MCH8002 : Film Production 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to introduce you to the processes and practices of producing short non-fiction films. It will enable you to develop the interpersonal, creative, technological, analytical and organizational skills required for film production. There will be the opportunity to produce non-fiction films in a range of formats and styles, the aim being to learn experientially. Collaborative working is central to the module and for your final project you will need to define your specific role, skillet, and creative input.

A further key aim is to produce reflective practitioners who use their practice as research. Self reflection will underpin everything you produce and you will be asked to keep a detailed record of your experiences. You will also be engaged in film criticism and analysis using documentary material in order to inform your own practice and there will be opportunities to engage with filmmakers who will showcase work to illustrate both the creative and logistical processes of film production from idea to screen.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will take the students through digital filmmaking, content creation and dissemination. It will include:

•       working through the stages of development, pre-production and post-production
•       learning basic skills in camera operation, sound recording and editing software
•       skills practice and developing competency in the use of equipment
•       understanding the importance of intentionality at the start of any film project
•       developing narratives using 3 Act Structure
•       embedding depth into narratives through symbol, motif and leitmotif
•       developing ideas into fully realized scripts and shooting scripts
•       engaging with visualization techniques - storyboards, mood boards and video sketches
•       exploring imaginative approaches to visualization through camera and editing techniques
•       exploring the importance of capturing sound cleanly and imaginative approaches to creating soundtracks and soundscapes
•       preparing production schedules and other production management tasks including location recces
•       working collaboratively to develop team working skills
•       analysing and evaluating all stages of production to revise and refine material at all stages of production

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Group learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1165:00165:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The student projects will be the principal module deliverables. This will be a show-case of the skills and knowledge they have acquired and help to demonstrate their skills and hence employability in their chosen field. This module is intended to develop their creative and technical abilities. It will equip them to find employment in the creative industries related to digital film or can apply newly acquired creative processes to their specialist subject areas. Using a project as the basis of learning outcomes will engage the students with close to real world scenarios and help build their problem solving and creative talents with the knowledge and techniques they have acquired. Lectures will be used to deliver learning and professional insight so they have a thorough grounding in how stories are used to convey information and emotion. They will understand techniques used to engage an audience, the psychology and philosophy behind character development and story construction. Seminars will be used to show them examples of the best work in film across cinema, television and internet. Tutorials will be used to familiarise students with the technical aspects of digital production and post-production. Fieldwork sessions will immerse students in the practicalities of research, location finding and filming. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to think out of the box and deliver original project work of professional quality and creativity. The project will be a minimum length 5 minute film, either self-contained or extract from a longer narrative.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M80A min 5- max 10 minute film
Written exercise1M20Individual critical project analysis, 1,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

These modules are designed to prepare students for employment in digital media. Whether they intend to specialize in digital media or use their acquired skills to augment their credentials in other disciplines, their project will be a showcase of their abilities and acquired knowledge and skills in digital media. The project analysis will be an indication of the level of critical analysis and understanding they have attained in their chosen area of digital content. Many digital creatives and pioneers find it hard, sometimes impossible to express themselves and their work in written format. This is why the weight of the assessment is given to the quality and originality of the actual project. Skills in project presentation are also important to future employment and hence are included in the module assessment.

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