FTII announces writing course for TV & web series

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 4 May 2019

FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola said that in the Indian scenario, discerning viewers do not respect most of what is shown on Indian TV - the daily soaps, dumbed down storytelling and black-and-white characters.

PUNE: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune has announced a six-month course on ‘Writing for Television Fiction Web Series’, which is geared towards producing writers for the small screen.

The last date to apply for the course is May 15. The 24-week course, oriented towards TV and web platforms, begins on August 19, 2019, and ends on January 31, 2020.

Course Director and noted TV writer Vinod Ranganath said, “The course covers fundamentals of TV and web screenwriting. The programme will be writing-intensive with constant hand-holding and mentorship. The participant will be capable of taking someone else’s (producer/director/ broadcaster) idea and developing it into a full-fledged script.”

The course is open to all graduates, with no age bar. Course details are available on www.ftii.ac.in 

While the international TV shows have created their huge legions of followers for themselves, FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola said that in the Indian scenario, discerning viewers do not respect most of what is shown on Indian TV - the daily soaps, dumbed down storytelling and black-and-white characters.

“Of late, most Indian broadcasters have created dedicated channels like Hotstar, Voot, TVF, Y-films, Alt Balaji for the episodic series. And multinational giants Netflix and Amazon Prime are in India now and are rushing to commission shows. But India still doesn’t have enough writers qualified to write high-quality series. It is to address this glaring gap that FTII has designed this intensive course, which will have constant instruction and mentorship from leading TV screenwriters,” Kainthola said. 

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