Course Information
FacultyFine Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID280007536

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

Registered students: 128
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course117

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours6
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
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
At the end of the semester, the student will be able to: 1. understand that a story’s ‘fundamental conflict’--the cornerstone of its dramaturgy--is present at every stage of the director’s practice. 2. learn the rudiments of the film idiom and apply them to small workshop exercises.
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
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • 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
  • Audio
  • 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
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
Artistic Workshop160.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities80.3
Artistic creation903
Student Assessment
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, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative, Summative)
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. 5. McKEE Robert, Το σενάριο, ουσία, δομή, ύφος και βασικές αρχές, μτφρ. Αντ. Καλοκύρης, υπεύθ. σειράς Εύα Στεφανή, εκδ. Πατάκη.
Additional bibliography for study
Στο τέλος κάθε εργαστηρίου δίδονται σημειώσεις με σκοπό να θυμηθούν οι φοιτητές όσα θέματα αναφέρθηκαν σε αυτό και κάποιες φορές να εξηγηθούν περαιτέρω κάποια σημεία. Ανάλογα με τις προβολές των ταινιών (ολόκληρων ή αποσπασμάτων), δίδεται πρόσθετη 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).
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