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Module

MCH1035 : Starting out in Filmmaking

  • 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 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1) To introduce filmmaking as a cinematic art that engages with, comments on and expresses feelings and reflections about the social and historical world

2) To apply the principles of observational filming and to explore its intersection with more constructed forms of poetic and dramatic self-expression through the principles of visual structure and the uses of diegetic and non diegetic sound

3) To reflect on the relationship of practice and its relationship with theory drawn from film aesthetics and ethnographic film

The practice-based module will introduce students to filmmaking as a cinematic art. Students will be nurtured into a way of approaching filmmaking as a way of engaging with, commenting on, feeling about, and reflecting on the social and historical world. Ethical dimensions of filmmaking will also be discussed. The module will also introduce students to the basic principles and processes involved in non-fiction filmmaking in the observational mode. Students will develop further their technical competence from MCH1011 in operating the video camera, recording sound and undertaking a basic edit through producing video content in the form of a series of sequences

Outline Of Syllabus

Filmmaking as cinematic art.
- Filmmaking as a way of engaging with, commenting on, feeling about, and reflecting on the social and historical world
- Ethical dimensions of filmmaking; interpersonal relations and representation
- Basic principles and processes of filmmaking in the observational mode
- Intersections between observational practices and more constructed forms of poetic self-expression and dramatisation
- Visual structure and the communication of moods and emotions
- Relating between sequence structure and visual structure
- Audio and the possibilities of diegetic and non-diegetic sound

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Non-synchronous online lectures providing theoretical underpinning
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
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 activity142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Discussion of practical tasks - synchronous online
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

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.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M70Film production project
Reflective log2M30Critical reflection
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for the assessments is to enable the students to demonstrate their understanding of film as a cinematic art through a portfolio of short film sequences. Given the emphasis on practice this forms the major part of the assessment. The reflective log provides the opportunity to critically reflect on the theoretical and methodical considerations that informed their practice and how effectively the aims and learning outcomes have been realized.

Reading Lists

Timetable