Introduction to Film Production

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
26 March 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
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)

Module description

The module provides an introduction to the basic skills required for fiction filmmaking. It gives hands-on experience of the film process: from pre-production to post-production. Students are introduced to the ways in which framing, camera movement, lighting, sound, editing, and other technical processes are instrumental in developing film form. Classes cover such topics as how shots are framed, how filmmaking affects acting, and how different editing techniques manipulate film narrative. Students on this course are encouraged to translate key concepts they learn on LT121 'Approaches to Film and Media' into film practice. Students will work individually as well as in small groups, devising their own projects under the guidance of their tutor.

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:

* acquired basic skills in handling technical equipment for film production
* 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 as a team and working with actors

Module information

General Reading:
C. Counsell & L. Wolf, Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook (London: Routledge, 2001)
Sam Kauffmann, Avid Editing. A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users (Oxford: Focal Press, 2012) 5th edition
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

Sessions include practical demonstrations, workshops, practical exercises and project supervision. Classes meet weekly for three hours in the Media Lab, 4SW.3.4 (under the SU).


  • Des Lyver; Graham Swainson. (1999) Basics of video lighting, Oxford: Focal Press.
  • Counsell, Colin; Wolf, Laurie. (2001) Performance analysis: an introductory coursebook, London: Routledge.

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 Weighting
Coursework   Formative: Classic Hollywood practical group exercise     0% 
Coursework   CANCELLED DO NOT SUBMIT Assignment 3: fiction film (group practical) (8-12’ film) MOODLE submission, PLUS production log (group) (attendance log for all the group production meetings and film shoot days) (20%) + Film production diary (individual) (10%)    30% 
Coursework   Assignment 1 (Individual Practical): classical narrative (2-3' film) - PLEASE SUBMIT TO BOX    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 2 (Individual Practical): creative lighting and sound (2-3’ film) MOODLE submission and supporting document (500 words) + poem/text chosen    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 4: Learning diary / Portfolio (individual) (3,000-5,000 words)    25% 
Practical   Class Participation     5% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


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



External examiner

Dr Mikel Koven
University of Worcester
Senior Lecturer - Film Studies
Available via Moodle
Of 240 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
240 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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