Business of Production & Postproduction - TFT00002M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film and Television
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Guy Schofield
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

Through both lecture sessions and masterclasses with working professionals, students will gain a detailed understanding of the business of film and television.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

To provide students with a realistic and up-to-date picture of the film and television industry including the development, financing and distribution of projects.

To provide students with an understanding of the business aspects of production and postproduction, and their relationship to the film and television industry.

To enhance and develop a range of personal skills to enhance students ability to market themselves and gain employment in a competitive marketplace.

To enhance and develop public speaking skills including pitching and client relations.

 

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students are expected to be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the business of film and television production.
Demonstrate an understanding of the postproduction industry including the nature of day-to-day operations, business environment, client procurement and retention, staffing and legal issues.
Demonstrate personal communication and marketing skills including pitching, client relationship techniques and CV preparation.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Business Plan - 3500 words
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation: Pitch
N/A 10

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Business Plan - 3500 words
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation: Pitch
N/A 10

Module feedback

Detailed feedback will be provided to students within twenty business days of submission.

Indicative reading

SUGGESTED READING:

Litwak, M. (2002) Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry From Negotiations Through Final Contracts, 2nd Ed. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James.

Raugust, M. (2004) The Animation Business Handbook. New York: St. Martin s Press.

Levison, L. (2003) Filmmakers and Financing. Amsterdam and New York: Focal Press.

Clark, B. & Spohr, S. (2002) Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film: Managing the Process, 2nd Ed. Amsterdam and London: Focal Press.

Donaldson, M. (2003) Clearance and Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James.

Wagstaff, S. & Derakhshani, D. (2004) Getting a Job in CG: Real Advice from Reel People. San Francicso, CA and London: Maya Press/Sybex.

Quinn, E. & Counihan, J. (2006) The Pitch. London: Faber and Faber. Adcock, D et al. (2004) Marketing Principles. London: Financial Times/Prentice Hall.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Skillset (UK Media related activities): http://www.skillset.org

TRADE PUBLICATIONS FOR THE BUSINESS OF FILM AND TV:

The Numbers (film business): http://www.the-numbers.com/

Broadcast (UK TV business): http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/

Screen (UK Film business): http://www.screendaily.com/

Hollywood Reporter (Hollywood and International): http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

Variety (Hollywood and International): http://www.variety.com/

Internet Movie Database Pro (Hollywood and International): http://www.imdb.com/

Ofcom (UK TV statistics): http://www.ofcom.org.uk/



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