Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311SFP2 ZK 3 2T English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course is intended for students in the planning stages of their own short films. The aim of the course is for students to have exposure to a range of directing styles in order to better execute their vision. However, all students interested in learning the practical techniques of directing are welcome.

Mode of study

Seminar, discussion

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Course contents

Although a script poses infinite possibilities for realization common situations frequently occur. This course will examine such basic occurrences (three or four person dialogue, movement shots, car scenes, landscapes, cityscapes) and how various directors have interpreted them in both American and European film.

We will analyze specific situations and the rudiments of directing them. Our analysis will be deepened by an examination of master directors and how they developed creative solutions to common cinematic problems such as exposition, scene changes, and beginning and ending a film.

Recommended or required reading

Katz, Steven. Shot by Shot, Michael Wiese Production, 1991

Assessment methods and criteria


Mid-term: the midterm examination involves short question-answers from the material covered iin the required reading.

Final: Writing assignment: Analysis of selected film (3 pages, A4, double space). Deadline: May 1, 2018


The course grade will be calculated as follows:

Active participation in seminar discussions - 50%

Midterm test - 20%

Final writing assignment - 30%


Required Reading:

Katz, Steven. Shot by Shot, Michael Wiese Production, 1991

Reading for the mid-term test:

Chapter 9: Staging Dialogue Sequences (p. 173-193)

Chapter 13: Depth of the Frame (p. 229-238)

Chapter 14: Camera Angles (p. 239-258)

Chapter 15: Open and Closed Framings (p. 259-266)

Chapter 17: The Pan (p. 279-286)

Chapter 19: The Tracking Shot (p. 295- 305)

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

room 107
Room No. 1

(Lažanský palác)

(lecture parallel1)
once in two weeks, starts Feb 17
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 19:00–22:15 Pavel MAREK Room No. 1
Lažanský palác
once in two weeks, starts Feb 17 lecture parallel1

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