Scripwriting Theory

4 ECTS / Semestral / English, Portuguese

The Scriptwriting Theory course will prepare students for the different projects in the 2nd and 3rd year of the BA in Cinema.

It is intended that its contents critically and broadly inform - in the processes of idealisation, conception and writing - the practical work to be carried out within the scope of documentary cinema (Project III), experimental cinema (Project IV) and fiction cinema (Final Project).

Bearing in mind the fundamental heritage of narrative models in scriptwriting, this course will focus on a history and critical discussion of these narrative models, initially.

After this analysis, it will move on to a typification of scriptwriting for cinema and its modes of operation.

At the end of the course on Scriptwriting Theory, students should be able to:

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1) understand the narrative and dramaturgical tradition from Aristotle to the 20th century;
2) mastering how film narration works and the different models of film narratives;
3) understand and develop, with autonomy, a screenwriting project, from the initial idea and research to the final script.


Invited Teaching Assistant
Diogo Costa Amarante was born in Portugal, (1982). He studied Documentary Film and Cinematography at the Catalonian Film School and finished a Master of Fine…