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Introduction to Film & Television Production Methods - TFT00008C

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Hasmik Gasparyan
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

From the ground up you will be learning two strands of professional film and television production practice. For single camera production you will gain valuable skills in cinematography, directing, audio production and post production and editing to capture high quality assets. For Multi-camera production you will learn vital team working skills and studio discipline that will give you the confidence to create your own live and ‘as live’ programmes in our industry standard television studios. The emphasis is on making things, learning the tools and techniques to be able to turn your ideas into productions that will help you create compelling stories that have a high ‘production value’.

*Students will lose 3 marks on group assessments per multi-camera practical missed for this module as studio sessions rely on the full team to be present to run the sessions and therefore non attendance affects other students.

**There will be an online Health and Safety test that you need to pass before week 10 of Autumn term before you can book or practice with any equipment in the Spring term.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To provide an inter-disciplinary course structure in which students explore the aesthetic and practical application of audio and image production systems in the creation of film and television projects
  • To provide a controlled environment in which students can learn professional practices in production planning, risk assessment, safe handling of equipment and basic system maintenance
  • To provide a realistic forum in which students can develop professional audio, moving image and lighting production skills to fulfil creative objectives

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Describe and demonstrate the correct usage of audio, moving image and lighting production equipment with a clear understanding of safety procedures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process of planning production sessions for both studio and location work, including performing full risk assessments
  • Demonstrate an ability to use audio, moving image and lighting equipment to fulfil creative objectives
  • Describe and explain sound and picture production methodologies used in television and film projects and how those techniques might be applied in different contexts (e.g. narrative, light entertainment, documentary, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between picture and sound production


Task Length % of module mark
Single Camera Group project with individual reflective essay
N/A 50
Studio TV Group Project with individual in situ assessment
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment 1
N/A 50
Reassessment 2
N/A 50

Module feedback

All: detailed written feedback with clear breakdown of marks based on defined criteria

Indicative reading

  • Katz, S Film Directing Shot by Shot Michael Wiese Productions, 1991, ISBN 0-941188-10-8
  • Gloman, C & Letourneau, T Placing Shadows: Lighting Techniques for Video Production, Focal Press 2005, ISBN: 978-0240806617
  • Uva, M & Uva, S The Grip Book, Focal Press 2006, ISBN: 978-0240852331
  • Millerson, G Lighting for TV and Film, Third Edition Focal Press, 1999, ISBN: 978-0240515823
  • Brown, B Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers, Focal Press, 2002, ISBN: 978-0240805009
  • Box, H Set Lighting Technicians Handbook, Third Edition: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution, Focal Press 2003, 978-0240804958
  • Elkins, D The Camera Assistant's Manual, Focal Press, 2009, ISBN: 978-0240810577
  • Ballou, G., Handbook for Sound Engineers, Fourth Edition, Focal Press 2008, ISBN: 9780240809694
  • Bartlett, B. Practical Recording Techniques, Fifth Edition, The Step- by- Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording, Focal Press 2008, ISBN: 9780240811444
  • Katz, B. Mastering Audio, The art and the science, Second Edition, Focal Press 2007, ISBN: 9780240808376
  • Izhaki, R. Mixing Audio, Concepts, Practices and Tools, Focal Press 2008, ISBN: 9780240520681
  • Singleton-Turner, Roger (2011), Cu e& Cut, Manchester University Press

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.