Montage workshop 4

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
306MW4 credit 4 52 hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 61 to 81 hours of self-study English summer

Subject guarantor

Šimon Špidla

Name of lecturer(s)

Šimon Špidla


The workshop should accentuate the open form of thinking about film and through the film, namely video and audio, monitor their relationships (not only) with an emphasis on editing and the open-form sequence-shot film.

The workshop is defined space-time in which students receive pedagogical leadership not only in school exercises and work on their studies, but also in the wider framework of their future profession. Based on theoretical and practical reflections on specific topics builds a method of specific „film“ thinking.

We prefer working individually with each student since we believe every student to be a special individual and everyone will be working with a material marked by a different personality of its maker (the director). Therefore, each material presents different problems in its form. Of course, the works presented in the seminars allow for generalizations, f. e. the differences in editing of a documentary or a feature film, the rhythm or pacing, orchestral composition of the audio component, work with music, dramaturgical composion etc. The knowledge of this is valuable to all students regardless of their year of study. To demonstrate, we can use selected video sequences on tapes.


•Reading and evaluating the video materials in a documentary

•Use of special effects in a documentary

•Metaphor and symbol in a feature film

•Projection of tapes with analysis

•Specifics of scripts for documentaries

•Confrontation of scripts with final films

•Measure of author’s influences on a documentary

•Documentary as an essay, questionnaire, reconstruction, mystification

•Real time and objectivity in documentaries

•Differences in the use of music in documentaries and feature films

•Influences between documentaries and feature films

•Composition of a documentary – finding connections and context

•Dangers of manipulation

Learning outcomes

Successful implementation of all group and study exercises. Gathering of knowledge from the workshop program.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Readiness to devote the maximum of one's time and energy to the successful mastery of challenging tasks arising from the implementation of the practical exercises.


Theory of the Film: Character and Growth of a New Art

by Béla Balázs

291 pages

Publisher: Dover Publications (1970)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0486226859

ISBN-13: 978-0486226859

Writings, 1934-1947: Sergei Eisenstein Selected Works, Volume 3 Reprint Edition

by Sergei M. Eisenstein (Author), Richard Taylor (Editor)

ISBN-13: 978-1848853577

ISBN-10: 1848853572

Evaluation methods and criteria

Completion of a film and submitted explication



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

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Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans