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MCH1011 : Introduction to Film Technologies

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Carol Lynn
  • Lecturer: Mr Simon Rushton
  • 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 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


1. To develop an understanding of the need for fundamental technical skills for film production
2. To understand the technical processes of film production
3. To demonstrate technical competency in film production

This module introduces the essential technical elements for professional film practice.

This module provides the opportunity to become familiar with the technical fundamentals of video and audio production for film.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the fundamental technical elements of video and audio production
Introduction to editing software for video and audio production
Principles of film production, film grammar and effective narrative construction
Reflection on film 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

Lectures provide an historical and theoretical context for the essential technical elements of film production (Aims 1 and 2)

Workshops provide the opportunity to connect the theoretical and historical elements with fundamental practical skills (Aim 1 and 2, with Aim 3 and Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6). They also provide time in which to hone and develop practical skills and processes outlined in the Academic Skills Activities. The Workshops provide a supported technical environment to discuss fieldwork (Outcomes 4,5,6)

Skills Practice requires students to develop their knowledge, understanding and technical skills in formative assessment tasks in their own time (Outcomes 1-6)

Reflective learning makes explicit the requirement for critical personal reflection on technical processes and outcomes (Outcome 3)

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M80Film production project: 3-minute film sequence comprising 3 interviews with B roll
Reflective log1A20Critical reflection: 5 mins video commentary
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
Prof skill assessmnt1MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Prof skill formative assessment is an appropriate way to assess knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and skills in camera setup and sound recording. Observational test of individual camera and sound skills conducted during workshops. (Aims: 1-3; Outcomes: 1-6)

The creative project enables students to demonstrate technical skills and their necessity in film production (Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5). It will indicate the degree to which competencies with technical skills has been met (Outcomes: 5), and allow for these to be assessed (Outcome 3).

The reflective log provides an opportunity for students to critically reflect upon their learning (Outcomes:3) and provides critical evidence of how effectively the aims of the module (Aims: 1-3) are present in the students’ knowledge and skills outcomes (Outcomes: 1-6).

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