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Film Language - 36 hours - 2 American credits

Professor in Charge: Prof. Moira Toledo Cirello -

Course Menu

Basic elements of film language
Classic Cinema patterns and techniques
Staging and Blocking
Photography and Editing from the directors point of view


To know and recognize the main elements of cinematographic language. To plan and execute short videos using the classic classic conventions. To identify the main elements of the production structure and hierarchy of the audiovisual field and behave accordingly.


Expository classes to present production concepts and structures
Case studies for example and analysis
Individual and group activities to experiment with learning (making short videos)
Analysis and self-assessment of group processes for understanding and systematizing behavior patterns

Basic cinematic language units

  • Plan types and values;
  • Basic axis 180º  (2 people);
  • Camera movements;
  • Composition.

Classic cinema standards (types of decoupage, triangular system, composition)

  • Relationships between character and camera movement (Staging);
  • Organization of characters on the board (Blocking).

Camera point of view vs. narrative point of view

  • Narrative point of view of a character;
  • Neutral / objective narrative point of view.

Introduction to assembly

  • Types of Cut (Direction, position, look);
  • Continuity;
  • Ellipse;
  • Flashback;
  • Flashforward.
  1. CHANDLER, G. Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know. Burlington: Focal Press, 2010;
  2. KATZ, Steven D. Film Directing, Cinematic Motion. California: Michael Wiese Productions, 2004;
  3. KATZ, Steven D. Film Directing, Shot by Shot. California: Michael Wiese Productions, 1991;
  4. KENWORTHY, C. Master Shots Vol 1: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie. California: Michael Wiese Productions, 2012;
  5. KENWORTHY, C. Master Shots Volume 2: Shooting Great Dialogue Scenes, California: Michael Wiese Productions, 2012;
  6. MACKENDRICK, A. On Filmmaking. An introduction to the craft of the director. NY: Farber and Farber;
  7. MCKEE, Robert. Dialogue. NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2016;
  8. MCKEE, Robert. Story. NY: ReganBooks, 2001;
  9. MERCADO, G. The Filmmakers Eye. Learning and breaking the rules of cinematic composition. Burlington: Focal Press, 2010;
  10. THOM, Randy. Designing a movie for sound. Acessado em, 2018;
  11. WEILAND, K.M. Creating Character Arcs.Penforasword. 2016;
  12. WESTON, Judith. Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television.1999;
  13. WESTON. Judith.The Film Director's Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques. Michael Wiese Productions. Nova Iorque: 2003.