Post Date: 19 Nov, 2020

Weekend Basic Course in Creating Characters for Films, TV and Web Shows from 12th to 20th Dec. 2020

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune under its Vijay Tendulkar Writers’ Academy (VTWA), announces Online Weekend Basic Course in Creating Characters for Films, TV and Web Shows.

Following are the details in this regard;

(1)    Name of the Online Weekend Course: Basic Course in Creating Characters for Films, TV and Web Shows.

(2)    Dates: 12th to 20th Dec. 2020 (Only on Saturdays & Sundays)
(12 – 13 & 19 – 20 Dec. 2020)

(3)    Timings: 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm (Indian Standard Time – IST) – 04 hrs per day

(4)    Max. no. of participants: 25

(5)    Age:18 years &above as on 01st Dec. 2020 (participants born on or before 30th Nov. 2002)

(6)    Educational Qualification: HSC (12th pass). In exceptional cases, 10th pass may be considered

(7)    Online Platform: Google Classroom & Google Meet platform

(8)    Medium of Instructions: English& Hindi

(9)    Per Participant Course fee:
(a)    For Indian Nationals: Rs 7,200/- (base fee = Rs 6,102/- and GST = Rs 1,098/-)
(b)    For Foreigners including NRI, OCI etc. and also those who are presently staying outside India: Rs 21,600/- (base fee = Rs 18,305/- and GST = Rs 3,295/-).
Course fee of selected participants will be non-refundable, non-transferrable, non-adjustable, etc. under any circumstances. Course fee of all the non – selected participants will be returned within 07 – 10 days of the course commencement.

(10)    Mode of payment: Online through SBI Collect (along with application form).

(11)    Due date & time to submit application: 30th Nov. 2020, 6 pm IST. Application submitted after due date & time will not be considered.

(12)    Selection Criteria: On First – Come – First – Served Basis.List of selected participants will be published on our website and selection emails will also be sent to all the selected participants.

(13)    Online platform: FTII will be using “Google Classroom” and participants are requested to get familiarized with the same. Steps to join online class including login id & password will be shared with each selected participant in the selection email.

(14)    Computer literacy: It is the participant’s responsibility to be technologically capable to take an online course. Participants must be computer literate.

(15)    MANDATORY REQUIREMENT:

Since the course is online, participants must have following facilities;

(i) A Desktop / Laptop having minimum 8 GB RAM, 1.6 GHz or better processor (Intel i3 or i5 or better).  (Windows / MAC)
(ii) Operating system: a) Windows 7 or 8 or 10. b) MAC OS Sierra or later
(iii) Audio – Video software: Latest versions of VLC player, Windows Media Player or Quick Time Player.
(iv) Compatible good quality headphones/ earphones with mic
(v) Compatible HD webcam
(vi) Internet pack of minimum 5 GB per day exclusively for this course. It is recommended to have fixed wired Internet connection with minimum speed of 10 Mbps or more.
(vii) Web browser: Latest version of Google Chrome (Preferred), Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari.

Use of Mobile Phone (in place of Laptop or Desktop Computer) to attend the classes is strictly prohibited. Such participants will not be allowed to join the classes.

(16)   Course Director: Vikas Sharma
Vikas Sharma is a professional screenwriter of the Hindi film industry, a freelance script consultant, and a full-time senior faculty of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods International since January 2016. Before Whistling Woods, he taught scriptwriting at the Film and TV Institute of India, Pune, from April 2011 to December 2015. He conducts screenplay writing workshops in India and abroad for Film Schools, Media Colleges, Universities, Film Festivals, Skill India Programme, etc.
Vikas has also been a mentor and a chief advisor for various script labs and fellowships such as Asia Society’s New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters, 100 Storyteller Programme, Cinerise Screenwriting Programme, Cinestaan India’s Script Contest, to name a few.

(17)    How to apply:

1. Click open the link - https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect/icollecthome.htm OR visit www.onlinesbi.com and
2. further click on “SB Collect” which is at the top left, vertically 06th from left to right.
3. Read the “Terms Used”, then tick/ click on the ‘check box’ and further click on “Proceed”
4. Select All India in State of Corporate / Institution, then select Educational Institutions in Type of Corporate/ Institution and click Go.
5. Search/Find FTII Fees Account in Educational institutions name and click submit.
6. In the payment category select “Creating Characters for Films, TV and Web Shows”.
7. Fill-up the application form with requisite details and proceed for payment.
8. Make necessary payment of Rs 7,200/- OR Rs 21,600/- as the case may be.
9. Once payment is done, please note "SBcollect Reference Number" (mentioned in payment confirmation receipt). This may be required for future reference.  
10. If possible, digitally store the receipt of payment. This can be carried out in one of the following ways;
(i) by taking printout of receipt of payment, scan & save it
(ii) by taking screenshot of payment (if using mobile) or printscreen (if using computer)
(iii) by simply taking a photograph from mobile
(iv) check your bank account to confirm whether money (course fee) has been deducted or not
(v) After a day or two, once again check to see whether money (course fee) has been refunded.
(vi) In case of refund, it is a transaction failure and if so, once again apply for the course afresh.
11. No document/ certificate related to educational qualification, age etc. is to be attached.Participants’ self – declaration in the application form is sufficient.
12. Terms & conditions: By agreeing to the terms & conditions in the application form, participants are confirming that they have read & understood the website advt. They are eligible to apply and fulfil all the requirements as stated in the advt. Further, participants agree that decision of FTII Director regarding admission to the course and its conduction will be final.
Further to add in this, it is expected of the participants that during the class they must mute their mics but keep their cameras on unless otherwise instructed. Keeping camera off throughout the class or not heeding to instructions to switch on the camera will be seen as an act of indiscipline and will lead to expulsion from the Course and forfeiture of the Course fee. Decision of FTII Director regarding conducting the course in all respects will be final.

(18)    Communication with participants: All communications with the participants will be carried out through email only. List of shortlisted participants may be published on FTII website and selection email will be sent to the selected participants on their registered email id.

(19)    Certificates: All participants would be given participation e-certificates on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

(20)    Queries: For any queries please contact Prof. Sandeep Shahare on ftiipuneonline@gmail.com OR on 9923242654


Course Details

The Art of Creating Compelling Character

Creating Memorable Characters for Films, TV and Web Shows

The one element that can make or break your script is the character. You could have a superb idea, decently written story, and working structure to your script, but if your characters are not credible, dynamic and compelling, then everything falls to pieces.

However, if your protagonist is layered and enthralling, the audiences don’t mind ignoring minor flaws of your script.

If there’s one thing all writers agree on, it’s that riveting characters are critical to writing an engaging script. In this course, we’ll learn how to create memorable characters for Films, TV and Web Shows.

Literature and Cinema, Imagination, Real People or Myself. Where do I draw my Characters from?

Who is my Protagonist? Why should I know it? What about Rom-Com? What about Multi-Protagonists?

What does my Character desire? Why does he desire it? Does he really need it? If not, then why does he crave the wrong thing?

Antagonist, Why? What if I don’t have any bad guy in my Story?

Should I empathize with my Villain?

Are Villains Born or Made?

What’s the function of Secondary Characters? Why are they called Supporting Characters?

Desire, Fear, Love, Hate, Shame, Guilt, Success, Failure etc. What makes an Inner World of myCharacter?

What’s the source of an Inner Conflict?

Do I need a backstory for my Hero?

Should I start from his childhood?

What’s the difference between Archetype and Stereotype?

What’s the difference between:
1.    Need and Want?
2.    Character and Characterization?
3.    Character Growth and Character Transformation?
4.    Personality and Role of a Character?  

What can I learn about Writing Characters from different School of Psychology?

In the course, we’ll seek answers of many more questions related to the subject. And, with hands-on writing, we’ll learn to create Credible, Multi-dimensional, Unique Characters with Universal Resonance.