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08/26/2014 - 12/19/2014
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Extended to: 04/15/2014
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17 semester / 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

From Miloš Forman and Agnieszka Holland, to Emir Kusturica and Jan Svěrák – few countries boast a tradition of filmmaking as rich as the Czech Republic. And now it’s your turn to join it.

Through Czech language study, film theory, and intensive student-led projects, the CIEE Film Studies study abroad program in Prague gives serious film students an exceptional international opportunity to hone their production and screenwriting skills through work and study with some of Europe’s leading film professionals.

Study abroad in Prague and you will:

  • Study with both American and international film students at The Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe
  • Work directly with film professionals to produce a short 16mm film or develop a feature-length screenplay
  • Visit local film studios and attend guest lectures by European directors, producers, cinematographers, and screenwriters

Whether your place is at the writer’s table or behind the camera, build your knowledge of Central European film tradition and develop your practical skills, using Prague’s beauty as inspiration for your creative projects.

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The CIEE Difference

Coursework

study abroad in the Czech Republic

Continue to build your understanding of film theory through a host of required and elective courses:

  • Analyze feature length films from a practical dramaturgical perspective, discussing dramatic structures, narrative techniques, and genres, while examining the process and craft of screenwriting in script analysis
  • In visual theory, investigate the construction of visual images, analyzing the use of various aesthetic and design elements used by image-makers and the effects of these elements on the viewer
  • Explore the voluminous possibilities in film language and non-narrative cinema in topics in avant-garde cinema

Production and Screenwriting Tracks

Grow your skills and work through mentor-style instruction from renowned and professionally active FAMU faculty in one of two tracks of study:

  • In the Production track, you’ll engage in pre-production, production, and post-production of a short 16mm film, under the supervision of faculty mentors and the support of FAMU studio production staff
  • In the Screenwriting track, you'll embark on the creation of a feature length screenplay, guided to complete its full treatment and to write approximately half of its first draft. You will actively participate in the critical and constructive analysis of both your own work and that of your peers

Excursions

  • Travel to a number of film schools outside of Prague for master class discussions and film screenings
  • Tour Barrandov Studios, the so-called “Hollywood of the East”
  • See the cultural and historic sites of the Czech Republic through an academic, film-oriented field trip led by CIEE/FAMU professors and staff
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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (16 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/26/2014
12/19/2014
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,448
Housing
$3,000
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,850
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees **
$125
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2014 (16 wks)
Extended to: 10/15/2013
01/21/2014
05/16/2014
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,448
Housing
$3,000
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,850
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees **
$125
Personal expenses
$2,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2015
10/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0

Production Track

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in art-related major (preferably film)
  • Experience, either formal or informal, with directing and use of digital/video camera. This experience will be exhibited through your portfolio submissions as well as your answers in a survey during the application process.
  • Students must submit a video sample (typically a DVD) of a portfolio of recent work (maximum 15 minutes). Video submissions can also be in the form of links to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please submit links by mailing a paper document (along with the hard copies of your storyboards, per requirement below) with the full link typed out.
  • Students must submit 1-2 storyboards/treatments for short film ideas in Prague. A storyboard tells a story through images (photographs, drawings, etc). If the pictures in the storyboard need to be explained with extensive writing to be understood, the storyboard is not successful.
  • One recommendation letter from a professor within your major department.

Screenwriting Track

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in art-related major and minimum of 2 courses in screenwriting or creative writing; film or screenwriting major recommended
  • Students must submit an original screenplay and proposals for two additional screenplays
  • One recommendation letter from a professor within your major department.

Important Notes

  • Students should submit portfolios as punctually as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • All portfolio submissions should be mailed to CIEE and should indicate your name and track.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 17 semester/25.5 quarter hours. Contact hours are 45 hours with recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Production Track: All study abroad students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Topics in Production, and Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship. In addition, students choose two regular three-credit FAMU courses from the selected FAMU courses. At least one must be from the Production track electives.

Screenwriting Track: All students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Feature Screenwriting, and Script Analysis. In addition, students choose two regular three-credit FAMU courses from the selected FAMU courses listed. At least one must be from the Screenwriting track electives.

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About the City

About The City

Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the city of a thousand spires. This EU member is a perfect example of the steady development of a society which recently transitioned from its communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life—festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many of which are accessible on a student budget. Study abroad students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of numerous neighborhoods in the city like native Praguers.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Jana Cemusova

Resident Director

Jana Čemusová heads the CIEE Study Center in Prague, leading study abroad programs, customized partnerships with Charles University and other educational institutions. She served as a Student Services Director from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining CIEE in a full-time position, Jana gained extensive experience with CIEE students through her many years of teaching and leading Czech language instruction through the CIEE Study Center at Charles University.

Jana has teaching experience as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas, expertise in training language teachers, and leading projects in immigrant communities. She served as a chair of Association of Czech Teachers Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language in 2003 – 2009.

Jana is a double graduate at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Philosophy, where she studied Theory of Culture (Anthropology) and Czech Language and Creative Studies at the Faculty of Education.

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Ivana Skenderija

Film Studies Progam Coordinator

Ivana Skenderija works for the CIEE Study Center as a contractor, Film Studies Program coordinator. She is the main liaison between CIEE and FAMU. She is primarily responsible for the FS program administration, coordination and development including assisting and advising FS students, leading cultural workshops and academic excursions. Her other agendas involve site visits planning and CIEE database testing and development.

Ivana has a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Humanities from Charles University and a background in drama, education, and film. In 2014, she will be finishing her Master’s degree in General Anthropology.

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Veronika Tobiasova

Housing Coordinator

Veronika works for the CIEE Study Center in Prague as a Housing Coordinator and she is mainly responsible for housing management (dorm, apartments, homestay), solving student issues, Flat Buddy Program, Meet Czech Families and Friends, CIEE promotion, greening, etc.

Veronika received her Master’s degree in English and American Studies and Spanish Philology at Charles University in Prague, with specialization in American and Argentinean literature. During high school, she was an exchange student in Madison, WI for one year. She also studied at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain for a year.

Her previous working experience includes teaching both English and Spanish in different language schools and a high school in Prague. She also worked for a trade promotion agency and Peruvian Embassy.

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Eva Tomiskova

Program Coordinator

Eva Tomišková works for the CIEE Study Center in Prague as a Program Assistant and her main responsibilities involve orientation, academic trips planning, volunteering program coordination, site visit planning, catering and overall office management.

Eva is a graduate of The Technical University in Liberec, the Faculty of Education, with major in Social studies and English language.

Prior to joining CIEE, Eva gained extensive experience in human recourses and educational field not only in her home country but abroad as well.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) is one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe. It is one of the three schools that comprise the Academy of Performing Arts and one of the oldest film schools in Europe. Many influential filmmakers and screenwriters are FAMU alumni, including Stanislav Barabas and Oscar-winners Miloš Forman and Agnieszka Holland. FAMU offers professional film production facilities including digital Betacam, HDV, and 16mm and 35mm film for student work.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in the Czech Republic

Study abroad students live in CIEE-administered apartments with other CIEE Film Studies participants and local film students (CIEE Flat Buddy). Each apartment houses three CIEE students as well as one flat buddy. Apartments consist of two bedrooms with a shared, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom. Please note that meals and Internet fees are not included with this option. Apartments are located in various locations in the center, all within close proximity to FAMU.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in (location) even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation during which the resident director shares information about the program and site. A mandatory three-week orientation session, which includes an intensive language program, is conducted in Prague at the beginning of the program and introduces you to the academic program, country, culture, extra-curricular options, program faculty, and provides practical information about living in the Czech Republic. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless enabled laptop. Internet connections are available for free in the dormitory and may be available in the apartments for an additional fee and service is often shared with flat buddies and other roommates. You will have access to the Internet at FAMU. Prague also offers a good network of Internet cafes for a small fee.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities, Field Trips, and Flat Buddies

study abroad in the Czech Republic

You will participate in a variety of integrated program activities including special workshops, film screenings, and guest lectures, and help other students as crew in the production work. The integrated nature of this study abroad program allows you to work closely with local faculty and students throughout the semester. The program includes an excursion to film schools outside of Prague, master class discussions, film screenings, and additional activities, such as visits to Czech Barrandov Studios and film festivals in Prague. You'll also have the opportunity to see the cultural and historic sites of the Czech Republic through an academic, film-oriented field trip led by CIEE/FAMU professors and staff. Travel outside of Prague in the last six weeks of the program is not advised for the Production track. Interested students may have the option of volunteering in Prague and can participate in Families and Friends program.

Immersion

Flat Buddies

CIEE arranges for local film studies students to live with CIEE students in apartments. These Flat Buddies share day-to-day issues, help you better understand FAMU academic traditions, local cultural norms and standards, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and FAMU student life. These local students also help CIEE Prague staff with organization of social events and activities throughout the semester.

Language

A two-week mandatory intensive Czech course is followed by two 50 minutes lessons for eight weeks during semester. Afternoon activities such as shopping, orientation, and a scavenger hunt are part of this course.
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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Film Studies Program operating at FAMU since 2008 is designed for students who have prior experience in film production, screenwriting, or film studies, and offers qualified students the opportunity to engage firsthand in film production and screenwriting work alongside faculty, staff, and students at one of Europe’s top film schools. Through a combination of specially designed CIEE film courses and FAMU elective offerings, students hone their production and writing skills and develop and produce their own short films in teams of two on the Production track, or write their own screenplays on the Screenwriting track. Please note that CIEE reserves the right to combine the two tracks should there be insufficient enrollment in one of the tracks.

Academic Culture

The Film Studies program includes both practical hands-on and traditional university courses. The Production track has eight weeks of instruction, two weeks of guided pre-production, two weeks of production, and two weeks of post-production. The 14-week Screenwriting track follows a more traditional schedule and culminates in the creation of a feature-length screenplay. Courses are small and include both theoretical and practical exercises. The study abroad program is intensive in nature and requires both evening and weekend sessions, film screenings, and production work.

All classes are taught by FAMU professors. Professors encourage participation and active student engagement in the course material. FAMU expects independent, mature students who come prepared to follow the advice of the faculty. A mentorship style of instruction is utilized in many classes, requiring students to do outside work and consult with the faculty individually or in small groups.

Nature of Classes

Required CIEE Czech language and production and screenwriting courses are with CIEE students only. FAMU elective courses are with CIEE and international students.

Grading System

Assessment is varied in nature and includes mid-term and final exams, faculty assessment of final production or screenwriting projects, and participation in seminars, workshops, and other program activities. All courses are graded A–F.

Language of Instruction

Czech
English

Faculty

Czech language is taught by language faculty from Charles University. All required and elective Film Studies courses are taught by faculty and staff from FAMU. The students are under the guidance of FAMU faculty member, Mary Angiolillo, their acting instructor in the topics in production course, and the liaison between CIEE and FAMU. Mary is a native American, but is a longtime resident of the Czech Republic. With a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Mary initially came to Europe on a CIEE study abroad program, and is well prepared and eager to help the students in their work at FAMU.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Intensive Language Course

CZEC 1101 PRFS

Intensive Beginning Czech Language
The two-week intensive (three to five hours per day) course provides students with the basic skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. The course focuses on grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension. The class continues on a weekly basis until the start of the pre-production period. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Production Track

Required CIEE Courses

FILM 3001 PRFS

Topics in Production
This seminar-style course consists of workshops and seminars which encompass theory and practice and culminates in the pre-production of a short 16mm film. The specific units are screenwriting (short form), cinematography, camera and film language, directing, acting, editing, and sound. During this course, in which lectures and preliminary exercises introduce students to techniques and theory in a variety of filmmaking disciplines, students form creative teams, preparing for the end of semester 16mm film projects. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

FILM 3002 PRFS

Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship
This mentorship and practicum is a continuation of topics in production. Entering the practicum with a fully prepared technical script, students engage in pre-production, production, and post-production of a short 16mm film, under the supervision of faculty mentors and the support of FAMU studio production staff. Students consult with the entire FAMU faculty, but each team also has one primary mentor who oversees, guides, consults, and helps troubleshoot for the project. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Screenwriting Track

Required CIEE Courses

SCWR 3001 PRFS

Script Analysis
Through the intensive analysis of films, students examine the following principles: three act story structure, plot points, turning points, the function of exposition, the catalyst, rising action, crisis, climax, culmination, resolution, main tension, theme, as well as scenes and sequences, sub-, double-, and multi-plots, and internal scene structure. Analysis also covers the role of the protagonist, the creation of empathy, the journey of the protagonist (spine), active and passive characters, supporting characters, “string characters,” character arcs and motivation, the role of the antagonist, use of conflict and obstacles, and a comparison of objective vs. subjective conflict and action vs. activity. The course also explores interpretations of film as a temporal-spatial art by examining pacing, rhythm, accelerating action, the handling of time and space, montage, transitions, sound, and music. Employing dialogue, the dramatic use of props and costumes, staging, and the creation of atmosphere in the screenplay are also covered. Students are expected to recognize these dramatic and narrative elements and to present a cogent analysis of a film selected for a mid-term exam and final paper. Instructor: Pavel Jech

SCWR 3002 PRFS

Feature Screenwriting
In this writing workshop, student screenwriters embark on the creation and writing of the first draft of a feature-length screenplay. Following a strict writing plan that is based upon the inherent structural demands of feature-length dramatic scriptwriting, each student submits five installments of their project to be read and reviewed in class. With theoretical lectures on related topics and through the analysis of submitted work, the instructor also introduces students to various components of the craft and process of screenwriting, and proposes pragmatic approaches that have been employed by experienced writers. Additionally, as a collective of young writers supporting each other in the pursuit of learning how to create effective and functioning screenplays, all students are expected to actively participate in the critical and constructive analysis of the work of their peers. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Instructor: Jan Fleischer

Production and Screenwriting Tracks

FAMU Elective Courses
The following is a sample list of CIEE-approved regular elective courses offered in English through FAMU. Production and Screenwriting track students must choose two of the following courses. The following courses have a recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours, unless otherwise indicated. Final course lists are given to students during orientation.

Acting Studio
This is a practical course for directors, producers, scriptwriters, cinematographers, or editors to understand the actor’s craft. Students proceed from exercises and various improvisations to a given text, a dialogue, and a monologue. At the end of each semester the student performs a piece in front of the camera and assesses the work on video. Instructor: Dasha Blahova

Acting Theories
This course aims to cover essentials of acting theories—some historical, but mostly contemporary—in order to help film directors communicate effectively with actors from varying pedagogical and cultural backgrounds. Instructor: Mary Angiolillo

Central European Cinema within the Context of the World Cinema
This course provides a general overview of the primary trends, aesthetics, protagonists, and history of post-war Central Europe. National cinemas examined includes Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Czech, Slovak, and Yugoslav filmmaking. . Instructor: Dan Duta

Cinematographer’s Influence
This course gives an explanation of the cinematographer’s craft in the fields of exponometry, processing, and other postproduction technologies. It analyzes the use of various exponometric (photometric) methods and their effectiveness on the aesthetic of cinematographic image. It is a lecture/seminar format and students are given theoretical and practical assignments. Instructor: Michael Gahut

Circulating within the Modern Cinematic Image
This inter-disciplinary seminar is modeled on the epistemological notion of a U.S.-American informed postmodernity/globalization, which for ill or for better informs the conditions of possibility of our contemporaneity, and which by extension for us as such produces our individual-class-misson that pedagogically focuses a select band of becoming authenticallyglobal films from the following 20th century world directors: Sergei Eisenstein, Carl Theodor Dreyer, D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, Friedrich Murnau, Dziga Vertov, and Orson Welles with special consideration given to those cinematic moments that teach and that train us in new non-dominatory viewing strategies, in new creative ways of circulating (our term for moving). The role of silence and of the unconscious in film culture is given special coverage. Clips and special features from the DVDs are also shown. Instructor: Erik Roraback

Documentary: Connection
This course is focused on exploring documentary cinema within its broad range of artistic and rhetorical methods toward representing reality -- from both a theoretical and empirical standpoint. At its foundation, the course will consider the theoretical approaches of Nichols, Bruzzi and Gauthier within the context of theories of representation (mostly Jost). Instructor: Vít Janeček

Film Adaptations on Literary Sources
The literary sources and the films made after them are to be compared with the goal of identifying and studying different ways of adapting to the screen a literary source: „true“ adaptations, „free“ adaptations, using some ideas, symbols or metaphoras from a novel or story for making a film etc. This could not only enrich the students´ aknowledge about the history of the world Literature and Cinema, but also help and inspire them for their future career of filmmakers. A special attention will be dedicated to short films adapting literary sources. Instructor: Beth Lazroe

Film Style and Form
The course will focus on the film style and form (FALL 2012: mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing; SPRING 2013: sound, narration) partly based on the readings of the book Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kritstin Thompson. In course students and teachers will discuss the means of film style and form and how they present themselves in a dozen of great films from various epochs and countries. Disclosure of possible meanings and interpretation of them is the aim of the course. Instructor: Beth Lazroe

History of Animation
History of Animation is a subject for more than 1 semester only. That´s why this one semester subject at FAMU is some kind of introduction into history of animation – the rich Czech and foreign panorama of Animated Films. Students should be acquainted not just with history of animation from early years but also with differences not between America and Europe only but among individual Masters of animation in different national cinematographies till 90ties of the 20th Century. The aim is to understand roots of this special art and serious historical tasks it had in the past in different parts of the World. Instructor: Edgar Dutka

Introduction to Intl Film/TV Production
This course focuses on the work and art of a film and television producer, the craft of the person who serves as a) highly skilled and organized project manager, b) counterpart and/ or partner to director and screenwriter, and on occasion, c) creative author of a project. The key areas of information for a producer (and this class) are marketing, financing, budgeting, legal, and business affairs in the stages of project development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Instructor: Petr Sládeček

Nature and City in the Cinema
The aim of the course is to discuss the setting of the various films – variety of the natural setting, garden, countryside and the city – and to explain how applying the studies from the various subjects (architecture, environmentalism, philosophy, etc.) might be helpful for understanding the role that the particular setting fulfills. Students will discuss the films from the different epochs and different regions and will examine the significance of city/country/nature that those films present. Instructor: Beth Lazroe

Photographic Imaging
The practice of still-photography and cinematography is becoming more a branch of applied science and less an empirical craft; therefore, it is increasingly necessary to base the practice on a thorough understanding of photographic materials and processes rather than on rule-of-thumb methods. In a sense, the craft has been simplified by advances in the production of more satisfactory new materials and equipment and the development of new and better methods, but the very diversity of these materials and the tremendously increased scope of modern photography and cinematography combine to demand a more thorough knowledge of fundamentals than was formerly necessary. Instructor: Beth Lazroe

Visual Theory
This course explores how photographs are constructed, analyzing the use of various aesthetic and design elements and the effects of these on the viewer. The format is lecture/ seminar, and students are given practical as well as theoretical assignments. Slide and video presentations support the content of the lectures. Instructor: Beth Lazroe

Script Analysis
This course analyzes feature length films from a practical dramaturgical perspective, demonstrating dramatic structures, narrative techniques, and genres, while examining the process and craft of screenwriting.Instructor: Pavel Jech

Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing 1
This course provides students with an in-depth perspective to many forms of directing: from directing newscasts to directing feature films. This course explores directing methods, the director’s tools, and his/her relationship with the actors and crew from a variety of perspectives including practical, theoretical, psychological, and physiological points of view. Instructor: Petr Marek

Tools of Movie
This course explores Cinematography – its history, philosophy and contemporary prestige of the profession also European Federation of the Cinematographer’s National Associations and the tools of compositional procedures and methods. Instructor: Beth Lazroe

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