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Undergraduate Course: FTV3B: Creative collaboration on a short film (DESI10148)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryDuring this course you will gain a strong understanding of industry roles (for example, cinematographer, producer, editor, sound designer or production designer) and will learn to reflect critically on your practice as a filmmaker, placing your decisions within a wider cultural context. The aim of the course is to give you an insight into the different roles in the film industry as a future career.
Course description Creative collaboration is essential for the success of a film production. Cinematographers, Producers, Editors and Production Designers all exercise a decisive influence over the finished form of a film. During this course students research crew roles in detail and will learn to reflect critically on their practice as filmmakers, placing creative decisions within a wider cultural context.

Students' core work on this course will consist of their own, individual developmental processes in their chosen role (s). Students will prepare a portfolio of materials appropriate to their chosen discipline as part of typical industry pre-production process. The course will require a considerable degree of self-motivation, direction and initiative.

Student's individual development processes will be supported by the following:

- group tutorials. These will take place every week, throughout the term. During these tutorials students will be asked to present, discuss and reflect critically upon their research throughout the term. These sessions will provide a supportive environment within which to support, challenge and problem-solve developing practical work. During this process students will be asked to situate their work within a broader context, drawing upon the work of other filmmakers and theories of practice. Communication will be a key focus of the seminars, and students will be asked to present their developing ideas in a series of discipline-specific formats corresponding with industry conventions (such as a storyboard and mood reel for a cinematographer).

- a regular series of masterclasses from visiting industry professionals. These will occur once a week for the first 5 weeks of the semester and will explore a variety of professional perspectives upon working on film productions across film genres and will help students gain a sense of current industry practice to inform their own work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs As the students on this course will be working on 4th year graduation films, it is expected that the 4th year students directing these films will be responsible for any additional costs.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesGiven the wider ecology of the programme, whereby the films that students will be working on are 4th Year Graduation films (and thus a crucial part of the degrees of 4th year students) it is important that those taking up positions of senior responsibility have had the full experience of the BA in Film and TV.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Fieldwork Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 317 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative

Students will be required to write a short (500 word) reflection on their practice in their chosen role(s) within the development process, placing their decisions within a wider context of filmmaking work, theories of practice and relevant interdisciplinary work. This will be submitted via Learn at the end of week 5 and students will receive verbal feedback during the seminar in week 6. This will serve as a rehearsal for the longer piece of reflective writing required as part of each student's summative assessment, as below.


Students will be expected to evidence and demonstrate their learning through:

1. a folio (50% of final grade) containing the following elements:

- Written and visual materials appropriate to each student's chosen discipline evidencing the development of their approach in their chosen role(s) (such as a storyboard and mood reel if working as a cinematographer).

These supporting materials are an opportunity for students to demonstrate the intended vision for their work, and to provide written (and - if appropriate - visual) material that evidences their creative process. This should not include critical reflection or contextualisation of the work (which should appear in the written reflection) but rather, should convey a sense of the preparatory development work undertaken by the student, presented in an industry-appropriate format (as above).

2. A piece of reflective writing of 2000 words (50% of final grade) on their chosen role (s) which should include critical reflection on their collaboration(s) and contextualisation of the work.

These elements will be submitted at the end of teaching.

Both components of assessment must be attempted. Further guidance on the uploading of work will be provided in the course handbook.

The Folio will be worth 50% of the final grade, and will be marked against Learning Outcome 2. The written reflection will be worth 50% of the final grade and will be marked against Learning Outcomes 1 and 3.
Feedback Formative
Students will receive verbal feedback during the seminar in week 5.

Students will receive written feedback 15 working days after submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an understanding of a practical specialism through in-depth research into film industry role(s).
  2. Realise practical filmmaking work of a high aesthetic standard.
  3. Reflect critically on practical filmmaking decisions and contextualise practice within a broader context of other filmmaking, theories of practice and interdisciplinary work.
Reading List
Figgis, Mike, 2007. Digital Filmmaking, Faber and Faber.

Murch, Walter, 2001. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, Silman-James Press (2nd Edition). First published in 1995.

Truffaut, Francois, 2017. Hitchcock, Faber & Faber (New Edition). First published in 1966.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to reflect critically upon practice; communication; research skills.
Keywordscinematography,editing,producing,production design,filmmaking,film
Course organiserMs Lili Sandelin
Course secretaryMr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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