MI5004 - Sound and Post Production 2

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is predominantly research-based, as it requires you to engage in critical research into and reflection upon professional production skills and methods. You will also be expected to create test material, which explores technique and style as you work towards creating your final portfolio as well as demonstrate an ability to reflect on this process. There is support for this process, through class based discussion and practice, eLearning resources and tutorials. Tutor’s research interests and professional experience also inform the delivery of the module content. The assessment task requires you to demonstrate critically and practically informed research, combined with a reflection upon your own development of these skills and methods.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the subject by attending lectures and workshops with technical demonstration and studio workstation project work.

The lectures will enable the tutor to discuss the key components of sound and post as outlined above in context. Workshops introduce you to and help you develop skills in sound mixing using Protools and picture grading in post production.

Lecture materials, seminar guidelines and module information will be placed upon the eLearning Portal.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Developing the precise technical skills to deliver film and TV projects must be placed in a contextual and creative framework in order to add value to your learning, and the lecture/workshop delivery of this module is designed to do so, advancing and developing from the first year module. The ‘found footage’ project you are asked to deliver is introduced at the outset of the module, and later you have the opportunity to discuss your ideas and get feedback in one to one tutorials. A project surgery is scheduled nearer completion for you to gain more formative feedback.
You can also get guidance and advice from the team delivering the module in the workshops and by arranging this outside of the module itself.

You will then receive written feedback on your final summative submissions which will detail areas that could be improved in future work. You will also be offered the opportunity to receive further verbal feedback following this formal assessment, so that you can follow up any concerns you have regarding your critical development and future learning.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Develop expertise in sound and post production practice

2. Demonstrate understanding of advanced sound and post production platforms

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Develop understanding of how creative and critical context underpin practice in the production of the project through critical analysis

4. Embed and demonstrate technical skills in performing industry standard operation of the platforms and activities associated with the subject area

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Show autonomy and initiative in working to the deadline and curiosity about the effects the platforms can have in adding value to creative practical work and its surrounding issues

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment and feedback occurs in individual tutorials and verbally during the practical workshop sessions in discussions and in studio production.

Summative assessment is from the submission of a practical portfolio of individual project work from which your understanding of sound and post production, as discussed in the module, can be defined addressed through all MLOs.

This project is submitted at the end of the module and consists of an edited timeline with creative sound design that uses only found images and constructed studio sound, to answer the brief. This portfolio is worth 70% and is the equivalent of 2,000 written words. Further understanding and critical analysis of the module materials is provided by a critical evaluation of the practical work worth 30% which is equivalent to 1,000 words and addresses MLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5.


MI4005 Sound and Post Production 1



Module abstract

‘Every film is a puzzle, from an editorial point of view’ says editor Walter Murch and this module seeks to develop your understanding of the subject by digging into the shaping of the edit and looking for meaningful selection of found footage to deliver a stand-alone film complete with a sense of evolution and considered frame level cutting. Workshops in grading help you to realise the power of post production and the sound strand digs deeper into sound design and the use of music on film, often called ‘the father of cinema’. You will use industry standard platforms and get prized skills by deploying them in a creative and meaningful way that will develop your skills as an editor and increase your understanding of the design of sound.

Course info

UCAS Code P310

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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