Fundamentals of Film and Television-Direction I

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of Film and Television-Direction I

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Media 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

    . 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 of
    the 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 onto
    the 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.
    An intensive study of the craft of directing for film and television, filmmaking, and audiovisual creation
    with an emphasis on scriptwriting, production planning, creative development and the shooting and
    editing of short video works. In-class exercises, theory, technical classes, and film screenings will lead
    to the production of a final video work by each student.
    Areas of study:
    - 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 and
    -He/she will also complete two individual editing exercises.
    Continuous evaluation: 60% of the final grade.
    Attendance and participation
    Technical competence
    Final video assignment
    % end-of-term-examination: 40
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 60
    - 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 Wiese
    Productions, 1999
    - Pope, Thomas "Good Scripts, Bad Scripts: Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through 25 of the Best and
    Worst 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

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.

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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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