- Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
- Module co-ordinator: Prof. John Mateer
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
- See module specification for other years: 2019-20
Through this module students will gain a detailed knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the producer in all phases of the film and television creation process -- preproduction, production and postproduction -- and a rich understanding of standard industry practices.
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This module aims to:
Provide a theoretical and practical framework with which students 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
Upon completion of this module students 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
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Seminars will involve weekly exercises that will help students develop the skills required to effectively complete the production plan assignment. Detailed feedback will be provided to each student for each exercise.
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Students will receive detailed feedback by SpT Week 5.
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