MI6001 - Film and TV Production 3

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 depending on your specific interests you get the opportunity to produce a 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 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. Alternatively, you may create a portfolio as a project facilitator, based on providing 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 work in a dissertation model of delivery.

Whilst it is you that articulates the relevant 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 concepts 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 engage with 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 share the work being developed, with your tutors, who will then comment and critique, with the comments feeding back into a 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 through the production of a major portfolio of 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, student work is given the opportunity to be submitted for panel critique and formative feedback, before completion. Summative assignments will receive written feedback within 20 working days of assignment submission. Every tutor has set weekly feedback and tutorial drop in hours, wherein you can seek advice on your academic progress.

Where appropriate you may also be directed to engage with our Skills Plus or other resources offered through the University Student Support Services such as Dyslexia Support. Guidance tutorials also provide opportunities for students to discuss, in confidence, their academic progress on the programme.

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 knowledge and understanding of what is required in assembling an appropriate portfolio of Film and TV Production in order to showcase a particular skill set

2. Exhibit knowledge and understanding of how to effectively communicate ideas and shape 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 knowledge of appropriate technology

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

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

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 via two components: a pre-production portfolio (worth 30% of the overall grade, MLOs 2,3,4,5) and a Final Portfolio (worth 70% of the module grade, MLOs 1-5)

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. 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 includes a critical evaluation of 1,500 words.

The final production portfolio is offered as evidence of the learning outcomes of the module, and is designed to contain relevant material appropriate to each project. The final portfolio is submitted at the end of Semester 2. All final portfolios should contain time-based material offered as evidence of your understanding and demonstrating the relevant skills. This could include 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.

Final marks are awarded individually, based on evidence of individual student contribution and skill development.





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 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.

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 City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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