Grammar of the film language 2

Display Schedule

Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
306GF2 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 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

Recommended or required reading

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

Assessment methods and criteria



Schedule for winter semester 2021/2022:

room 311
Room No. 311

(Lažanský palác)

(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 13:10–15:35 Michal REICH Room No. 311
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2021/2022:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans