Topics to be cover in Film Making Workshop
Idea to Screen
Pre production -
Practical Sessions in Script writing :
• understanding of “idea”, “concept”, and a “strong concept”;
• thought process or “abhidharana” of a writer/author, influence of various factors (memories, experiences,
conditionings, background/situation – social, cultural, economic, religious), importance of developing
the thought process of a writer.
• how to develop an idea into a concept and further into a strong concept, the role of thought process
in developing an idea to a strong concept.
Elements of a Story:
• Concept of the Story, the Central conflict, the Entertainment value(s)(like social, religious,
cultural, educational or environmental message);
• Characterization (Protagonist, Antagonist, and the thought processes of the characters), strong visual elements
and the role of visual elements,
• Cultural (and social, economic, religious) elements of the story.
Development of the Story (from idea to strong concept):
• how to establish the background (social, cultural, economic, religious) using visual elements in the scenes and
through actions and dialogues of characters; • how to introduce various characters in the story;
• concept of protagonist and antagonist, in a story/film, their thought processes and how to develop and present
• how to develop and present their personality (or thought process) using appropriate scenes, activities and dialogs.
Indian vs International Film Scenario:
• In the Indian film scenario, need to shift from masala movies to films addressing a) political problems, and b)
• Importance of, and the need for detailed and in-depth research in preparation for movies.
This is especially true for movie based on historical events or mythology.
• discussion on and explanation of: Scene, Shot, Sequence, and Act; Difference between Scene and Shot.
• understanding of the Acts I, II and III, with examples/exercises.
Structure of a Story:
• preparation of the story structure: an initial and crucial step towards writing of screenplay from a story;
importance of a strong and well-defined/thought story structure, • discussion on how to form the story structure
with examples/exercises, •
final story structure depends upon (or affected by):
a) outlook/perspective of the writer, b) life/size of the story and c) mode of expression (short film, full film etc)
Documentary vs Feature Films: both have different formats which is reflected in the treatment
of narrative, structure, time duration of the film, subjects addressed, etc.
Guidelines for Writing of Screenplay: detailed discussion on format (Industrial Layout) to be used,
Direction as an Art
The Job of Director
Concept and Script Writing
Interpreting the Script
Plan to tell the Story through action
Establishing Characters and Motives
Casting Process: Developing Character DescriptionActors
Emotions : Emotional Memory
Expressions: Use of actor’s Emotions as Character’s
Sound- Pitch and Dialogue Direction
Dealing with embracing scenes: actor’s Problems
Camera Rehearsals and Test : Coordination of actor’s and camera
Sound Rehearsals: Creating with Body and
Theater and Film acting compare
Working with Creative crew “ Like Writers, Actors,
Music Director, Production Designers
Cinematographer, Audiographer Editor,
Art Director etc.
Practical Production Sessions on HD Camera :
1. Interpretation of Scene
2. Casting (With logical Justification)
3. Directing Actors Practical Sessions in Direction
Types of shot Taking - Camera movements
purposes of shots - Shot Division
Direction and Production of Two Scene Continuity Film
Five Shot continuity :
Participant are supposed to Write and Direct a
short film for understanding of various aspects
of scene and shot division.
Screening of Model Films to understand the grammar of
Diploma Film Production : Feature Film Production Design
Film and TV Business : Planning / Budgeting / Marketing/Release