20 credits at level HE7
This module will enable you to synthesise some of the critical, conceptual, managerial and professional skills and understanding needed for managing drama productions as a producer, production manager, location manager and first assistant director. You will undertake a competitively assigned placement with a production company where you will learn how drama projects are developed and produced. In addition, you will participate in a variety of group activities in which you will develop and pitch new ideas for programmes, and develop a production package for a given idea. The work you undertake for this module will form a portfolio for assessment.
• Characteristics of drama production for TV, radio and multi-platform production
• Team working: roles (professional roles); benefits and problems of team working; teambuilding; problem-solving; inter and intra personal skills; communication; assertiveness; diversity and inclusiveness; dealing with conflict; influencing others; virtual teams, leading teams.
• Role of the producer (e.g. production development, finance, distribution, audience analysis, scripting, marketing)
• Production Management: budgeting, scheduling, health and safety including risk assessment, contracts, IPR, location management, First Assistant Director, call sheets, developing a production file.
• Audiences (e.g. identifying audiences, audience expectations)
• Pitching: selling ideas, verbal and written pitches, presentation skills (e.g. planning and preparing, delivery); tailoring to different audiences.
• Marketing: understanding distribution channels (e.g. TV, radio) and outlets (e.g., world wide web), viral marketing, social networks.
• Introductory Reflective Practice: maintaining a reflective blog, selecting and analysing significant incidents.
• Constructive criticism of one’s own work and that of others
The module will be delivered primarily through a production “Boot Camp” normally held at the University of Bolton. This will involve lectures and masterclasses along with practical workshops and advice from drama producers. This will be supported with an online activity management system, which will help you complete your assessment work.
For your assessment you will develop a production package for a chosen idea and write a critical reflective commentary on your own and group members' work. This work will be presented together as a portfolio of work and will be formally graded (summative assessment).
In addition, you will develop and pitch new ideas for a programme, and complete a blog from which you will write a reflective analysis of your experiences and how you will further develop your professional practice. This work will not be formally graded but you will receive formative feedback in relation to this work (formative assessment).
Your work for summative assessment will be presented in the form of a portfolio of evidence that meets the module's learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the different stages of production and demonstrate the practices of producing programmes for TV, radio or multi-platform production.||
Develop a professional production file for a complex project showing you can:
• conduct an in-depth, and credible analysis of the market;
• analyse and break down complex scripts;
• prepare and justify one or more detailed budget proposals with requirements and constraints analysed;
• schedule complex situations effectively;
• analyse staffing requirements, prepare contracts, and propose effective working arrangements;
• identify and deal appropriately with copyright;
• identify and deal appropriately with health and safety issues.
|2.||Constructively critique your work and that of others.||
2.1 Critically reflect on and critique your production work detailing its strengths and how it can be improved or changed to work more effectively.
2.2 Critically reflect on the production work of team members detailing strengths and how it can be improved or changed to work more effectively.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A portfolio of work which includes Production package and 2000 - 2500 word critical commentary|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Creeber, G. and Martin,R. (Dec 2008) Digital Culture: Understanding New Media. Maidenhead: Open University Press
Evans, R. (2006) Practical DV Filmmaking. Oxford: Focal Press
Fraser, C. (1990) The Production Assistant’s Survival Guide. Borehamwood: BBC Television Training
Gates. R. (1999) Production Management for Film & Video. Oxford: Focal Press
Gawlinski, M. (2003) Interactive Television Production. Oxford: Focal Press
Gibson, J. (ed) (2008) Media 08. London: Guardian Books
Gibson, J. (ed) (2008) Media 08: The Essential Guide to Changing Media Landscape London: Guardian Books
Havens, T. (2005) Global Television Marketplace. London: BFI
Landeau, C. & White, T. (2000) What They Don’t Teach You At Film School New York: Hyperion
Palik, J.V. (2008) Media in the Digital Age. New York: Columbia University Press
Patz, D.S. (2002) Film Production Management & Co-ordination 101: The Complete Guide To Production Management for Film & TV
Wilson, L. (2006)Fair use, free use, and use by permission: How to handle copyrights in all media. New York: Allworth Press
Sight and Sound
Other useful resources
The Knowledge - 'The Bible' within the industry (subscription based)
Screen Commission information
Guild of Producers and Production Managers info.
UK Film Council information for film makers
The Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries
Research database at Leeds University Louis Le Prince Centre for Cinema, Photography and Television
Producer’s Alliance for Cinema & Television
Useful for cast, crew, equipment & training courses:
(BBC's online information - read through online courses)
|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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