Script Analysis 1
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- Subject guarantor:
- Giovanni Battista ROBBIANO
- Name of lecturer(s):
- Giovanni Battista ROBBIANO
- Learning outcomes of the course unit:
Through the intensive analysis of films, the following principles are examined and explained: three act story structure, plot points, turning points, the function of exposition, the catalyst, rising action, crisis, climax, culmination, resolution, main tension, theme, as well as scenes and sequences, sub-plots, double-plots, multi-plots, and internal scene structure. Analysis will also cover the role of the protagonist, the creation of empathy, the journey of protagonist (spine), active and passive characters, supporting characters, „string characters“, character arcs and character motivation, the role of the antagonist, as well as the use of conflict and obstacles, and a comparison of objective vs. subjective conflict, and action vs. activity.
The concepts of mystery, suspense, surprise, dramatic irony, twists, revelations and reversals are defined as are the dramatic strategies of planting and pay-off, gags, marbling, foxing the audience, and devices such as the obligatory scene, scenes of revelation, scenes of preparation and aftermath, and the advertising of future events.
The course will also explore interpretations of film as a temporal-spatial art by examining pacing, rhythm, accelerating action, and the handling of time and space, montage, transitions, sound, and music. Dialogue, the dramatic use of props and costumes, staging and the creation of atmosphere as employed in the screenplay are also covered. Students will be expected to recognize these dramatic and narrative elements and to present a cogent analysis of a film selected for a mid-term exam and for a final paper.
- Mode of study:
- 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. Each film is screened twice: first, in its entirety with an introductory lecture about the film and its creators; the second time, in sequences and scenes accompanied by detailed analysis.
- Recommended or required reading:
- Assessment methods and criteria:
40% - mid-term examination
60% - take-home final
- Course web page:
Detailed syllabus available upon request in FAMU International office.
MID-TERM EXAM (in class) scheduled for October 25, 2012.
Take-home final exam due on December 20.
A SELECTION OF MOST REQUIRED READINGS WILL BE PROVIDED IN A READER AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE FAMU INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
- Further information:
- This course is an elective for all students of this school
- Schedule for winter semester 2017/2018:
Mon Tue Wed Thumístnost 107
Učebna 1 (FAMU)
(přednášková par. 1)
Fri Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel Thu 14:00–15:35 Giovanni Battista ROBBIANO Učebna 1 (FAMU)
přednášková par. 1
- Schedule for summer semester 2017/2018:
- The schedule has not yet been prepared
- The subject is a part of the following study plans:
- Academy Preparation Program - Screenwriting (qualification subject, optional subject)