A lecture programme on 'Story and Screenplay' by popular Manipuri screenwriter Binoranjan Oinam was held at the Preview theatre of the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Imphal on Sunday.
The lecture programme specifically focused on the rudimentary basics of plotting out a screenplay from scratch.
The lecture programme had been organised by Manipur Film Journalists and Critics Association (MFJCA) in collaboration with MSFDS.
Giving his lecture, Binoranjan Oinam highlighted the differences between a screenplay, story and a script.
He stated that all screenplays were scripts but not all scripts are screenplays.
"A screenplay is written for cinematic expression, teleplays, etc. and provides a detailed scene description including movements and editing," he said.
He pointed out that the screenplay process had changed dramatically over the last few decades.
Screenwriters nowadays use screenplay softwares such as Final Draft, Celtx, Studio Binders etc, he added.
He also emphasised the need to properly format screenplay in modern film making.
"Some directors and producers won't even bother to read the screenplay if it is properly written and formatted," he said.
He further stated that screenplays should be written in present tense and includes editing instructions leaving lighting and cinematography instructions.
MFJCA president AC Netrajit, MFJCA vice president Maibam Ratankumar and general secretary of the association Nando Ningomba among other prominent Manipuri film personalities were present at the lecture programme.