Module title: Documentary Film Production

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC11116
Module leader: Rachel Younger
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rachel Younger
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures delivered during an intensive online teaching week will provide you with an initial introduction to the content covered on this module. All lecture materials will also be made available in the course online learning environment to enable you to review and deepen your understanding of the content in your own time. A film list as well as links to online documentary excerpts will be made available on the intranet and provide you with examples of good practice that can inspire your own work (LO1-6).
Online tutorial discussions about set topics will take place on a weekly basis. You will be required to take an active part in discussing module materials with your peers, and in preparation, you will need to engage with weekly readings relevant to each tutorial, which will be made available on the intranet (LO1-6). The module tutor will help you design your individual learning activity, which consists of the production of a ten to fifteen minute documentary film, and will help you tailor this to support your individual learning objectives. The production of a short documentary will provide you with the opportunity to directly apply what you learn on this module. You will benefit from regular feedback provided by an international community of fellow students as you engage in module activities and as you work on your assignment. You will also be supported individually by your tutor (LO1-6). To complement module materials made available on the intranet, you are encouraged to engage independently with e-books, e-journals and other online resources available on the University library website.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module focuses specifically on enhancing your employability by expanding the range of your professional skills. Class debates and feedback from peers and tutor on this module will also strengthen your ability to engage in critical thinking and help you develop

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Online Guided independent study 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 70 1-3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 30 4-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

On this module you will engage with methods to research and develop engaging film documentaries. You will compare different genres and narrative styles, you will engage with ways to shape the story structure and dramatic arc and learn to test ideas and identify suitable participants. Practical skills include the choice of camera and film format, camera work, sound design and lighting, non-linear editing, the grammar of film language and cinematography as well as writing and presenting strong narratives. Production skills include budgeting, clearing copyright, interviewee consent and other legal issues, planning the shoot and working with the film crew. You will engage with different forms and sources of funding, including commissioned production, independent production, international co-production and crowd-sourced funding. The process of pitching and marketing your work forms an integral part of this module. You will also consider a variety of target audiences including broadcast, cinema and film festivals, online television and multiplatform delivery. This module is practical in focus and you will develop and shoot your own short documentary using your mojo kit. You will be supported in individual tutorials, and throughout the development process you will receive feedback from peers and tutor.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: produce a documentary with a strong theme and appealing participants that demonstrates thorough background research and an engaging narrative arc, and where applicable, strong writing skills
LO2: demonstrate high production values in your practice, including quality film language and sound design, an engaging narrative style, and where applicable, strong presentations skills
LO3: comply with regulatory, ethical and legal frameworks in your practice
LO4: critically reflect on funding sources, commissioning and production processes and target audiences across a range of platforms including cinema, broadcast, film festivals and multiplatform delivery
LO5: critically evaluate a range of themes and narrative techniques relevant to documentary production
LO6: critically reflect on your practice with reference to academic theory.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC11116 Documentary Film Production