Script Analysis 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311SA1 Z 3 3 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 48 to 63 hours of self-study English winter and summer

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Name of lecturer(s)


Learning outcomes of the course unit

By the end of the course students will:

-become familiar with structure, narrative and story element, such as character, theme, setup, main tension, central dramatic question, antagonist, conflict, the three act structure and its development as well as its functional deviations; techniques and specific issues of film writing and narration, difference between dramatic and literary storytelling etc

-recognize dramatic and narrative elements mentioned above

-present a cogent analysis for a final paper

Mode of study

Screening + lecture and discussion. Each film is screened in full length, accompanied by close analysis by the lecturer, while students are also encouraged to provide their input.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The purpose of this course is to study films from a dramaturgical perspective, to demonstrate diverse narrative techniques, dramatic structures and genre forms, and to closely examine the craft of screenwriting, with special attention given to characters’ dynamics and development.

Recommended or required reading

ARISTOTLE, ELSE, Gerald F. Poetics. 1st ed. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1967. 124 s.

ARONSON, Linda: The 21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films. Los Angeles: Silman-James Press, 2011. XIX, 490 s.

BORDWELL, David. Narration in the fiction film. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. 370 s. ISBN 0-299-10170-3.

FIELD, Syd. Screenplay : the foundations of screenwriting. New York: Dell Publishing, 1994. 262 s. ISBN 0-440-57647-4

THOMPSON, Kristin. Storytelling in the new Hollywood: understanding classical narrative technique. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999. xi, 398 s. ISBN 0-674-83975-7.

In addition, SCREENPLAYS (if available) for the films screened in classes will be provided to students in .pdf and it is strongly recommended that they familiarize themselves with the scripts before the corresponding class.

Assessment methods and criteria



Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 241
Room No. 3

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
once in 2 weeks, start Oct 4
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 11:30–14:45 Lucia KAJÁNKOVÁ Room No. 3
Lažanský palác
once in 2 weeks, start Oct 4 lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans