Checking date: 29/03/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Film Narrative
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)

Coordinating teacher: ORTEGA OROZ, ELENA

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies, Reading Moving Image (Film and Television), Media Psychology.
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.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
0) Introduction to Film Narratives 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
  • 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
  • Varios Autores. El universo de Luis García Berlanga. Notorious Ed.. 2021
Additional Bibliography
  • Mick Hurbis-Cherrier. Voice and vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production. Routledge. 2011
  • 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
  • Varios Autores. El universo de Luis García Berlanga. Notorious Ed.. 2021

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.