General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Jorge Oter Gonzalez

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Carlota Frisón Fernández
Lluís De Sola Llovet 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Specific skills
  • E5_Design and make an audiovisual product (consisting of still or moving images), taking into account both its technical and artistic aspects, in all its components

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming

Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources


The optional subject "Film Direction" is carried out throughout the second term and has 4 hours of theory and 2 theory of practices per week. However, the nature of the subject is fundamentally practical and aims to deepen the student's understanding of what film direction means as an expression of an idea based on creative choices. We work from the search for the idea to shoot to a first version of the montage, through the writing and analysis of the different technical-artistic departments (art, photography, direction of actors…).  

The aim of the course is to make short films in groups, with a clear and well-communicated idea. The subject wants to help students to become people with expressive capacity, stimulating their creativity with various activities, some of a more technical nature and others linked to theory, more reflective and conceptual, with a special emphasis on the character. intimate, honest and personal of the projects that are developed.

The course is divided into two parts, theory and practice, which will be developed in parallel. The first will deal with technical issues about the different expressive possibilities offered by the film departments and how to apply them to our projects. All this from a practical point of view and applied from activities. 

The second is, in practice, a workshop in which short film projects will be developed for groups for later realization. Students will be organized into groups that will start from day one to develop the fundamental idea of ​​the projects. The short films that will be made will emerge from this initial phase. The students will be integrated in this way in a work group, of between 4 and 5 people, in which they will assume the responsibility of a determined department (art, photography etc…) to carry out the short film, that already from the beginning will have to have a minimum format, a clear concept and concrete and realistic possibilities of performance.



Luis de Sola
(direction) and Carlota Frisón (direction of actors)

Theoretical and technical introduction to the concept of management

  1. The profession of film director based on an etymological and historical reading.
  2. Cinema and spectator. The principle of empathy. The point of view.
  3. The nature of the film and the basic elements that make it up. The image and the sound.
  4. Theatrical techniques applied to the audiovisual.
  5. Definition of characters and their construction. 
  6. Time and space in choreography.
  7. Staging and / or staging.
  8. The laws of cinematic language: axis, angles, Raccord, steps...
  9. From the script to the performance
  10. Photography: lights, shadows and colors.
  11. The shooting. Structure and operating criteria.
  12. The relationship between the director and the actors.
  13. Editing, the true invention of cinema.
  14. Assembly theory and technique.


Luis de Sola
(direction) and Carlota Frisón (direction of actors)


Short film development workshop

  1. The idea, tools to find and develop it.
  2. Honesty.
  3. Script principles and writing processes. The conflict.
  4. Elaboration of characters.
  5. Process and preparation of the casting.
  6. storyline, synopsis, schedule and treatment.
  7. The narrative style.
  8. From the literary script to the technical script: cutting or scene and sequence planning.
  9. Reading and understanding scripts: definition of characters.
  10. Description and tasks of the different departments.
  11. Rehearsal processes with the actors.
  12. The shooting plan.
  13. Filming with the actors.
  14. The editing plan and supervision of the first version of the assembly.

Evaluation system

Theory (35%):

Activity 1: Individual theoretical exam (25%). Includes questions on theory, practice and direction of actors (INDIVIDUAL NOTE).

Activity 2. Exercises and participation (10%). (INDIVIDUAL NOTE).

Internships (65%):

Activity 3: Storyline and individual pitching (5%). (INDIVIDUAL NOTE).

Activity 4: Creative and technical development of the short film (30%). (GROUP NOTE). 

Activity 5: Interpretation practice (5%). (INDIVIDUAL NOTE). 

Activity 6: Individual memory by role (5%). (INDIVIDUAL NOTE).

Activity 7: Video of the minute (10%). (INDIVIDUAL NOTE).

Activity 8: Elaboration and development of the casting (10%). (GROUP NOTE). 

To be able to average, the mark of the theoretical exam must be at least a 5. 
To be able to make an average, the grade for all 5 practices must be at least a 5. 

-It is necessary to have presented the short film in order to take the final exam.

-The recovery will take the form of a short film exercise between the students involved and an individual written exam. It will never be able to surpass the 6 like final note when considering only the notes of "Final result of the short film" and "Exam". 

- The identification of plagiarism is considered a serious circumstance that can lead to a failing grade in the subject. In case of detection of plagiarism, the coordination of the degree will be informed so that the corresponding disciplinary measures can be taken.




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