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Introduction to Screen Production Methods (BCI) - TFT00030C

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Edward Braman
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module summary

This module will introduce you to - and provide you with initial skills in - the key production techniques and technologies that drive the screen side of the creative industries. You will learn to shoot and record sound on location in single camera film-making; to work inside a team in the multi-camera TV studio; and to design, edit and produce content for delivery to audiences. This module will equip you with the skills and knowledge to understand how, in essential terms, cinema, TV and interactive content is made and how creative projects more widely are designed and produced, across a variety of media. so you can apply that understanding to your own creative business strategies and production objectives ... and of course develop and deliver your own content and realise your own ideas

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

Over the course of this module, you can expect to:

  • Encounter and apply key techniques and technologies that drive screen production: single- camera film-making and the multi-camera studio, video and audio.
  • Explore and apply the key creative and technical workflows that take ideas from conception, through production, and into delivery.
  • Explore and analyse the relationship between the technical, logistical and editorial aspects of production and to apply them yo your own creative work on location and in the TV studio
  • Engage with the practical importance of team-working - in a variety of production environments - in the making and delivery of creative content

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, you will be expected to be:

  • Familiar with and able to apply some of the key screen technologies - cameras, microphones, multi-camera, etc. - to the process of creating content Able to plan initial production workflows from technical, editorial and logistical perspectives
  • Able to manage content delivery - through the record, editing and mixing processes - to a high standard that appeals to audiences.
  • Able to relate technical aspects of production to editorial and creative objectives.
  • Able to conceive, market and deliver a complete programme as part of an effective working group.
  • Familiar with the value of team-working to the business of creating content across the creative industries, and able to contribute to team-working in an effective way.

Module content

This module will share many of its sessions with students on the Film and Television Production degree and you will be encouraged to share your learning and experiences with your colleagues on the other degree. The mode of assessment however will be specific to the BA in Business of the Creative Industries.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Personal Production Diary and Reflection
N/A 60
Practical : Group Show with self-produced inserts 15
N/A 40

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

All group show marks will feature an mark for individual performance. Formative work is embedded the regular feedback on practical exercises.

*Students will lose 3 marks per practical session missed in the studio in weeks 8-11.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Programme Proposal and Reflection on Process
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive incremental feedback during and after each workshop session. You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

  • Katz, S Film Directing Shot by Shot Michael Wiese Productions, 1991,
  • Millerson, G Lighting for TV and Film, Third Edition Focal Press, 1999,
  • Brown, B Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers, Focal Press, 2002,
  • Bartlett, B. Practical Recording Techniques, Fifth Edition, The Step- by- Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording, Focal Press 2008, ISBN: 9780240811444
  • 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.