A 10-day Basic Screenwriting Course was completed at IPR Headquarters, Kohima on 29 April. (Photo DIPR)
Kohima, April 29 (MExN): The 10-day Basic Screenwriting Course training concluded at the IPR Branch, Kohima on April 29th. The online video conferencing training was conducted by the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), in collaboration with the Department of Information & Public Relations, the nodal department for films in Nagaland, a DIPR report said.
Speaking at the farewell ceremony, documentary filmmaker Sophy Lasuh said the training taught her to think like a writer, not an individual. She added that it also taught her to explore possibilities using doubt, not evidence.
Sekulu Nyekha, a freelancer, said the training was very practical where she learned a lot and through the training she was able to meet filmmakers in the state and learn from each other. Another participant said that it was a very good introduction to screenwriting and that he was able to do it in a practical way. He added that he was very lucky to be one of the few people who took part in the training.
Participants learned various aspects of screenwriting, composing and using narrative tools and how to write a story in cinematic language. They also learned to use irony, suspense and thrill in their writing.
The course trainer was Sudipto Acharyya, who has worked in the television and film industry for over 20 years. Acharyya has also been involved in various film-related teaching and training activities, including an assistant professorship, Department of Filmmaking and Screenwriting, FTII, Pune. He is currently Senior Professor – Department of Leadership, Head of Affiliations and Academics – Short Course Unit, Whistling Woods International – Mumbai.
Earlier, IPR Deputy Director Siewatho Nyusou thanked the Film and Television Institute of India for delivering the free training and Associate Professor Ashwin B Sonone for coordinating it. He also thanked Sudipto Acharyya, the course trainer, for imparting his valuable knowledge and skills to the participants. Nyusou appreciated the participants for their active engagement and learning throughout the training.
Co-Director, IPR, Asangla Imsong said that as part of the national celebrations under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav of the Government of India, FTII has decided to advance the cause of film education by organizing online short courses , free of charge, for participants of scheduled tribes residing in the state. In January, training in smartphone filmmaking was successfully conducted. She mentioned that classes on Screen Acting and Film Appreciation will be held in the coming days.
Course Coordinator, Associate Professor, Ashwin B Sonone commended the participants for their tremendous work, adding that the state participants set a very high benchmark. He hopes that the works of their works will materialize.
Film and Television Institute of India, Pune is an autonomous educational institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Established in 1960 and operational since 1961, as a leading institution committed to training various skills associated with film and television, the FTII today ranks among the top 10 film schools in the world.