PROGRAMA OFICIAL
2012 / 13

ASSIGNATURA

Anglès especialitzat en Cinema i Televisió

CRÈDITS ECTS3,00
CODI DE L'ASSIGNATURABANGAUD
IDIOMA EN QUÈ S'IMPARTEIXAnglès  
ESTUDIS
CODI
TITULACIÓ
TIPUS
CURS
SEMESTRE
GCTV
Grau en Cinema i Televisió
Optativa
Tercer
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GPME
Grau en Periodisme
Optativa
Tercer
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GPRP
Grau en Publicitat i Relacions Públiques
Optativa
Tercer
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PREREQUISITS

Students must have completed the four levels of English for Communication Studies at this university or have level B2 (or superior) in the Common European Framework.

CONEIXEMENTS PREVIS

This class is intended for third-year students majoring in Communication Studies and specializing in film and television, who have an English level equivalent or superior to Cambridge First Certificate (B2 in the Common European Framework).

ASSIGNATURES QUE S'HAN DE CURSAR SIMULTÀNIAMENT

None

DESCRIPCIÓ DE L'ASSIGNATURA

The course English for Film and Television has been designed with the input of media experts, according to the specific linguistic needs of students majoring in Communication Studies and specializing in film and television.

Students will be working in English on the entire process of creating a short film consisting of one 10-minute scene. The work on the completed project will be carried out throughout the course but is divided into two distinct blocks as follows.

Block 1 (Lecture Class) – Conceptual and analytical elements: This class imparts technical vocabulary and concepts related to all aspects of the film-making and television script-writing processes, including script analysis and construction, script breakdown, the shooting script, scheduling and budgeting, working with actors, post-production, pitching a script.

Block 2 (Learning Unit) – Creative writing techniques: In the Learning Unit, students will work on creative writing techniques specific to script-writing, including developing a plot synopsis, character descriptions, a logline and a completed script.

This course belongs to Module 1: Linguistic expression, and is part of the block of elective credits that the School has established in accordance with state legislation.


COMPETÈNCIES

1. Knowledge and correct oral and written use of English.

1.1 Consolidation of and improvement improve upon the skills and knowledge of English acquired in English for Communication Studies I-IV, reaching a level of oral fluency and comprehension of both written and spoken English that is equal or superior to Cambridge Advanced ( C1 in the Common European Framework).

2. Basic ability to understand communicative production, both written and audiovisual, in Standard English.

3. Ability to discuss and write correctly texts and other media products related to communication.

3.1 Development of students’ critical ability and creative writing skills, specifically related to screenplay writing.

3.2 Knowledge of both the techniques and the language associated with all aspects of creation and production in the process of making a short film in an English-speaking setting.


CONTINGUTS

I. VOCABULARY FOR SCREENPLAY ANALYSIS

A. Introduction to basic English vocabulary for the elements of a film and elements that make for a “moment of class” in the cinema

B. Revision of the classic structure of a screenplay.

- Plot elements: Plot and sub-plot; 3-act structure with twists, goal and counter-goal, highlight scene, dark moment, climax, denouement.

C. Writing techniques for building the middle.

- Foreshadowing, obstacles and conflict, momentum, graduation, suspense.

II. THE PRODUCTION PROCESS

A. Script breakdown

B. The shooting script

C. Scheduling and budgeting

D. Casting and working with actors

E. Editing

III. SELLING THE SCREENPLAY

A. E-mail communication

B. The pitch

Block 2 (Learning Unit)

CREATION OF STUDENTS’ OWN SCREENPLAYS

A. Writing of 3-4 drafts of a screenplay, including plot synopsis, script, character description and logline, with feedback and critique at each step of the process

B. Characteristics of a good beginning

C. Characteristics of good dialogue

D. Effective and ineffective characterization

E. Characteristics of a good ending

METODOLOGIA


AVALUACIÓ

The final grade in the course will be the result of the mathematical calculation based on the two partial grades. The general evaluation will be based on:

a) a written exam

b) oral exams

c) individual exercises

d) group exercises

f) presentations in class

1. Lecture class (65% of final grade)

A. Exams – There is one written final exam which constitutes 50% of the final grade in the Lecture Class.

B. The remaining 50% of the Lecture Class grade is based on the following types of exercises:

b) Individual exercises in class

i) Presentations in class

f) Group exercises in class.

Doing 70% of class exercises is a prerequisite for taking the final exam. Students who do not meet this requirement will not have the right to take the exam at either the first or the second sitting, will be considered no presentat and must repeat the course the following term.

Students whose Lecture Class grade is insufficient to pass (but who have met the requirement stipulated above) can re-sit the final exam in the second exam sitting. In the second exam sitting, the class work grade (based on exercises) will be kept, so the final exam will still constitute the same 50% of the grade for the Lecture Class.

2. Learning Unit: Writing a 10-minute screenplay (35% of final grade)

C. Individual exercises inside and outside of class including practical work with technological equipment.

D. Group exercises in class

Doing 80% of class exercises is a prerequisite for passing the Learning Unit. Students who do not meet this requirement will not pass the Learning Unit (will be considered no presentat ) and must repeat the course the following term.

In the second sitting, students whose work in the Learning Unit was insufficient will have to produce an individual screenplay including logline, plot synopsis, character descriptions and script within the deadlines and in the format established by the teacher of the course.

Students must achieve passing grades in both the Lecture Class and the Learning Unit in order to pass the course. If a student fails to pass both blocks in the second exam sitting, he/she must register for the class again in the next academic year, as must a student whose participation was not sufficient to earn the right to be evaluated.


CRITERIS D'AVALUACIÓ DE RESULTATS

Competence 1:

The student must demonstrate knowledge and correct oral and written use of English. (A, B, C, D)

1.1 Consolidation of and improvement improve upon the skills and knowledge of English acquired in English for Communication Studies I-IV, reaching a level of oral fluency and comprehension of both written and spoken English that is equal or superior to Cambridge Advanced ( C1 in the Common European Framework).

Competence 2:

The student must demonstrate a basic ability to understand communicative production, both written and audiovisual, in Standard English. (B, C, D)

Competence 3:

The student must be able to discuss and write correctly texts and other media products related to communication. (A, B, C, D)

3.1 Development of students’ critical ability and creative writing skills, specifically related to screenplay writing.

3.2 Knowledge of both the techniques and the language associated with all aspects of creation and production in the process of making a short film in an English-speaking setting.


BIBLIOGRAFIA BÀSICA

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

OTEY, C. English for Film and Television Workbook. Barcelona, 2012.

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS:

HARMON, R. The Beginning Filmmaker’s Guide to Directing. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc., 1993.


BIBLIOGRAFIA COMPLEMENTÀRIA

Complementary materials include several original screenplays provided by instructor and sequences from films including “Gattaca”, “Bladerunner”, “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Raging Bull”.

PREPARAT PER:   
Catherine Ann Otey
DATA DE LA DARRERA REVISIÓ05/07/2012