Department of Direction & Screenplay Writing
About the Department
From conceptualization to the art of narrative writing, and transporting the writing onto construction of mise-en-scene for the screen, the programme here is designed towards arming the students with individuated cine stylo for independent thinking.The programme acts as a bridge between the world you bring and the world of the autuers of cinematic arts. The duel or the dialecticnever stops here – between the audio-visual traditions and the individual talents.
About the Course
Semester I and Semester II : Integrated Programme
Theory and practical classes will enable the student to achieve comprehension of the creative collaboration required of the existing 6 academic departments (Direction & SPW, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Design, Producing for Film & Television and Animation Cinema) in filmmaking.
The department adapts a praxis, where through focused theoretical classes, hands on practical sessions, individual mentoring and workshops with outside experts the student gains experiential understanding of the salient aspects of filmmaking.
Each student of the department has to work with the student crew, pitch and execute a long take exercise to create cinematic spaces any where in the campus including the available sets in the studio floors and a short film to be made on given parameters of shooting indoor (on set) as well as outdoor.
In the first part of the semester two workshops are arranged, one on playback and how the same can be used effectively in narratives and the second one is on promotional and advertising filmmaking practices. Students then receive intensive inputs on research and development of non-fiction cinema and make an observational documentary. Rest of the semester then is on developing the thesis film screenplay.
Each student along with a students’ crew make a thesis film. The film can be set any where in India and the unit has to source all the materials including equipment and other logistics from outside. This gives the experience of real filmmaking.
3 Years Divided into 6 Semesters.
Total No of Seats
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
Candidates successful in the Joint Entrance Test (JET) will be called for Orientation and Interview.
Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of written examination(JET), orientation and interview subject to qualifying in Medical test.
Faculty & Academic Support Staff
—Professor & Head of the Department
BSc. Burdwan University, 1982. PG Diploma in Cinema, specialising in Film Direction, Film & Television Institute (FTII), Pune 1985.
Worked as practicing filmmaker based in Kolkata, India. Written & Directed Television serials, Corporate Documentaries, Advertisement films and UGC Educational films. Heading the Direction & Screenplay Writing Department of SRFTI since 1999.Visiting Faculty for Refresher’s Courses for teachers and lecturers at North Bengal University and Burdwan University. Academic Committee member for the Film Studies department of Calcutta University & West Bengal State University. Delivered numerous talks and lectures on cinema and film education in national and international film schools.
—Associate Professor, Script Writing
Post graduate diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing from FTII, Pune
She is the producer of the Bengali feature film Cosmic Sex. She has directed numerous short fiction films, documentary films, and TV series; notably the short fiction films You Who Never Arrived and The Window; the documentaries I Shoot You, Man of Silence – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Atasi and Three Sisters; the nonfiction TV series Raag Rang and Renditions. She has designed and been the Course Director of Docudrama a three week long residential Documentary Workshop and Appreciation course, the first of its kind, in collaboration with Siddhartha Kak and the IDC department of IIT Powai.
Post graduate diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing from SRFTI, Kolkata.
Been Head of Mass Communication & Videography Department at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Worked as director in fiction & documentary films. His Diploma film Khoj ( In Search) has been shown in many national and international film festival and has been an official selection in the competition section in the Cinefondation, Cannes Film Festival. The film also received the Best Debut Film Award in MIFF in 2004. His first independent short fiction titled Shahore (In the City) made in 2005, participated in many festivals andreceived critical acclaims.
—Assistant Professor (Art Direction)
Post graduate diploma in Art-Direction & Production Design from FTII,Pune
Started his career as an assistant to renowned Production Designer, Art Director, Late Samir Chanda in his two feature films, Ekti Nodir Golpo & Welcome to Sajjanpur. Worked independently as art director in several short fiction, reality shows and advertising films.
Post graduate diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing from SRFTI,Kolkata
Tangella Madhavi is an award winning independent documentary film maker. She has made films for PSBT, Films Division, Majlis, VPRO Netherlands and NHK Japan. Tangella Madhavi has also taught documentary film making at Sophia Polytechnic and been a documentary mentor for Idocs (Documentary Resource Initiative), Documentor ( Imphal ) and was on the selection committee for International Documentary for Mumbai International Film Festival, 2015. An alumni of SRFTI, Asian Film Academy, Mumbai University and Sophia Polytechnic, Tangella Madhavi’s core area of interests are research, Indian documentaries, and writing.
The department is equipped with
Apple iPad -5 Nos. (for Director’s Digital Viewfinder with Artemis software)
Director’s view finder -4 Nos.(Antalogue)
Sony PXW FS7 Camera – 5 Nos.
Canon 7D Mark II Digital Camera with 28 mm, 50 mm & 85 mm Prime Lenses for each set – 5 sets.
Panasonic P2 Camera HPX-172 En-3nos.
Panasonic P2 Camera HVX-250 En-2nos.
Tripod: Sanchtler – 20 Nos. , Libec -3 Nos.
iMac Edit Set-up – 8 Nos.
ZOOM Portable Audio Recorder – 5 Nos.
Boom Mike – 5 Nos.
Lapel Mike – 5 Nos.
Computer Laboratory with 10 nos. computer
Classroom with AV projection facilities and surround sound – 3 Nos.