Introduction to Film Production

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
07 June 2024


Requisites for this module


LT226, LT227, LT322, LT833

Key module for

BA P303 Film Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA W620 Film Studies,
BA W623 Film Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA W628 Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA P565 Film and Journalism,
BA P566 Film and Journalism (Including Foundation Year),
BA P567 Film and Journalism (including Placement Year),
BA P568 Film and Journalism(including Year Abroad)

Module description

The course provides an introduction to the basic skills required for fiction filmmaking: from pre-production to post-production. Students are introduced to the ways in which framing, mise en scène, sound, editing, and other technical processes are instrumental in fiction filmmaking.

Classes cover such topics such as: how shots are framed, how lighting affects the mood of a scene or how different editing techniques manipulate film narrative. Students on this course are encouraged to translate key concepts they learn on LT121 ‘Introduction to Film Studies’ into film practice. Students will work individually as well as in small groups under the guidance of their lecturer.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. to enable students to develop the basic skills required for fiction filmmaking.

2. to provide students with hands-on experience of the film process: from pre-production to post-production.

3. to help students develop a critical and practical understanding of the ways in which framing, camera movement, lighting, sound, editing, and other technical processes are instrumental in developing film form.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students should have:

• gained an understanding of the pre-production and production process, as well as post- production techniques
• acquired an understanding of film form and visual style
• developed individual skills of communication, presentation, and analysis
• developed skills in working effectively individually and as a team
• acquired basic skills in handling technical equipment for film production

Module information

General Reading:
C. Counsell & L. Wolf, Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook (London: Routledge, 2001)
Des Lyver & Graham Swainson, Basics of Video Lighting (Oxford: Focal Press, 1999) 2nd edition
Michael Rabiger, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (Oxford: Focal Press, 2008) 4th edition

David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film Art: an Introduction (New York: McGraw Hill, 2012) 10th edition

Useful Websites
The British Film Institute,
Film London,

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 3-hour class and final week screening


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Individual Learning Portfolio (3,000 words)    25% 
Practical   Participation     5% 
Practical   Individual Practical (2-3 minute film)     30% 
Practical   Group Practical (8-10 minute Fiction Film), Group Production Log, and Individual Film Production Diary (500-800 words)    40% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Eirini Konstantinidou, email:
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Andrew Birtwistle
Canterbury Christ Church University
Reader in Film and Sound
Available via Moodle
Of 332 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
329 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
3 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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