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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: MFC1009
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: DAVIS L Ms (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Autumn and Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Assessment Pattern (SITS MAP)


Unit(s) of Assessment (SITS MAB)


Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Continuous Assessment


Group production with individual evaluation


Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce students to key practical skills in media production in the context of a degree programme, which is primarily academic and theoretical in focus.  Students will be introduced to the production processes and practical skills necessary to bring a concept to realisation as a finished video and encouraged to embody their theoretical and analytical understanding in practice through hands on production work.


Module Aims


To introduce students to the processes and practical skills necessary to bring a concept to realisation as a finished time-based media production


• To introduce students to a range of considerations associated with video production including an awareness of a filmmakers code of conduct and basic copyright issues


• To allow students to embody their theoretical and analytical understanding of media and communication in practice


• To allow students to develop skills of responsibility and teamwork to a high level


Learning Outcomes

·        A sound basic understanding of camera, and sound recording equipment with an awareness of how to work with exposure, perspective, depth of field and composition to achieve desired effects


·        An awareness of basic editing techniques and the ability to build a multi-track audio visual sequence using state of the art editing software


·        A demonstrate an awareness of copyright issues in the video production environment.



§         An awareness of a filmmakers code of conduct and a basic understanding of copyright issues in the production environment.


§         The ability to demonstrate an analytical understanding of media and communication in a practical form


§         The ability to take a simple independently conceived project from concept to realisation


Module Content

Beyond Point and Shoot Camera controls and communication through use of framing depth of field and perspective


Planning tools and professional practice The story board, proposals and treatments


The Film-makers’ code of conduct and copyright considerations


Sound Basics


Microphones, monitoring and booms


Post Production


Basic principles of editing, using Final Cut Pro to building a multi-track edit, tracklaying, audio mixing, creating effects and titles


TV Studio Taster - An introduction to the multi-camera environment


Work in Progress Screenings


Analysis and evaluation


Methods of Teaching/Learning


Lectures and Tutorials

Practical exercises and formative coursework


Selected Texts/Journals

Blain, Brown              Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers                    Focal Press Latest Edition


Russell Evans            Practical DV Filmmaking     Focal Press 2006


Mike Figgis                Digital Filmmaking              London Faber and Faber 2007


(ISBN 0571226256)


Genevieve Jolliffe and Chris Jones  The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; Latest Edition


Steven D Katz "Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen"  Michael Wiese Productions


Paul Martingell           Location Shooting    Focal Press 2008


Karen Pearlman  Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit   Focal Press 2009


(ISBN 9780240810140)


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