Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2018/2019 Autumn semester
Dirk Hoyer (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2018/2019 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
The course “Basics of Film Language” aims at giving the students a better theoretical and conceptual understanding of the translation of text (screenplay) into audiovisual text (film). In a step by step approach the learner should be enabled to understand the basic construction of films, film characters and film script. Once this understanding is acquired the course focuses on the translation into film form under different constraints (generic conventions, different film styles and different directing approaches). The final exercise is a group work in which two students have to collaborate on copying an scene from an existing film in order to practically understand even the smallest units of filmic storytelling.
Brief description of the course
Course introduction. The main technical elements. The language of silent film. The language of experimental film. The creation of a film character. Memorable film characters. The transformation of the screenplay. Dramatic blocks and beats. Script and storyboard. Original versus remake: the director’s touch. Genre. Subtext. Form and style. Film Analysis.
Active participation and the practical exercise are indispensable and thereby the course content cannot be replaced by literature or independent work.
Student presentations on topics: memorable film characters and original versus remake. Practical course exercise.
Learning outcomes in the course
A deeper analytical understanding of the film form and the translation of text into audiovisual text, a first practical understanding of the complexities of professional filmmaking.
Exam. Grade is mostly based on the practical group exercise in copying a film scene.
The course is a prerequisite
Proferes, N.T. (2008). Film Directing Fundamentals. Oxford, Focal Press
Mackendrick, A. (2004). On Filmmaking. New York, Faber and Faber