Introduction to Film Production
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
26 March 2019
Requisites for this module
LT226, LT322, LT833
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)
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.
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.
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
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
The British Film Institute, www.bfi.org.uk
Film London, www.filmlondon.org.uk
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
||Formative: Classic Hollywood practical group exercise
||Assignment 1 (Individual Practical): classical narrative (2-3' film) - PLEASE SUBMIT TO BOX
||Assignment 2 (Individual Practical): creative lighting and sound (2-3’ film) BOX submission and supporting document (500 words) + poem/text chosen
||Assignment 3: fiction film (group practical) (8-12’ film) BOX submission, PLUS production log (group) (attendance log for all the group production meetings and film shoot days) (20%) + Film production diary (individual) (10%)
||Assignment 4: Learning diary / Portfolio (individual) (3,000-5,000 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Eirini Konstantinidou
LiFTS General Office - email email@example.com.
Telephone 01206 872626
Dr Mikel Koven
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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