Core Module Information
Module title: Film Form

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

Module code: LMD08127
Module leader: Catriona Macinnes
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

As part of a group, you will select a short screenplay or documentary proposal to plan and shoot in a narrative sequence. Projects will be concerned with the clarity of mise en scène and narrative construction as well as clarity of intention regarding a consistent and dynamic stylistic approach. You will learn about the importance of tempo and rhythm by utilising movement within the frame and off 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 or subjects of a documentary project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop an insight into the impact of different filmic approaches and relationships, across the elements of production design, cinematography, post production, direction and performance;
LO2: Explore a short screenplay or documentary treatment and identify a range of appropriate production techniques and approaches;
LO3: Examine the roles, responsibilities and contributions to group project work and find solutions to any formal, intellectual and technical problems that arise 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,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: ACADEMY
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Catriona Macinnes
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures, seminars and tutorials explore and encourage debate around narrative forms and creative approaches within fiction and factual filmmaking (LO1,LO2,LO4). Technical demonstrations guide you with digital video camera and lighting operation, Sound and post production software, while formal lectures introduce the creative aspects of writing, directing, cinematography, production design and post production (LO1,LO2,LO3). You will be provided with a short script or documentary treatment to translate into short film projects. The aim of this task is to confront you with problems of narrative construction, production design, performance, mise-en-scène, style and meaning (LO1, LO2, LO3). 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. (LO1, LO2, LO4)

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 your response by keeping a reflective journal 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 two elements of assessment.

Assessment one (LO1,2,3.4) is focused on research, development & reflection presented in the form of a portfolio which will cover:

- Formal techniques in film craft
- Pre-visualisation
- Critical reflection

Assessment 2 (LO 1,2,3,4) is focused on the realisation of a short film and will develop your skills across;

- Narrative construction, Artistic audio/visual style considerations and performance (from pre-production to post-production)
- Key craft film roles and responsibilities
- Group work and organisation and set etiquette

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 44
Independent Learning Project Supervision 69
Independent Learning Guided independent study 69
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 40 1,2,3,4 14/15 , WORDS= 1000
Project - Practical 60 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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