The module aims to introduce and develop practical skills in digital video production, through engaging students in small groups in the production of a short documentary of 5-10 minutes duration.
Production work will be single-camera based and students are encouraged to shoot on location. Students have the opportunity to develop production skills such as planning, organisation, production management, camera, lighting, sound and post production techniques.
A reflective evaluative essay aims to provide students an opportunity to reflect upon their role and contribution to the production and to address their work in relation to the wider contexts of documentary and digital media production.
Through engaging in a production students will gain a broader understanding of media industry contexts and issues pertaining to digital media industries practice.
A. Develop advanced practical skills in digital video production
B Develop knowledge of research techniques in relation to documentary production work
C Be able to gain advanced knowledge of the nature of pre-production, production, and post-production work and demonstrate this by making a short video
D Develop team working skills within a video production environment
E Be able to critically evaluate their individual role in documentary production within wider contexts.
The teaching sessions are divided into two components; Labs and Tutorials/workshops. An intensive series of workshops explore the theory behind broadcast production techniques and use modern digital equipment to teach skills in camera work, lighting, sound recording and editing. Students work in independent small groups to develop their ideas and produce their own short documentary production.
Documentary production offers a method of learning by doing, and media production in general presents many opportunities for problem based learning. Through developing, researching and planning a documentary idea, and undertaking production and post-production, students will apply practical skills learnt in workshop sessions to real-world challenges, whilst developing a variety of individual and team-based skills, experience and working practices.
In writing a reflective, evaluative essay, students will evaluate their own role, learning and contribution to the group production and place their understanding of their own work within the broader contexts of documentary and digital media production.