Advanced Documentary Production

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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
08 May 2024


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Module description

The primary focus of the module is the art of documentary filmmaking, exploring theoretical approaches in practice. Students will creatively investigate narrative, cinematography, and documentary filmmaking. Students work in small groups and will devise and realise two documentary films.

The module is an alternative to the Independent Practical Film Project and is aimed at students who prefer to work in a collaborative manner. Similar to the IPFP, the module emphasises the synergy between theory and practice, devising work through a framework of academic research. Students will be expected to draw on scholarly research to inform their work.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide students with advanced skills in documentary film production in their third year.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically enagage with key concepts in practice.

  2. Demonstrate advanced practical skills necessary for a high definition documentary film.

  3. Devise and produce two films through a framework of academic film theory.

  4. Apply rigorous industry practices to their work.

  5. Effectively time manage their productions.

  6. Apply skills in negotiating and working effectively with others in achieving a common goal.

  7. Acquired the knowledge to effectively 'sell' their film to festivals and/or galleries.

Module information

Reading List

Block, B. The Visual Story, (London, Routledge, 2013)

Bruzzi, S. New Documentary, (Abingdon, Routledge, Revised 2nd edition, 2014) [Online]

Nichols, Bill. Introduction to Documentary (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001)

Piotrowska, A. Psychoanalysis and Ethics in Documentary Film, (Abingdon, Routledge, 2013) [Online]

Renov, M. (ed) Theorising Documentary, (London, Routledge, 1993)

Rogers, H. (ed) Music and Sound in Documentary Film, (London, Routledge, 2015)

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Students will meet weekly for workshops and classes taught by the module tutor.

Each session will include theory, practical demonstrations and exercises. In the spring term the focus will be on the production of a final documentary film.


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   48hr Documentary Film (5 min) made either individually or with one other group member     25% 
Coursework   Documentary Film Pitch Presentation (given in class)    20% 
Coursework   Documentary Film with submission pack (20-30 min) and Filmmaker's Portfolio that evidences pratical work undertaken in the making of the film (4000 words)    50% 
Practical   Participation    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
Mr Nic Blower, email:
Nic Blower
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Andrew Birtwistle
Canterbury Christ Church University
Reader in Film and Sound
Available via Moodle
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Further information

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