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Producing for Film & Television I - TFT00056M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Miss Lorianne Hall
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

Through this module you will be introduced to the role of the producer and gain a detailed knowledge of the role and responsibilities in all phases of the film and television creation process --development, preproduction, production and postproduction -- and a rich understanding of standard industry

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Provide a theoretical and practical framework with which you can explore the logistical, managerial and creative aspects of producing film and television projects
  • Develop and enhance a range of business and logistical skills related to producing involving financial, legal and compliance areas, including knowledge of employment and health & safety requirements
  • Develop an understanding of the creative aspects of producing including the sourcing of project ideas and production talent
  • Emphasise the importance of creative 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

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple creative, logistical and managerial roles of the producer in all phases of project creation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal requirements associated with film and television production and how to ensure they are met
  • Demonstrate an ability to use appropriate tools for logistical planning such as project breakdowns, budgeting and scheduling
  • Demonstrate an ability to exercise creative judgement in choosing project ideas and talent, with an awareness of audience and/or market
  • Demonstrate an ability to project-manage, organising all required elements in a systematic way and managing time effectively to complete a project plan to deadline


Task Length % of module mark
Producing Project
N/A 50
Report 2500 words
N/A 50

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

All information asked for in the assessment is covered in lectures and in the reading directly. There are additional workshops where you need to present work that shows awareness of the market and the role of the producer. You will also have workshops where you learn budget and scheduling templates and software needed for the assessments.


Task Length % of module mark
Producing Project
N/A 50
Report 2500 words
N/A 50

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Austen, S. (2019). Producing for Film & TV. The Crowood Press Ltd.

Crone, T. (2002). Law and the Media. Oxford: Focal Press.

Crowell, T. (2011). The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers. Burlington: Focal Press.

Donaldson, M. (2003). Clearance and Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James.

Finney, A. (2010). The International Film Business: A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood. Abingdon: Routledge.
Landry, P. (2017). Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic-Free Guide (American Film Market Presents). New York: Routledge.

Lee, J. (2010). The Producer's Business Handbook (American Film Market Presents). Burlington: Focal Press.

Levison, L. (2013). Filmmakers and Financing (American Film Market Presents). Burlington: Focal Press.

Litwak, M. (2002). Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry From Negotiations Through Final Contracts, 2nd Ed. Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James.

Parks, S. (2007). The Insider’s Guide to Independent Film Distribution. Burlington: Focal Press.

Stradling, L. (2010). Production Management for Film and TV. London: Methuen/Drama.

Ulin, J. (2010). The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV and Video Content in an Online World. Burlington: Focal 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.