Practical dramaturgy of a short film + projections and analyses

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
306PDS ZK 2 52S English winter

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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.

Course contents

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.


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 311
Room No. 311

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 14:50–18:05 Ivo TRAJKOV Room No. 311
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

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