Core Module Information
Module title: Collaborative Techniques in Film 1

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

Module code: SCA11118
Module leader: David Lumsden
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performace


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 producer, director, camera, lighting and sound 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 in HD or 2K.
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 or 2k 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

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, 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: David Lumsden
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
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 on HD or 2K (LOs 2,3,4), together with lectures and workshops on professional practices within the film industries (LO’s 5,6). Tutorials will support student groups in their creative, critical and logistical prep for assessed exercises (LOs 1,4,5,6).

Formative Assessment:
A series of four group exercises, three 1-3 minute film shoots and one professional practice exercise, will be staged throughout the trimester.

The three film shoot practical exercises involve the filming of a short narrative drama, where you will perform various different specialised crew roles to gain an understanding as to how these specialised roles are performed as part of a film crew, and how all of the different roles work together in a collaborative manner. Tutors for each of the main specialisms attend these exercises, giving support and guidance throughout the day. At the end of each of these exercises the class will receive detailed feedback from each of the tutors, who will also respond to any questions you may have following undertaking the exercises. This will directly feed in to the work required for your Learning Log.

Workshops will be provided to develop your understanding of professional practices and procedures within the film industries, both individually and as a whole, as a benefit to developing employability skills. As a group you will undertake a professional practice exercise to support this learning, and feedback will be provided upon completion of each stage. These formative tasks will help with the preparation of your Learning Log.

Summative Assessment:
Portfolio (week 13) You will put the exercises together into a portfolio of completed group work to demonstrate the outcomes of your collaborative working and learning.

Learning Log (week 13) You will complete an individual learning log, which will enable you to critically reflect on your progress at each stage of the different exercises completed, in the form of a short report or statement on each.

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= 00.09, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 25 1,6 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

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