Scriptwriting - 1st semester


To help who wants to write fiction for cinema or television in finding his/her own
voice, offering, instead of formulas, experiences, examples, working tools and
critical comments.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Miguel Clara Vasconcelos


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



This unit functions a a laboratory. Therefore it is mandatory to attend at least 75%
of the classes and to present witihin the deadlines all the different assignments
proposed. Whoever does not fulfill this requirements will be excluded.


Poética, Lisboa, Imprensa Nacional/Casa da Moeda, 1992
Narration in the Fiction Film, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Press, 1985
CARRIÈRE, Jean Claude
Raconter une histoire: quelques indications, Paris, FEMIS, 1993
A Linguagem Secreta do Cinema, Rio de Janeiro, Nova Fronteira, 1995
Le film qu’on ne voit pas, Paris, Plon, 1996
Alternative Scriptwriting: writing beyond the rules, Boston, Focal Press, 1995
FRANK, Sandy, The Inner Game of Screenwriting, California, Michael Wiese
Productions, 2011
SWAIN, Dwight V.; SWAIN, Joye R.
Film Scriptwriting: a practical manual, Boston, Focal Press, 1988

Teaching method

Theory will be taught during the critical discussion of the works presented by
In class teaching

Evaluation method

Description of a character: 10%
Synopsis: 10%
Scene with dialogues: 10%
Script of a short film or treatment + scene with dialogues for a feature film or
theoretical work on an author, film or theme: 70%

Subject matter

Cinema and television are contemporary forms of communication, which in the XX
century had to invent their language and in our century are reinventing it. In this
course we study how has been defined and transformed the special writing of texts
made to be filmed. It is a genre that can only be understood in relation to narration
and drama. To understand the dramatic narration of scripts, we work on the
classical theories of narration, on the narrative strategies of different kinds of films,
characters, scenes, dialogues and specific techniques of manipulation of space and
time. All this will be developed by working on the synopsis presented by students
in the three first classes and on the different assignments along the semester.


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