FILM AUTHORS - 2021/2
Module code: MFC3039
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This module looks at the concept of film ‘authorship’ by looking at the body of work from a significant director, producer, writer or other creative person or partnership. Through the study of a filmmaker (or filmmaking partnership) the module focuses on the nature of film authorship and what it means to say that a film is ‘by’ a certain person. To do this, career tendencies in style, genre, technical approach, and other defining characteristics of a filmmaker’s work, will be addressed.
School of Literature and Languages
HUGHES Helen (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: W810
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 20
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
None. This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.
Module content will vary according to the film author being focused on.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||PRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION||30|
|Coursework||ESSAY (3000 WORDS)||70|
Recorded presentation or oral examination (30%)
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the work of a film author, the ability to analyse individual films by that ‘author’ within the context of their work and broader contexts such as history and film history and to debate the issues surrounding film authorship
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Presentation and participation (during teaching weeks)
- 3000-word essay (exam period)
Formative assessment and feedback
Short writing tasks and/or essay outline
In-class participation in verbal analysis of films and readings
- To establish a critical understanding of film authorship and the debates surrounding the significant creative roles of film production
- To develop research methodologies to interrogate a significant body of work
- To provide opportunity for focused analysis through studying the work of a single creative force
|001||Identify the theories, questions and issues surrounding the concept of film authorship||KCPT|
|002||Analyse tendencies in theme, form and practice that identify the work of a ‘film author||KCPT|
|003||Interpret the work of a film author within the context of their entire body of work||KCPT|
|004||Situate a film author’s work in broader contexts (such as history, film history)||KCPT|
|005||Identify external factors that influence a film author’s work||KCPT|
|006||Express their analysis and interpretation of a film author’s work verbally and in writing||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 22
Seminar Hours: 22
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Provide students with a in-depth knowledge of the work of a film author
Expose students to the range and depth of films made by a film author
Provide students with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to interpret and analyse the work of a film author
Allow students to practice these analytical skills verbally and in writing
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lecturer and seminars
Reading using lecturer’s guidance
Researching and preparing presentations
Participating in discussion
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.
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