Core Module Information
Module title: Film Adaptation

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD08118
Module leader: Qiao Li
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

You will adapt a literary text into a screenplay and short fiction film. Film projects will be concerned with the clarity of fictive idea and narrative construction as well as develop a consistent and dynamic stylistic interpretation. You will learn about the importance of tempo and rhythm by utilising movement within the frame and of the camera, and movement from shot to shot. Through practical group exercises you will build on your collaboration skills and be introduced to the importance of recognised film roles, as well as work professionally, in particular when working with actors.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module the student will be able to:
LO1: Develop an insight into the relationship between character, story and production design elements within a script;
LO2: Explore the interpretation of a dramatic scene and identify a range of appropriate production techniques;
LO3: Examine the roles, responsibilities and contributions to group project work and find solutions to any formal, intellectual and technical problems that have arisen through constructing moving image narratives;
LO4: Review and discuss each stage of your filmmaking, both during and after the process.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kieran Gosnay-Warren
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 filmmaking, and specifically in relation to the adaptation of literary sources of text (LO1,LO2,LO4). Technical demonstrations familiarise you with digital video camera and lighting operation, while formal lectures introduce the creative concepts of cinematography and mise-en-scène (LO1,LO2,LO3). Short film exercises offer the opportunity to research and develop your filmmaking skills in support of the main film project.
Through group discussion you will adapt a short screenplay from a literary source. These scripts will form the basis of short 5 minute film projects. The aim of the translation exercise is to confront you with problems of adaptation, of narrative construction, of production design, of performance, of mise-en-scène, of style and of meaning and you will consider these concepts when working collaboratively through the pre-production, production and post-production processes of the film projects.
Group critiques of the practical work, offer further opportunity for you to reflect on your creativity and contribution to collaborative processes.

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 projects in groups and the module provides you with 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 reflection, critical analysis and evaluation of your performance and achievements.

Assessment (formative or summative)
You will undertake two elements of assessment. Element one (LO1,2,3,4) is a dossier of research and exercises that w

Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
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Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 44
Independent Learning Project Supervision 69
Independent Learning Guided independent study 69
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 40 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 60 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD08118 Film Adaptation