Sorry Bhai and I Am. He has directed the films Clever & Lonely, Monophobia, and the upcoming Maali (The Gardener).

Anjum Rajabali

Anjum Rajabali is an Indian screenwriter. He has written films like Drohkaal (1994), Ghulam (1998), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Raajneeti (2010). He is the Head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods as well as the Honorary Head of Screenplay Writing at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), a course that he founded in 2004. Apart from being a script consultant on several films, he also conducts coveted workshops, seminars and conferences on screenwriting. In mid-2014, he joined hands with Mumbai Mantra as Convenor for the Mumbai Mantra CineRise Screenwriting Programme - 100 Storytellers A Year - a detailed step-by-step process of nurturing screenwriting talent, planned with 8 defined stages of creative intervention. This invites applications from enthusiastic and determined Indian screenwriters from any part of the world.

Workshop fees: INR 5,000/- per participant


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Dates and Timings

1st to 9th August, 2020
11:00 am to 9:00 pm



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