Narrative Structures I

Documentary Film Studies, Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho n.º 13021/2015

5 ECTS; 1º Ano, 1º Semestre, 30,0 T + 30,0 TP + 3,0 OT


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A. Be familiar with the structure of narrative discourse;

B. Be familiar with the structural elements of the narrative account;

C. Practise several writing styles;

D. Be aware of the instrumental role of the screenplay: limits and potential of its intervention.

a. Creative writing vs. non-creative writing;

b. Writing as a collective process;

c. Key elements of a narrative;

Evaluation Methodology
Continuous assessment:
a. Attendance and minimum participation requirements (20%)
b. Several pieces of work produced in class;
c. 3 projects (80%)

Individual piece of work.

- Sánchez-Escalonilla, A. (2014). Estrategias de Guion Cinematográfico: el proceso de creación de una história. Barcelona: Editorial Planeta
- Vogler, C. (2002). El Viaje del Escritor. Barcelona: Ediciones Robinbook
- Goldsmith, K. (2015). Escritura no-creativa: gestionando el lenguaje en la era digital. Buenos Aires: Caja Negra
- Casetti , F. (1995). El Film y su Espectador.. Madrid : Cátedra Editores

Method of interaction

Theoretical and practical classes based on the written work produced by the students.

Based on the texts, aspects such as the creative process, technical writing, narrative models and the use of references will be discussed.

Software used in class