Film Narrative

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Narrative

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS.
    1) Ability to analyse the construction of storytelling.
    2) Knowledge of narrative devices and strategies.
    3) Familiarisation with the main theories of film narrative and its history.
    4) Ability to approach the history of the study of narrative and theory.

    DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMME
    1) Voice and Narrator
    2) Character and characterisation.
    3) The uses of time.
    4) Structure and form. Structure vs. form. Formalism.
    6) Introduction to Semiotics and Greimas actantial model.
    7) The narrative device. Metaphors and running imagery.
    8) Introduction to Adaptation Studies.

    LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY
    All sessions are divided in one LECTURE, based on a theoretical presentation, plus one SEMINAR, in which
    students work on their practical exercises. Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate in the
    debates. Deadlines for written work must be strictly met.

    ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
    50 % end-of-term-examination
    50 % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals, presentation)

    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    Meir Sternberg . Expositional Modes and Temporary Ordering in Fiction.. Baltimore (EE. UU.), Johns Hopkins University Press.. 1978
    Phil Rosen. Dangerous Corner-Curva Peligrosa. Vértice Cine. 2010
    Robert Cohen. Acting Power. Routledge. 2013
    Syd Field. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting: A Step-by-Step Guide from Concept to finished Script . Delta Trade Paperbacks. 2005

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.