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Module

MCH1011 : Introduction to Film Technologies

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Simon Rushton
  • Technician: Mr Matt Robinson
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Non-synchronous online lectures providing theoretical underpinning (8x30min each= 1hr delivery time)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities80:304:00Demo videos - non-synchronous online. May comprise 3x10 min short videos to max 30 mins total
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Discussion of practical tasks - synchronous online
Guided Independent StudySkills practice160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:00Practical interactive workshop - PiP. (9x2hr skills practical workshops completing exercises)
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity140:0040:00In preparation for Reflective Log
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Synchronous online discussion of final portfolio in week 9
Total200:00
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 and Small Group Teaching provide in a supported technical environment to discuss localized 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination301M10Multiple Choice online test of knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and processes
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M70Film production project
Reflective log1M201000 words written critical reflection
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and skills in camera setup and sound recording. This would normally be in an observational test in situ but cannot run in the form due to the particular conditions of teaching in the contest of restricted access and time. (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 competency with technical skills have 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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