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Undergraduate Course: Film and TV 1B: Directing Film Project (DESI08126)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an opportunity for students to direct a short film of their own choice. That film could be fiction, an experimental film, or a documentary. Students will be taught how to independently develop and engage with filmmaking project ideas that have personal meaning and interest for them. Working with one such idea to develop a 3-minute film project, students will be supported and guided in the process of starting to find and nurture their own unique creative voices as film directors.
Course description The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their own nascent professional filmmaking practice through the process of creating a short film. Students are responsible for all stages of the filmmaking process, from initial idea and pre-production research through to the final edit. Students will be encouraged to develop and explore stories stemming from personal experience and to consider ways in which personal creative material and inspiration can interact with the possibilities and conventions of cinematic storytelling and technical production skills and requirements. Students will learn how to plan time and resources carefully, in order to create a logistically achievable film which manages to express an element or elements of their developing personal identities as filmmakers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Film and TV 1A: Introduction to Film-making (DESI08127)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the Film and Television Degree Programme in the School of Design.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  34
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are three summatively assessed submissions for this course. They are as follows:

1) Drama script or Documentary Treatment for a short film (max. 5 minutes). 30%
This would be a five-page, correctly-formatted script or a detailed documentary proposal, laying out the content of a proposed film. It should be the product of careful research into the subject, and demonstrate a clear narrative structure.

2) Visual Treatment 20 %
A five-page illustrated visual treatment describing the planned film-making approach in terms of framing, movement, colour, editing, sound, design.

3) Short Film (max. 5 minutes) 50%
A short fiction or documentary film demonstrating visual storytelling skills via framing and editing, and creative sound design to enhance the intended effect.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
All learning outcomes are assessed, and are equally weighted, in all three summative submission elements.
Feedback Students present their scripts and visual treatments in group tutorials and receive formative feedback towards the completion of their short films. This would be done in week 6, with written feedback being issued a week afterwards.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding of filmmaking practice.
  2. Communicate about cinematic language and the film production process, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
  3. Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional filmmaking and equivalent activities.
Reading List
Schon, D. (1984). The Reflective Practitioner. Basic Books
Parker, P. (1998). Art and Sciences of Screenwriting. Focal Press.
Van Gill, J. (2005). Cinematic Storytelling. Michael Wise Productions.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Creative self-expression; communication; organizing a (film) project; forward planning; project conception and development; cinematic literacy; technical knowledge and competence.
KeywordsFilm,Filmmaking,visual storytelling
Course organiserMr David Cairns
Course secretaryMr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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