Checking date: 22/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Fiction Videomaking
Study: Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (231)

Coordinating teacher: RODRIGUEZ ORTEGA, VICENTE

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
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 recommended.Without this knowledge, do no take this course.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1. Capacity to plan andd handle the technical and human resources shooting films as well as the tecniques and processes of creation. 2. Capacity to direct/shoot film according to a step outline, script and shooting plan. 3. Capacity to explore the technical and expressive qualities and techniques of the moving image. 4. Experience in techniques, procedures and processes of shooting and postproduction of short films. 5. Capacity to utilize sound and videorecording devices. 6. Detailed knowledge of concepts of film analysis in terms of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound for practical purpsoes. 7. Capacity to relate cinema to other visual arts such as painting and photography.
Description of contents: programme
- Introduction to fiction videomaking. - Framing: from photography and painting to the cinema. - Mise-en-scene and framing: angles and composition. - Cinematography: lenses, lighting and depth of field. - Digital camera and sound equipment advanced functions and techniques. - Continuity, editing. -Editing: alternatives to continuity. -Sound: aesthetics and recording. -Shot/Reverse shot: theory and practice - Script: from the step outline to the script and storyboard. - Script and Storyboard seminar -Shooting and editing of the final project
Learning activities and methodology
-Theoretical classes Film analysis and script writing. Learning of shooting and postproduction equipment. Competencies 1, 2, 6 and 7 - Practical classes Work groups. Shooting and postproduction practical exercises with input from instructor. Competencies 1, 2,3 4 and 5. - Student's work
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70
Basic Bibliography
  • Brown, Blaine. Cinematography: Theory and practice. Focal Press. 2004
  • Brown, Blaine. Motion Picture and Video Lighting. Focal Press. 2007
  • Gurskis, D.. The Short Screenplay Your Short Film from Concept to Production. Course Techology PTR. 2008
  • Jackman, John. Iluminación para video digital y televisión. Escuela de Cine y Televisión. 2010
  • Katz, Stephen. Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen. Focal Press. 1991
  • Keast, Greg. The Art Of The Cut: Editing Concepts Every Filmmaker Should Know. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2015
  • Mercado, Gustavo. The Filmmaker's Eye: The Language of the Lens: The Power of Lenses and the Expressive Cinematic Image. Routledge. 2019
  • Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. Silman James. 2001
  • Pallant, C and Price, S. Storyboarding: A Critical History. Palgrave. 2015
  • Schenk, S. and Long, B.. The Digital Filmmaking Handbook. Cengage. 2015
  • Shaefer, Dennis and Salvato, Larry. Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers. University of California Press. 1983
  • Weinstein, Anna. Directing for the Screen. Routledge. 2017
  • Winters, Patrick. Sound Design for Low & No Budget Films. Routledge. 2017
Additional Bibliography
  • Geuens, J.P.. Film Production Theory.. State University of New York. 2000
  • Thurlow, Clifford and Thurlow, Max. Making Short Films, Third Edition: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen. Bloomsbury. 2013
  • Van Sijll, Jennifer. Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know . Michael Wiese Productions. 2005

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