ONE DAY SCREEN WRITING WORKSHOP - WRITING FOR FILMS @ CHENNAI

ONE DAY SCREEN WRITING WORKSHOP - WRITING FOR FILMS @ CHENNAI

 

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SCREEN WRITING WORKSHOP - WRITING FOR FILMS


Session 1: (1 to 2 hours)

1. Story Narrative as a process.

2. Introduction to Narratology. Narrative cues: Role of Narrative Cues & Audience perception

3. Why is it important for a screenwriter to be aware of the process?

4. Story Design

 

Session 2: (3 hours)

ANATOMY of a screenplay

1. Plot

2. Character

3. Scene, Sequence, Set-piece

4. Composition

5. Understanding Theme Identifying your story’s THEME

 

Screenplay Structures:

1. It’s all about the structure.

2. Introduction to Classic screenplay structures: 3 act structure, 4 part structure, Hero’s journey, structure in mainstream, so-called commercial movies in Tamil, etc...

3. Character Arc & Motivation

4. Character, Action & Theme

 

CONSTRUCTING A SCENE. Importance of, and Creating Dramatic Tension in scenes

 

Session 3: (1.5 hours)

 

Screenplay formatting:

1. Descriptions, definitions & usage of various terms:

2. Character names, Scene Headings, Montage, series of shots, camera directions (we see, shot of, camera pans, etc), parenthesis, Intercut with, voice over, action lines (length & descriptions), etc

3. Commonly made mistakes

 

Some practical problems faced by first-timers/amateurs:

1. How much to write? What and what not to write?

2. Show, don’t tell. Tell, don’t show.

3. Demonstration of writing a scene (with minimum sentences/words)

 

Session 4: (1 hour)

 

1. Introduction to some time-tested narrative strategies.

2. Three C’s of mainstream storytelling & other hacks for first timers.

3. How to approach short film scripts

 

Beyond the workshop

1. Studying/Analysing films

2. Finding inspiration

3. Write your own screenplay & other writing exercises