Fiction Videomaking

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fiction Videomaking

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Practical 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


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    1. Capacity to plan andd handle the technical and human resources shooting films as well as the tecniques and
    processes of creation.
    2. Capacity to direct/shoot film according to a step outline, script and shooting plan.
    3. Capacity to explore the technical and expressive qualities and techniques of the moving image.
    4. Experience in techniques and processes of shooting and postproduction of short films.
    5. Capacity to utilize sound and videorecording devices.
    6. Detailed knowledge of concepts of film analysis in terms of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound for practical purpsoes.
    7. Capacity to relate cinema to other visual arts such as painting and photography.
    -Film analysis: mise-en-scene and cinematography.
    - Aesthetics and theories of postproduction and editing.
    - Relationship between sound and image in both conceptual and narrative terms with the purpose of exploring the visual and the aural aspects of filmmaking.
    - Script: from the step outline to the script and storyboard.
    - Digital camera and sound equipment advanced functions and techniques.
    - Ability to present and conceptually explain the final project, a short fiction film, in both theoretical and practical
    terms. Capacity to reflect analytically about the difference between the initial goals and the final results.
    -Theoretical classes
    Film analysis and script writing. Learning of shooting and postproduction equipment. Competencies 1, 2, 6 and 7
    - Practical classes
    Work groups. Shooting and postproduction practical exercises with input from instructor. Competencies 1, 2,3 4
    and 5.
    - Student's work
    Continuous evaluation option:
    -Continuous evaluation through the realization of several practical exercises that are 40% of the final grade.
    Non continuous evaluation option:
    - Final: 60% of the final grade.
    - The active and knowledgeable participation on the student's behalf in the practical exercises and meetings with the instructor will be taken into consideration for the final grade.
    % end-of-term-examination: 60
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 40
    - Brown, Blaine. Cinematogaphy: Theory and Practice. Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and
    Videographers, Focal Press..
    - Bordwell, David Film Art, McGraw-Hill.
    - Ettedgui, Peter Production Design and Art Direction, Focal Press.
    - Geuens, J.P. Film Production Theory, New York State University Press.
    - Lyver, D. Video Production Diary, Focal Press.
    - Rotcop, K. The perfect pitch, Michael Wiese Productions.
    - Solomon, C. Storytelling, la máquina de fabricar historias y formatear las mentes, Península.
    - Katz, S. Film Directing: Shot by Shot, Michael Wiese Productions., 1882
    - Landau, D. Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image,
    Bloomsbury, 2014
    - Rea, Peter W. Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, Focal Press, 2010
    - Malkiewicz, Kris and Mullen, David Cinematography: Third Edition, Fireside.
    - Rose, Jay Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, Focal Press.
    - Gurskis, Daniel The Short Screenplay: Your Short Film from Concept to Production, Course Technology PTR.
    - Thurlow, Making Short Films, Third Edition: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen, Bloomsbury, 2013

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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