Fiction Filmmaking

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
28 March 2019


Requisites for this module


LT322, LT833

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

This ten-week module focuses on fiction filmmaking and is core for all Film Studies and Film & Creative Writing students. An essential entry requirement is the successful completion of LT122 Introduction to Film Production.

This module builds on the skills and concepts acquired from modules LT121 Approaches to Film and Media and LT122 Introduction to Film Production and is intended to further prepare students for independent high definition digital film production. The module engages students with all aspects of fiction filmmaking ranging from research, script writing, adaptation, location shooting and editing. Apart from production techniques, students learn about planning, management and working with actors. During the module students develop a short film script from an existing text, this is then taken into production and is shot and edited over the course of the module. The aim is to produce an imaginative and creative short film. Students work in small groups allowing everyone to undertake key roles on the production.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

1. To provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to produce a high definition digital film
2. To develop students' research, script writing, adaptation, location shooting and editing skills
3. To develop students' critical understanding of film industry practices

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should have:

1. acquired the practical skills necessary to adapt and produce short fiction films
2. acquired an understanding of production management
3. gained an insight into film industry practices
4. gained experience of time management, within the constraints of limited resources
5. developed skills in negotiating/working effectively with others in achieving a common goal
6. gained experience of HD fiction production

Module information

Essential reading:

Judith Weston, Directing Actors (Studio City, Michael Wiese Prod., 1996)

Sarah Kozloff, Overhearing Film Dialogue (L.A., University of California, 2000)

Michael Rabiger, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (Burlington, Focal Press, 2008)

Learning and teaching methods

The three-hour seminars include theoretical perspectives, practical demonstrations, and practical exercises.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Part 2: Individuals Filmmaker's Portfolio (3,000 words)  01/05/2020  95% 
Practical   Part 1: Compulsory Group Fiction Film BluRay (to be screened on Thursday 19 March) SUBMIT TO MOODLE     0% 
Practical   Participation    5% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Nic Blower, email:
Nic Blower
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Mikel Koven
Senior Lecturer - Film Studies
Available via Moodle
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101 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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