"We find a lot of young writers who believe they have found a 'great' idea for a script. But the problem is that they dive right into it and find themselves lost half-way through the writing process. That's the block we aim to clear through our classes," says film-maker Satyanshu Singh about his scriptwriting workshop this Sunday.

Students from the First Draft session
Students from the First Draft session

Singh, who hails from a small town in Bihar, has come a long way in the industry, making an ambitious transition from medicine to filmmaking. He started with making his first film, an 85-minute movie on his classmates and then went on to direct the critically acclaimed feature Tamaash, apart from penning stories and poems for commercial films like Udaan and Ferrari ki Sawaari, and designing AIB's exclusive screenwriting boot camp for budding writers, First Draft.

"Tanmay [Bhat of AIB] wanted new talented writers, and I believed it would be a challenging job. So, we decided to invite writers from across the country and teach them for free. And thus First Draft happened. Most of these students are now making amazing scripts for AIB's upcoming ventures," Singh says, as he recalls training 10 writers under the intensive programme.

Now, you too can learn all about story-building and plotting at this workshop, as Singh talks about the different aspects of scriptwriting, like using the theme and world view of your story and structuring your film without losing the emotional connect. "Young film-makers these days need to discard the urge to impress. Many young film-makers with ambitious themes like drugs and psychedelics fail badly because they fail to establish a genuine connection. Stories need to resonate," Singh explains.

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ON: October 8, 10 am to 6 pm
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COST: Rs 3,000