MI6001 - Film and TV Production 3

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What will I learn on this module?

Film and TV Production 3 is the concluding module of your chosen specialist pathway in Film & TV Production, where you get the opportunity to produce a practical project portfolio of work that is the culmination and demonstration of all that you have learned in the programme modules but specifically follows submission to your chosen pathway.

You propose your own portfolio of practical work appropriate to your production specialism and project interests. This work is effectively your ‘graduation’ material and you can propose to be project instigators such as, but not limited to, directors, producers or animators or project facilitators, that provide the all important craft skills such as camera, sound and editing roles.

You propose and present your project(s) in an industry style ‘pitch’ and spend the bulk of the module carrying out the work supervised by appropriate tutors who will support and advise the production work and a practical dissertation model of delivery.

Whilst it is you that articulates the relevant practical processes and approaches in a coherent portfolio of film production work you are also required to reflect and critically engage with the ideas and materials of your portfolio, in order to show analytical thinking and add value to the work.

How will I learn on this module?

This module is a ‘capstone’ production project that seeks to promote autonomy and initiative in a practical dissertation model, common to third year delivery. It begins with several lectures that put your portfolio development into context and shows how you can apply all of the skills you have learned. There are networking sessions and case studies to view, to help build your networks and personal confidence in displaying your skills.
You will then engage in the tutorial process, from an early point, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your proposals, to receive feedback, advice and guidance which later becomes a main part of the module. In order to take full advantage of this module, you must attend tutorials and maintain a healthy dialogue with your allocated tutor. At the end of Semester 1 you are asked to submit a Project Progress Report on which tutors comment with ways for you to improve and indications of potential classification on the evidence of work done.

Nearing the end of the module, you are expected to submit a ‘rough cut’ of the film project(s), which tutors will then comment on in the critique, with the comments feeding back into the production roles for final review and response from the production teams before submission.

You will also receive written feedback on your final summative submissions, which will detail areas of your methodological practice, critical and creative skills, and communicative ability 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.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The learning and teaching strategy will be based upon a workshop and tutorial supervisor model.

This module is designed to allow you to put into practice all you have learned in the production of a major portfolio of practical work. It begins with clear presentation of the modules aims and rationale together with the indicative parameters of the effective schedule and delivery of the work. It then expects you to show initiative and good use of time but emphasises the importance of seeking guidance and advice in the individual projects, through supervisory tutorials.

You are expected to present your project portfolio ideas in an industry style ‘ pitch’ session to a panel. There are two sessions that help you to prepare for this, the second of which is hosted by an industry professional who will provide feedback in an ‘elevator’ pitch exercise.

The bulk of the module is then taken up with group/individual tutorials with your appropriate allocated personal project tutor, who will guide and advise the projects as well as monitor your progress and learning.

These sessions are punctuated with screenings of previous module work, networking sessions and portfolio sessions where the student group can come together in a collegiate and supportive way.

Finally, the film projects get the opportunity to be submitted for panel critique and feedback, before completion.

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

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. Demonstrate abilities and skills in the assembly of an appropriate portfolio of Film and TV Production to showcase a particular skill set

2. Identify, evaluate and employ strategies for the communication of ideas and the audience experience.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Critically evaluate the portfolio of work in an appropriate way

4. Demonstrate sound technical proficiency in the manipulation of materials and appropriate technology

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

5. Embed the ability to study independently, manage your own workloads and meet deadlines, showing the entrepreneurial spirit required to deliver the projects

How will I be assessed?

You will receive formative feedback throughout the module as you conduct analysis of case studies, allowing you to comprehend how your analytical skills and grasp of the subject are developing.

You will be assessed by producing an individual practical film production portfolio that is worth 70% of the total available marks by addressing the MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 and a preproduction portfolio and pitch presentation materials that are worth 30% addressing MLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5.

The content of the preproduction portfolio will vary according to the your proposal and subject area of specialism but the expectation is that it would contain evidence of the relevant production materials and research such as, but not limited to, animation, directing, producing, screenwriting, sound, editing or cinematography. This work is submitted at the end of Semester 1.

All final film production portfolios should contain time-based material offered as evidence of your understanding and demonstrating the relevant skills. This could include completed film productions (for these purposes defined as an edited timeline with sound and credit sequences) and any supporting tests. General ‘rushes’ should not be submitted unless presented in edited form.

While there is an element of group work, final marks are awarded individually, based on evidence of individual student contribution and skill development.

The pitch is offered as evidence of the understanding of the production process, in adding critical analysis of your project/s and showing the context and criticality of the project/s it is expected that the final portfolio also include a critical evaluation of 1,500 words approximately.

The final film production portfolio is submitted at the end of Semester 2.

You will receive written feedback on your final summative submissions, which will detail areas of your methodological practice, critical and creative skills, and communicative ability 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 they have regarding their critical development and future learning.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

“You have to want to make a film for other reasons - to say something, to tell a story, to show somebody's fate - but you can't want to make a film simply for the sake of it.” Krzysztof Kieslowski
Film and TV Production 3 is where you produce a practical project portfolio of work that is the culmination and demonstration of all you have learned so far that you can use as your industry ‘calling card’.
You decide what you want to make, you might be a writer, director, experimental animator or producer, or you might want to provide the essential craft skills of camera, sound or editing, or even a coherent combination of the above, but overall it is about having the creative freedom to deliver the work that you want to represent your skills in the Gala Screening, at the Tyneside Cinema, in front of industry guests.

Course info

UCAS Code P310

Credits 40

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 or September 2020

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