Film Directing

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Directing

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course description 
    This is a course that brings students’ fluency of cinematic language to a more advanced stage by expanding upon and synthesizing the shooting and editing techniques.  The class introduces the conceptual and technical framework necessary to shoot and edit dual‐system sound films, block and shoot dialogue scenes, perform dramatic analysis to scripts, and apply that analysis to more sophisticated use of camera work and complex editing strategies.   

    Course fee Euro 75.

    Recommended Readings (subject to change)
    On Directing Film, David Mamet 
    ISBN: 978‐0140127225 

    Notes on the Cinematographer, Robert Bresson 
    ISBN: 978‐1557133656 

    Course Learning Objectives 
    At the end of the course, students will be able to: 
    1. Apply dramatic analysis to scripts to determine a  rhetorical strategy in blocking and camera placement. 
    2. Demonstrate advanced creative use of continuity system concepts in blocking 
    and shooting scenes to create dramatic meaning. 
    3. Demonstrate the correct production and post‐production workflows for shooting 
    dual‐system sound scenes. 
    4. Apply advanced dialogue editing techniques to clarify and heighten dramatic effects in edited scenes.

    Course Learning Activities 

    • Participatory lectures introducing fundamental concepts  
    • Shooting and editing exercises  
    • In‐class lab work 
    • Group critique of student work

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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