FILM GENRES AND THE SCREENWRITER

Course Information
TitleΚΙΝΗΜΑΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΑ ΕΙΔΗ ΚΑΙ ΣΕΝΑΡΙΟ / FILM GENRES AND THE SCREENWRITER
Code5ΣΕ2
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolFilm
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorIoannis Maroudas
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID600019754

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

Registered students: 78
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective Courses beloging to the selected specialization535

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
600170177
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Prerequisites
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of screenwriting and cinematic analysis.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to: a) perceive the form of specific cinematic genres and to recognize corresponding films and motifs, but also to see different attitudes of the creators towards them b) analyze film scripts within the context of genres (convergences, deviations, intersections, etc.) c) be able to utilize the rules and characteristics of individual species in their script writing either on a purely artistic or professional commercial level d) integrate their artistic work in wider families of films and traditions, thus cultivating the intertextual dialogue but also consciously utilizing what might be useful in specific ways and codes of the film genres.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This is a screenwriting course and it has a theoretical and practical character. Its aim is to acquaint students with the film genres as dynamic and multifaceted formations and, at the same time, to look for ways for their creative - artistic utilization. In this context, specific genres (or sub-genres) and representative films / scripts as case studies as well as particular approaches of creators are examined. Students are invited to analyze, understand and practice creatively by writing in the given genre framework, testing its limits and possibilities. Among the genres that are considered, for example, are film noir, family drama, road movie, thriller, search adventures, historical film - portrait (biopic), coming-of-age films, etc.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
  • film segments
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
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures301
Reading Assigment200.7
Artistic Workshop250.8
Written assigments752.5
Total1505
Student Assessment
Description
Students are evaluated based on their active weekly participation as it emerges through assignments and exercises of analysis and script writing and exploring different film genres. The final exam takes the form of a semester work in the above context (e.g. film / genre analysis, utilization of genre to create a cinematic story - world, etc.) More specifically, the final evaluation of the students is done with the following factors: 1. Systematic attendance and active participation in the courses 20% 2. Response to the script writing and analysis exercises during the semester 40%, 3. The semester work: 40%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative, Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
α) Schatz, G. Thomas, "Τα είδη ταινιών του Χόλιγουντ". University Studio Press, 2013. β) Σκοπετέας, Ιωάννης, "Η δημιουργία της μυθοπλαστικής αφήγησης και τα είδη των κινηματογραφικών ταινιών". Ελληνικά Ακαδημαϊκά Ηλεκτρονικά Συγγράμματα και Βοηθήματα - Αποθετήριο "Κάλλιπος". γ) Κακλαμανίδου, Δέσποινα, "Εισαγωγή στη χολιγουντιανή ρομαντική κομεντί". Αιγόκερως - Βενιανάκη, Θ., 2007. δ) Πατσαλίδης Σ., Νικολοπούλου Α., "Μελόδραμα". University Studio Press, 2001.
Additional bibliography for study
Bordwell, D. & K. Thompson, "Eισαγωγή στην τέχνη του Κινηματογράφου". ΜΙΕΤ, 2006 (σ.76-88). Dancyger, K. & J. Rush, "Alternative Scriptwriting; beyond the Hollywood formula". Focal Press, 2013 (5th ed.) p.91-214. Friedman, L., Desser, D., Kozloff S., Nochimson, M. & S. Prince, "An Introduction to Film Genres". Norton, 2014. Kolker, R., "Film, Form & Culture". Routledge, 2016 (4th ed.) p.213-291. Monaco, J., "Πώς διαβάζουμε μια ταινία". Gutenberg, 2019 (4η εκδ.) σ.340-350. Selbo, J., "Film Genre for the Screenwriter". Routledge, 2015. Stam, R., "Εισαγωγή στη θεωρία του Κινηματογράφου". Πατάκης 2006 (2000), σ.164-172. Thanouli, E., "History and Film; a tale of two disciplines". Bloomsbury 2019. Voytilla, S., "Myth and the Movies". Michael Wiese Productions, 1999.
Last Update
01-10-2020