EVENT IIT-Madras is back with its course on screenwriting and film direction

One scene could change the course of a movie. And one workshop, the course of your career.

IIT-Madras is back with ‘Imaging Cinema: A course on screenwriting and film direction', to be conducted between June 1 and 10. This year, the sessions on screenwriting will be handled by screenwriter Atul Tiwari, K. Hariharan, director of the LV Prasad Film and Television Academy and Shridhar Raghavan. The other speakers at the workshop include Anurag Kashyap, cinematographer Ravi K Chandran, Rohan Sippy, Sriram Raghavan, writers Suresh and Bala, editor Anthony and Thiagarajan Kumararaja.

Since the seats are limited to 150 to 200, including IITians, the selection will be based on merit of the applications. “Anyone can apply, but the course targets budding filmmakers, screenwriters, film students, people assisting filmmakers and even the public considering a career in writing or filmmaking... Selection would be on the basis of why they want to do the course, their taste in cinema and their qualifications,” says Aysha Iqbal, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, who is co-ordinating the course.

“The first part of the course would be a Film Appreciation module, where participants would be introduced to the magic of cinema, the emphasis being on reading film as text,” says Karthik Purushothaman, student coordinator for the event. “The course then would look into film execution, focus on the mechanics of filmmaking and the technical aspects such as lighting, sound, camera, etc. as filmmakers demystify the craft and share how magic is created. In the third module, participants would work in groups on existing scripts to understand the process of construction and once familiar with the method behind the madness, each group would write a short three- to five-minute executable script of its own.” Each script would then be discussed and rated on the last day.

The course costs Rs. 10,000 for professionals, Rs. 9,000 for attendees of previous Screenwriting workshops at IIT, Rs. 8,000 for students and $ 250 for non-resident Indians. Applications can be downloaded from www.imagingcinema.com. The last date for submission is May 2. Limited hostel accommodation is available for outstation participants on a sharing basis.