Core Module Information
Module title: Fiction Film Creation

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

Module code: SCA11133
Module leader: James Mavor
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

Through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, you will examine the impact of the techniques and processes involved in the writing, producing and directing of short fiction and feature films. Individual research will enable you to challenge and expand your understanding of evolving practices within your specialised field. You will test your understanding of cinematic story structure, character and dialogue, the creative use of camera, design elements and performance, and the financial and logistical skills that enable you to realise these stories on the big screen.

You will prepare and undertake exercises that allow you to engage with and synthesise your understanding of these skills. These exercises will, depending on your specialism, include still images, photomontage, scripts, outlines, schedules, budgets, distribution plans, mood boards, storyboards and short filmed sequences.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically analyse film and written texts in terms of atmosphere, mood, tone, genre, and style
LO2: Produce your own story excerpts in written, drawn or live action form.
LO3: Exercise appropriate judgement in the deployment of the creative, technical and personal skills and resources required to realise your objectives.
LO4: Justify production and post-production plans and solutions to peers and potential collaborators.
LO5: Evaluate financial, narrative, and aesthetic problems at any stage of production
LO6: Critically reflect on your work throughout the trimester.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Mavor
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
Through a series of lectures and workshops you will critically evaluate and build your existing skills in screenwriting, production and direction in the making of short and feature film creation (LOs 1- 6). You will test these skills in a series of short exercises, some of which will be completed
independently, and some in class-based workshops. Your work will be supported throughout the module by tutorials (LOs 1-6) and reviewed either during workshops or in crits (LO 6).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills

Emphasis is placed on building well-developed skills to support your individual development as a film maker in your chosen discipline. In common with all students on the Kino Eyes European Movie Masters, you will have completed a Personal Development Plan in your first semester on the programme, based on personal critical research into current and emerging professional-level practices in your specialism. This will outline your professional, creative and critical goals for the programme and beyond. You will review this plan as part of your learning logs and critical studies throughout the two year programme. Employability skills developed: Autonomous and team working, working to deadlines, setting objectives, creativity, communicating, organising and planning, critical evaluation and reflective skills.

This programme is part of a suite of complementary programmes running within Screen Academy Scotland. Students from all programmes are involved in common masterclasses and professional practice events. Cross-programme collaboration is also encouraged.
Research/ teaching linkages

Staff and visiting lecturers throughout this programme are selected for their substantial industry experience, and this forms the basis for much of their teaching. Additionally, staff within the Screen Academy continue to develop and work on live projects and professional practice based research assignments, which will inform their approach to the teaching of the module.

Supporting equality and diversity

The broad cultural scope of the module is designed to allow students from varying cultural and demographic backgrounds to develop their own unique cultural voices. The philosophy of the programme in which the module is offered is that film is a universal cultural medium. Students will be encouraged to create work that responds to their diverse national traditions and sensibilities and in their own milieu and language. The cross fertilisation that results from this rich mix of
nationalities collaborating together will create project work and a student experience that is highly original and international in its character.

Internationalisation

The Kino Eyes programme, of which this module is a part, has been designed as an international programme. Seventy-five per cent of students are expected to be from outside the EU. Students will therefore benefit from an international experience throughout, by virtue of the rich mix of nationalities expected from the cohort. If you are an international student, you will be given advice as to the support that is available to you in the University.

The programme is delivered in campuses in three European states, and most students will get the opportunity to study in Edinburgh, Tallinn and Lisbon in the course of their time on the programme.
Although the teaching of the programme as a whole will have a global emphasis, studying in the three different countries will enable students to immerse themselves in three distinctive national film cultures.


Formative Assessment:
You will work on 8 exercises (LO 2-5), which, depending on your specialism, will include short filmed scenes of between 1 and 2 minutes duration, test scripts, performances, outlines, treatments, budgets, schedules and/or finance and distribution plans. These exercises are completed/presented and reviewed at a series of crits or assessed workshops throughout the trimester. This provide an opportunity for formative feedback. The work will be assessed summatively through the submission of a portfolio containing these materials at the end of the trimester. This portfolio will consist of the four completed exercises plus contextualising and supporting paperwork such as film stills, sample budgets, script excerpts and other reference and research materials. The expected length of the exercises is a total duration of 10-12 minutes in either script or live action form, or 3000 words in the case of written work. The portfolio submission should be equivalent to the size of a large lever-arch file.

Critical reflection within this module takes place through the learning log, submitted at the end of the trimester (LO 1, 6). This will contain around 1500 words.


Summative Assessment:
=You will work on 8 exercises (LO 2-5), which, depending on your specialism, will include short filmed scenes of between 1 and 2 minutes duration, test scripts, performances, outlines, treatments, budgets, schedules and/or finance and distribution plans. These exercises are completed/presented and reviewed at a series of crits or assessed workshops throughout the trimester. This provide an opportunity for formative feedback. The work will be assessed summatively through the submission of a portfolio containing these materials at the end of the trimester. This portfolio will consist of the four completed exercises plus contextualising and supporting paperwork such as film stills, sample budgets, script excerpts and other reference and research materials. The expected length of the exercises is a total duration of 10-12 minutes in either script or live action form, or 3000 words in the case of written work. The portfolio submission should be equivalent to the size of a large lever-arch file.

Critical reflection within this module takes place through the learning log, submitted at the end of the trimester (LO 1, 6). This will contain around 1500 words.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Face To Face Seminar 20
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 80 2-5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Learning Log 20 1 & 6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SCA11133 KINO EYES FICTION FILM CREATION