Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Film Narrative
Study: Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (211)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies, Reading Moving Image (Film and Television), Media Psychology.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1) Ability to analyse the construction of storytelling. 2) Knowledge of narrative devices and strategies. 3) Familiarisation with the main theories of film narrative and its history. 4) Ability to approach the history of the study of narrative and theory. 5) Ability to appreciate the main narrative devices and their importance.
Description of contents: programme
1) Voice and Narrator. 2) Character and characterisation. 3) The uses of time. 4) Structure and form. Structure vs. form. Formalism. 5) Introduction to Semiotics and Greimas actantial model. 6) The narrative device. Metaphors and running imagery. 7) Introduction to Adaptation Studies. 8) Narrative and Performance.
Learning activities and methodology
All sessions are divided in one LECTURE, based on a theoretical presentation, plus one SEMINAR, in which students work on their practical exercises. Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate in the debates. Deadlines for written work must be strictly met. All students are required to do a presentation; the topics for this will be distributed after week 3. Other in-class excercises include: - Working with metaphors. - Working with estrangement techniques. - The 3-act structure excercise. - Presentation.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Chatman, Seymour. Historia y discurso. La estructura narrativa en la novela y en el cine. Taurus. 1990
  • Daniel Mann. Ejercicio para cinco dedos-Five Finger Exercise. Llamentol (DVD). 2016
  • Daniel Mann. Ejercicio para cinco dedos (DVD). Llamentol. 2016
  • García Jiménez, Jesús. Narrativa audiovisual.. Cátedra. 2003
  • Gaudreault, André y Jost, François. El relato cinematográfico: cine y narratología. Paidós. 2001
  • Genette, Gérard. ¿Discurso del relato¿: En Figuras III (1972), 77-377. Lumen. 1999
  • Gerard Genette. Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation. Cambridge University Press. 1997
  • Hühn, Peter et al. (eds.). The living handbook of narratology. Hamburg University. URL =
  • Neira Piñeiro, Rosario. Introducción al discurso narrativo fílmico.,. Arco-Libro. 2003
  • Robert McKee. Story. HarperCollins Canada. 2004
  • Stephen King. On Writing. Simon and Schuster. 2000
  • Sternberg, Meir. Expositional Modes and Temporary Ordering in Fiction. Johns Hopkins University Press.. 1978
Additional Bibliography
  • Mick Hurbis-Cherrier. Voice and vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production. Routledge. 2011
  • Philip Dunne. 10, Calle Frederick (DVD). Llamentol. 2018
  • Robert Cohen. Acting Power. Routledge. 2013
  • Syd Field. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting: A Step-by-Step Guide from Concept to finished Script . Delta Trade Paperbacks. 2005

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.