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Undergraduate Course: Film Set Advanced Course (DESI08136)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThroughout this course students work on FTV graduate and BA3 film productions in a variety of major roles. These include producing, location managing, production designing etc. This film practice is supported by lectures on the different tasks and responsibilities of film crew members and their creative contribution to a film production. The roles offered to students within the different productions will depend on their main subject of degree studies. The film productions from FTV graduate students and BA3 students aim at a high level of professionalism and often participate later on in local and international festivals. As such, the course offers students the opportunity to practice their skills and knowledge in a highly professional environment.
Course description During this course students participate in FTV BA4 and/or BA3 productions in major roles, such as Producer, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Sound Designer, Music Composer. The roles of Cinematographer, Editor, and First Assistant Director etc. are limited to FTV students only for which they have already received specialist training in core courses. Roles are also offered to students depending on their main area of studies and previous work. Students could expect, for example, to be offered roles in production design if they have already worked in the art department for their Introduction to a Film Set course. Similarly performance costume students who participated as assistants in the costume department could enhance their professional development by taking on the role of Costume Designer.

At the beginning of the course, all participating students are required to write a resume and make a show reel. This could be drawn from their previous work on Introduction to a Film Set. The FTV BA3 and BA4 students pitch their projects to all participating students who can subsequently express their interest for specific projects. Students are expected to work on a minimum of 1 and maximum of 2 projects, gathering a total of 80 hours of on-set experience in different film projects and roles.

The course supports students in preparing for film production through a variety of lectures, assignments and group tutorials. The course further explores how to analyse a script from the perspective of different departments at a more detailed level and how to communicate creative ideas with respect to the story. Through a series of assignments students practice how to raise finance for a film through crowd-funding campaigns, how to manage budgets, how to communicate their film ideas successfully to other crew and for marketing purposes, how to find creative production solutions and how to bring ideas to fruition through various creative contributions. Students also explore and research the different creative and cinematic considerations with regard to their respective departments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a variety of professional, technical and creative skills involved in the production of a short film.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the complex creative and technical choices and the function of the different film departments in the production of a film.
  3. Respond to the challenges posed by the practice of making a film in a limited time.
  4. Communicate effectively in a professional and multi-disciplinary environment.
  5. Take on leadership as head of a creative department within the film production while working towards realizing the director¿s vision.
Reading List
Travis, M. (2002). Directing Feature Films. Michael Wiese Productions
P.Rea and D. Irving (2015). Producing and directing the short film and video. Focal Press
Grove, E. (2014). Rain dance Producer¿s Lab Lo-To-No-Budget Filmmaking. Focal Press
Vachon, C. and David Edelstein (1998). Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies That Matter. Avon Books
Brown, B. (2012). Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors. Focal Press
Landau, D. (2014) Lighting for Cinematography (The CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts). Bloomsbury Publishing
Shorter, G. (2014). Designing for Screen: Production Design and Art Direction Explained by Georgina Shorter. The Crowood Press

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication skills
Ability to collaborate in an inter-disciplinary team.
Professional approach to projects
Time management and planning
Creative contribution to projects
KeywordsCinema,Film Production,Communication
Course organiserMs Tracey Fearnehough
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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