Workshop Collaboration 3

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
306SW3 Z 4 6/s Czech winter and summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Checking knowledge in practice.

Mode of study

Students must attend a workshop or festival under the guidance of their instructor. Typically, we collaborate with thes workshops and festivals: ExOriente, Jihlava, MidPoint, Docinkubator. We recommend participation in two events.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

A month before its beginning each of the mentioned schools there is a selection of the most appropriate students by the Dept. head. In judging the student the main yardstick is primarily student artistic skill with consideration of the to date work, creativity with a view to critical review skills of film and defense.

Course contents

European Editing Masterclass

This atypical, purely academic, weekly workshop has been arranged every year since 2010 under the direction of film professionals - instructors who are as well the heads of Editing Depts. of selected renowned European film academies and specialize in the area of film montage. Prague FAMU has specialized in this since 1964, the Zagreb ADU since 1969, Berlin HFF since 1970 and therefore belong to the oldest in the world. AT VSMU in Bratislava and PWSFTviT in Lodz the independent studies of editing were established by instructor who completed studies at FAMU. At PWSFTviT in Lodz there has been a editing study for only 10 years but the level at the academy is comparable internationally along with FAMU at the top.

The organization of each year of this educational workshop is the responsibility of the host country.

This educational workshop is aimed at future film professionals in editing - that is, primarily, for students in editing master's study programs at these prestigious universities:

Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (FAMU), Czech Republic

Academy of Dramatic Arts of the University of Zagreb, (ADU)

State School of Film, Television and theatre „Leon Schiller“ (PWSFTviT)

Fine Arts College in Bratislava (VSMU)

Film and Television College, Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Bablesberg, Berlin (HFF)

In the workshop itself these selected students from each school create a five-member group for which 4 foreign instructors - dept heads, take turns. These instructors are recognized film professionals. An unquestionable advantage in the practical instruction of dramaturgy and composition of film is the work of the students on material from an already existing feature film which the attending instructors edited. The extracts and sequences selected based on the film's overall quality challenging creative use of film language must be internationally understood. For cutting there must be potential for multiple interpretations.

This is a meeting about editing instructors' raw material of prepared scenes from a feature length film (in English or with English subtitles), where the instructor, individually in small groups consults on the work of the students from partner schools. The task is to edit and interpret several scenes of a feature film and this through dramaturgy consultations with foreign instructors. Twice during the workshop there will be a group screening of the results of the work of each student, comparison of the creative approach and critical analysis in discussion.

The workshop program is supplemented with group film screenings of attending students' films from the individual academies and critical analysis of expression tools used. There will be a comparison of the approach to film language in an international context.


9:00 - 10:00 Introduction and first dividing of students into 5 groups

10:00 - 13:00 assignment of dramaturgy task; group work on interpretation and editing of a sequience

14:00 - 1730 Editin workshop under an instructor (5x)

18:30 - 22:00 screening of participants' school films (approx. 30' per school)

22:00 Opening party


9:00 - 13:00 Editing workshop with an instructor (5x)

14:00 - 18:00 Editing workshop with an instructor (5x)

19:00 - 21.30 Screening of participants' school films (approx. 30' per school)

Early screening preparations


9:00 - 12:00 screening of results of editing work in the first half of the WS for comparison - analysis, discussion

12:00 - 13:00 re-dividing of the five groups of students - instructors receive a group of students from another university

14:00 - 17:00 assignment of second dramaturgy task with new material in the group - work on interpretation and sequence editing

18:00 - 19:30 case study: screening of selected awarded film

20:00 - 21:30 evaluation; lecture; case study: structural analysis, screening of parts of alternative version of selected scenes, comparison of subsequent film structure with scriptwriter and discussion with the creators (editor and director)


9:00 - 12:00 editing workshop in groups with an instructor (5x)

15:00 - 17:30 editing workshop in groups with an instructor (5x)

18:30 - 20:30 screening of participants' school films (approx. 30' per school)


9:00 - 13:00 editing workshop in groups, screening preparations

14:00 - 17:30 screening of resulting editing works of the second half of WS for comparison - analysis, discussion

18:30 - 21:00 screening participants' school films (approx. 30' per school)

21:00 evaluation workshop (evaluation questionnaire) and closing ceremony.

The importance of the project and its impact are fundamental in having two levels of know how:

Among the schools' instructors the is a comparison of approaches to film education of future professionals and specialists in the study with direct impact on change in school curricula. Students have the opportunity to try various approaches in creative activities, they compare and experience the quality of foreign film (as developed nad presented by the students).

During the meetings there is time for discussion about the students' films, from which the diverse approaches of the instructors in guiding the students of participating schools is formed. The program participants evaluate he meeting as inspiring and rich in experience. Students also have the opportunity to make international contacts and increase their chances of mobility and cross-border collaborations in the making of films.

The program is designed as academic space, primarily for providing experience in the study of composition, development of trade and creative skills with raw material up to the completion and public screening of the film, where the instructors, are co-artists (editor, dramaturgist) and may have a look at issues from within and thoroughly.

In European workshops, usually there is one project in the completion phase, where the subsequent distribution and commercial use of the film may be visualized. A combination of academic and, as well, purely practial composition workshop at the master's level as the European Editing Masterclass is designed is also a exceptional and one-of-a-kind project in the world.

The spaces for workshop organization are the classrooms and exercise center of AMU in Poněšice, where there are reasonable financial requirements for room and board for all participants. FAMU, for the workshop, provides 10 editing tables, organizational and assistance services.

Recommended or required reading

Silman-James Pr; 2. revised edition (2001),

ISBN-10: 1879505622 | ISBN-13: 978-1879505629, 148 pages

The Technique of Film Editing

Compiled by Karel Reisz, Gavin Millar Editioni llustrated Publisher Focal Press, 2010 ISBN 0240521854, 9780240521855 Length 346 pages

Assessment methods and criteria

Consultations in the workshop and group presentations with defense and discussion.



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