Foundation in Direction – 4 days

Basics of Screenwriting

24th to 27th  December 2019

Auroville Timelines – 1st Floor Auroville Archives Building, Auroville, Tamil Nadu – 605101 /  Aurofilm, Kalabhumi, Auroville – Tamil Nadu – 605101.

Course Overview & Highlights

Understand a ‘Shot’ in all its complexity
Build a Scene
Device a Mise-en-Scene 
Design a long take
Practice the art of staging in films
Explore the theme – Time Travel in exciting multi-dimensional space of Auroville !

This workshop will give a foundation in Direction. Exploring shot as a complex unit, the workshop practice the construction of a story, by means of fundamental exercises like 3-shots and 6-shots. Further, Mise-en-Scene as a staging device, and as an art – will be discussed and demonstrated. The relationship of a shot-scene-story –anchored in actual physical space, choreographed to the Director’s vision – will be demonstrated.

Faculty: Sudipto Acharyya

Sudipto Acharyya has studied cinema at FTII, Pune, with specialization in Direction and Screenplay Writing; and Masters in Film Studies from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sudipto has a long engagement with teaching Cinema in various institutions like Film and Television Institute of India – Pune, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute – Kolkata, Roop Kala Kendro, Kolkata Film & Television Institute and Centre for Film & Television – Allahabad University. He is currently a Senior Faculty at Whistling Woods International – Mumbai. He has presented academic papers on cinema at film schools like Lithuania Music and Theatre Academy – Vilnius, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts – Chapman University, Witwatersrand University – Johannesburg and Bilgi University – Istanbul. He is part of an Artistic Research project involving BRICS nation that looks at social interstices with the help of cinematic practices. He has directed several short films & one feature length film for television and other institutions. His film ‘Harbour Line’ and ‘Weekend Chill’ has travelled widely to national and international festivals.

Medium of Instruction

No. of Seats: 20
Additionally 3 seats reserved for Auroville Students / Volunteers.

Participant Profile
Age: 18+ years as on 01st Sept 2019
Nationality: Indians, Foreign Nationals who are Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers & Registered Guests at Auroville.

Course Fees
Rs 8000/- per participant (inclusive of all taxes)
Concessional Fees for Students/ Auroville Volunteers: Rs. 4000/ – (must be able to provide a copy of a valid Student I.D Card).

Mode of payment
Fees may be paid via online transfer to :
Account Name : AV ART SERVICE
Account Number : 37357794312
IFS Code : SBIN0003160
MICR Code : 605002007
After payment, the transaction i.d generated must be filled up in application form linked below.

Admission will be confirmed via email within 4 days of receiving application form and verifying the online payment of fees. Applications with incomplete or incorrect details will be rejected.

Cancellation Terms
In case of cancellation of admission by the applicant after receiving confirmation of participation, no refund will be possible. In case the application is rejected by AVFI or the course itself is cancelled, full refund will be facilitated.

Selection Criteria
Participants will be selected in first –come- first – served basis. Those having prior orientation / experience in filmmaking, also, those having attended Film Appreciation and Basic Film Orientation Courses in Auroville will be given preference.

All participants will be given participation certificate on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

For accommodation, participants may contact Nikhil, Hostel Coordinator, Auroville Film Institute / +919995714909.

Alternatively, a range of guest house options are available in Auroville. The participants may explore options at for guest house bookings.

Please visit for orientation and additional information on Auroville.

Queries: For queries, if any, please write to:

Mrs. Richa Hushing on / /  +919969879319

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