Pitching workshop by Anjum Rajabali by FICCI in association with Screenwriters Association on March 20, 2017 from 10:00am to 7:00pm.
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“The vigour with which the participants interacted and questioned about the craft, sends a clear signal that we are taking our writing very seriously,” said Anjum Rajabali, at the screenwriting workshop conducted at Whistling Woods International
~ The five-day workshop organised in association with Screenwriters Association India saw a huge participation and witnessed the presence of renowned screenwriters from the film industry~
Whistling Woods International (WWI), Asia’s premier Film, Communication and Media Arts institute, conducted a five-day screenwriting workshop in association with Screenwriters Association India for its filmmaking students and other participants, from 1st March to 5th March 2017, at their campus in Filmcity, Goregaon East. Hosted by industry stalwart and Head of Screenwriting at WWI, Anjum Rajabali, the workshop aimed at developing and further enhancing the screenwriting skills of the participants.
The workshop was a golden opportunity for all the aspiring writers, and also a useful workshop for professional writers to further improvise and strengthen their understanding of the craft in detail, with the changing needs of writing for the movies. Some of the biggest and most celebrated names in the Indian screenwriting space, shared their valuable experiences with the participants and made it more interactive. The objective of the workshop was to build a confident grasp of screenwriting principles in the participants, which would further help free their original creativity.
There were several know names from the Indian television & film industry who participated in the screenwriting workshop. The professionals participating mentioned that it was an invigorating experience, as many of them came back to learning after working for several years in the industry.
“I’m excited to be a student again. I passed out in 1993, post three years of my acting training. And now after 1993, in 2017 I’m attending the screenwriting workshop. It is a great experience to be a student and just listen to an expert who is a well-read person and learn from him who knows a lot about scriptwriting. For me, it is a very thrilling experience”, said Anup Soni, film & television actor about the workshop at WWI.
In the last couple of years, the Indian film industry has witnessed a renaissance of sorts, in terms of content and screenplay. With the changing scenario of screenwriting, more films are breaking the conventional mould, relying confidently on bold scripts, which are widely accepted by the audiences. On the first day, the participants were given inputs by the professionals on the basics of screenwriting followed by a specific feedback given on how to turn stories into scripts, looking into the thematic issues and the script's potential on the second day. The remaining three days were dedicated to improvise those scripts under the guidance of experts from the industry.
The workshop also witnessed the presence of well-known names from the Hindi film industry who shared their guidance with the participants attending the workshop. The guest speakers included renowned director & screen writers like, Jaideep Sahni (Chak De! India), Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons), Gauri Shinde (Dear Zindagi), Shridhar Raghavan (Dum Maaro Dum), Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (Nil Battey Sannata), Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Sriram Raghavan (Badlapur) to name a few.
Talking about the workshop, Anjum Rajabali, Head of Screenwriting at WWI said, “The vigour with which 140 participants interacted with the screenwriting principles, and questioned about the craft, sends a clear signal that we taking our writing very seriously. At this rate, it should be only a matter of time before we see a continuous stream of wonderful scripts becoming available to the film industry, which will lead us towards great cinema! I feel extremely proud to be associated with WWI, as they always put their best foot forward in contributing to the film fraternity.”
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The seminar was for the amateurs & professionals. The workshop helped develop and enhance the screenwriting skills, which enabled the attendees to think like a professional creative writer. The workshop also helped to navigate the needs of the business model as one meets the creative needs of the story, guiding one to embrace the structure as a friend, understanding the scene and sequence writing to keep the story moving forward, the pre-eminent importance of theme, creating compelling, nuanced protagonists and antagonists, maintaining the differences between comedy and drama, and the strategies for approaching the same. The session was designed to be an immersive, comprehensive discussion of this world, filtered through an American perspective.
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Music workshop with Biby Sam Varghese on January 16, 2017. Biby Sam Varghese is an Ethnomusicologist.
Scene analysis workshop with Anik Ghosh from January 10-13, 2017 from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.
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Workshop on Constructing Images with Siddhartha Jaykar on November 21, 2016 from 9 am to 6 pm. Siddhartha Jayakar is the CEO Labyrinth India.
Workshop on the nuances of using a tele-prompter on November 7 & 8, 2016 with Vineeja from 9:30 am onwards.
Workshop with Kamal Swaroop from September 7 to September 9, 2016 from 9:30am to 5:30pm
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Direction Workshop with Ajit S Rathore from July 25 to July 29, 2016 from 9.30 am till 6 pm.
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Acting workshop Ensemble Physical Performance with John Britton from April 27 to April 30, 2016 & May 2, 2016 from 10:00 am onwards. John Britton is the founder and Director of DUENDE. He is also the Director of The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre.
Workshop on documentary filmmaking by renowned filmmaker Surabhi Sharma on April 26 & April 27, 2016 from 10:00 am 05:00 pm.
TV writing workshop with Vinod Ranganatha from April 18 to April 22, 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Vinod Ranganatha is an acclaimed screenwriter and actor.
Workshop on HD Theory with A.S. Kanal.
Workshop on dialogue writing and scene construction with Abhijeet Deshpande on March 11-12 & 15-18, 2016 at C – 214 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
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“Do not write because you believe it will be liked by the producer or the star. Write what you really like, what moves you and what you can understand”, said renowned Screenplay writer, Anjum Rajabali at Whistling Woods International
WWI conducted a 5-day screenwriting workshop by Anjum Rajabali, in association with Film Writers’ Association
Mumbai, April 2016: On popular demand, Whistling Woods International (WWI) is back with its annual screenwriting workshop by industry stalwarts spearheaded by Anjum Rajabali. The atmosphere at WWI auditorium was infectious and lively with cine buffs being spoilt for choices with a wide variety of regional, Indian and international cinema.
The five day screenwriting workshop with Anjum Rajabali, also the HOD, Screenwriting at WWI, along with 10 senior writers & directors was a mixed bag of movies, masterclasses and merriment. They shared their experience and understanding of the craft and profession of screenwriting. In the lively interactive masterclasses, they shared their creative struggles and explained their style and approach to aspiring writers.
Masterclasses remained a buzzword throughout the day with a thrilling workshop with Anjum Rajabali that was loaded with insights on storytelling principles. From theme, premise, character, and plot, to structure, scene construction, and dialogue, and the use of music and song in Indian script, the workshop covered the entire journey of the scriptwriting. The workshop elaborated on all the essential principles of screenwriting, Indian mythology, copyright law, writer’s contracts and professional guidance.
Famous directors and creators of path-breaking and successful movies like Saiwyn Quadros (Neerja), Jaideep Sahni (Chak De India), Sridhar Raghavan (Dum Maro Dum), Sriram Raghavan, Varun Grover (Masaan), Juhi Chaturvedi ( Piku, Vicky Donor), Sudip Sharma ( NH-10), Himanshu Sharma (Tanu weds Manu 1&2) among others shared their experiences and insights at the workshop.
Talking about his experience while addressing the workshop, famed writer, Anjum Rajabali said, “Screenwriting is a demanding process, but is very rewarding - creatively and professionally. By giving a much-needed boost to their efforts, this programme will help create an eco-system where all kinds of cinemas can co-exist. I would say, don’t write to follow precedents of successful films. Write what you really like, what moves you, and what you can understand. ”
Twitterati reaction to the workshop
Saiwyn Quadras, writer of popular movie Neerja tweeted, “Thank You Anjum Rajabali for having me over!” Another writer, Dipti Kharude, said, “A wonderful back-to-school experience with Anjum Rajabali’s screen writing workshop. Will now look at films as both – a science and an art.
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Workshop with a Professional Cinematographer by Mr. Mannu Anand on February 11 & 12, 2016 from 9:00 am onwards.
Mr. Mannu Anand is the award winning Cinematographer for the film Dum Lagake Haisha.
Workshop with a professional editor to be conducted by Ms. Shweta Venkat form February 11-13, 2016 from 9:30 am onwards.
Shweta Venkat is the editor who worked with Neil Sadwelkar in Pixion, editing various types of projects and as independent editor she edited feature films like Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010).
Kevin Dean, the Canadian Jazz Musician, Trumpeter and Organist will conducted a workshop for the students of WWI School of Music on February 10, 2016 from the Canadian Jazz Musician and Trumpeter and Organist.
Joining him will be the Bandra Base House Band featuring Ko Omura on drums from Japan, Anurag Naidu, a very talented Indian keyboard wizard, who just returned from studying music in Paris, and Dee Wood on Bass.
Mr. Anish John - Sound Engineer, and Mr. Vikram Mohinta - Producer with ' For Films', conducted a workshop for the students of WWI, on January 27, 2016 from 1:30pm - 6:00pm.
Acting class and basic camera techniques for freshmen with Ms. Tamara on November 21, 2015 from 10:00am – 05:00pm in the TV studio.
Makeup and hairstyling are imperative aspects of Fashion. A beautiful garment would fall flat if not accentuated by the right makeup and hair-do.
This workshop was organized with the Creative National Directors of Lakmé Salon, Ms. Sushma Khan, (Makeup Artist) and Mr. Shailesh Moolya (Hair Stylist).
At the session, the attendees, got to learn tips and techniques on sporting the right makeup and hair style for everyday and festive occassions. They were also guided on food habits that would help get healthier and glowing skin and hair.
A workshop on Sound-mixing, conducted by the veteran re-recordist engineer, Mr.Kuldeep Sood helped our students to understand the effect and role of sound in enhancing the content of a film.
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Award-winning Cinematographer, Kiran Deohans conducted a workshop on cinematography, where he shared some key tactics and tips on framing and camera lenses.
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2 Day Comedy Writing Workshop by Anubhav Pal conducted on August 8 & 9, 2015.
Luke Devenish, Lecturer, Film & Television; Coordinator, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) and 8 screenwriting students visited Whistling Woods International for a workshop conducted on June 9 – 12, 2015.
Workshop with Ramon Ibrahim on ‘Working with Music Directors’ on June 1 – 2, 2015 with the Junior – Direction , Producing, Sound & Editing students.
Workshop with Surabhi Sharma - Documentary Filmmaker on 'Introduction to Documentaries & Documentary Filmmaking‘ with Screenwriting & Sophomore Direction students
EP Budgeting Workshop for Junior Producing students with Vineeja Suresh.
MES Lighting Workshop with Mr. Rafey Mahmood – DOP, for Sophomore Cinematography students was held on March 27, 2015.
Workshop with Mr. Siddharth for Senior Cinematography & Direction students was conducted on February 4 and 5, 2015 in Film Studio.
Screening & Guest Interaction - Shyamal Sengupta, Professor & Head of Department, Producing for Film & Television at SRFTII The workshop was conducted for Junior (Direction & Screenwriting Semester 1) and Sophomore (Direction, Editing and Cinematography) students from December 8 -12, 2014.
An amazing day of interaction and learning at the Surface Texture Workshop at Jai Hind College.
A very interesting session conducted by designer Anuj Sharma of Button masala . Our students got to learn the coolest trick to join fabrics with only buttons and created some beautiful garments based on what they learnt at the session.
This workshop was conducted as a part of introduction to Textiles, Textures & Embroidery, where Mr.Izhar, an acclaimed embroidery artisan in the industry, helped students understand the different mediums & techniques of embroidery. He explained how embroidery is done, use of embroideries on different kind of fabrics and design and then allowed students to work on the embroidery khat, as a part of practical learning.
A 5-day Screenwriting Workshop by Anjum Rajabali from May 21 – May 25, 2014 in the Auditorium.
Workshop conducted with Senior TV Writer Mr. Vinod Ranganath on Friday 2nd May, 3rd May , 8th May , 9th may , 15th May & Friday 16th May’14.
The workshop was conducted for Acting Students on Wednesday April 16, 2014.
Guest interaction with Cinematographer A S Kanal will be held on February 27 & 28, 2014.
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Workshop with 'COUNTERPUNCH' VFX Studio, LA on 18th December 2013.
The Makeup workshop organized on October 14, 2013 and was conducted by Amrita Abrol. She is a makeup artist who has worked with models for fashion shows, ad shoots etc, and celebrities like Hema Malini etc.
The students were told about their skin care, before & after the makeup. They were also explained about the usage of various brushes, different types of beauty products available & how to choose the appropriate one for their skin type.
One of the students was taken as a subject to demonstrate day time makeup. During the makeup session the students were explained by the makeup artist how to use various makeup components on different types of face, eyes, etc.
The students enjoyed the workshop & learnt the importance of skincare & the correct application of makeup.
Thanks a lot for such a wonderful teacher and hat's off to your patience in between so many repeat/irrelevant questions by many of us in workshop. I came from Lucknow last year to attend this workshop now i took transfer to mumbai with in Idea cellular ltd to know/understand screen writing better. Journey has just started, Thanks for providing one such opportunity.
- Divya Prakash (National Product Manger , Idea cellular ltd.)
Thanks a lot for your memorable workshop. You have enriched me not only scriptwriter but also as a human being.
- Dr.Vijay Deshmukh
I have attended your 5 days workshop at WWI. It was an enriching experience. I was lucky enough to gain the knowledge & have a more brighter view on some subjects which were in grey area till then. A deep vote of thanks.
- Rajinder singh Puller
Thank you for the wonderful screenwriting workshop. I can't thank you enough for the efforts you are taking for the screenwriters in India. The workshop happened just when I was blank on what to do with my feature film script. Your insights on moral compulsion and organic writing enlightened my thinking and I just knew what was missing in my screenplay. I have put it into action and my script has become better than earlier. I have learned my lessons and have started acting on it. Hope the others who attended the workshop have begun. Cheers to many more exciting screenplays to come out of Indian writers. Thank you so much.
Thanks for the Wonder Soul Enriching Experience in your screen-writing workshop. I think I have changed and will see world around me in through a new eye now. May the power of the universe bless you in return of your hard work for the cause of writing.
- Vaibhav Dube
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Acting workshop with Varun Badola, at Whistling Woods International.
A workshop with poor and destitute children on a project by Kerala state along with Sivan group.
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Hollywood's Acting Guru Rob Reece, conducted a Method Acting workshop at Whistling Woods International (WWI) recently. The workshop evoked a good response, with participation from students and alumni of WWI, and from Anupam Kher's acting school, Actor Prepares. A leading proponent of Method Acting, Rob Reece has joined WWI as HOD, Actors' Studio after about 30 years of teaching Method Acting at his own workshop in the US. Actors' Studio is a a division of WWI which grooms students for Acting on Screen. and offers various acting courses as well as workshops for both beginners and professionals.
Introducing Method Acting, Rob focused on tools for expression, dealing with tension, discovering one's inner talent and shedding inhibitions through various exercises during the workshop. Rob took participants through a process where they were enabled to discover and develop new facets of their talent, encouraging the open expression of the actors' deepest emotions and the stimulation of real life experiences.The workshop included process work derived from the teaching ofConstantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg, and from Tibetan Zen, Depth Psychology, Theory of Holes and Actors Studio L A.
The participants were unanimous in their appreciation of Rob's skill and expertise, with all of them describing their experience at the workshop at WWI as 'amazing'.
Yashraj, Faculty at Actor Prepares, said, "Rob is an amazing teacher , students learnt various psychological aspects and layers of human behaviour". According to Ramya, a student of Actor Prepares, "Mr. Robert Reece is an amazing trainer. He has immense patience to teach. He touched upon a lot of aspects of Method Acting. "Rob is very intelligent and intuitive. He judges people well according to vulnerabilities and gives exercises accordingly. A very refreshing experience," noted Jasbeer, alumnus, WWI. Shweta, a student of Actor Prepares said "He paid individual attention to students and all of us got an opportunity for role playing and implementing various exercises; it was amazing learning from Rob Reece." She was all praise for the well-appointed WWI campus, saying, "There is room for everything"!