idea: - what makes a good concept/idea for television? What are the
elements necessary for an idea/concept to become a winning story? What
is a concept/idea? How is it different from a full-fledged story? High-end
concepts. Examples of recent television successes of good concepts/ideas.
2. Concept to story (The process): - how is a concept/idea developed
into a full-fledged story? What elements are required in creating a good
story? Define story in two lines. Create characters for your story; create
obstacles, dramatic points in the story. The plot: - Its importance, twists
in plots. Eg's of plots twists from current and old successful soaps.
Television stories end? If they do then how to end a story?
kinds of story: - The daily soap story, the series story, the comedy,
the thriller story, Tv mini series stories and stories for TV films. How
are they different?
3. Story Elements: - Characters: - How to create interesting characters?
Makes characters tick? Different kinds of characters, the protagonist
(hero/heroine) the antagonist, subsidiary characters, relief characters.
Character stories/biographies. Polarisation of characters in a story,
changing equation among characters.
- elements of teleplay: - How to weave story into an interesting teleplay?
What is teleplay? How is it different from story? What elements constitute
interesting teleplay? Eg's of recent episodes from hit serials? Examining
the reason for their success. What is a sub plot? How is it important
to the story and teleplay? How to weave subplots into main story and teleplay.
2. Graphing of story for teleplay: - Creation of mile stones/Plot
points in the story. Running parallel tracks of subplots along with main
story. Interweaving of subplots with milestones of main story and plot
3. Difference in teleplay of various kinds of stories: - how to
write teleplay for comedy, daily soap, weekly soap, mini series, one hour
episode, Tv film.
4. Teleplay of an episode: - what constitutes episodic teleplay?
Creating of parallel tracks and its importance in weaving teleplay of
5. Cliffhanger end/The hook: - how to create cliff hangar ends
to episodes? Its importance.
importance of scene: - what is a scene? How to create scenes for teleplay?
Breaking of individual tracks into scenes. How do scenes lead to story
forward? The opening scene, the end scene, the filler scene. The Dana
dalna scene. Its importance. The recurring theme scene, its importance.
Character exposition scene. What is character exposition? Its importance!
Plot exposition scene, its importance. Examples of all the above concepts.
2. The dialogue: - what is dialogue? Importance of dialogues. What
elements constitute good dialogue? Dialogues in character exposition.
Dialogues for different genres like comedy, soap, thriller and Tv film.
- create a story from an idea/concept, create characters, develop its
plot points and overall graph. Write an episodic teleplay. Write dialogues
for an episode.
The entire course should be of 12 weeks with twice a week to thrice a
week lectures. Each module will take up 3 weeks and 6 to 9 sessions.