Checking date: 16/07/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Fundamentals of film and television direction II
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)


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)
Practical course with an extensive use of production facilities and software, sound equipment, video cameras and TV studio. Basic knowledge of technical aspects of videomaking is recommended.
1. Capacity for the implementation of the elements and the fundamental processes of audiovisual narrative. 2. Competency in multi audiovisual projects. 3. Competency programs put on display at the television studio. 4. Transversal skills: teamwork skills
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
This is an intensive study of the craft of directing for film and television, filmmaking, and audiovisual creation with an emphasis on scriptwriting, production planning, creative development and the shooting and editing of short video works. In-class exercises, theory, technical classes, and film screenings will lead to the production of a final video work by each student. Units: the direction team, TV set, preproduction for TV, multicamera formats, routines, direction strategies, TV technology. SYLLABUS Topic I. The filmmaker and the studio Theme II. Pre-production and documents for the preparation of formats such as daily news or multi-camera programs Theme III. Keys for multi-camera content. display elements Theme IV. Multi-camera technology Topic V. Multi-camera production techniques in common formats Theme VI. Monitoring and routines Theme VII. Introduction to post-production notions The development of the agenda will not take place in a linear way. The program may be taught by organizing it into didactic units that adapt to the progressive training of the students to address the projects and scheduled activities.
Learning activities and methodology
The Project-Based Learning (ABP) methodology will be followed, mainly in groups. - ABP support classes (1.5 ECTS). - Practical classes. Pre-production and production of ABP practical cases (2.5 ECTS). - Student work: Supervised study of theoretical-practical contents and teaching materials (0.5 ECTS). Autonomous development of practical work and pre-production of group cases (1.5 ECTS). As part of small groups, activities will be scheduled that include pre-production, filming and single-camera editing, and some of them could be dedicated to the introduction to visual effects. In larger groups (4-12 students) they will practice production techniques on set or in projects that are commissioned. As part of larger teams (15-20 students) they will participate in a project on the preparation and recording of a multi-camera program, a simulation of a real case. This subject is recognized as experimental, and has seven additional hours in Audiovisual Laboratory Workshops. The Workshops propose the resolution of real program projects under study, which are carried out with techniques and circumstances that simulate those of live television production. They also learn all the necessary operations to bring them to the screen.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • CASTILLO, JOSÉ MARÍA. Televisión y lenguaje audiovisual. IORTV. 2009
  • JURGENSON, ALBERT, BRUNET, SOPHIE. La práctica del montaje. Gedisa.
  • KATZ, STEVE. Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen. Michael Wiese Productions - Bilingual Group.
  • MERRITT, GREG. Film Production: The Complete Uncensored Guide to Filmmaking. iFilm Publishing - Bilingual Group.
  • MILLERSON, GERALD. Técnicas de realización y producción en televisión. iortv.
  • OWENS, JIM. Television Sports Production. Focal Press.
  • POPE, THOMAS. Good Scripts, Bad Scripts: Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through 25 of the Best and Worst Films in History. Three Rivers Press - Bilingual Group.
  • RABIGER, MICHAEL.. Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics, Fourth Edition. Focal Press - Bilingual Group.
  • RABIGER, MICHAEL.. Directing the Documentary, Fifth Edition. Focal Press - Bilingual Group.
  • WARD, PETER. Composición de la imagen en cine y televisión. IORTV.
  • WESTON JUDITH. Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television. Michael Wiese Productions - Bilingual Group.
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • MILLERSON, GERALD; OWENS, JIM. Television Production. Focal Press.
  • MILLERSON, GERALD; OWENS, JIM. Video Production Handbook. Focal Press.
  • NEWELL, Philip. Recording Studio Design. Focal Press.
  • UTRAY, F., ARMENTEROS, M., BENÍTEZ, A.J.. Postproducción Digital: una perspectiva contemporánea. Dykinson. 2015
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.