Checking date: 01/05/2023

Course: 2024/2025

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

Coordinating teacher: MEJON MIRANDA, ANA MARIA

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 and postproduction facilities and software, sound equipment and video cameras. Basic knowledge of technical aspects of filmmaking is necessary, as well as contents from Media Techology (Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies, year 1)
¿ Knowledge of the creative process from the concept or idea to the screenplay and the final product on screen. ¿ Knowledge of the work environment throughout the filmmaking process: resources and collaborative work, role of the filmmaker and/or camera operator in the industry environment, his/her skills and responsibilities. ¿ Basic knowledge of the elements of the mise-en-scene and the translation of these onto the movie screen. ¿ Knowledge of the classical concept of audiovisual storytelling and factors that determine aesthetic choices. ¿ Technical and technological capability to carry out simple projects: to analyze a screenplay and its translation onto the screen. ¿ Experience in the analysis of needed resources taking a sequence as a point of departure. ¿ Knowledge and experience in single-camera filmmaking techniques. ¿ Ability to plan short narrative sequences in relation to the available technical and budgetary resources.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Course description: An intensive study of the craft of directing for film and television, independent 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/discussions will lead to the production of a final video work by each student. Areas of study: - Pre-production - Directing - Camera - Sound - Editing
Learning activities and methodology
Methodology: Project-based learning Classes: - Theoretical classes (Lectures, 12-14 weeks, 90 min per session) - Practical projects. Preproduction and practical examples. (Seminars, 12-14 weeks, 90 min per session) - Laboratory workshop (5 sessions, 90 min pe session) Activities: - Individual and groupal editing projects - Groupal projects on producing and filmmaking - Readings - Participatory classroom discussions
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Katz, Steve. "Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen". Michael Wiese. 1991
  • Mackendrick, A.:. "On Film-Making. An Introduction to the Craft of the Director". Faber & Faber. 2006
  • Pope, Thomas . "Good Scripts, Bad Scripts: Learning the Craft of Screenwriting Through 25 of the Best and Worst Films in History ". Three Rivers Press. 1998
  • Rabiger, Michael . "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics". Focal Press. 2007
  • Rabiger, Michael . Directing the Documentary. Focal Press. 2009
  • Weston, Judith . "Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television". Michael Wiese Productions. 1999
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Aranzubia, A.. "El mapa de la India. Conversaciones con Manolo Matji". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº 4. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2014
  • Beceiro, S. y Herrero, B.:. "En la frontera. Entrevista a Chus Gutiérrez".. Cuadernos Tecmerin nº 15. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2019
  • García, S.. "El cuerpo y la voz de Margarita Alexandre". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº 9. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2016
  • Melero, A. y Lomas, S.. "Vivir y rodar. Conversaciones con Alfonso Albacete". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº12. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2018
  • Prieto, X. y Doménech, G.. "Respirar con la imagen. Conversaciones sobre montaje con Teresa Font". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº 14. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2019
  • Rodríguez, V. e Iglesias, P.. "Joaquín Oristrell. Necesidad de contar". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº 10. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M.. 2017
  • Romero Santos, R.. "La pistola y el corazón. Conversaciones con Agustín Díaz Yanes". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº 6. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2014
  • Santesmases, M.. "Los inicios de Carlos Saura. Dos conversaciones". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº 18. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2021
  • Zahedi, F.. "El pasado es un prólogo". Cuadernos Tecmerin nº8. Grupo de Investigación TECMERIN UC3M. 2016
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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