FTMFP-Film Production

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FTMAE Film Aesthetics
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof John Gibbs

Email: john.gibbs@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module enables students to develop their skills in film production through making short films in response to one or more briefs and exercises. Some of these short projects will be anchored in the study of particular dimensions of film or television form, and anchored in the critical / theoretical study of films and programmes. Other exercises may be ‘real jobs’, responding to clients, competitions, collaborations or other stimuli from within and beyond the university: some flexibility is deliberately built into the module to enable response to exciting opportunities as emerge. The range of forms of production may vary from single camera location shooting to multi-camera studio drama. In every case the projects will be supported by appropriate technical workshops and the finished work and the creative process will be explored though class discussion and in structured critical reflection.

to develop production competencies by the realisation of short practical projects; to
develop an understanding of the way in which creative processes relate to critical analysis; to
extend skills of analysis and evaluation by relating critical and theoretical issues to filmic or
televisual decision making in practice; to enhance the students' professionalism and range
professional skills in the fields of film and television; to prepare practical and reflective skills
for those taking FTMDP through practice.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be expected to:
• demonstrate the critical, technical and organisational expertise required to produce of short films or television programmes;
• demonstrate systematic and coherent decision making in the production of a film or television programme
demonstrate skills of leadership and team working appropriate to film and television practice • relate practical decisions in film or television to theoretical, critical and cultural ideas developed in earlier or concurrent critical modules;
- be able to deploy relevant technologies and practices in a sophisticated and confident manner.
• set out the critical and practical intentions for a film or television production in the light of identified theoretical concepts and contexts, and taking account of defined production constraints;
• document processes of production;

Additional outcomes:
The module extends skills and competencies which are central to the degree: team working practices; management and communication skills required to satisfactorily carry out responsibilities in group exercises; appropriate deployment of research using printed and electronic resources; critical analysis and coherent argument, both individually and collectively; identifying and addressing problems in the analysis, evaluation and development of film and television.

Outline content:
The course will consists of one or (more frequently) more briefs. These explore particular
areas of film and / or television form and pose particular creative challenges, enabling
students to develop their production skills and their ability to shape forms of visual and aural
expression. The module is flexible enough to respond to interesting opportunities within and
beyond the programme as they emerge, but projects and briefs are always selected for the
opportunities they provide for the integrated development of conceptual and practical
filmmaking skills. Workshops addressing particular skill areas are an integrated into the
structure of briefs. Feedback is provided at different stages of the project development and the
finished work is carefully analysed in class, and in reflective critical writing (or class
presentation) by the filmmakers.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
?The module will be taught in a mixture of workshops, exercises, production work and group supervision of projects.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 4
Practicals classes and workshops 60
Supervised time in studio/workshop 40
Guided independent study 96
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 20
Project output other than dissertation 70
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
One or more group exercises will be presented and students will be required to document each exercise either individually or by group presentation.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
An overall mark of at least 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of failed coursework by 1 September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 23 October 2017

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