Scriptwriting and filmmaking courses.

About Manjushree

manju1323_nManjushree is an author and a film maker. Alumni of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, 92 batch, she has taught film-making at National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), the FTII, and Storygram. She has worked with feature film directors as assistant director, script writer before making her own documentary films, (a few of which have been uploaded here). Her recent short fiction film, And then the Mountain called her, based on her story, Pradakshina, is a film about a seekers journey from the backwaters of France to a temple town in South India, Manjushree has written a novel, A Grasshopper’s Pilgrimage, the first three chapters of which, are uploaded under the tab, Manjushree’s Book. These days, Manjushree teaches creative writing and scriptwriting online. She also facilitates a weekly support group called Antardhun, in Ahmedabad. She also makes organic lemon pickle.

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Workshops and Courses

Creative Writing and Script Writing weekend workshop in Ahmedabad

Creative Writing and Script Writing weekend workshop in Ahmedabad

Creative Writing and Script Writing workshop in Ahmedabad This is for Amdavadis who have just escaped alive from exams, those who write and also those who don’t. Creative Writing and Scriptwriting Workshops by Manjushree Abhinav Duration : From 19th March, 2016,  for 4 weekends Schedule : 4 : 30 to 6 : 30 on Saturdays and Sundays. The Script Writing Course is divided into two parts, the Story and the Screenplay. STORY Aim – The secret behind a good film is a well told story. All of us have many stories in our cupboard, but we don’t know how to tell them. In this section, we learn the art and the craft of writing a complete short story, which we will later transform into a script. Day 1 : Finding your own voice / Ras. The Navrasas, our immense wealth, the source of the (so-called) masala formula. Day 2 : An exercise to deal with the writers block. Identify your pain. And feel free to spice it, colour it or enhance it. Day 3 : Cathartic structure of a story : Resolve the conflict, free yourself from poor Cinderella by marrying her off to Prince charming. Day 4 : Play with suspense, surprise and humour. Convert the story into an interesting plot. Make it flow. Final touches to the story. Self Editing. SCREENPLAY In the professional world of films, the audio visual format of the screenplay is the only way to ‘show’ your story. Your script will not be read unless it is written in the correct format. Any kind of cinema, when (re-)looked at calmly, gives away its secrets. Which... read more

Online Creative Writing and Scriptwriting Workshops

So you want to make films. If your ambitions go beyond the glamour, you will realise that it is the script that is the driving force behind any fiction film or tv serial. Writing for films is a deeply satisfying process, and it can be learned by anyone who is passionate about cinema.  I offer this workshop online, we can meet on gtalk, or on skype.   This is an ongoing workshop. Mostly carried out on google hangouts, the time and date is mutually decided. Syllabus The Script Writing Course is divided into two parts, the Story and the Screenplay. STORY   Aim – The secret behind a good film is a well told story. All of us have many stories in our cupboard, but we don’t know how to tell them. In this section, we learn the art and the craft of writing a complete short story, which we will later transform into a script. Day 1 : Finding your own voice / Ras. The Navrasas, our immense wealth. Day 2 : An exercise to deal with the writers block. Start your own story. Day 3 : Structure of a story : Conflict and Resolution. Developing your story. Day 4 : Making it flow : Final touches to the story.   SCREENPLAY   Aim – In the professional world of films, the audio visual format of the screenplay is the only way to ‘show’ your story. Your script will not be read unless it is written in the correct format. The final stage of the process is a storyboard, which is an illustration of all the shots such that the... read more

WRITING STORIES FOR FILMS – WORKSHOP IN AHMEDABAD

  How to Write Stories for Films : Workshop on the Basics of Script-Writing Do you dream of writing stories for feature films, TV serials or short films? After watching a film do you spend hours thinking of how you would have made it better? Take the first step towards making your dream come true. Join this weekend workshop to learn the abc of writing stories for films. This course has been designed for working people and students by Manjushree Abhinav, who’s taught at the best film schools of India, FTII and NID. Date : 27th and 28th December Time : 11 am to 5 pm Fees : Rs 2000/- Place : Rang Mandal. Arogya Samiti Ellisbridge, Pritam Nagar Akhada, Paldi, Ahmedabad.   Facilitator : Manjushree Abhinav , Author and Film-Maker, She has taught at NID, FTII, and Storygram. Register soon. Limited Seats . Call 9825476446 ( Manjushree ) or 7405317050 ( Dhruv ) COURSE CONTENT Understanding the Narrative Structures of Popular Cinema Plot & Dramatic Need Set-Up, Conflict & Resolution: the Building Blocks of a Plot The Seven Basic Plots Finding Your Voice Writing Your... read more

Creative writing and Script writing in February in Bangalore

SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOP Storygram is starting a three weekend workshop on script writing starting this Sunday, 12 th February, from 11 am to 6 pm. VENUE : Pioneer Manpower Solutions, 14/1, 3rd floor, Wood Street, Parallel to Castle street, Ashok Nagar, Richmond Road, Bangalore. Landmark: diagonally opposite to Sacred Hearts’ Church, next to Reliance Trends, near Show Off outlet All the students will write a five minute script in the Celtex (American screenplay) format during the course. We will learn how to ‘show’ and not ‘tell’ the story in the audiovisual language of scriptwriting. We will study how good scripts are written by analysing scenes from good films, by reading the scenes and then viewing them. The theoretical aspects that would be covered are:  Characterization, Plot, Theme, Dialogue writing, Structure, and Flow. All the writing classes will have ample writing assignments for the students. These assignments will be either read out in class or feedback will be given over email. Since the workshop is spread out over three Sundays, the students will also get homework assignments. The end result of this endevour would be a complete short film script, in the proper audio-visual format. Fees : Rs. 6,200/ Call 9945192862 to register. Teachers Profile : Manjushree Abhinav is an author and a film maker. She has studied at FTII, Pune and worked in the film industry in Mumbai for ten years as an AD, scriptwriter, and has made her own short films. After that, she went on to teach at reputed institutes like NID in Ahemedabad, FTII in Pune and SRISTI in Bangalore. She has conducted several creative writing workshops... read more

Film making course in Bangalore, Feb – April 2012

‘FINAL CUT’ A FILM MAKING COURSE on  Sundays from February to April, 2012 Please note : Extra classes are being scheduled for those who are joining in late, until 15th of feb. VENUE : Pioneer Manpower Solutions, 14/1, 3rd floor, Wood Street, Parallel to Castle street, Ashok Nagar, Richmond Road, Bangalore. Landmark: diagonally opposite to Sacred Hearts’ Church, next to Reliance Trends, near Show Off outlet. Manjushree Abhinav, a film-maker, novelist and teacher, is organizing the second batch of the course in film making, from concept to screen, on Sundays over three months, in Bengaluru. Manjushree has taught at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, NID ( National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad), and SRISTI, Bangalore. This Weekend batch organised by Manjushree Abhinav has a great faculty, reasonable fees and a convenient location. It gives people the opportunity to learn film-making without leaving their jobs or studies. So you can now follow your dreams while taking care of your responsibilities. COURSE CONTENT We have altogether three modules: 1. Creative writing : Four sessions of half day each. Rs.3,200/ 2. Script writing : Includes creative writing plus three full day sessions. Rs.9,200 3. Film making : Includes both creative writing and scriptwriting. Rs.24,800 (For installment options, scroll down to Fee Structure ) • Creative Writing : Since this course deals with fiction films, we would first tap the biggest reservoir of stories : an unblocked storehouse of memories and emotions. We will also understand the structure of the conflict-resolution story, and we shall dip into the Navarasas. The aim of the workshop is to dig out the blocks that hamper... read more

Final Cut, Scriptwriting and Film-making course (Oct to Dec 2011)

Final Cut, a Scriptwriting and Film-making course  on Saturdays or Sundays*,  from  October to December 11 (Please note: Admissions to this batch are full. To register for the next batch starting January, please call Manjushree at 9945192862. Or go to http://tinyurl.com/7v9m57v) Manjushree Abhinav, a film-maker, novelist and teacher, is organizing a course in film and television direction, from concept to screen, with full-day classes on Sundays over 3 months, in Bengaluru. This course has been especially designed for people who passionately want to make feature films, television shows or short films, but can’t spare the time to learn full-time since they work or go to college on weekdays. Manjushree has taught at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, NID (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad), and Srishti, Bangalore. Professionals from the industry will be called in as visiting faculty to teach camera, editing and acting. This Sunday course organized by Manjushree Abhinav has a great faculty, reasonable fees and a convenient location. It gives people the opportunity to learn film-making without leaving their jobs or studies. * Since there have been a lot of registrations, two batches have started, one on Sunday and the other on Saturday. You can join either the Sunday batch or the Saturday batch. So you can now follow your dreams while taking care of your responsibilities. Course Content The course has been designed to teach the students the basics of film-making. There is a well-worked-out balance of practicals and theory classes. The topics that would be covered are: Creative Writing : Since this course deals with fiction films, we would first tap the biggest... read more

Soulpen, Creative Writing Workshops in Bangalore

Creative Writing Workshops in Bangalore on Weekends Please note: The next batch of creative writing workshop will be announced soon, probably in November. SOULPEN Discover and Recover the artist within. Nurture the creative self by art therapy. Creative Writing Workshops in Bangalore Soulpen level 1 and level 2 : 4 x 3 hour classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday batch, class one, starts on 1st Oct from  11 am to 6pm, Sunday batch , class two is on 2nd Oct, from 11 to 6 pm Alternatively, it is also possible to do the class two on Saturday, 8th October too. Where : PROTOSPACE, No. 6 , 2 cross. M.R.Garden, near Rangabharana Kala Kendra, Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore 560094. (Five minutes from Mekhri Circle)  Click on the map to enlarge. Cost – The fees per participant, for both Soulpen 1 and 2, is Rs. 2,400/- Contact – me at manjushree.abhinav@gmail.com or call 9945192862 FOCUS Writing is healing with words, just as painting heals stroke by stroke. The creative energies flow well with regular scrubbing and clearing out the garbage that clogs our minds. The aim of the workshop is to dig out the blocks that hamper the sprouting of the creative juices and fuel the love of writing towards an intense and natural discipline. It will help the beginner as well as the writer who is stuck in the middle of a story, a script, a film…. What is the essence of the creative process? What is the source of the artistic impulse ?A film, or a book, is born as a thought, a strong, palpable feeling that tugs. Once identified,... read more

Soulpen, Creative Writing Workshop for Teenagers in Bangalore on 29th May 2010

 Soulpen: The adventure of writing. Are you in the trance-like age, between twelve and twenty? Soulpen is getting younger in the last weekend of May. Youngsters are naturally creative, enthusiastic, and full of ideas. Youth is an intense experience, where the gushing of dreams and angst has that rare quality: freshness. Very often, this freshness is un appreciated and un acknowledged. All you need is someone who will willingly listen. Someone who can streamline your thoughts towards an expression of art. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. – Khalil Gibran, on Children Anyone can write. If you like to talk, you can surely write. And if you are shy, you will probably write very well. Writing can be a wonderful tool to understand yourself, to reflect an inner you that is nearer to your real self than you are willing to voice. The paper does not judge, the pen does not interfere. Come, find your own voice. Sign up for Soulpen. Contact: Kavita at 080 – 26678890, Mobile – 97417 11225. or Manjushree at 9945192862 or mail manjushree.abhinav@gmail.com Schedule: 29th May: 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm 30th May: 10. 30 am to 2.00 pm Venue: ‘Hippocampus centre’, Ranga Rao road, Shankarpuram, Basavangudi,. Bangalore Fees: Rs. 1200/- Focus: The aim of the workshop is to dig out the blocks that hamper the sprouting of the creative juices and fuel the love of writing... read more

First draft : Scriptwriting Workshop on 3rd Oct 2010

One day scriptwriting workshop on 3rd October Script-writing is a branch of creative writing. Most of us have grown up watching movies and dreaming. Our dreams are influenced by the movies we love. And movies are made of dreams that are actualized. A script is a movie on paper. All you need is an idea. An inner feeling. Manifesting this inner feeling into an audiovisual story is the process of writing a script. The art and craft of visual storytelling has some elementary concepts that need to be internalized. The format. The plot. Importance of conflict. Characterization. Structure. And last, the weave. Or flow. If you have an inner feeling which glimmers now and then, if you feel that your dream can to be told on a screen, sign up for an introduction to the fundamentals of scriptwriting. (After this workshop, I will be announcing a two-month weekend film-making workshop in Bangalore). Venue: Times of India, MG road, Bangalore. Schedule: 3rd Oct , 10 am to 6 pm Fees: Rs 1,000/ (tea/coffee and writing materials included) Faculty: Manjushree Abhinav wrote her first two feature film scripts before she joined the Film Institute of India, Pune. She has written scripts for documentary films and short fiction films before writing a novel, ‘A Grasshopper’s Pilgrimage.’ She has taught script-writing and film making in NID (Ahemedabad), FTII (Pune), and SRISTI (Bangalore).... read more

Online Writer Mentor-ship, 16th Aug, 2010 onwards

So you are stuck with a book. Or, you want to get stuck in a book? Read on.. You have had it with the living. You want to play in your head. That’s what your mom says, and she ain’t no artist. What you want to do is to unload yourself into book. These days I am guiding two of my creative writing workshop participants to write books. One is untitled, a mystery on the net. Other is a non-fiction, working titled ‘Stories of Homeopathy’. We meet online on skype, thrash out structures, twist the characters, stretch the creative licence to the horizon, make notes to be stuffed into chapters, and end the session with a truckload of work for the writers. I am trying to get them to ‘read’ their unwritten books out to me but that hasn’t happened so far. I guess the muse takes its own sweet time to land on a head. So if you are looking for a sounding board, contact me. I invite all struggling writers to lay bare their woes. I will listen, but you will write. I will clear your mind off the cobwebs, but you will write. Be very clear, I do not ghost write. I can send you the ghost, but you will write. Write to manjushree.abhinav@gmail.com with a synopsis of 300... read more