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Filmmaking - TFT00010I

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Hickman
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

This module provides students with a comprehensive overview of the filmmaking process -- from identifying story ideas, to developing those into forms suitable for filming, to preproduction planning, to production, postproduction and screening -- through the creation of their own short films.   

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To provide an inter-disciplinary course structure in which students explore all stages of the film creation process
  • To provide a comprehensive grounding in the application of picture and sound technologies and production methods in the film production process
  • To provide a basic foundation in market research as it relates to film presentation to determine target markets and gauge effectiveness in meeting specified goals

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of crew members and their position within the overall film production framework
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop, refine and present film program concepts in both written and visual form
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyse story and script requirements to develop an effective production strategy
  • Demonstrate an ability to prepare for and manage film pre-production including script development, budgeting, scheduling and procurement of required elements for filming
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply standard production techniques to create visual and aural elements for a film project
  • Describe the postproduction process including all steps required to finish visual and sound elements
  • Demonstrate the ability to assemble, refine and finish all visual and aural assets into a complete film program
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the assessment process to gauge the effectiveness of a program in conveying the intended story or message to a specific target audience


Task Length % of module mark
Preproduction Portfolio
N/A 20
Presentation: Technical report and reflective discussion about the Production Project
N/A 40
Production Project: Short Film
N/A 40

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Students receive regular feedback in Autumn term on informal development exercises (e.g., creating a concept outline, presenting a pitch of a story idea, creating a draft treatment, etc.) as part of timetabled seminar sessions.


Task Length % of module mark
Re-assessment: Preproduction Portfolio
N/A 20
Re-assessment: Presentation of Production Project
N/A 40
Re-assessment: Report 4000 words
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback on the formative production exercise.  They will receive in-person feedback for the formative first draft screenplay/rich treatment exercise in time-tabled sessions with tutors.  They will receive detailed written feedback on the portfolio, production project and presentation assessments within four weeks of the submission dates.

Indicative reading

  • Quinn, E & Counihan, J The Pitch Faber and Faber, 2006, ISBN: 0-571-227414
  • Katz, Steven, Film Directing Shot by Shot Michael Wiese Productions, 1991, ISBN 0-941188-10-8
  • Simon, D & Wiese, M Film and Video Budgets, 4th edition, Michael Wiese Productions, 2006, ISBN 1-932-907106
  • Singleton, R Film Scheduling, 2nd edition, Lone Eagle, 1997, ISBN 0-943-728398
  • Proferes, N Film Directing Fundamentals, 3rd edition, Focal Press, 2008, ISBN 0-240-809408
  • Frost, J Cinematography for Directors, Michael Wiese Productions, 2009, ISBN 978-1-932907-55-1
  • Weston, J Directing Actors, Michael Wiese Productions, 1999, ISBN 0-941-188248
  • Murch, W In the Blink of an Eye Silman-James Press, 2nd edition, 2001, ISBN 1-879505-62-2
  • Wyatt, H and Amyes, T Audio Post Production for Television and Film: An introduction to technology and techniques, Focal Press, 2003, ISBN 0-240-51947-7
  • Yewdall, D.L., Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound Focal Press, 2003, ISBN 0-240-80525-9
  • Adcock, D et al. Marketing Principles Financial Times/ Prentice Hall, 2004 ISBN: 0-582-849551

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.