Fictional Tools: From Literature to Cinema

A 3-days’ precursor course to Screenplay Writing by Sudipto Acharyya


When we read a fictional story or watch a fiction film we are so immersed in the world of the narrative that we hardly comprehend the process of it’s creator or the inner workings or logic of its construction. The schemata is never spelled out by the creator nor sought by the reader/viewer. It is only to the discerning eye that the marks of construction become visible. 

This workshop intends to equip the future screenplay writer with a thorough insight into the poetics of these crafts and their workings. Constructing an appropriate situation or adopting a stylistic device that produces the desired emotions/feelings in the audience then becomes easy to decipher. 

This workshop addresses a writer’s craft that has its origins in the world of literature,  subsequently drawn into the world of cinema. Mostly writers take these crafts for granted without fully comprehending the nuances of these crafts. Sometimes writers arrive at these crafts by chance. However this workshop will ensure that craft is not a matter of chance but a method that can be perfected through analysis and practice. 

This workshop is pitched as a precursor to all screenplay writing courses. 

We present the workshop in two tiers, wherein, each tier spreading over three days. Tier one will look at simpler tools while tier two will look at more advanced, complicated and nuanced tools of expressions. 

Only those who have  participated in tier one will be eligible for tier two. 

Some of the key concepts to be analysed and demonstrated in tier one are Mystery, Surprise, Suspense, Irony, Uncanny, Epiphany, Point Of View, Interior Monologue, Introducing A Character, Showing & Telling, Telling In Different Voices and Coincidence. 

Some of the key concepts to be analysed and demonstrated in tier two are Symbolism, Allegory, Magic Realism, Stream Of Consciousness, Defamiliarization,  Intertextuality, Repetition, Beginning, Ending etc. 


Analysing excerpts from selected literary texts followed by watching and analysing selected film clips on the same topic.




Online via Google Meet. Details will be shared with selected participants in time.


Tier 1 – (Fri, Sat, Sun) 14th, 15th and 16th May 2021; 14:30 to 19:00 IST

Tier 2 to be announced subsequently during Tier 1 sessions. 


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.

COURSE FEES (for Tier 1)

1500 Concessional fees for Ex-Participants of the Auroville Film Institute.

1800 Regular Fee For Indian Nationals

$ 30 For participants from SAARC Nations

$ 100 For International participants outside of SAARC

Voluntary Contribution for Aurovilians / Newcomers


Digital certificates of participation will be issued.


For queries, if any, please write to: or call / message on              +91 9969879319.

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