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Producing for Film & Television - TFT00056M

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  • 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

Module summary

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.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

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

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 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

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
Production Plan
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

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.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
Production Plan
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive detailed feedback by SpT Week 5.

Indicative reading

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.



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