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SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP

July 4 - July 10 (7 sessions) | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Sun | INR 7000

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Aditi Thakor

A versatile artist

Aditi Thakor is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, director, producer, lyricist and music composer, choreographer, and production designer, who works in Gujarati cinema. She is the founder of the production house Broken Box Filmz, and is perhaps best known for writing and directing the 2017 award-winning Gujarati feature film Bhanwar. Besides this, she has also directed episodes for Doordarshan TV shows and numerous documentaries and corporate films. 'Saath' - a short film on suicide prevention and 'Is Diwali' - a short film with a social message, are some works recently penned and directed by Aditi.

Aditi has been a jury at several film award events. She also expresses her creativity through Hindustani classical music, Kathak, and painting.

 

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“i am not a writer – i am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker.”

- paul schrader

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Films don’t tell audiences their story; they show them. And yet all films, including the smoothest and most gorgeous ones that seem superbly crafted on screen, are drilled down to the last level of detail. In text. Yeah!

 

However, writing a story for the visual media isn’t the same as writing one for the written media. Screenplays are largely action and dialogue. Very often, the information presented in visual media is not even linear, unlike in a written story. And nonetheless, the end product, a film, may feel slickly fashioned.

 

Screenwriters have a major role to play in this. They are the first people who translate an idea into a visual story on a piece of paper. They are, in fact, half the filmmakers! As goes the adage, “You can make a bad movie with a good screenplay, but you can’t make a good movie with a bad screenplay.”

 

Filmmaking is the new skill of the social media age. Feature films, ad films, product releases, Instagram videos, animation films, YouTube tutorials, documentaries… who doesn’t need to make a film? All our communication is increasingly visual. But turning an idea into a visual media product isn’t easy. It requires a completely different skillset, one that we don’t acquire while writing 2-page essays in school. :)

 

This workshop focuses on understanding ‘how to conceptualize and execute an idea or a story for the visual medium.’ Through the 7-day workshop, participants will learn to think in terms of pictures, sounds, and actions. They will also learn the universal scriptwriting conventions to meet the demands of their audiences – directors, producers, viewers, and the like. And more:

 

Course Contents:

 

1) Ideation

2) Storytelling

3) Conversion of story into script

4) Script structure for different genres

TAKEAWAYS

  • Understand how to ideate a story for a visual medium

  • Learn to write it using universal screenplay conventions

  • Engage in creative thinking exercises as a by-product of the workshop :)

WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR?

  • Writers & screenwriters aspiring to take their ideas to production houses

  • Small business owners & corporate communication directors eager to create stories for their brands

  • Students exploring career options in visual commmunications such as filmmaking, video editing, animation, advertising or corporate communications

  • Content creators

  • Hobbyists 14+ years of age

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1. Is this workshop for professionals or students?

For both. This programme caters to anyone and everyone who will ever need to tell stories through films. It covers all aspects from ideation to actual scriptwriting using universal conventions, vesting participants with a level of skill that will help them establish professionally. Not to forget, the facilitator has a vast and rich experience herself, which would help make it "real" for the students.

 

2. Will this programme be followed by any further courses in filmmaking?

 

Yes! That's the idea. Watch out for our direction bootcamp, which will take you right on the sets to create a short film, perhaps based on a script penned by you. :)

3. Will we get certificates at the end of the course?

Yes, provided you attend 6 out of 7 sessions.

4. What resources will I need for this workshop?

Ideas and an open mind! The rest will be provided by The Hive. Are you ready? :)

5. What safety precautions will be taken at The Hive?​

We will be working in small groups. Our instructors and staff are fully vaccinated, and masks are recommended when indoors. However, the participants are responsible for their own health & safety.

 
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Mon, July 4

Tue, July 5

Wed, July 6

Thur, July 7

Fri, July 8

Sat, July 9

Sun, July 10

 

(7 sessions)

 

5:30 - 7:30 pm

5:30 - 7:30 pm

5:30 - 7:30 pm

5:30 - 7:30 pm

5:30 - 7:30 pm

5:30 - 7:30 pm

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

INR 7000

Cancellation Policy: In the unlikely event of The Hive cancelling any of its workshops for any reason, registered participants will be refunded the entire amount within 15 business days. Course dropouts by participants will be eligible for refund as follows: 30+ days before the event - 75% refund; 15-30 days before the event: 50% refund; less than 15 days - 0% refund. Attendee changes can be accommodated up to 14 days prior to the event.