MI5007 - Films For Filmmakers 2

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What will I learn on this module?

This module builds on knowledge gained in Films for Filmmakers 1 delivered in Level 4.
An ongoing critical exploration of film and television texts should have a real component in a filmmaker’s practice. The viewing, sharing and engaging in critical discussions surrounding these texts inspire new ideas and creative conversations and are fundamental in the development of a filmmaker’s sensibility. With reference to specific film texts and related critical debates, you will be required to reflect on your individual learning on the module, and the implications for your own practice.

As filmmakers you must be able to discuss your films in the fullest, most accurate way possible in order to provide the correct conceptual framework for an audience to approach the text. This means reflecting on your own practice to refine concepts and articulate techniques for collaborators, funding applications, pitches, screenings and interviews.

This module seeks to provoke discussion about a wide selection of films and sessions are underpinned by academic structures that promote creative sensibility. It will also offer insight into the influences and context of work on the programme team, and then it allows you to get involved by presenting work that has influenced you in critical presentations.

The module aims to make you think about watching films critically and in an active manner as well as developing forums for discussion and argument.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching is through lectures of two hours, seminars of one hour, and screenings using group discussion to provide feedback on written and practical exercises. Initially the bulk of the teaching will be in the form of workshops and seminars, giving you the opportunity to participate in discussion about the topics being taught. This will be reinforced by independent study and written work to be carried out by you to receive feedback on your progress.

As the module progresses, you will acquire the necessary critical skills to begin carrying out your own analysis of a filmic text and how that text has influenced your own approach to the moving image.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Classes will involve group discussions with the tutor and fellow students, providing a constructive environment for the enhancement of knowledge and understanding of the subject, preparation for the assessment tasks, and the development of communication skills. Class material (such as Powerpoint slides, links to clips) will be accessible via the eLearning Portal, alongside supplementary learning material (such as weblinks and suggestions for further viewing/reading). There will be a list of key and further reading available as an electronic reading list, giving direct access to sources. The module will incorporate assessment preparation advice, with guidance on how to approach the assessment tasks. The module tutor will offer office hours for academic support. You will 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. Show deeper engagement with the concept of critical viewing

2. Demonstrate evidence of widened viewing and increased knowledge of influential film texts

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Demonstrate skills of enquiry and analysis into film and television texts as inspiration and context to practice

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

4. Evidence presentational skills in introducing text

How will I be assessed?

Your progress will be formatively assessed and fed back to you through ongoing discussion related to the films screened throughout the seminar groups and workshops addressing MLOs 1, 2 and 3.

Summative assessment consists of a 10-minute group presentation on a film of your choosing. You will be assessed on the research content and delivery of your presentation, which should explore critical concepts relevant to the work you have chosen to present addressing all MLOs, this work is worth 50% of the marks.

You will also enter into an individual self-evaluation process by writing a 1500 word blog where you will reflect on your individual learning on the module, and the implications for your own practice. This blog should also contain a list of films that you have viewed throughout the module and must contain at least ten films addressing all MLOs, this is also worth 50% of the marks.

Written feedback will be given and tutorial feedback is offered; these will aid the development of knowledge and understanding, and communication skills.





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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 Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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