180.782 Narrating with the camera – storytelling and film design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand and apply basic cinematic design tools, plan simple video productions, and present real and fictional content, moods, and situations in a short video. The effect of language, speech technique, and non-verbal signals can be used purposefully when appearing in a video.

Subject of course

Arrangement of people and objects in the picture frame. Effect of light and color. Methods of spatial representation. Appearance and effect of characters. Different cinematic narrative forms and types of film montage. Research, story planning, development of synopsis, treatment and screenplay. Production planning and time management. Techniques of film analysis.

Teaching methods

Presentation of the basics of film design. Exercises in image design. Acting out interviews and moderations. Film analysis. Instruction on developing an expose, treatment and screenplay. Production of a short video in a team. Discussion and feedback.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Effort estimation (ECTS breakdown 75h):

6 h Block 1: Preliminary discussion (film examples, team building) Theory image design. Photo exercise representation of people, representation of space. Theory of the effect of light and color. Lighting exercise. Discussion and feedback.

4 h Block 2: Theory appearance of persons, language and speech technique, the effect of non-verbal signals. Exercise: moderation and interview, theory: film perception and force to connect, exercise: film analysis theory: film montage and film narrative forms.

4h Block 3: Theory: production planning, filming techniques. Instruction on research and writing of synopsis, treatment, and screenplay.

6 h Teamwork: research, story planning, creation of expose, and treatment.

6 h Teamwork: script writing, production planning.

24 h Teamwork: Shooting (3 shooting days).

20 h teamwork: post-production (2.5 editing days): Material review, editing, inserts.

5 h presentation (including preview, fine cut, preparation, and discussion).



Course dates

Thu11:00 - 17:0016.03.2023Seminarraum 384 Block 1
Thu09:00 - 13:0023.03.2023FAV Hörsaal 2 Block 2
Thu13:00 - 17:0020.04.2023Seminarraum 127 Block 3
Thu12:00 - 16:0011.05.2023Seminarraum 127 Presentations
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Attendance, production and presentation of a short video.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
20.02.2023 13:00 31.03.2023 13:00



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