40 credits at level HE6
The aim of this module is to help the student carry out a major practical project in film/video production or multi platform production. The module will work in two interlinking sections. The initial stages will involve the submission of a proposal for a production project. The proposal should take the form of a specific media production (i.e. documentary, drama, multi-platform product, music video or a project agreed with your tutor), which will form the basis of a bid for commission. The project commission will be agreed prior to the commencement of the module. All work must be agreed with tutors.
There will be a series of individual and group mandatory tutorials throughout the module structured around the development of an ongoing and in-depth body of practical work for exhibition/distribution as part of the students’ degree show/exhibition.
All students must contribute to the organisation of the screening of their work. Professional, critically engaged practitioners who will discuss their work and its influences will further enhance this experience through lectures/presentations.
Students will be given a number of project development sessions and workshops, which will lead to the completion of an application for commission, a pitch and eventually the final film. Students will form themselves into production teams to compete for such commissions. Once the commissions have been established students will take a major role (director or producer) on one production or a crew role (camera, sound recordist, editor, DOP etc) on two productions.
Students will need to produce creative, original practical work and identify how that work is critically underpinned. All work has to be agreed and monitored by the module tutor. It can be a live brief in conjunction with an organisation, providing this is agreed with the tutor beforehand.
Preparing a proposal
Project management (from initiation to completion)
Application preparation / writing
Specialist Skills: directing, producing, cinematography, etc
Reflection and evaluation
Feedback on ongoing production work
Module delivery: Discussion Groups, lectures, mandatory tutorials, visiting speakers, and a blended learning approach will be used. Students will be responsible for arranging regular meetings with their chosen tutor in order to discuss progress with the pre-agreed aims. This will lead towards the final assessment, which will be in the form of a Viva Voce. Your production project will begin with regular meetings with your tutor. This will initially take the form of group tutorials, then one-to-one tutorials. Students' views and how they express them are a major part of their ongoing development as thinking practitioners, and this will form an important component within the class structure. Students will undertake the preparation of a Production file, which will contain the development of their ideas and its influences but also all the necessary aspects for the planning, preparation and execution of media production. Students will produce a final body of work for exhibition . This work will form the basis of a Viva Voce, giving the opportunity for the student to explain methodology, context and criticality.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to critically engage with, organise and plan a long-term body of work (as agreed with your tutor) and demonstrate its continued development||
1.1 Demonstrate self-management, organisation,
planning and time management.
1.2 Show original, creative thought in the design of the project and adequately prepare for the project
1.3 Respond appropriately to the commissioning process
1.4 Present a production file to include research and planning for your chosen skillset in the film
|2.||Be able to critically engage in discussion on significant movements, debates and practitioners relevant to your project and discuss your work in this context.
2.1 Explore, engage with and critically evaluate the work of significant practitioners or genres within film / TV and be able to relate this to your own work.
2.2 Exercise significant independent judgement in the critical and detailed review and evaluation of your own work, taking a high level of responsibility
for your own ideas.
2.3 Demonstrate significant knowledge and understanding of the field of study using clear,
concise and accessible language.
|3.||Be able to undertake an in-depth project, which critically engages with practitioners and genres.||
3.1 have produced a significant body of work for final exhibition.
3.2 Display a high level of creativity and skill and technical competence in the realisation of a body of practical work and display this work to a high standard of presentation.
3.3 Show evidence of having revised your plans and work after discussion with others
so that the finished work is commensurate with the high standards expected at the culmination
of study in an extended final outcome at level HE6
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A practical Film Project||A Viva Voce on your filmmaking experiences and practices drawing on a production file on your area of crew responsibility|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Although relevant reading will depend on the nature of the project some suggested readings are given below. The tutor will also be able to give individual guidance on appropriate reading.
Lighting and Cinematography
Katz, S. (1991) Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen, 1st edn. Studio City; Michael Weise Productions.
Jackman, J. (2004) Lighting for Digital Video & Television, 2nd ed. Gilroy CMP Books.
Kenworthy, C. (2009) Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an
Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie, 1st edn. Studio City; Michael Weise
Alton, J. (1995) Painting with Light, 4th edn. Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Ondaatje, M. (2002) The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film,
1st edn, Toronto; Random House.
Pearlmen, K. (2009), Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit, 1st ed. Boston: Focal Press.
Wohl, M. (2007) Apple Pro Training Series: The Craft of Editing with Final Cut Pro,
1st edn. Berkeley: PeachPit Press.
Wohl, M. (2007) Apple Pro Training Series: Color, 1st edn. Berkeley: PeachPit
Production Management / Directing
Silver, A. and Ward, E. (1992) The Film Director’s Team: A Practical Guide for
Production Managers, Assistant Directors and All Filmmakers, 1st ed. Beverly Hills: Silman-James.
Aronson, I.V. (2006) DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish, 1st ed. Sebastopol:
Block, B. (2001) The Visual Story: Seeing the Structure of Film, TV, and the New
Media, 2nd edn London: Focal Press.
Douglass, J.S. and Harnden, G.P. (1996) The Art of Technique: Aesthetic Approach
to Film and Video Production. 1st edn. London: Allyn & Bacon.
Tomlinson, HJolman (2001) Sound for Film and Television, 2nd edn. London, Focal Press.
Nisbett, A. (2003) Audio Techniques for Radio, Television, Film and Recording.
Boston: Focal Press.
Katz, B. (2005) Master Audio: The art and the science, 1st edn. Milwaukee: Hal
Amyes, T & Wyatt, H (2004) Audio Post Production for Television and Film, 3rd edn. Boston: Focal Press.
|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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