DIRECTING WORKSHOP I

Course Information
TitleΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΣΚΗΝΟΘΕΣΙΑΣ Ι / DIRECTING WORKSHOP I
Code1ΕΣΘ1
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolFilm
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPeriklis Choursoglou
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID280007536

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Film Studies (2009-2013)

Registered students: 109
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course117

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
600054213
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Prerequisites
General Prerequisites
A student who wants to become a filmmaker needs to have a working knowledge of literature, music, theatre, dance, sculpture, the arts in general and, of course, cinema. Given that the Greek university entrance exams do not currently include any subjects with a connection to film (Film History, for example, Scripts or the History of Photography), there is no meaningful criterion on which to grant students admission to the Department.
Learning Outcomes
The students begin to grasp how stories can be told using sounds and images. They understand that a story’s ‘fundamental conflict’--the cornerstone of its dramaturgy--is present at every stage of the director’s practice. They learn the rudiments of the film idiom and apply them to small workshop exercises. At the end of the semester, they make films/exercises in groups (I call this “diving in at the deep end”), using whatever knowledge they have garnered to tell a story. This allows them to develop their particular abilities (talent, powers of observation, sensitivity) using the grammar and syntax of film, while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the importance of collaboration in the cinema.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
In film, we tell stories using sounds and images. Film is a language which borrows codes from other arts: photography, painting, theatre, literature, musical, dance, photography, sculpture etc. An introduction to ‘style. Film analyses. Film terminology. Rudiments of film language: 3 rules for space, 1 rule for time. ‘Axis’ exercises. Breaking the action of a film into smaller sections; dividing the action of a scene into smaller parts: Every shot has a function. Preparing for the semester's final projects.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Description
The workshops are accompanied by screenings of films and scenes from films. Notes are distributed electronically after every workshop which: a) contain a summary of everything said during the workshop, b) states rules and ways of doing things in the context of film practice more clearly. At the end of the semester, students shoot simple films/exercises in groups of 4, 5 or 6, usually using their own equipment (cameras, lights, booms, microphones), then edit and mix them. The student films are shown on examination day and the students are given feedback, including suggestions as to possible changes they could make.
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures903
Artistic Workshop160.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities80.3
Artistic creation903
Exams60.2
Total2107
Student Assessment
Description
At the end of the semester, the students shoot a film in groups of 4, 5 or 6. During the semester, the students do other small exercises--most of them written--in the workshops: E.g. They write a story, turn the story into a screenplay, do decoupage exercises, list the stylistic elements of a given film, plan a three-shot story, conduct a shot-by-shot analysis. In terms of grading, the final project carries considerably more weight than the interim exercises. The students’ attendance and participation in workshops is also factored into their evaluation.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. GUERIN Marie-Anne, Η αφήγηση στον κινηματογράφο, υπεύθυνη σειράς Εύα Στεφανή, μτφρ. Δώρα Θυμιοπούλου, εκδ. Πατάκη 2003. 2. SIETY Emmanuel, Το πλάνο, μτφρ. Σωτήρης Καρκανιάς, εκδ. Πατάκη 2003. 3. ΜΑΝΣΦΗΛΝΤ Κάθριν, Το γκάρντεν πάρτι, μτφρ. Μαρία Λαϊνά, εκδ. Σμίλη 2006. 4. FREDERIC STRAUSS – ANNE HUET, Η κατασκευή μιας ταινίας, υπεύθυνη σειράς Εύα Στεφανή, μτφρ. Μαρία Γαβαλά, εκδ. Πατάκη 2007.
Additional bibliography for study
Ανάλογα με τις προβολές των ταινιών (ολόκληρων ή αποσπασμάτων), δίδεται επιπρόσθετη βιβλιογραφία. Ανάλογα με τα αντικείμενα που εξετάζονται στην διάρκεια των εργαστηρίων, δίνονται "υλικά εργασίας" από ταινίες: Είτε υλικά από την προετοιμασία των ταινιών, είτε από το γύρισμα, είτε από το post production (μετά-παραγωγή).
Last Update
13-12-2016