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Unit information: Production Skills for Film in 2015/16

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Unit name Production Skills for Film
Unit code DRAM11007
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1A (weeks 1 - 6)
Unit director Mr. Milner
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to the practices and basic technologies required for filmmaking. Covering areas such as directing, producing, cinematography, editing, post-production and safe working on location, this unit will ensure that students learn introductory craft skills that can be used in all units with a filmmaking component. The unit is assessed through a reflexive account in which students reflect on their practice and leaning within the unit.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

1. demonstrate proficiencies in utilising a range of filmmaking technologies;

2. produce work showing capability in operational aspects of film and television production technologies, systems, techniques and professional practices;

3. apply key production processes and professional practices relevant to film and television industries;

4. demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which film and television and their attendant technologies make possible different kinds of aesthetic effects and forms;

5. evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner, with reference to academic and professional issues, debates and conventions;

6. demonstrate knowledge and use of safe working practices.

Teaching Information

weekly 3-hour workshop/seminar/lecture for 5 weeks in total

Assessment Information

2000 word reflexive account of practical work (100%) ILO 1-6

Reading and References

  • Bruce Block, The Visual Story: Creating The Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media (Oxford: Focal Press, 2008)
  • Charlotte Worthington, Basics of Film-Making 01: Producing (Lausanne: AVA Publishing, 2008)
  • John Berger, Ways of Seeing (London: Penguin, 1972)
  • Ken Dancyger, Technique of Film and Video Editing (Oxford: Focal Press, 1997)
  • Mike Figgis, Digital Film-making (London: Faber, 2007)