Building on knowledge gained in Autumn term, Group Projects II enables students to further develop and expand skills related to their chosen specialisation through undertaking more complex production work. Following a detailed brief, students work as teams to create a short film requiring advanced production techniques, in a manner that again mimics the production practices, requirements and limitations found in industry.
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This module seeks to provide a formal inter-disciplinary structure in which students from all Film and Television Production course variants (e.g., Cinematography, Directing, Producing, Sound and Visual Effects) can build upon methods and techniques, previously introduced in specialist core modules and practiced in Group Projects I, by applying them to a more advanced project based on a typical industry brief.
Upon completion of this module all students are expected to be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of advanced preproduction, production and postproduction processes related to their specialisation as they are applied to the creation of professionally produced media programmes in the context of complex single camera production involving:
Students must support their creative output with comprehensive and reasoned technical documentation as well as a reflective analysis of each finished piece.
In terms of academic and graduate skills, student must also demonstrate:
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One issue that has been raised concerns how the Production Project assessment works if there are unequal numbers of students from the different specialisations (e.g., more directors than producers or cinematographers, etc.) We address this through the allocation of related roles that still provide valuable experience relevant to the specialisation. These include:
... with Directing: Director, 2nd Unit Director, 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director
... with Producing: Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager, Postproduction Manager
... with Cinematography: Director of Photography, Lighting Director, 1st Assistant Cameraman, Digital Imaging Technician
... with Sound: Supervising Sound Editor, Dialogue Editor, Effects Editor, Production Sound Mixer
... with Visual Effects: Visual Effects Supervisor, Colourist, Lead 2D Artist, Lead 3D Artist
In this way we can scale groups based on uneven cohort numbers and still provide significant and relevant experience to the students. Allocations will be different to those for Group Projects I to ensure students experience is broadened.
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2500 Word Project Report
4000 word essay
Detailed oral feedback on Pitches in Week 4 SpT; detailed written feedback on Project Report by Week 5 SuT
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