Research of archive footage and its use in non-fictional film

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
303REAR Z 2 16S Czech winter

Subject guarantor


Name of lecturer(s)

Vít Poláček, Alice RŮŽIČKOVÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Study results:

Students have a overview of existing sources and nature of archive materials.

Students are introduced to the potential of working in the Czech Television research office.

Students, in practice try investigating archive material for a topic according to instructor assignment and edit a selective EDL sequence in the Czech Television research office.

Mode of study


Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Course description:

The course aim is to introduce students to the possibilities in searching for and archiving (historical) shots. Instruction focuses on searching archived shots from Czech Television, National Film Archives, Short film and some foreign sources. It is comprised of theory and practice sections:

Friday, 1.11. 2019 in Documentary Dept. classroom 217, 10:00 - 17:00.

The first part of instruction is theory instruction:

How the shots were from the film were taken? What topics were preferred? How did weeklies and news shots differ in the first and second half of the 20th century? What selection of topics influenced the rigs of television and censure? What manners can substitute non-existing shots? How price influenced the taking of documentary shots and how they influence subsequent use in documentary films today? Why some shots have become, literally, iconic and what is the effect of use of those iconic shots in film can be reached. Some answers will be in prepared examples from various shots from films. Students will be familiarized with what may be hidden in some individual shots in searching for them. Briefly there will be a presentation of the potential and sources for searching archived shots.

Friday, 8.11.2019 in the Czech Television Research Office, 10:00 - 17:00 (meeting at the main door of Czech Television at 9:45)

The second part of instruction is focused on the practical.:

Students are familiarized with potential work in the Czech Television Research office and try searching archived material in the Czech Television database for their project. According to the instructor's assignment, students search for and edit archive material into an EDL sequence.

Recommended or required reading

Recommended literature:

BERNARD, Sheila C. and RABIN, Kenn, Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker's Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music. Elsevier, 2008

BARON, Jaimie, The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History, Routledge, 2014, 187 s., ISBN 0415660726

Assessment methods and criteria



Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
01.11.2019 10:00–17:00 Vít Poláček Room No. 217
Lažanský palác
08.11.2019 10:00–17:00 Vít Poláček Česká televize - Kavčí hory

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans