Acting 4 - Gag

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
309HM4 Z 1 3/d Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Štefan CAPKO

Name of lecturer(s)

Štefan CAPKO

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Gag construction analysis - The aim of the coruse is an understanding of the basic principles in constructing a gag; in filming and for theatre from the simple to a structured gag.

Mode of study

Intensive all-day course as a workshop taking place at UVS Poněšice. Part of instruction is experience constructing a gag. This is a Winter semester course.

In the 2018/19 school year this course takes place 1.11.2018 - 04.11.2018.

Students are required to take part in the entire lengthof instruction from Wednesday evening until Sunday.

Travel to Poněšice onthursday 1.11.2018 in the afternoon till 17:00.

Instruction ends and departure on 4.11.2018 in the afternoon.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

This course is intended for all students who have at least some basic acting or directing experience in film or theatre. The group may include up to 15 students maximum.

Course contents

Gag is one of the basic expression elements of animated film. This instruction module covers the theory and practical implementation gag.

Analysis and structure of a gag is the subject, which, based on theory information about the procedure of a gagman in several film forms, guides students to their own practical experience with visual comedy.


The golden era of American silent film, silent comedy.

Sense of humor in reality

Concept of gag and its forms

Gagmen and actors

Analysis of the silent comedy of the most important comedians.

Development of comic forms during the entire film history

Originality of interpretation

Gag capacity and its power corresponding to the time spent.

-camera exercise practical before the camera

-script of a structured gag

What needs to be brought for the course to Poněšice:

Desire to work


Exercise attire

Two costume for roles:

Villain and good guy

These are improvised costumes. Do not buy or rent anything from a costume shop in particular, but bring personal things which you find, grab...get a hold of....

Recommended or required reading

Film recordings of the American silent comedy from the golden era of silent film.

Václav Havel: Anatomie gagu.

Petr Král: Morálka šlehačkových dortů.

Michael Hanisch: Dodnes rozesmávají miliony.

Jordan Chimet: Hrdinové, fantomy a myši.

Charlie Chaplin: Můj životopis.

Buster Keaton: Můj nádherný svět legrace.

Jaroslav Brož: Tulák Charlie.

Jerzy Toplitz: Chaplinovo království.

Sergej Ejezenštejn: Kamerou, tužkou a perem.

Assessment methods and criteria

Grading criteria are originality, precision, creativity and intuition.


Every human being is capable of expressive movement, because movment is one of the first manifestations of life. An actor can become anyone desired. Understanding the function of a gesture and the mutual relations of individual parts of the human body is a process founded on the performance of body exercise systems. The pantomime principle of acting (embodiement) is the principle basis for any acting expression.

Group maximum is 15.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
01.11.2018 17:00–20:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
02.11.2018 09:00–18:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
03.11.2018 09:00–18:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
04.11.2018 09:00–13:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans