Acting 4 - Gag

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
309HM4 Z 1 12PS+12CS Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Štefan CAPKO

Name of lecturer(s)

Štefan CAPKO

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Instruction aim

The course aim is an understanding of the basic principles in building a gag, in film, in theatre from the simple to structured gags.

Instruction results


Mode of study

Intensive all-day instruction in a workshop taking place at UVS Poněšice. Part of instruction is experience in the structure of gags.

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

Instruction content


A gag is one of the fundamental expressive elements of animated film. This instructional course covers the theory and practice of gags.

Analysis and structure of gags is a course where theory information about processes of gagman's work in many film forms leads students to their own practical experience with visual comedy.


Mac Seneth and his discoveries in the world of humor

Studio Hall Roach and its work with actors principles

United Artists and other Hollywood film studios

Marx Brothers and sound comdey in the 1940s. Combination of verbal and visual humor.

Monty Python's Flying Circus,

Rowan Atkinson and his theory of visual comedy.

Practical exercises in front of and behind the camera

Recommended or required reading

Film recordings of American film grotesque and Golden Age of Silent film.

HAVEL, Václav. O divadle. Vyd. 1. Praha: Knihovna Václava Havla, 2012. 701 s. ISBN 978-80-87490-12-9 · fotogr. – část Anatomie gagu

KRÁL, Petr. Groteska čili Morálka šlehačkového dortu. Praha: Národní filmový archiv, 1998. 316 s.: fot.

HANISCH, Michael. Dodnes rozesmívají milióny : Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy. 1. vyd. Praha: Panorama, 1982. 190 s. · fot.

CHIMET, Iordan. Hrdinové, fantomy a myši. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1984. 313 s.: fot.

CHAPLIN, Charlie. Můj životopis. Praha: Odeon, 1967. 550 s.

KEATON, Buster. Můj nádherný svět grotesky. Praha: Šulc, 1993. 283 s. · fot.

BROŽ, Jaroslav. Věčný tulák Charlie. 2. vyd. Praha: Orbis, 1964. 154 s. · fot. příl.

TOEPLITZ, Krzysztof Teodor. Chaplinovo království. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1965. 348 s. · fot.

KRÁL, Petr. Tak zvaná slap-stick : historické místo americké němé grotesky v dějinách umění. Praha, 1964. 32 s.

ČÁSLAVSKÝ, Karel. Sennettova továrna na smích. Praha: Československý filmový ústav, 1986. 35 s.: fot.

EJZENŠTEJN, Sergej Michajlovič. Kamerou, tužkou i perem. Praha: Orbis, 1959. 370 s. · fot.

Assessment methods and criteria

Grading criteria are: originality, precision, creativity and intuition.


What is needed: Notebook, exercise clothing.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
07.11.2019 12:00–21:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
08.11.2019 09:00–21:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
09.11.2019 09:00–21:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
10.11.2019 09:00–13:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans