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Digital Production & Postproduction Workflows - TFT00052M

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

Module summary

This module enables students to gain a rich understanding of technologies and methods utilised in developing production and postproduction workflows for film and television projects.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

To provide an inter-disciplinary programme structure in which Digital Film and Television, Visual Effects and Sound Design students are introduced to a range of subjects relating to film and television production and postproduction workflows, particularly as they relate to picture editing and sound track creation.

To develop and enhance a range of both creative video and audio skills and techniques through an understanding of the underlying technical issues relating to professional 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 creative production process in terms of use of time, working with other personnel and problem solving.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

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

Demonstrate an understanding of audio, video and digital film production and postproduction processes and how these can be applied to the creation of professionally produced media programmes.

Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying technical and aesthetic attributes of picture and sound source materials together with an ability to critically analyse those materials for technical processing and creative application.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between, and basic working knowledge of stages and processes involved in film and television postproduction through the use of the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) based recording studio environment and a Non-Linear video Editing (NLE) based environment.

Support their creative output with comprehensive and reasoned technical documentation.

In addition, all Sound Design students are expected to be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the recording chain from capture, editing, processing and mixing through to production of the final product.

Demonstrate an ability to use the advanced features of a typical software based Digital Audio Workstation and Creative Signal Processing environment for recording, processing and audio production work.

In addition, all Visual Effects students are expected to be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to use the advanced features of a typical Non-Linear video Editing system and related software for editing and mastering of film and television programmes.

In addition, all Digital Film and Television students are expected to be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of, and basic ability to use the advanced features of a file based digital film camera for location production including correct settings for optimal picture acquisition.

Demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences in postproduction processes working with traditional video assets compared to digital film files.

Academic and graduate skills

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 critically reflect on the postproduction process including discussion of both aesthetic and technical aspects of project creation.


Task Length % of module mark
Postproduction Exercise with Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Postproduction Exercise with Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Detailed written feedback on individual project within twenty working days of submission

Indicative reading

Frost, J 'Cinematography for Directors' Michael Wiese Productions, 2009, ISBN 1-932-907556

Kadner, N 'Red: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera' Peachpit Press, 2009, ISBN 0-321-617681

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

Hollyn, N 'The Film Editing Room Handbook' Lone Eagle Press, 3rd Edition, 1999 ISBN: 0-580-65000-6

Brown, B, 'Cinematography Theory and Practice', Focal Press, 2002, ISBN 0-240-80500-3

Murch, W 'In the Blink of an Eye' Silman-James Press, 2nd edition, 2001, ISBN 1-879505-62-2

McCormick, T and Rumsey, F, 'Sound and Recording: An Introduction' Focal Press, 4th Edition, 2002, ISBN 0-240-51680-X

Bartlett, G and Bartlett J, 'Practical Recording Techniques' Focal Press, 2002, ISBN 0-240-80473-2

Yewdall, D L, 'Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound' Focal Press, 2003, ISBN 0-240-80525-9

Moylan, William, 'The Art of Recording' Focal Press, 2002, ISBN 0-240-80483-X

Rumsey, Francis, 'The Audio Workstation Handbook' Focal Press, 1996, ISBN 0-240-51450-5

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

Wynand, D, 'Final Cut Pro 6', Peachpit Press, 2007, ISBN 0-321-50265-5

Gross, D. 'Color (Apple Pro Training Series)', Peachpit Press, 2007 ISBN 0-321-50911-0

Nahmani, D, 'Logic Pro 8', Peachpit Press, 2007, ISBN 0-321-50292-2

Purcell, J., 'Dialogue editing for motion pictures : a guide to the invisible art' Amsterdam ; London : Focal Press, c2007, ISBN 9780240809182 (pbk. : alk. paper)

Clark, B. and Spohr, S., 'Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film: Managing the Process' Focal Press, 2ndrd Edition, 2002 ISBN: 0-240-80506-2

James, J., 'Digital Intermediates for Film and Video' Focal Press, 2006, ISBN: 0-240-80702-2

Angell, D., 'Pro Tools for Film and Video' Focal Press, 2009, ISBN: 979780240520773

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.