Grammar of the film language 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
306GF2 exam 2 2 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 20 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 17 to 27 hours of self-study English winter

Subject guarantor

Michal REICH

Name of lecturer(s)

Michal REICH


Students expand their skills and understanding of film language in more complex situations. From basic time manipulation to combination of multi-layered time planes or weaving several narratives together.

Accompanied by scenes 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 deepen the understanding of film language tools.


• Concept of Time in Mythology, Philosophy and Science: Flusser, Einstein, Feynman, Hawking

• Basic Time Manipulation (Time Tropes, Ellipsis, Analepsis, Prolepsis, Subjectivization Of Time, Continuity)

• Montage of Two Timelines: Flashbacks & Flashforwards

• Concept of Time in Film: Kučera, Valušiak, Tarkovski, Brakhage

• Montage of Multiple Timelines: Weaving The Time layers

• Mosaic Narrative Structure: Montage of multiple storylines I

• Mosaic Narrative Structure: Montage of multiple storylines II

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Prerequisites and other requirements



HOW TO READ A FILM; Movies, Media, and Beyond; by James Monaco, will be published by Oxford as a paperback on 2009 | 736 pages | ISBN-13: 978-0195321050 ISBN-10: 0195321057 Edition: 4th

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, by Syd Field, 320 pages, Publisher: Delta; Revised edition 2005, ISBN-10: 0385339038, ISBN-13: 978-0385339032

Film Form: Essays in Film Theory

by Sergei Eisenstein

Series: Harvest Book

Paperback: 279 pages

Publisher: Harcourt; Edition Unstated edition (March 19, 1969)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0156309203 ISBN-13: 978-0156309202

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