Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






1ère Année Management,Bachelor 1ère année,1ère Année Télécom





Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


Acting and screenwriting is an introduction to how a script is written and through interaction leads students to speak English more naturally.

Acquis d'apprentissage

In this course we will study the film Mulholland Drive by David Lynch in order to reach the following objectives :
to gain a sound general knowledge and open-mindedness which are necessary to any good communicator in today’s working world
to develop analytical skills by reflecting on the deep meaning of this complex film
to develop a trained eye by identifying the basic elements of a script, and to apply these concepts to the writing of a scene
to be able to express oneself in a clear and concise way when explaining the pitch-line of the scenes that have been written.
to be able to give clear acting directions and comments to other students
to gain more self-confidence by performing before an audience


Welcome to the cinema and theatre world. Our primary goal over the semester will be to watch carefully and analyse David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive. The course will then go on to present the different basic concepts of screenwriting followed by an application of these theories: indeed, students will write a scene in small groups which will be discussed, criticized and finally performed in front of the class.

The purpose of the course is to sensitize students to what is being seen on screen and on stage, to stimulate their critical judgement and to learn how to “perform” in front of others. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand how a script is written and to use the language in a more natural way.

Attentes du cours

I expect active participation, discussion and opinion sharing. Trust plays an important role in this course so I have certain requirements with regard to behaviour while other students are performing such as no speaking, and no mobile phones or watch alarms ringing. I also insist on students learning their lines very early on so as to facilitate the acting process.


Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20.
You will be graded on your participation in class and on assignments outside class time (one short presentation on Mulholland Drive using PowerPoint, the presentation of 2 drama exercises to the group, the writing of one scene in groups) : 50% of overall grade.
Presence at all class periods is an essential aspect of a language course and will be taken into consideration in the continuous assessment grade.
The final grade (50% of overall grade) will be based on the presentation of the scenes and an essay on Mulholland Drive.
Validating the Tandem course will add 2 bonus points in the continuous assessment grade of the corresponding language course.
Chaque absence injustifiée entrainera 1 point en moins sur votre note de CC.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Plan du cours

A few drama exercises to break the ice.
Watch first half of MD + fill out the observation questionnaire
Watch the end of MD + questionnaire
Brainstorm the order of the different events as they occur in the film Group work :
Answer the comprehension quiz
Make 1 PowerPoint slide on the chronology of the story
Prepare a short presentation with slides explaining your ideas
Short presentations of each group’s findings
My presentation on MD : take notes for your future essay Handout on the possible beginnings of the scenes that will be written : read , choose one and start thinking…
Write an essay on MD based on what you understood of the film (class explanation + your own views) : to be handed in by class 6
Look up the different meaning of various screenwriting concepts
Discuss the concepts of a screenplay and answer the questions in groups
Define the characters in MD
Analyse a scene of the film and act it out Start writing your scene : write the pitch-line ( a one-sentence summary of the action
Explain the pitch-line to the class : brainstorm
Make any necessary changes
Start writing the dialogues
Hand in essay on MD Finish writing the dialogues
Drama exercises (warm-up and improvisation)
Choose your actors, explain the scene
Start acting and directing
In pairs , find 2 drama exercises to explain to the group : each pair will explain their exercises over the following weeks
Drama exercises
Work on the scenes Start learning your lines
Drama exercises
Work on the scenes Learn your lines
Drama exercises
Work on the scenes
All dialogues must be known perfectly at this point
Find props, costumes and music for your scene
Drama exercises
Work on the scenes

Drama exercises
Work on the scenes
Drama exercises
Work on the scenes
CF1 : presentation of the scenes

Fiche mise à jour le 08/07/2020