Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311SFP1 exam 3 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 57 to 72 hours of self-study English winter

Subject guarantor

Name of lecturer(s)

Vít Poláček

Learning outcomes of the course unit

What is short film? Is this a specific genre of its own or is it a form we can fill with varied content? What is the difference between telling a story, settting the topic, and giving the audience questions to think about in long duration and short duration? What can we express with a short film? What is the position of short film in the film industry and what is the audience usually expecting from short films? How were the short films presented 30 or 60 years ago and how are they presented now?

Together, we will be looking for the answers to those questions and probably many more. We will be analysing all the aspects of various short films and discuss how to write a short film, how to deal with the dramaturgy of the short film and how to direct it. We will be learning not only about some masterpieces created by the best directors in the history of cinema, but also about contemporary ones.

The course is intended for the students who are preparing their own short films but also for those, who want to understand the short film as a form.

Mode of study

Seminar, discussion

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Theme and message of the short film
  3. Dramatical situation and its development
  4. The short film as a specific form of storytelling
  5. The time in short film I
  6. The time in short film II
  7. Rhythm of Short film I
  8. Rhythm of Short film II
  9. The Story
  10. Dramaturgical tools and short film I
  11. Dramaturgical tools and short film II
  12. Dramaturgical tools and short film II
  13. Characters

Recommended or required reading


Assessment methods and criteria

The course grade will be calculated as follows:



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 207
Room No. 2

(Lažanský palác)
Poláček V.
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 17:20–18:55 Vít Poláček Room No. 2
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

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