Core Module Information
Module title: Film Narrative 2

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

Module code: LMD07112
Module leader: Zoe Irvine
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

On this module you will gain an understanding of the essential skills required to plan, film, and edit dramatic fiction scenes and sequences. You will develop an understanding of the basic processes involved in pre-production, production and post-production within film making. You will learn the importance of effective pre-visualisation in support of dramatic structure and you will develop your understanding of the basic principles of the use of sound in cinema. You will study narrative structure, the development of character and of viable dialogue, and the creation of mise-en-scene in a short dramatic scene for film.
In a series of exercises and projects, you will apply appropriate working methodologies for scripting, preparing, shooting and editing short film projects. You will apply the principles behind systems of continuity (such as the 180 degree continuity system), the basic principles of sound recording for sequence continuity and basic sound design towards the completion of practical projects. You will learn how to appropriately use basic 3 point lighting for film and you will learn the appropriate health and safety procedures alongside developing an awareness of risk assessment protocols for filming using lights and other equipment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Develop an awareness of the main concepts and principles of narrative structure and continuity through well-structured and coherent practical film projects;
LO2: Gain an appreciation of the basic rules of script structure and character generation in the development of a short scene screenplay;
LO3: Recognise the importance of continuity editing principles;
LO4: Acquire an understanding of the main theories, concepts and principles involved in sound design;
LO5: Collaborate effectively in a team within the development and realisation of creative film projects, taking account of your own practice and responding to the roles and responsibilities of other team members.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Zoe Irvine
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
Lectures, seminars and tutorials explore and encourage debate around narrative forms within fiction film making. You will develop awareness - both when you view fiction films and when you create your own work – of the importance of continuity systems and how filmic elements, in particular the edit and sound design, contribute to the narrative structure of a scene (LO1 - LO5). You will undertake two creative and technical exercises (LO1 - LO5) to develop your film-making skills, which will cover scriptwriting, previsualisation through storyboarding, framing and staging within a sequence of shots, the use of on-screen and off-screen space and sound design. To develop technical skills, training via a series of lectures and workshops will be supported by access to the necessary film and sound equipment, as well as film editing and sound design software (LO2, LO3, LO4).
Group critiques of the practical work, will give further opportunity for you to reflect on your creativity and contribution to collaborative projects, as well as the contributions of others. You will maintain a journal (LO1 - LO5) where you will collate your research and reflect upon the continuous peer review and assessor led feedback that you will receive throughout the course of the module.

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the process of project development, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon the continuous feedback and review that you will receive both from your peers and from your assessors. The oral feedback given during seminars and tutorials will constitute the main form of your feedback and you will be encouraged to evidence this by keeping your journal up to date with your notes from seminars, tutorials and production meetings, your critical reflection, and your independent research.You will also undertake a series of technical workshops in support of your assessable course work.

Summative Assessment:
You will undertake three elements of assessment. You will develop and realise two practical film projects and keep a journal of your learning activities.
The first project (element 1 - LO1, LO2, LO3, LO5) is concerned with systems of continuity editing and will develop your skills in:
• narrative construction within a sequence of shots;
• your understanding of the importance of pre-visualisation;
• collaboratively developing ideas and proposals in response to assignments;
• writing a short fiction scene and planning its visualisation;
• recording sound effectively, in relation to the picture and to the narrative intentions.
The second project (element 2, LO1, LO3, LO4, LO5). Explores the main theories, concepts and principles involved in sound design and its relation to picture. It gives you the opportunity to develop your film making skills from initial inception, through the script and pre-visualisation stages, the production, the edit and the final realisation of a short film project.
You will critically reflect upon the outcomes of the work undertaken as well as your contribution and you will evidence this in your journal (element 3 – LO1, LO5).
Assessment will take in to account your ability to contribute to group work, manage workloads, study independently and meet deadlines.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 9
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 9
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 85
Independent Learning Guided independent study 85
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 40 1-5 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Practical 40 1,3,4,5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Reflective Log 20 1,5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD07112 Film Narrative 2