Module Catalogue 2022/23

MCH1035 : Starting out in Filmmaking

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Carol Lynn
  • Lecturer: Mr Simon Rushton
  • Technician: Mr Matt Robinson
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
MCH1011Introduction to Film Technologies
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
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
• 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lecture delivered in person (or, if necessary, online)
Guided Independent StudySkills practice160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops113:0033:00Practical interactive workshop - present-in-person but can be delivered as sync online if necessary
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity135:0035:00In preparation for Reflective Log
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Present-in-person or synchronous online discussion of final portfolio in week 11
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures that set out key theories and concepts and workshops based on working through the implication of key readings for practice. This will enable students to achieve Knowledge Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. Practice-based sessions 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 proj2M253-minute Dialogue sequence
Design/Creative proj2M253-minute Day in the Life sequence
Design/Creative proj2A253-minute Sense of Place sequence
Reflective log2A2510-minute Video Essay Critique
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 is staggered into 3 separate submissions as a response to student satisfaction surveys and best pedagogic practice.

Given the emphasis on practice, the 3 Creative Projects form 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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