Core Module Information
Module title: Film Narrative 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD07111
Module leader: Demelza Kooij
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

Through short practical projects, you will study and develop skills and understanding of the range of techniques that are the essential elements of story telling (plot, character, dialogue and engaging an audience). You will learn how to stage action within the depth of the frame, and the importance of on / off screen space, pre-visualisation and the function of camera placement and movement in relation to narrative. You will also learn the basic principles of sound recording and ways to use audio content to contribute and enhance the narrative. You will practise skills in the narrative construction, script development, basic script layout and filming of a short scene.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to LO1 Acquire an understanding of the main concepts and principles of narrative structure in film making; LO2: Gain an appreciation of complex narrative ideas in well-structured and coherent practical filmic outcomes; LO3: Develop an awareness of the main theories, concepts and principles involved in sound recording; LO4: Collaborate effectively in the development and realisation of creative film projects, accounting for and responding to your own and others’ roles and responsibilities.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Demelza Kooij
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Lectures, seminars and tutorials explore and encourage debate around narrative forms within fiction film making and will develop awareness - both when you view fiction films and when you create your own work - of how filmic elements contribute to the narrative structure of a scene (LO 1, 2, 3, 4). You will undertake a series of creative and technical exercises (LO 1, 2, 3, 4) to develop your film-making skills, which will cover scriptwriting, pre-visualisation through storyboarding, the framing and staging in depth within individual shots, and the use of on-screen and off-screen space and sound. To develop technical skills, training via a series of lectures and workshops will be supported by access to the necessary film and sound equipment (LO2,LO3). You will develop your skills in analysing shot construction and visual structure through a written exercise (LO1). Group critiques of the practical work gives further opportunity for you to reflect on your creativity and contribution to collaborative projects as well the contributions of others.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module encourages you to study independently, effectively manage your workloads and to meet deadlines. You will also work collaboratively by completing a number of exercises in groups and the module provides you the opportunity to develop your creativity (collectively and individually) around specific themes and within the requirements specified by a brief. You will further develop your basic study and communication skills, specialist technical skills, self refection, critical analysis and evaluation of your performance and achievements.

Assessment (formative and summative)
You will undertake two elements of assessment. Element one consists of the development and realisation of two practical film projects that will develop your skills in narrative constructions within a single shot, and your understanding

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 Seminar 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 85
Independent Learning Project Supervision 85
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 70 1-4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 30 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD07111 Film Narrative 1