Fiction Filmmaking

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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
16 February 2023


Requisites for this module


LT322, LT833

Key module for


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

Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 3-hour seminar with a final screening.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Group Fiction Film (10 mins) *Submit via link on Moodle* and individual production diary (800 words) *Submit to FASer*  14/12/2023  45% 
Coursework   Individual Filmmaker's Portfolio (2,500 words)  15/01/2024  50% 
Practical   Participation mark    5% 

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Eirini Konstantinidou, email:
Ioanna Karavela
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 91 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
88 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
3 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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