MI5020 - Film & TV Production 2 - Drama

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What will I learn on this module?

This is the second module in the Film & TV Production pathway and this time allows you to learn about Drama, building on your knowledge gained in Documentary.

This module focuses on current film and TV industry practices in content production for fiction with a wider creative and critical awareness. It encourages independent and innovative thinking alongside an increased ability to organise for practical production in ways relevant to current practices.

This module explores fictional forms including cross genre formats and feature film practices in the contemporary film & television industries. The module develops key entry-level skills for the fiction film industry, delivered through a combination of workshops, tutorials, and independent viewing. It also specifically develops skills in developing and pitching ideas.

Small self-motivated production teams or crews will produce one production of eight to twelve minutes in length during the module. Fictional formats will use existing scripts produced in second year modules.

You will receive a single individual portfolio mark, made up of an element reflecting the success of your group production, a personal evaluation of the film and production process, a pitch presentation, and an element based on your individual skill development and personal contribution, assessed through a learning diary and a peer review process.

How will I learn on this module?

The student-centred learning of a practical module such as this dictates a cycle moving from reflective critical analysis of the work of contemporary industry professionals, through the learning of technical skills, completion of individual practical skill exercises, and a practical group production project, back to reflective self-assessment, viewing the practical work produced with the benefit of a heightened critical awareness of professional practice.

You will effectively go through the cycle described above - then, after reflecting on similarities with the completed documentary module and fiction, you will progress naturally into a fiction production.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshop demonstration, directed learning, independent practical work, tutorial and formal assessment - all structured around the production schedule of the practical project within the module.

Lectures are delivered towards the early part of the semester in order to lay the foundations of critical awareness and the beginnings of enhanced technical practice. As the module develops, lectures progressively give way to workshops in which students receive hands-on demonstration of production techniques from experienced ex-industry professionals, which in turn lead to practical skills exercises which you carry out independently. The results of these exercises are again fed back into workshops for peer review and discussion.

Small production teams are formed and begin work on your practical projects; as you do so, workshops are gradually complemented and eventually replaced by group tutorials, offering assistance relevant to specific productions. Once team productions are complete, the class comes back together for a screening to review and discuss your work, and finally you will reflect on the process in an individual critical evaluation, peer review process and personal learning portfolio.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The eLearning Portal is a significant source of support material throughout the module. This contains important documents pertaining to each stage of the production process, e.g. ‘How to…’ guides on completing proposals, scripts, treatments, et al. The PowerPoint slides from each session will also be made available soon after each session. The module features a range of teaching and learning strategies that encompass workshops, seminars and tutorials.

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 and pitch ideas with enhanced presentation skills and understanding of the commissioning/funding process

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Demonstrate the development and refinement of individual technical, creative, craft and editorial skills through practical production

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pre-production, production and post-production process on a drama project, from initial concept through development to safe completion.

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

4. Demonstrate skills in collaborative working practices and make an effective contribution to a complex team project.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is carried out by workshop peer review of your critical written work and production proposals, and also of technical skills exercises.

The major summative assessment task is the practical production portfolio - which has been collaboratively produced by small groups who have been encouraged to work in distinct craft areas. Along with your completed production DVD's, groups must submit a file containing key production documentation such as outline idea, shooting script, release forms, treatment, 'call sheets' and research notes, to make up your portfolio. Within each component of the module, this portfolio which includes the production is allocated 30% of the component mark. All group members receive the same mark, as long as they have played a part in the production; if you have played no part at all in a production, you will receive zero for this element. This submission addresses all of the MLOs.

In addition to submitting the group production, you will also submit a personal individual portfolio equating to 70% of each component mark. This includes an evaluation of the film itself and of its production process; your individual skill/learning development and contribution to the success of the film are also evaluated through a pitch presentation, a learning diary with appropriate evidence, and a peer review process. This share of group work (30%) and individual learning and contribution portfolio (70%) ensures that you receive a mark truly reflective of your own personal skill development, evidence of learning and critical ability, rather than an individual contribution being lost within a group mark that may not adequately reflect the progress made by individuals; while still motivating you to work in groups to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Feedback is through face-to-face tutorials and also through the use of wiki pages, which are created by you to document your progress and are regularly checked by staff. Feedback will explicitly draw attention to the ways in which future performances can be improved.





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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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