Course Information
FacultyFine Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKleoniki Drougka
Course ID280007580

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

Registered students: 147
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course324

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the semester the students will be able to: 1. understand the narrative techniques/choices a writer must follow in the process of the adaptation. 2. know and practice the techniques needed according to the initial text of adaptation: novel, theatrical play e.t.c 3. further comprehend the basic screenwriting elements.
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 interdisciplinary team
  • 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 the course is examined the distinctiveness of the screenplay that is based on a preexisting text. There are topics about the invention of the story, the structure, the characters, e.t.c - all the topics are examined through theory and practice. Week 1: Introduction to the concept of adaptation, basic Theories / schools of adaptation. Week 2: Transformational acts - the seven transformative acts. Week 3: Building techniques (story I - the three operations, the catalyst, the scaling, the end of the work in progress and the script / story II - plot lines / intricacies / Characters - locating existing ones and creating / cutting / collapsing characters). Week 4: Novel - Approach to the adaptation mechanisms of a novel / Theatrical work - Report on the adaptation mechanisms of a theatrical work. Biography / True Facts - Approaches to making a biography or true facts. Week 5: film festival Week 6: Greek short stories / novels that have been adapted, Ant. Samarakis, Al. Papadiamantis, K. Theotokis. Week 7: Foreign short stories, adapted novels, eg FS Fitzerald, “The Great Gatsby”, film: The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann (2013), PD James, Children of Men (1992) - film: Children of Men, Alfonso Cuarón (2006), Michael Cunningham: The Hours: A Novel (2000), film: The Hours, Stephen Daldry (2002), George Orwell: 1984 (1949) film: 1984, Michael Radford, (1984). Weeks 8-9-10: Project 1821 Project for the Greek revolution and works on the specific subject (connection of a historical event - film text, adaptation of a historical event and production of scripts for short films / documentaries). Weeks 11-13: Presentations of papers
narrative convention, adaptation, tranformational acts
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100.3
Written assigments100.3
Artistic creation100.3
Student Assessment
The final evaluation is according το the below: 1. The oral test at the end of the semester 40% 2. the active participation at the courses 20% 3. the written assignments/exercise during the semester 40%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1.Όταν το μυθιστόρημα συνάντησε τον κινηματογράφο, Δέσποινα Κακλαμανίδου, Αιγόκερως, 2006 2.Bio/Pic ή Οι Ζωές των Λίγων, Kallas-Καλογεροπούλου, Χριστίνα, Αθήνα, Πατάκης, 2009. 3.Η δύναμη του μύθου, Τζόσεφ Κάμπελ, Αθήνα, Ιάμβλιχος, 1998. 4.Η Περιπέτεια της Αφήγησης, Δημήτρης Τσατσούλης, Αθήνα, Ελληνικά Γράμματα, 1997.
Additional bibliography for study
Ποιητική, Αριστοτέλης, Εκδόσεις Κέδρος, Αθήνα. Σενάριο, η τέχνη της αφήγησης και της επινόησης στον κινηματογράφο, Χριστίνα Καλογεροπούλου, Νεφέλη, Αθήνα, 2006. Η τέχνη της μυθοπλασίας, Henry James, Εκδόσεις Άγρα, Αθήνα. Σενάριο, Syd Field, Κάλβος. Γραμματολογία, Θεωρία Λογοτεχνίας. Βελουδής Γιώργος, Δωδώνη, Αθήνα. Το σενάριο : από την αρχική ιδέα στην εκτέλεση, Α. Κεχαγιάς, εκδ. Έλλην. Μορφολογία του παραμυθιού, Vladimir Pror, εκδόσεις Καρδαμίτσα, Αθήνα. Γραμματική της φαντασίας. Εισαγωγή στην τέχνη να επινοείς ιστορίες. Gianni Rodari, εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα. Τα πρακτικά από την εβδομάδα σεναρίου, Αθήνα. Η τέχνη της γραφής, Αντόν Τσέχωφ, Εκδόσεις Πατάκη. Σμιλεύοντας το χρόνο, Αντρέι Ταρκόφσκι, Εκδόσεις Νεφέλη. Η τέχνη της γραφής στον 20ο αιώνα, Αλέξης Ζήρας, εκδόσεις Καστανιώτη. Lajos Egri, the art of dramatic writing, BNP. Robert Mc Kee, Story, metheum. Linda Seger, Making a good script great, Samuel French. Christropher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey, Michel Wiese Productions. John Truby, Great movies : why do they work, Silman – james Press. David Howard, How to build a great screenplay, souvenir press Linda Seger, The art of adaptation: turn fact and fiction to film,Samuel French. Stephanie Harrison, Adaptations, Three Rivers Press
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