Practical dramaturgy of a short film + projections and analyses
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Learning outcomes of the course unit
Ability to analyze existing film works but primarily to use acquired knowledge in their own work.
Mode of study
Moderated dialogues, discussions, analyses of media recorded samples.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Interaction in classes.
A practical introduction to dramaturgy of a short film - the primary elements, structure, and rules of the structure of a film, including the structural-dramaturgical specifics of individual film genres, taking into account the model definition of a story, as practised in American cinematography, and the seeming dramaturgical „open-endedness“ of auteur and independent film.
- reality and film (references, plausibility etc.) and principles of expression in film
- story and its necessary elements, film – pyramid, differences between a story and a way of storytelling
- storyteller, relationship storyteller–listener (viewer), ways of representation (depiction) of the storyteller
- narrative structures and their comparison, structure of tragedy according to Aristotle
- dramatic situation of drama
- prologue, epilogue, exposition, „hook“, difference between prologue and exposition
- three-act structure, difference between „plot point one“, „plot point two“ and dramatic situation of drama
- genre and its functions
- plot and character, ostension
- character, elements of character, „timeline“ and „recent past“ of character
Each theoretical section is supplemented with film samples in which students can see how their creators – now often successful filmmakers – dealt with specific „dramaturgic situations“ and which form they used to create functional parts of their films' structure. The diversity and balance of various types, focus, genres and time of creation of these films ensure that each student will find his or hers „cup of tea“ and their high quality in given parameters must allow for learning even in areas that are not favored by the given student.
Recommended or required reading
Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay
Andrew Horton, University of California Press, ISBN-10: 0520221656, ISBN-13: 978-0520221659
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting
Syd Field, Publisher: Delta; Revised edition (November 29, 2005) ISBN-10: 0385339038, ISBN-13: 978-0385339032
The Seven Minute Screenplay
Mary Angiolillo, Pavel Jech, Nakladatelství Akademie múzických umění v Praze, Praha 2009, NAMU 2009 – ISBN 978-80-7331-153-7
Assessment methods and criteria
Credit is awarded based on:
Activity in the lectures/exercises/classes
development of the course paper
completion of the final exam
minimum 70% participation in the total classes.
Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:
Room No. 311
|Date||Day||Time||Tutor||Location||Notes||No. of paralel|
|Wed||14:50–18:05||Ivo TRAJKOV||Room No. 311
Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Montage-1920 (required subject)