PA5005 - Creating Performance for Screen

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is part of a suite of options available to performing arts students in semester two of your second year. Creating Performance for Screen attempts to further develop your understanding of making performance/story by exploring the mediatised crafts of film production. Through the planning and realisation of a short film, you will explore the skills of screen acting, film composition and the crafting of a filmic narrative. To support your learning you will also undertake basic training in the rudiments of film production. The teaching will be delivered in a practical and analytical context, allowing you to explore and evaluate both the performer and film - maker’s craft. The teaching concentrates on practically exploring a number of filmic techniques and critiquing a variety of approaches to film composition and screen acting. Stanislavskian techniques introduced in year one are further explored by critiquing Strasberg’s processes of method acting in an attempt to appreciate the differences and similarities in performance on screen to stage acting. Time is also given over to critiquing your own on screen performances
To develop the skills you have learnt and as part of your assessment, you will work in production companies in the planning and realisation of a short 5 minute film.

How will I learn on this module?

The module begins with a series of 7 interactive tutor led performance and film - making workshops. The content of the workshops range from providing you with basic media skills and training, to exploring more sophisticated techniques in film making, editing and performance. Examples of a range of performances are used in class to provide reference points and encourage debate and discussion. There is required reading for each workshop to support your developing practical knowledge.
You will work with academic staff from Performing Arts as well as Media. You will be supported by technical staff in camera operation and editing.
Early on in the module you are put into filming groups in which you will work for the entire module. The emphasis of the module is on team work, developing specific skills and understandings which you share with your group, for example, the group will be divided into editors, camera operators and directors, working with staff on the specific skills of the role, to contribute to the film making process at a later date. Each workshop has a filming exercise attached to it, so time is given over to engage in independent learning. Showing back your work is an essential element of the learning strategy of this module. Following on from the workshop programme.
This assessment task is supported by ongoing group tutorials throughout the filming period to monitor progress and provide formative feedback. Shoot visits can be made by staff on request, to continue support and advice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

To support you in your learning, all staff working on the module have professional experience of film making. You will undergo specialised training in camera operation and editing by industry trained technical staff. You will have access to state of the art media equipment.
The module is structured around regular show back and critique; processes which support your development as a film maker and performer and further develop your critical vocabulary of film making.
Small group tutorials will provide you with a supportive structure for peer and individual evaluation of the work in progress, as well as offering an environment for discussing how the work engages with the wider field of film making.
Formative assessment from both tutors and peers is integrated into group critiques of work produced in the sessions. A discursive engagement of work produced during class, and the chance to offer feedback on peers’ work-in-progress gives you the opportunity to further develop your analytical skills and to practice articulating aesthetic judgments in constructive and supportive ways.
Information and resources will be available to you on the ELP and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.
Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.
You will be encouraged to use Office Hours to discuss with your tutors your reading and your individual development.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding
1. Demonstrate a range of skills, from screen acting to film composition and execution, the creation of a 5 minute film.
2. Demonstrate an ability to articulate, reflect and critique those skills with sophisticated, critical analysis.
Intellectual/Professional skills and abilities:
3. Articulate an understanding of the collaborative nature of film making and apply that understanding in the effective participation and production of a 5 minute film.
4. Utilise a range of IT skills including camera operating and video editing and apply these skills to the production of a 5 minute film.
Personal Value Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)

5. Extend your potential as a creative and interpretative artist within the broadcast media.

How will I be assessed?

Please give details of all formative and summative assessment process indicating which MLOs will be addressed and how feedback will be provided.

Formative assessment and feedback occurs throughout the module in the form of
o Weekly critiques of skills based activity

o 3 group tutorials with staff in support of the film making process

o Feedback of performance given on site shoot visits

Summative assessment takes the form of the submission of a group based film (50% group mark) in which students will demonstrate artistic vision, critical decision making and application of appropriate acting and basic technical skills. (1,3,4,5)

The other assessment is continual and individual (50%) This is evidenced by an evaluative essay (2000 words) which captures the students’ progress through the module.





Module abstract

Creating Performance for Screen is an opportunity to create and perform in a short film. This practice based module is delivered by academic and technical staff who are highly experienced in the professional industries of performance and film making. Therefore the approach to teaching is hands on and intensive. Work takes place in creative environments, such as studios and edit suites using state-of-the-art camera, sound and editing equipment. The curriculum is designed to explore the vocabulary of performance making for the camera, and to encourage students to experiment and interrogate the boundaries of making performance and film. It encourages an analytical approach to film making, through discussion and evaluation, all students engage in a critique of their own performance practice.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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