UBKKDBK044 Workshop in Screenwriting

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Rudolf Merkner (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Rudolf Merkner
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science – Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
The purpose of the screenwriting workshop is the individual cooperation of the student with the teacher, in which the emphasis is on personality, authorial style and methodology of writing process. Part of the course are own screenwriting exercises.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is for students not only to master screenwriting practice and procedures, but also to get acquainted with the theory of screenwriting and to be able to distinguish, for example, between motif and theme.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student should be able to create their own screenplay in both film and radio.
  • 1. Brief description of the original idea and its stylization into a premise, examination of its viability (myths, legends, rumors, fairy tales). Topic = message
  • 2. Formation of the original idea, emphasis on the communicability of the idea
  • 3. Credibility, analysis of the story, dramatization of the story
  • 4. Conflict - building, gradation, climax, fading
  • 5. Creation of breakpoints
  • 6. Basic elements of dramatization
  • 7. Map of internal events
  • 8. Map of external events
  • 9. Expression by image - visibility of the invisible
  • 10. Sound - sound dramaturgy
  • 11. Motive; leitmotif, motivic lines
  • 12. Point. Conclusion. Closing all themes.
  • 13. Narrative structure - traditional three-act structure. Anchoring screenwriting principles
    required literature
  • ARONSONOVÁ, L. Scénář pro 21. století, AMU Praha, 2014.
  • FIELD, S. Jak napsat dobrý scénář, Praha, 2007.
  • CARRIERE, J.-C. Vyprávět příběh, Praha, 2014.
  • MAKOVIČKA, D. Televizní příběh, DIFA JAMU, Brno, 1996.
  • LABÍK, L. Dramaturgia strihovej skladby (horizontálna a vertikálna štruktúra filmového príbehu). Zlín: VeRBum, 2013.
    recommended literature
  • CAMPBELL, J. Tisíc tváří hrdiny, Portál, Praha, 2000.
  • http://fondkinematografie.cz/assets/media/studie%20komplet.pdf
Teaching methods
Written exercises, personal consultations with the teacher, correspondence tasks
Assessment methods
Oral and written examination of knowledge (screenwriting methods, procedures and tools - on specific screenwriting exercises to verify the mastery of screenwriting software, submission of parts of scenarios, exercises and etudes). Attendance at seminars.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8s/sem.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2022.
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