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Scripting' a virtual career in films, television

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Author : M Sai Gopal

Here is a unique opportunity for those who are on the look out to learn the art of scriptwriting for film and television from top faculty drawn from all parts of country. A 20-part virtual course on scriptwriting is being launched by University Grants Commission (UGC) from December 7 at Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC), English and Foreign Language University (EFLU), Hyderabad.

The flourishing film and television media sector has fuelled the growth and demand for courses in mass communication across the country. This demand for media related courses is also leading to a huge demand for talented teachers. However, students who are residing in far flung parts of the country find it hard to access top quality teachers.

“The course has been conceptualised in such a way that students from all parts of the world can access the faculty and course material simultaneously. The virtual course will be beamed through satellite to DTH platform of DD Direct Plus, Internet and DVDs. The course will also be aired on the UGC's 24-hour higher education channel VYAS,” said EMMRC in-charge Director G. Krishna Rao.

Pre-recorded content

The virtual course will be conducted on worldwide basis and the course content is pre-recorded. However, students will be able to have live interaction with subject experts, who will be present in the studios of Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC), under which is the apex body for EMMRC. The 20-part video programme has been intensively designed for writing scripts for film and television and it will hone the talent of young wannabe writers. The scriptwriting will also be useful in many fields including films, television, multimedia and gaming. “The course deals with technical aspects such as shot breakdown, shooting script, writing the narration, writing for the news and current affairs and writing for documentary and fiction,” says Mr. Krishna Rao. Students can seek clarifications on the subjects from experts through SMS, fax and videoconferencing lines. “Students will be asked to come to EMMRC at a particular time between December 7 and January 22. The telecast of the programmes will be held from Monday to Thursday and experts will be present on every Friday to clarify doubts,” Mr. Krishna Rao added.


The minimum eligibility is 10+2 and mode of communication will be in English. After completion of the course, students will have to take a multiple choice assignment, which can be downloaded from the website ( The registration fee is Rs. 500 for general category and Rs. 250 for BC, SC and ST students. Foreign students will have to register online and for them there will be no registration fee. For details contact: G. Krishna Rao, EMMRC (; 040-2768-9400)

Source : The Hindu
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