This module provides an in-depth exploration of the director's method for single-camera film and television production. You work through all phases of production from script analysis and visualisation, through to rehearsing and working with actors on set, to managing production crews.
Module will run
Semester 1 2023-24
This module aims:
To provide a theoretical and practical framework with which you can explore the creative and technical aspects of contemporary filmmaking as they relate to directing
To develop a critical understanding of, and an ability to respond to, performance - both among actors in drama and contributors in documentary.
To develop collaborative skills and relationships in preparation, production and postproduction.
To develop and encourage professional production values through technical expertise and reflective learning.
Module learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module you are expected to be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple creative, technical and managerial roles of the director
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the script and means by which it can be analysed to fulfil the director's interpretation of story
Support your creative output with comprehensive and reasoned technical documentation
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 reflect critically on the directing process, including discussion of aesthetic and technical aspects of film production.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Directing Project
Essay/coursework Report 2500 words
Special assessment rules
Additional assessment information
Formative feedback will be given directly through the practical teaching and exercises delivered through teaching throughout the assessment, inc. "boot camp" shooting work, script analysis and working with actors.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Video Essay
You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.
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