Imaging Cinema 2012- Screenwriting and Filmmaking Course at IIT-Madras

After 2 successful filmmaking workshops in 2009 and 2010, IIT-Madras is back with Imaging Cinema 2012- An International Screenwriting and Filmmaking Course from 1-10 June, 2012 at the IIT-Madras campus itself.

The resource people handling the sessions include –

▪     Atul Tiwari (Mission Kashmir, Dasavatharam, Vishwaroopam….forthcoming with Kamal Haasan)

▪    K Hariharan (Director, LV Prasad Institute of Film & Television Chennai)

▪    Rohan Sippy (Dum Maro Dum, Bluffmaster,  Taxi NO 9211, Kuch Naa  Kaho, The President is Coming)

▪    Shridhar Raghavan ( Screenwriter: Khakee, Dum Maro Dum, Apaharan)

▪    Sriram Raghavan (Director: Agent Vinod, Johnny Gaddar, Ek Haseena Thi)

▪    Anurag Kashyap (Dev D, No Smoking, Gulaal, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Black Friday etc)

▪    Patricia Gruben (Director, Praxis Screenwriting Programme, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver)

Note- More names will be added shortly as soon as their participation is confirmed.

What the course is all about:

Hands on training with experts in screenwriting and discussion of mechanics of screenwriting and direction with major industry figures.

The course will be divided into four parts-

1. The Magic of Cinema : This capsule in the first 3 days will introduce the participants to the magical world of Cinema, by making them go through a Film-Appreciation module. How to read a film is the basic theme of this section.

2. The Mechanics of Cinema : This section for next two days will introduce the participants with the mechanics that goes into making a film including Camera, Lighting, Sound, Sets, Editing, Special Effects etc- to demystify and tell how the magic is created.

3. The Method of Cinema :  This section will introduce the participants to the most basic & important aspect of any film – the Blueprint, the Map, the Method behind the madness – THE SCRIPT. This will go on for next 4 to 5 days and the emphasis will be to make the students WRITE scripts and to dissect and discuss their work in class. It will be a group exercise where a group of 4-5 students will work together on mini-scripts to understand the process of film-script construction. At the end of this the groups will be ready with one short 3-5 minute executable script.

4. The Making of Cinema : For Next 2 days – this will be very interesting hands on exercise with the students,  where they will have to shoot, act, record sound, edit, do post-production and be ready with their films within 48 hours. Candidates can bring their video cameras or use cell phone cameras.

5. The Majesty of Cinema :  The last day will be a ‘red carpet’ event where the films made by the student groups will be seen by all. A jury will then rate them and announce the AWARDS to the films – with 
analysis – so that this too is a time to learn. The certificates will be given to all at the end of the event.

Needless to say, an IIT-Madras Certificate of Participation will be given to all the participants at the end of the course.

Fee structure:

▪      Rs 10,000/ for professionals

▪      Rs 9000/ Attendees of the 2009 & 2010 events at IIT-Madras

▪      Rs 8000/ students with valid ID and documents

  • $250 for NRI’s and International Students/professionals.
  • Last date of application: April 30

Limited rooms available in IITM guest house (AC), based on the date of applying.Few rooms available in hostels (Non ac).

The above mentioned course fee does not include payment for accommodation.

Application Form duly filled in can be mailed to :

For regular updates, visit:

The earlier Film Workshops at IITM: In 2009  ‘Chennai International Screenwriting Workshop’, a 5-day event, sponsored by Mr. Kamal Haasan. Ace screenwriters Jean Claude Carriere and David Scarpa addressed the participants through video conferencing. Shekhar Kapoor, Shriram Raghavan, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Rituparno Ghosh and several noted filmmakers and screenwriters conducted sessions.

In May 2010, ‘Imaging Cinema: Emerging Trends in Filmmaking’ a 6 day Indo-Canadian  workshop at IIT Madras, with over 180 participants. R. Balki, Shimit Amin, Saurabh Shukla, Nagesh Kukunoor, Jaideep Sahni, Dibakar Bannerjee, K. Balachander, C Amudhan, Vishnuvardhan, and Santosh Sivan addressed the participants on cinema as a vehicle for social change.


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