How to write a good screenplay

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2009 03:27 hrs

Finally, something serious in the business of writing a good script is happening. The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology- Madras (IIT-M) in association with the master actor Kamal Hassan will conduct a Chennai International workshop and seminar on screenwriting in the IIT campus in Chennai from May 29 to June 3, 2009.

Kamal is part of an illustrious guest list of speakers who will take part in the unique function, which would lay emphasis on the importance of screenwriting. The workshop will be conducted by K Hariharan Director of the L V Prasad Film and TV Academy in Chennai, Anjum Rajabali, head of departments of screenwriting at Film and TV Institute, Pune and Atul Tiwari, well known playwright.

Veteran writer Jean Claude Carriere has confirmed his participation via video conference. Kamal Haasan himself will join the discussions and don the role of faculty during the workshop and seminar. Says, K. Hariharan. “We will be approaching screenwriting from two angles. How to turn words into images that you see on screen and also how to do the opposite — putting in words what you see as images in your mind. Every day, we will have two sessions of guest lectures by reputed writer-filmmakers from the industry.”

For long, screenwriting has been a neglected discipline even in film schools. “While all good writing is essentially intuitive, it is essential to understand the basic principles of storytelling and the form of the screenplay to be a competent screenwriter,” says Mr. Anjum Rajabali, who founded the screenwriting department at FTII and at Whistling Woods. Those who want to be one of the chosen 250 to attend a week-long class by some of the best in screenplay writing.

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