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Chennai International Screenwriting Workshop

Tamil Superstar Kamal Hassan is organizing a Screen-Play writing Work Shop with IIT, Madras. Details below.

Do you want to be one of the chosen 250 to attend a week-long master class by some of the best screenwriting teachers in the country? Kamal Haasan, in association with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras presents a first-of-its-kind international workshop and seminar on screenwriting in South India. “It’s a strictly instructional event. Basic education is compulsory and candidates need to demonstrate their seriousness to get selected,” says the writer-filmmaker-actor.

The Chennai International Screenwriting Workshop to be held at the IIT-M campus in between May 29 to June 3, 2009 will feature a few of the best screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world.

kamalhassanVeteran writer Jean Claude Carrier has confirmed his participation via video conference. Mr. Kamal Haasan himself will join the discussions and don the role of faculty during the workshop and seminar. The screenwriting workshop will be conducted by K.Hariharan, Director of the L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy, Anjum Raja Bali, Professional screenwriter and head of departments of screenwriting at Film and TV Institute, Pune and Whistling Woods, Mumbai and Atul Tiwari, Professional screenwriter and well known playwright.

“We will be approaching screenwriting from two angles,” says Mr.Hariharan. “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 Raja Bali, who founded the screenwriting department at FTII and at Whistling Woods.

“We all agree that it is impossible to make even a half decent film with a bad script and that a good script is the first and foremost requisite to make a good film. But even then we have seen that the pedagogy of the screenwriting has not taken roots in India,” adds Mr. Atul Tiwari, who has who has conducted similar workshops in New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Manipal and Pune. The workshop will culminate with a seminar, which will be open to industry professionals.

The event is an initiative of Raajkamal Films International to bring screenwriting to the forefront. To apply, students must send a copy of their resume, a passport-size photograph along with a 200-word synopsis on their favourite film and a list of their five favourite films to admissions@screenwritingindia.com More details are available on http://screenwritingindia.com. For further queries, email helpdesk@screenwritingindia.com

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