Module code: DMA1015

Module Overview

Since the end of the 19th century, film has become a transformative medium. In many ways, it was the key mass media technology of the 20th century, initially fostering wonderment from its early audiences, amazed at the magic of these recorded images that magically moved on their silver screens. In the right makers' hands, much of that magical spectacle still remains today.

With the emergence of digital production, distribution and projection, filmmaking is now a more open medium. The means of production are widely accessible, but using these means to make meaningful, edifying and uplifting content still eludes most practitioners. The craft skills honed in the early days of cinema as it developed into the medium we enjoy today still apply. Great storytelling, composition, lighting, drama, performance, sound design, montage and choreography - most of these now firmly within the digital domain - form the fundamental basis of good film-making and furthermore provides an underlying skills-base for so much of the other aspects of digital media which you will encounter on your degree moving forwards.

This module provides you with a fantastic opportunity to develop your filmmaking skills. Designed for both the novice and the familiar, you will raise your game in cinematic arts, under the guidance of experienced tutors and with access to great equipment, it's a chance to round off your first year with a celebratory first big project, made in the context of collaborative teamwork with all the soft-skills and experience that this entails. Roll sound... roll camera... and action!

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

WEINBREN Jon (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: P313

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 24

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The indicative content of this module includes:

• Film-making Production Roles
• Pre-production and Production in practice
• Health and Safety
• Moving Image Forms, Formats, Codecs
• Camera, Lenses, Settings
• Support and Grip Systems
• Moving Image Composition, Choreography and Montage
• Lighting Design
• Sound Recording and Design
• Introduction to Editing and Post-production
• Utilising reflection to aid your film-making practice

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Group Project 80
Coursework Inidividual Reflective Report 20

Alternative Assessment

Solo Project with Reflective Report

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills of film-making.

Summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Group Project (80%)

  • Reflective Report (20%)

Students will be provided with a range of formative assessment and feedback opportunities.These include feedback given during practical sessions, subsequent critical discussions and personal tutorials. Specific feedback on assessment preparations will also be provided during group sessions.

Module aims

  • • Provide students with experience of the key roles of film production
  • • Provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of film-making
  • • Provide students with the ability to apply health and safet procedures within their film-making processes
  • • Provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of cinematography and lighting
  • • Provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of sound for film
  • • Provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of film editing
  • • Introduce students to reflecting upon their practice-based actvities
  • • Provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of directing performance for the screen

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Work as part of a team to produce a short film or film sequence CKPT
002 Identify and describe, using the technical vocabulary of the subject, the production elements of filmmaking CKT
003 Demonstrate understanding of the key aspects of health and safety within film production CKPT
004 Apply practical understanding of film and video formats, image compression codecs, camera modes and settings, and editing techniques CKPT
005 Conduct an effective reflection on their practice-based activities CK
006 Articulate ideas coherently in visual and written form PT
007 Present ideas and work-in-progress to a variety of audiences PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 2

Workshop Hours: 10

Independent Study Hours: 100

Lecture Hours: 10

Seminar Hours: 6

Tutorial Hours: 2

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to cultivate a creative, technological and critical understanding of the film-making. It will do this through a series of practical sessions, that are supported by preliminary lectures and aligned with semi-independent group/individual film-making activity. In doing so, it will allow you to gain practical, verbal and written skills in practical film-making. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in expressing your ideas individually, and as part of a group.

Specific learning and teaching methods include:

  • Introductory lecture(s)

  • Practical filmmaking workshops

  • Group-based exercises

  • Screenings for work-in-progress and review

  • Guided reading.

Initial lecture(s) will provide you with an introduction to the module. In subsequent weeks, you will cultivate your knowledge of technologies and techniques in a series of practice-based workshops that will provide you with practical filmmaking activities. These sessions will also provide you with a chance to receive formative feedback on your work-in-progress and to hone your skills in readiness for your practical end of module project.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for FILMMAKING PRACTICE :

Other information


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.