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Unit information: Filmmaking Fundamentals in 2022/23

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Unit name Filmmaking Fundamentals
Unit code FATV10001
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Ms. Katie Mack
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information


This unit introduces students to the basic technologies and practices required for filmmaking, combined with a conceptual approach to the creative process of film production. Merging practical skills with theoretical understanding, this unit will include Cinematography, Editing, and Sound, whilst also covering essential related areas including Health and Safety and Risk Assessment, as well as approaches to film production records such as logshot logs, storyboards, and script breakdowns. This unit provides necessary knowledge of the production workflow for the Department of Film and Television and thus ensures that students learn introductory craft skills that can be used in all units with a filmmaking component. The unit is assessed through a film, or a set of film exercises, demonstrating the practical work produced on the unit, and a reflexive account in which students reflect critically on their practice and learning within the unit.


  1. To learn the basic technologies of filmmaking and to use these creatively in making a film or a set of short film exercises.
  2. To understand theoretical and conceptual approaches to film, and apply these to the creative process of filmmaking.
  3. To learn details of essential production related areas - such as Health and Safety and Risk Assessments - and put these into practice.
  4. To understand the workflow relating to film production and postproduction and how this works in the department.
  5. To critically reflect upon practical filmmaking in a written reflexive account.
  6. To understand and put into practice the fundamentals of filmmaking practice.

Your learning on this unit

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 technologies and practices 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 and ethical working practices.

How you will learn

The unit will be delivered through a combination of group tutorials, lectures, workshops and self-directed activity.

How you will be assessed

100% Practical Portfolio, equivalent to 3000 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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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.