Pune: A six-month course in Writing for Television Fiction geared towards producing trained TV screenwriters has begun at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune.
A total of 13 participants from 10 cities across the country have been selected for the course. They are from Maharashtra (Mumbai), Kerala (Kannur), Haryana (Ambala, Kurukshetra and Gurgaon), Uttar Pradesh (Noida and Ghaziabad), Uttarakhand (Dehradun and Pithoragarh) and Delhi. Mentored by noted small screen content creator Vinod Ranganath, Course Director and assisted by Gaurav Asri, FTII alumnus, the Writing For TV Fiction course was inaugurated in the presence of RN Pathak, Dean (TV) and Amit Tyagi, Dean (Films).
“A chunk of the Indian television is still busy dishing out yawn-inducing daily soaps or chasing TRPs, while so much innovation is happening on the global front. Indian broadcasters are troubled by the challenge of lack of qualified writers. FTII plans to address this gap in this course. This is the second batch, the first one passed out last December,” Bhupendra Kainthola, Director of FTII said. The course encompasses fundamentals of television screen-writing that includes non-fiction too. The programme will be writing intensive.
While the focus is on new episodic writing, the essential fundamentals of all TV screenwriting, including non-fiction, will get covered by default. All students will also get the concrete material in the form of two ‘bibles’ for two TV programmes in two different genres.
Ranganath said, “Most Indian broadcasters have created dedicated channels like Hotstar, Voot, etc, for such episodic series. And, multinational giants Netflix and Amazon have set up shop ambitiously in India and are already racing to commission such programmes. However, the problem is that India still doesn’t have enough writers qualified to write such high-quality series.”