Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

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


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
- Film narratives. - Introduction to Media Studies. - Reading Moving Image.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
- To appreciate the difficulties of finding ideas and developing them. - To understand the complexities of working with other fellow writers: sharing ideas, finding consensus. - To become familiar with teh 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.
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.
Learning activities and methodology
The writer within the industry. A global approach. The process of creating a story. Synopsis, argument, outline, treatment. 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.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Pail L. Stein. Nacida para amar. Vértice Cine. 2014
  • Carrière, Jean-Claude & Bonitzer, Pascal. Práctica del guión cinematográfico. The End. Paidós. Barcelona-Buenos Aires. (1991)
  • King, Stephen. On Writing. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1999
  • Ted Nannicelli. A Philosophy of the Screenplay. Routledge. 2013

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