Grammar of the film language 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
306GF1 ZK 2 2PT+20CS English winter

Subject guarantor

Michal REICH

Name of lecturer(s)

Michal REICH

Learning outcomes of the course unit


Mode of study

Lectures, exercises

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Students explore the basics of film language and the use of various visual expressions in particular situations. From protagonist/antagonist exposition to multiple characters dialogue, the lectures cover majority of the common themes present in narrative films.

Accompanied by film analysis, debate and discussions, the students work on assignements – either storyboarding short scenes with given topic or editing raw footage from contemporary film related to the topic of the lecture. The aim is to consciously use the film language in order to express the desired meaning.


• Semiotics I (signs, codes, sign models) & Film Language (Storyboards, Floorplans, Technical Scripts)

• Exposition of the character I

• Semiotics II (Connotation, Denotation, Tropes, Metaphor, Metonymy, Synecdoche): Expressing The Abstract

• Exposition of the character II: Several Characters & Basic Conflict

• Script Breakdown & Director‘s Analysis (Breakdown Methods/Core Event/Character Events/Beats/Subtext)

• Dialogue I (Line Of Action/Position vs Location/Editing & Visual Rhythm)

• Dialogue II: Multiple Actors (Mise-en-scène, Convergent/Divergent Editing)

• Kinesthetics I: The Body Language versus The Film Language

• Kinesthetics II: The Body Genres (Action/Dance/Sex Scenes)

Recommended or required reading

Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

by Steven D. Katz

Series: Michael Wiese Productions

Paperback: 366 pages

Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 31, 1991)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0941188108

ISBN-13: 978-0941188104

Grammar of the Film Language

by Daniel Arijon

Paperback: 624 pages

Publisher: Silman-James Pr; Reprint edition (September 1991)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 187950507X

ISBN-13: 978-1879505070

Narration in the Fiction Film

by David Bordwell

Paperback: 370 pages

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (September 15, 1985)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0299101746

ISBN-13: 978-0299101749

Assessment methods and criteria

80% participation in lectures

Activity in lectures

Development of the tasks & Presentation

Completion of the final exam.



Schedule for winter semester 2021/2022:

room 308
Room No. 5

(Lažanský palác)

(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 10:40–13:05 Michal REICH Room No. 5
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2021/2022:

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