Module Catalogue 2023/24

MCH1035 : Starting out in Filmmaking

MCH1035 : Starting out in Filmmaking

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Simon Rushton
  • Lecturer: Ms Carol Lynn
  • Technician: Mr Matt Robinson
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
MCH1011Introduction to Film Technologies
Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Code Title
MCH1038Introduction to the Documentary: From documentation to non-fiction film
Co Requisite Comment



1. To introduce film as an art, as a tool for documentation and self expression
2. To practice observational, narrative and poetic forms of creative self expression
3. To develop technical, creative and critical competence in non fiction film production

This module introduces the essential components for documentary film practices

This module provides the opportunity to become familiar with the observational, sequential and creative fundamentals of video and audio production for non fiction film

Outline Of Syllabus

• Revision and extension of the fundamental technical elements of video and audio production
• Introduction to techniques for capturing dialogue in documentary (assessed formatively)
• Introduction to narrative sequencing and visual story telling theories and techniques
• Introduction to poetic forms of self expression through sound and image
• Introduction to logistical and ethical concerns through interpersonal relations and representation
• Reflection on film practice

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will be able:
1. To show an understanding of film as an art, as a tool for documentation and self expression
2. To understand processes for dialogue capture, narrative sequencing and poetic forms of expression
3. To be able to make informed critical judgments about technical competency and creative expression

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will be able:
4. To demonstrate practical skills in observational, narrative and poetic uses of film form
5. To show technical competence alongside the ability to express feelings and reflections about the social and historical world through film
6. To reflect critically on practice and be able to articulate underpinning theoretical frameworks in discussion of one's own practice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops114:0044:00Practical interactive workshop which also includes seminar discussion of film extracts and lecture content delivered alongside practical tasks
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity136:0036:00In preparation for Reflective Log
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered through a single Workshop session that will include lecture content broken up into a series of short presentations that set out key theories and concepts. Integrated with this will be seminar type discussion of individual film sequences and practical workshop exercises based on the exemplar materials and knowledge-based content. Students will also be working through the implications of key readings for practice. This will enable students to achieve Knowledge Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. Practice-based activities form a significant method of teaching which will enable students to achieve Skills Outcomes 4, 5 and 6.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M806 mins sequence comprising a 3 mins Narrative and 3 mins Non-Narrative components
Reflective log1M206 mins Video Essay Critical Reflection
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj1M3 mins Dialogue Sequence
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for the assessments is to enable students to develop the practical and creative skills required for filmmaking at Stages 2 and 3. The Creative Project assessment is a single portfolio but and contains 2 components of equal length. Given the emphasis on practice, the Creative Project forms the major part of the assessment.

The Reflective Log provides the opportunity to reflect critically on the theoretical and methodical considerations that informed the practice and how effectively the aims and learning outcomes have been realised.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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