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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311DI ZK 5 English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

With this exercise students will:

-learn how to build credible situations and relationships between film characters

-learn how to work within the school´s production system and to cooperate with other students

-understand the logic of building a brief story, and estimate its filmmaking potential

-understand the basics of working with actors and the crew, and assuming responsibility for the viability of the exercise

-be able to set all parameters of the exercise in cooperation with the mentor with a view to achieving the maximum execution effect given the defined conditions, without underestimating any part of the preparation (script, visual concept, acting, shooting planning, locations, the actual shooting and postproduction).

Mode of study

Practical Exercise

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Based on a blind dialogue between two characters the student should create a short, three-act film script that would interpret the dialogue organically, containing a functional story and visual potential. The film with a maximum footage of five minutes should be shot in one day at not more than two locations, not requiring major crew relocations. The preparation includes, following the approval of the script, the preparation of a shooting list and storyboard, and organizing an acting test. The student actively cooperates on the preparation with the cinematographer and, during the later stages, with the entire crew. Night shooting is not allowed (the shift can be scheduled between 6 am and 10 pm). The maximum number of hours per shift (including equipment pick-up and return) is 12 hours. The exercise must be shot in the Czech Republic.

Recommended or required reading


Assessment methods and criteria

The alternative DIALOGUE project – The production book:


This product is a modified version of the type of package that is commonly used in professional film production. It is adjusted in order to meet the academic requirements and limitations of this particular exercise. The package is evaluated by a jury of FAMU staff, just as the film would be according to the original syllabus. Students present their package to the faculty panel and receive real-time feedback from the panel members.

The Production book includes:

  1. A project package:

· A logline

· Synopsis (up to 150 words)

· Treatment (up to 900 words)

· Director's Statement ( 900-1200 words). Must include:

· explication of the story and narrative approach

· directing approach,

· visual concept

· colograding strategy

· concept of a sound design

· Mood board – a visual representation of the script, incorporating a maximum of 20 images to convey the film's look and tone and capture the elements of the film language they want to use for their project (compositions, lighting atmosphere, actors, set design, etc.)

· Mood soundtrack - 1-2 minutes of audio that expresses the film's mood and feelings (music, atmospheric pads, sound effects/foley, etc.

· Virtual location scouting (a collection of images that present all locations required for the script - using either online resources or actual location photos)

· Virtual casting (using online resources of Czech casting agencies, e.g. actorsmaps.cz or casting-barrandov.cz)

  1. Production package

· Full Script

· Complete storyboard (must include all the shots and the specification of the camera angles, lenses, shot sizes, and camera moves). Use of storyboarding software such as FrameForge or similar is recommended, yet not required).

· Production documentation using the formal templates for FI projects (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1i_2xmb9v8TwcybQsIUnyzEvC61jpJ_wl?usp=sharing)

· Shot list

· Script breakdown

· Equipment list and location list

· Production schedule

· Shooting schedule

· Call sheet

· Budget


The minimum essential criteria of evaluation:

Story and its audiovisual interpretation - 20%

Dramaturgical use of film language and other tools of the audiovisual expression (mise-en-scene, sound, editing...) 30%

Casting and directing actors - 20%

Overall artistic success - 30%



Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans