Weeks 14 and 15: Plotting (Part 1)


Fifteen weeks are over at First Draft. 105 days! Time really flies when you are immersed in something that is so fulfilling. As of now, thirteen stories are being developed at the course, six feature films and seven shows, and while we apply all the learning to find the right structure to these stories, time and again we remind ourselves that the most important elements for us are characters and the emotions they generate through a difficult but rewarding journey.

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Weeks 10 and 11: Story Development (Part 1)


Eleven weeks are over at First Draft. Fifteen more remain, out of which, the last five will be spent not in any instruction, assignments or workshops, but in writing first drafts of screenplays. So only ten more weeks of instruction will follow. It is all building up – each student busy with their respective stories, each having unique struggles, and individual journeys. The instruction and the feedback process too has changed now. It is no more a uniform approach, but tweaked to suit each individual and the story he or she is developing.

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In Conversation with Shakun Batra

Kapoor and Sons poster B:WLast month on April 20, Mr. Shakun Batra, writer and director of ‘Kapoor & Sons’ and ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’, dropped in to talk to our students about writing, directing and films in general. He discussed his writing process and his experiences. Their mentor, Satyanshu Singh moderated the session. Here are some excerpts from the day.

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Week 8 and 9: Creating Your Characters and Setting (Part 2)

Two months are over at AIB First Draft! Time never flew so fast as it did in the last nine weeks. As I write these words, the ten students have completed the mammoth task of writing one page of character sketch for ten to thirteen characters per story, as well as three pages of description of the setting of their stories: the location, the time/year/season, and the socio-cultural milieu. Considering sixteen stories are being developed among these ten students, to achieve this in four weeks is truly praiseworthy.
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An Afternoon with Mr. Sudeep Sharma

On April 7th, seasoned writer and the man behind ‘NH10’, Mr Sudeep Sharma stopped by the AIB First Draft classroom to talk to the students about writing and filmmaking. It was a two hour discussion, where the students got to ask him questions and gain some semblance of insight on what it’s like to really get a script into production. Their mentor, Satyanshu Singh moderated the session. Here are some excerpts from that day.