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Unit information: Digital Filmmaking in 2021/22

Unit name Digital Filmmaking
Unit code FATV30007
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Ippolito
Open unit status Not open

FATV10002 Close-up on Film or FATV10001 Filmmaking Fundamentals



School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will focus on the aesthetic and creative potentials offered by contemporary practices in digital filmmaking. It explores one or more of the central uses of digital technologies such as: colour grading, digital animation, compositing, visual and/or sound effects. At the same time, it also explores the theoretical, artistic and cultural implications of the so-called ‘digital turn’ through examining case study films drawn from a range of different contexts such as Hollywood blockbusters, CGI animation and experimental works. The unit encourages students to engage critically with digital technologies. It also aims to familiarise students with different digital filmmaking techniques and to develop creative practice skills in production and/or post-production.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

(1) demonstrate an understanding of digital filmmaking and its aesthetic and conceptual implications;

(2) situate digital filmmaking in an appropriate conceptual framework drawn from relevant theories on its social and aesthetic aspects;

(3) create short films making specific use of digital filmmaking technologies that engage with conceptual and aesthetic issues related to this form of filmmaking;

(4) demonstrate advanced practical skills in one or more aspects of short filmmaking (for example, camera, editing).

Teaching Information

Weekly seminar/workshop, lecture and screening.

Assessment Information

100% Practical Portfolio, equivalent to 5000 words


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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