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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
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 completion160:0060:00Formative and summative assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Theory lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical122:0024:00Practical practice sessions
Guided Independent StudySkills practice160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops121:0012:00Practical interactive workshop
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity132:0032:00N/A
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),

Practicals provide time in which to hone and develop practical skills and processes outlined in the workshops in a supported technical environment or through 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Observ of prof pract151M10Observed Technical Exercise
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M70Film production project
Reflective log1M20Audio critical commentary, max time 5 minutes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess technical skills in camera setup and sound recording under time-constraint as required in fieldwork practice (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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