Module Catalogue

MCH1011 : Introduction to Film Technologies

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Carol Lynn
  • Lecturer: 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lecture delivered as Present in Person or online synchronous and recorded
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminar discussion of practical tasks - Present in Person but can be synchronous online
Guided Independent StudySkills practice160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00Practical interactive workshop - Present in Person but can be delivered as sync online
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity135:0035:00In preparation for Reflective Log
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Present in Person or synchronous online discussion of final portfolio in week 11
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 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Observ of prof pract301M10Present in person in class observation of technical skills and knowledge of concepts and processes. Can be asynchronous online test
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M70Film production project: 3 minute film sequence comprising 3 interviews with B roll
Reflective log1A20Critical reflection: 5 mins video commentary or 1000 words written task if campus closed and students struggling to edit off site
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 will ideally be an observational test in situ but if it cannot run in this form due to the particular conditions of teaching in the context of restricted access and time there is now a contingency option. (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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