Module Catalogues

Introduction to Directing

Module Title Introduction to Directing
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 2.50
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

This module aims to:
Enable students to understand the process from script to screen and use a range of techniques to realize a short directed sequence.
Enable students to demonstrate the ability to work with actors and communicate with a film crew whilst filming a short visual sequence.
Enable students to demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on their decision making and place it within a historical context

Learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate understanding of the role of the director in the production process and within the realization of a given scene/project
B. Demonstrate the practical skills of directing within the context of a short narrative sequence
C. Demonstrate the ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively in a project based activity
D. Inform practice by placing it in an historical and conceptual framework

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
The teaching sessions are divided into three components (Lectures, seminars and practical workshops).
A series of lectures will provide the historical and conceptual background to understand the director and his/her process
Seminars on technical screenings will allow the students to discuss the work of some of the great directors
Practical workshops will focus on the process of working with actors, performance and visual storytelling