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MCH1035 : Starting out in Filmmaking

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Simon Rushton
  • Lecturer: Ms Carol Lynn
  • Technician: Mr Matt Robinson
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To introduce film as an art, as a tool for documentation and self expression
2. To practice observational, narrative and poetic forms of creative self expression
3. To develop technical, creative and critical competence in non fiction film production

This module introduces the essential components for documentary film practices

This module provides the opportunity to become familiar with the observational, sequential and creative fundamentals of video and audio production for non fiction film

Outline Of Syllabus

• Revision and extension of the fundamental technical elements of video and audio production
• Introduction to techniques for capturing dialogue in documentary (assessed formatively)
• Introduction to narrative sequencing and visual story telling theories and techniques
• Introduction to poetic forms of self expression through sound and image
• Introduction to logistical and ethical concerns through interpersonal relations and representation
• 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

This module will be delivered through a single Workshop session that will include lecture content broken up into a series of short presentations that set out key theories and concepts. Integrated with this will be seminar type discussion of individual film sequences and practical workshop exercises based on the exemplar materials and knowledge-based content. Students will also be working through the implications of key readings for practice. This will enable students to achieve Knowledge Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. Practice-based activities form a significant method of teaching which will enable students to achieve Skills Outcomes 4, 5 and 6.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M806 mins sequence comprising a 3 mins Narrative and 3 mins Non-Narrative components
Reflective log1M206 mins Video Essay Critical Reflection
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj1M3 mins Dialogue Sequence
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for the assessments is to enable students to develop the practical and creative skills required for filmmaking at Stages 2 and 3. The Creative Project assessment is a single portfolio but and contains 2 components of equal length. Given the emphasis on practice, the Creative Project forms the major part of the assessment.

The Reflective Log provides the opportunity to reflect critically on the theoretical and methodical considerations that informed the practice and how effectively the aims and learning outcomes have been realised.

Reading Lists