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Directing for Film & Television - TFT00027M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module focuses on the role of the director in production - on set or on location immediately before and during principal photography. It covers the technical, practical and creative aspects of directing, and how these aspects are all closely linked in the majority of directorial decisions in film- or programme-making.

Professional requirements

N/A

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

To provide a theoretical and practical framework with which students can explore the creative and technical aspects of contemporary filmmaking and particularly directing

To develop a critical understanding of, and an ability to respond to, performance - both among actors in drama and contributors in documentary.

To develop collaborative skills and relationships in preparation, production and postproduction.

To develop and encourage professional production values through technical expertise and reflective learning.

To emphasize the importance of creative and technical collaboration for the effective management of the production process in terms of use of time, working with other crew members and problem solving.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

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

Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple creative, technical and managerial roles of the director

Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the script and means by which it can be analysed to fulfil the director s interpretation of story

Support their creative output with comprehensive and reasoned technical documentation

Demonstrate an ability to project-manage, organising all required elements in a systematic way and managing time effectively to complete the project to schedule

Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on the directing process, including discussion of aesthetic and technical aspects of film production.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Project - Blocking exercise (pre-viz using Frameforge)
N/A 50
University - project
Project - Part 1 Blocking exercise
N/A 40
University - project
Project - Part 2 Cut video
N/A 10

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Project - Blocking exercise (pre-viz using Frameforge)
N/A 50
University - project
Project - Part 1 Blocking exercise
N/A 40
University - project
Project - Part 2 Cut video
N/A 10

Module feedback

Detailed written feedback for assessment No 1 (pre-viz assignment) by Week 10 SpT; detailed written feedback for Assessment no 2 (in-studio blocking assignment + cut video) by Week 2 SuT.

Indicative reading

Katz, S 'Film Directing Shot by Shot' Michael Wiese Productions, 1991, ISBN 0-941188-10-8

Katz, S 'Film Directing Cinematic Motion' Michael Wiese Productions, 1992, ISBN 0-941188-14-0

Proferes, N 'Film Directing Fundamentals' Focal Press, 2005, ISBN 0-240-80562-3

Pepperman, R 'Setting Up Your Scenes' Michael Wiese Productions, 2005, ISBN 1-932907-08-4

Wilkinson, C 'The Working Director' Michael Wiese Productions, 2005, ISBN 1-932907-02-5

Dancyger, K 'The Director's Idea' Focal Press, 2006, ISBN 0-240-80681-6

Weston, J 'Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television' Michael Weise Productions, 1999, ISBN 978-0941188241



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