School of Arts

CM Film 1

This course is part of the programme:
Master's programme in Media Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

In the scope of objectives of the Carrier Module FILM the student, in gradual progression, covers all essential topics, tools and methodologies relevant for autonomous production work in the specific area of Film within Media Arts and Practices.

- students build formal, analytic, and critical vocabularies for understanding and discussing creative work in film

- students develop into professional filmmakers who are committed to diverse thematic issues

- students obtain a good overview and command of all essential knowledge and skills within the specific area of Film

- students autonomously and consistently conceive, develop and apply a coherent production project in the specific area of Film

- students explore new forms, visual languages and narrative or non narrative possibilities in film, influenced also with explorations in related media in the programme

- students discuss and interpret their work both verbally and in written form, as well as by using other non-standard media of communication and presentation

Prerequisites

General knowledge in the field of film and related media and expressed interest in the field of film; highly reflected ability of visual and/or verbal storytelling (video, photo, but also drawing, comic making…), computer literacy, demonstrated mastery of standard (academic and/or professional) tools for recording and editing.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The Carrier Module FILM is consisted of three semester-long course runs that are structured around three levels of outcomes (knowledge, skills) defined as “Explore”, “Define” and “Focus”, through which students acquire competence for autonomous filmmaking* (*is competent to do all of these roles but specializes in two or three: directing, editing, camera, scriptwriting, production).

Semester 1, Carrier Module FILM – “Explore”:

- exploring varieties of video techniques and elements of film production:

- framing and the relevance of editing,

- the importance of the story, scripting,

- storyboard and preparation for production.

- analysis of the basic phases: preproduction, production and post production

-exploring varieties of visual/film languages and means of expression through case analyses and camera practices

- exploring student’s individual language, as related to film

- developing and using basic elements of film production in short projects

- initial/explorative project concept: various individual film concepts and expressions (related to Studio and/or final master project)

- initial/explorative project plan: exploring various possibilities and reviewing resources (of own skills, equipment, finances, time etc., related to Studio and/or final master project)

- exploring (own and others’) project roles and competencies

Semester 2, Carrier Module FILM – “Define”:

Defining student’s own individual project, together with the chosen means of expression, techniques, tools and the individual visual/film language.

Defining student’s own role and competencies in Studio projects as related to own individual project.

Defining of the individual project with a complex idea.

Developing of the project and its phases, timeline, production plan (preparing for semester 3).

- establishment and characterization of individual characters in fiction film work principles

- structuring and execution of the story in a non-linear mode of expression

- structuring the image frames in different genres

- analysis of the expression approaches in different genres and disciplines

- the use of aesthetic and technological possibilities for specific modes of expression

- further developing and using of the elements of film in preparations of student’s own master project

Defining the student’s own project production process; with:

- defined project concept: autonomous development of script and filmic concepts and expression forms (related to the final master project, or a Studio project)

- defined project plan: managing resources (of skills/knowledge/cadres, equipment, finances, time etc., related the final master project, or a Studio project)

- defined roles and competencies in the master or a Studio project

Semester 3, Carrier Module FILM – “Focus”:

- work on student’s own final project preparations: final storyboard corrections, work with actors, camera practices, film locations, photography studies…

- final preparations for shooting the film

Focus on the student’s own project production process; student becomes or continues to be (as in film, this process should already start at the end of semester 2) focused on:

- the project plan: autonomously managing resources (HRM, equipment, finances, time etc., related the final master project)

- roles and competencies in the master project (own and of possible collaborators)

- project implementation: initializing and producing the master project concept according to plan

After semester 3 the student implements and/or finalizes the master project within the scope of the Master Thesis module, in semester 4.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge:

(At the end of this module the Student, according to the level of involvement »explore«, »define« or »focus«...)

- Understands the historical and conceptual development of the filmic medium as an art form, its criticism and other related discourses

- Develops a deeper understanding of contemporary topical issues and formal strategies in a selected range of film production practices, and specializes within one filed

- autonomously speaks critically and argumentatively about own work and the work of others

Skills:

(The Student, according to the level of involvement »explore«, »define« or »focus«...)

- is capable of formal and content analysis of complex filmic artwork


- has expanded own creative repertoire technically, formally, and conceptually, in the area of film

- identifies, plans, organizes and executes project work, demonstrating autonomous decision-taking and process monitoring

- functions effectively as an autonomous production coordinator, and author, in a collaborative environment among mentors, professionals and academic peers

Readings

Obligatory:

- Pam Cook, Knjiga o filmu, (UMCO d.d. 2007)

- Robert Mckee, Zgodba: substanca, struktura, stil in načela scenarističnega pisanja, (UMCO d.d. 2008)

- Jovan Jovanović, Uvod v filmsko mišljenje, (UMCO d.d. 2008)

- Stojan Pelko, Podoba misli, (Študentska založba 2005)

- Hanif Kureishi, Mavrično znamenje in drugi spisi (CZ, 2000)

- L. Gianetti: Razumeti film, (Umco, 2009)

Recommended:

- Rajko Grlić, How to make your Movie: An Interactive Film school (http://www.rajkogrlic.com/other-projects/)

- D. Bordwell, O povijesti filmskog stila, (Hrvatski filmski savez, 2005)

- Andre Bazin, Kaj je film, (Ljubljana : Kino, 2010)

Obvezna / obligatory:

- Pam Cook, Knjiga o filmu, (UMCO d.d. 2007)

- Robert Mckee, Zgodba: substanca, struktura, stil in načela scenarističnega pisanja, (UMCO d.d. 2008)

- Jovan Jovanović, Uvod v filmsko mišljenje, (UMCO d.d. 2008)

- Stojan Pelko, Podoba misli, (Študentska založba 2005)

- Hanif Kureishi, Mavrično znamenje in drugi spisi (CZ, 2000)

- L. Gianetti: Razumeti film, (Umco, 2009)

Priporočena / recommended:

- Rajko Grlić, How to make your Movie: An Interactive Film school (http://www.rajkogrlic.com/other-projects/)

- D. Bordwell, O povijesti filmskog stila, (Hrvatski filmski savez, 2005)

- Andre Bazin, Kaj je film, (Ljubljana : Kino, 2010)

- David A. Cook, Istoria filma, (Beograd : Clio, 2005-2007)

- J.Dudley Andrew, Glavne filmske teorije, (Beograd : Institut za film, 1980)

- Elliot Grove, 130 projektov za uvod v snemanje filmov (Ljubljana, Umco & Slovenska kinoteka, 2010)

- Bojan Kavčič, Zdenko Vrdlovec, Filmski leksikon, (Ljubljana : Modrijan, 1999)

- M. Močnik (ur.),Lekcija teme (Zbornik filmske teorije), (Državna založba Slovenije,1987)

- Vladimir Petrić, Pregled filmskih zvrsti in žanrov, Ljubljana, (Prosvetni servis, 1971)

Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project): – regular coursework according to syllabus – final documentation, with presentation – oral examination Grading scheme: 50% regular coursework 20% final documentation 30% final presentation and/or oral exam

Lecturer's references

The films of director and scriptwriter Rajko Grlić have been shown in cinemas across all continents, they have been included in the competition programmes of leading world festivals, including Cannes, and have received numerous international awards. He has realised eleven theatrical feature films (as director and scriptwriter) and worked on a further five feature films as scriptwriter and on five as producer. He wrote, directed, and produced How to Make Your Movie; An Interactive Film School, which was proclaimed the Best World Multi-media work in 1998. He took up his fist position as professor of film directing in 1972 at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb and has since been a Visiting Professor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, acted as Director of Imaginary Film Academy in Grožnjan, Croatia and Athens, Ohio, where he has since 1993 been Ohio Eminent Scholar in Film at Ohio University (www.finearts.ohio.edu/film). He is Honorable Full Time Professor of Film Directing at the coordinating partner of this IP, the School of Arts of University of Nova Gorica. He is also co-founder and has been a long-time Artistic Director of the Motovun Film Festival, Croatia.

FILMOGRAPHY WITH MAIN AWARDS (feature films only, from 2000 on only)

  • “Just Between Us” (Neka ostane medju nama), 2010, premiered internationally in competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, where the film won the “Crystal Globe” best director award and “European Screens Label”, award for the best European film. The film also triumphed at Pula Film Festival, Croatia, as it won 7 “Golden Arenas”, i.e. for best director and best cinematography, including the “Grand Golden Arena“ for best film; Best Feature and Best Actor at the GSIFF New York 2010 International Film Festival, USA.
  • “Border Post” (Karaula), 2006, was awarded with eleven awards including the “Grand Prix,” “Best Director” and “FIPRESCI” award at Festroia, Portugal; the “Audience Award” at Trieste, Italy; and the award for “Best European Film Based On a Book” in Holland.
  • “Josephine”, 2001, was shown (illegally, due to bankrupcy of producer) at many international festivals in Asia, Europe and the USA but never (yet, officially) distributed.
  • “Croatia 2000 – Who Wants To Be A President” (Novo novo vrijeme), 2001, premiered in competition at the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival and was shown at many festivals in Europe and the USA. It was awarded with international critic award, “FIPRESCI.”

University course code: 1MU002

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1

Course principal:

Lecturer:

ECTS: 8

Learning and teaching methods:
forms: - frontal teaching - autonomous student work - seminar discussions - online work and communication - individual and small group mentor meeting - internal presentation methods: - data analysis and synthesis - work with secondary resources - verbal and written discussion - (media-rich) text development and editing - data presentation