Module Catalogues

Major Production Project

Module Title Major Production Project
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 10.00
Academic Year 2019/20
Semester ACYR

Aims and Fit of Module

Run over two semesters this module engages students working in groups in the planning of a significant media project as the culmination of their undergraduate practical film production studies. This may take the form of Documentary (maximum 10-20 minutes), Drama (maximum 10-12 minutes) or another genre in consultation with their module convenor.
During the course of semester 1, students will form production groups, devise and develop a production proposal, develop the script and enter into the pre-production planning and management of the production. Each member of the group will undertake a specific specialist role within the production crew. Pitching sessions will be held where production groups pitch their proposals prior to each production being given a green light to proceed. Each production will have a supervising tutor who they will meet regularly with for production tutorials through the year. A series of planning workshops will be run throughout semester 1, and where possible visiting media industry professionals and practitioners will also present workshops and lectures, in addition to subject specialism workshops delivered by departmental staff. In the case of the documentary genre, filming of subjects may take place in the case they need access to subjects over a period of time. Typically students will enter production planning of the project, and ongoing tutorial support in semester 2.
Each student will be required to submit a substantial Production File, evidencing the production planning, development and management within their role on a production.
Each student will also submit a final written analysis of the planning process within critical, theoretical and media industry contexts.

Learning outcomes

A evidence advanced skills in media planning as demonstrated in individual roles and team work, and culminating in the planning of an original production;
B demonstrate advanced skills in research and media management;
C negotiate and pitch a proposal to a hypothetical commissioning panel;
D critically evaluate and contextualise planning work, within appropriate industrial and critical contexts via a written, critical essay.

Method of teaching and learning

Lectures, practical workshops in studio and lab environments, tutorials, group presentations, critical reflection.