Checking date: 19/03/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 384 - Estudio: 231)


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)
- Film narratives. - Introduction to Media Studies. - Reading Moving Image.
- To appreciate the difficulties of finding creative ideas and developing them. - To understand the complexities of working with other fellow writers: sharing ideas, finding consensus. - To become familiar with the basis problems of scriptwriting: from structure to character's arc. - To know the traditions in the schools of scriptwriting. - Ability to analyse professional scripts and personalcreative work.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- Introduction to Scriptwriting. - Findig and working with ideas. - Structure, acts, plot points. - The character: characterization & the character in action. - Arc and character. - Writing dialogues. - The scriptwriter's toolbox - Pitching.
Learning activities and methodology
Assignment 1. The writer within the industry. A global approach. Assignment 2. The process of creating a story. Synopsis, argument, outline, treatment. Assingment 3-4. Analyzing internal and external conflicts. Examples in feature films: Ranging Bulls vs Rocky Analizing short films. Finding the objective that lead us to the end. Fighting for what we care. What are we talking about Objective, obstacles and premises. Dramatic tension. Analyzing feature films. Plot point, subplot. The classic narrative versus the character driven . Syd Field and his paradigm. Italian neorealism. The nouvelle vague. Drama and Psychology. From Ibsen to James Joyce. From literatura to Cinema. The three fronts. Tools for creating characters. The process of improving the script. Finding what is wrong. The art of fixing problems. From the scene to the structure. Conclusions. Assignment 5. Pitching
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Carrière, Jean-Claude & Bonitzer, Pascal. Práctica del guión cinematográfico. The End. Paidós. Barcelona-Buenos Aires. (1991)
  • Ernest B. Schoedsack. Una aventura en la niebla. Cine Negro RKO (DVD). 2014
  • King, Stephen. On Writing. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1999
  • Ted Nannicelli. A Philosophy of the Screenplay. Routledge. 2013

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