Direction & Screenwriting
Students learn about various elements of the complex and exhilarating process of film and television directing in the two-year Post-Graduate Diploma course. Some of the areas covered, but not restricted to, include:
The role of a director; nature of the visual medium;
What is a shot? What should a director know about the camera?
DV Cameras, Tripods, Timecode
What is a sequence of shots; introduction to film grammar
Understanding screen direction; camera vs the audience;
Film continuity; Axis principles; how Axis matters in editing;
What are the principles of editing in narrative film?
Film time vs real time;
The use of sound
Acting and Performance; working with amateur actors; communicating effectively;
What is mise en scene and why it matters;
The spoken word in cinema; dialogue; principles of using sound
Developing crew; producing a shooting script;
How is visual language different from written word?
How does story work visually? Exploring the script; dialogue; emotion; the protagonist; controlling idea;
How to direct effectively? What do you tell your actors and your crew members?
Preproduction; shooting script; technical and creative choices; production design; art and costumes; planning and schedules
Cinema is a storytelling medium. It is the creative interpretation of the ideas embedded in the script that constitutes much of the process of filmmaking. It follows then that a filmmaker must have a keen understanding of the principles and techniques of storytelling. This is especially true in the Indian context, where directors are often required to develop their own story ideas for the screen.
The screenwriting module has the following objectives:
Inculcating in the student an appreciation of fine storytelling and understanding of its importance in cinema
Teaching of scriptwriting principles and techniques
Application of these principles and methods in student writing
Supervision of scripts for student projects
Completion of a feature-length bound script
Graduates in any discipline and students awaiting their degree final year examination results are eligible to apply for courses in Direction and Cinematography.