Module title: Collaborative Techniques in Film 1

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

Module code: SCA11118
Module leader: Gary Hall
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gary Hall
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The module will consist of a series of lectures and workshops that will provide you with an understanding of the techniques and procedures of professional film shoots principally in HD. (LOs 2,3,4,5). Tutorials will support student groups in their creative, critical and logistical prep for assessed exercises (LOs 1,4,5,6)

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module lays the foundation for the further development of vocational skills associated with a drama crew. In common with all students at the Screen Academy, MA Film students will complete a Personal Development Plan. You will revisit this plan as part of your workbook journals and critical studies throughout the year. Employability skills developed: Team working, working to deadlines, setting objectives, creativity, communicating, organising and planning, critical evaluation and reflective skills.

Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative and summative)
You will be assessed through a series of four group exercises (LO 1-5) staged throughout the trimester. These exercises – each around 2-3 minutes in length, will provide an opportunity for formative feedback from tutors. Feedback will occur at the planning, shooting, and post production stages. You will put together a portfolio of exercises which will be assessed summatively at the end of the trimester. A learning log-report will enable you to reflect critically on their progress at each stage (LO 1, 6). This report will contain around 2500 words of reflection, as well as film stills, photographs, and other images and materials for reference and research.

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 24
Face To Face Tutorial 48
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 75 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 25 1,6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

On this module you will gain an understanding of the methods used for the hour-by-hour production management of a crew, the interaction between sound, lighting and camera personnel, and the particular issues of working with actors on a professional set. This highly practical work will be underpinned by a series of lectures and workshops which will equip you with the ability to solve the aesthetic, practical and technical problems that the shooting of complex dramatic scenes presents.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Plan dramatically appropriate interpretations of scripts in terms of camera, sound, direction and editing, mainly in HD
LO2: Appraise the principles and procedures of camera, sound, direction and editing required to shoot dramatic scenes.
LO3: Estimate the creative, technical and personal skills and resources required in an HD project to realise your objectives.
LO4: Produce a set of plans for the execution of these objectives.
LO5: Justify the execution of these plans within a team context.
LO6: Critically analyse the effectiveness of your working

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SCA11118 Collaborative techniques in Film 1