Writer’s room – the space for the collaboration and co-development

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
305MWR credit 1 14 hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 15 to 20 hours of self-study English summer

Subject guarantor

Name of lecturer(s)

Tereza CZESANY DVOŘÁKOVÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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Mode of study

modul

Prerequisites and co-requisites

For the first part (DECEMBER): come to the workshop with at least one idea for the show/series (it can be an anthology series, mini-series, series, procedurals, or a combination of any of these). It does not have to be developed, but you should know at least your logline.

For the second part (JANUARY): - watch the selected series as homework. Please, if you can, make the notes too. It is essential - please don't come to the class without it.

Course contents

This module brings the participants a laboratory experience of the writer's room and encourages collaboration among the students from different departments. It will consist of two parts:

The first part (DECEMBER): students will be introduced to basic concepts and terms. Then, we will discover what it means to work together in a writer's room. For this part, your own ideas for the show will be needed. Everybody will have a maximum of 5 minutes to describe it in a short pitch. After that, we will make groups to work on these ideas more.

In the second part of this module (JANUARY), we will dive more into structuring the series by analyzing chosen show and creating our own second or third season of this show.

The module is organized by Natália Pavlove and the Production Department as a part of her research project “From co-development to co-distribution”.about international co-development in the film industry.

The guest lecturer is Barbora Námerová, a graduate of FAMU scriptwriting department. Barbora is an acclaimed script writer. The films on which she collaborated with the director Tereza Nvotová premiered at festivals such as Locarno FF and Rotterdam FF and won over 20 prizes. She is an alumnus of Serial Eyes- Europe's premier postgraduate training programme for television writers and producers organized by Germany's leading film school DFFB in Berlin.

Recommended or required reading

The reading list is there to help you orient yourself in the theory of series writing, but if you don't have time for it, rather really spend some time thinking about your show and thoroughly watch the show selected for the second part of the workshop.

Neil Landau - The Tv show runner's roadmap, 21 navigational tips for screenwriters to create and sustain a hit tv series.

Daniel Calvisi - Story Maps, TV Drama, The Structure of the one-hour television pilot

Lajos Egri - The Art of Dramatic Writing

William Rabkin - Writing the pilot

Kam Miller - The hero succeeds

Kristin Thompson - Storytelling in Film and Television

Christina Kallas - Inside of Writer's room

Pamela Douglas - Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV

Assessment methods and criteria

Zápočet je udělen na základě 100% docházky.

Note

Everybody is welcome on this journey. Does not mean that you must be a scriptwriter to come. You can be from any kind of field in the film industry. The only requirement is to love TV series and be able to work in a group and be willing to listen to other voices. We will together create a safe space that welcomes every voice and mind in the room, but we will also discover what it means to be a head writer in the room.

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
18.01.2022 09:00–16:00 Tereza CZESANY DVOŘÁKOVÁ Projection Room
Lažanský palác
The guest lecturer is Barbora Námerová, a graduate of FAMU scriptwriting department. Barbora is an acclaimed script writer. The films on which she collaborated with the director Tereza Nvotová premiered at festivals such as Locarno FF and Rotterdam FF and won over 20 prizes. She is an alumnus of Serial Eyes- Europe's premier postgraduate training programme for television writers and producers organized by Germany's leading film school DFFB in Berlin. lecture parallel1
02.12.2022 09:00–16:00 Tereza CZESANY DVOŘÁKOVÁ Room No. 4
Lažanský palác
The guest lecturer is Barbora Námerová, a graduate of FAMU scriptwriting department. Barbora is an acclaimed script writer. The films on which she collaborated with the director Tereza Nvotová premiered at festivals such as Locarno FF and Rotterdam FF and won over 20 prizes. She is an alumnus of Serial Eyes- Europe's premier postgraduate training programme for television writers and producers organized by Germany's leading film school DFFB in Berlin. lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

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