Filming the Unfilmable

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311FTU0 exam 3 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 57 to 72 hours of self-study English winter and summer

Subject guarantor

Neil Andrew TAYLOR

Name of lecturer(s)

Neil Andrew TAYLOR


This course is focused on exploring and developing the dramatic and creative writing techniques plus the critical thought required to enable screenwriters to adapt a range of source material into a format suitable for screen production. The student will develop a screenplay suitable for production and filming in the following semester. The first half of the course will focus on creative techniques and in-roads for developing style and content. The second half will focus on script production, subject choices and structure. Students are expected to view/read the range of material suggested plus bring awareness to the group of material from their own cultures and cinematic heritage.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

Prerequisites and other requirements

Students to have read some material from the list of suggested authors.


THOULESS, Robert H. Straight and Crooked Thinking. London: Pan Books, 1974. 220 s. ISBN 0-330-24127-3.

EAGLETON, Terry. Literary Theory. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989. VIII, 244 s. ISBN 0-631-13259-7.

BROOK, Peter. The Empty Space. London: Pelican Books, 1988. 157 s. ISBN 0-14-02.1415-1.

PETER, John Desmond. Vladimir’s Carrot. London: Methuen. x, 372 s. 1988. ISBN 0-413-18530-3.

ESSLIN, Martin. The Field of Drama. London, New York: Methuen, 1988. 190 s. ISBN 0-413-19260-1.

Evaluation methods and criteria


Students are allowed to have two absences. Barring unforeseen circumstances, students should notify the instructor in advance. Exceptional circumstances will be considered, but additional work may be required.


Students will be expected to contribute to in-class discussions.

To complete the course, a student must comply with the attendance and participation requirements and write a screenplay adapted from source material with the expectation that the screenplay will be filmed, produced and screened by the end of the following semester. Screenplay duration no less than 25 minutes to a maximum of 40 minutes.



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

room 207
Room No. 2

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel2)
room 107
Room No. 1

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 19:50–21:25 Neil Andrew TAYLOR Room No. 1
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1
Tue 18:10–19:45 Neil Andrew TAYLOR Room No. 2
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel2

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans