Fundamentals of Film and Television-Direction I
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Area of Study
Communication, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Radio/Television/Film, Social Media
Taught In English
PrerequisitesSTUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETEDPractical course with an extensive use of production and postproduction facilities and software, sound equipment and video cameras. Basic knowledge of technical aspects of filmmaking is recommended.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewCOMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS.. Knowledge of the creative process from the concept or idea to the screenplay and the final product on screen.. Knowledge of the work environment throughout the filmmaking process: resources and collaborative work, role ofthe filmmaker and/or camera operator in the industry environment, his/her skills and responsibilities.. Basic knowledge of the elements of the mise-en-scene and the translation of these onto the movie screen.. Knowledge of the classical concept of audiovisual storytelling and factors that determine aesthetic choices.-Technical and technological capability to carry out simple projects: to analyze a screenplay and its translation ontothe screen.. Experience in the analysis of needed resources taking a sequence as a point of departure.-Knowledge and experience in single-camera filmmaking techniques.. Ability to plan short narrative sequences in relation to the available technical and budgetary resources.DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMMEAn intensive study of the craft of directing for film and television, filmmaking, and audiovisual creationwith an emphasis on scriptwriting, production planning, creative development and the shooting andediting of short video works. In-class exercises, theory, technical classes, and film screenings will leadto the production of a final video work by each student.Areas of study:-Scriptwriting-Pre-production-Directing-Camera-Sound-EditingLEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY- Theoretical classes (1 ECTS)- Practical classes. Preproduction and practical examples. (1 ECTS)Student¿s work: Supervised work about theoretical and practical contents as well as the available study materials.(1,5 ECTS)Individual and group exercises (2,5 ECTS)-Each student will be a member of a small group in two exercises that encompass preproduction, shooting andediting.-He/she will also complete two individual editing exercises.ASSESSMENT SYSTEMContinuous evaluation: 60% of the final grade.Attendance and participationTechnical competenceAssignmentsFinal video assignment% end-of-term-examination: 40% of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 60BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY- Rabiger, Michael "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics", Focal Press, 2007- Katz, Steve "Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen", Michael Wiese, 1991- Weston, Judith "Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television", Michael WieseProductions, 1999- Pope, Thomas "Good Scripts, Bad Scripts: Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through 25 of the Best andWorst Films in History ", Three Rivers Press, 1998- Rabiger, Michael Directing the Documentary, Focal Press, 2009- Merritt, Greg Film Production: The Complete Uncensored Guide to Filmmaking , Lone Eagle, 1999
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