Introduction to Practical Filmmaking - Filming Dialogue

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Module code


Upon completion of the module, the successful student will be have gained:

  1. The ability to produce, direct, light, shoot and edit a dialogue-driven scene.
  2. An appreciation, and practical experience of, the art of film direction, including camera placement and working with actors.
  3. Experience working with screenplays, including doing breakdowns, creating storyboards, and rewriting dialogue.
  4. A practical understanding and experience of the basic techniques of cinematography and film editing.
  5. A deeper understanding of the aesthetics and grammar of film.


Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment:

  • Finished Scene (70%)
  • Research essay (30%)

Intended learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes are as follows:

  1. Knowledge and understanding.
  • to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of film production
  • to understand and apply specific film language, concepts and terminology
  • to demonstrate an ability to apply practical skills by filming a short scene
  • to respond to constructive feedback about their practical work both formally and informally from tutors and peers
  • to exchange views about film practice with others in a constructive and open-minded context and to work co-operatively with other students
  • to express their own opinions and defend their own critical judgments and practical work by drawing on key themes and debates in Film Studies
  • acquire a range of transferable skills, graduate attributes and personal qualities, which will enhance their confidence and independence both during and after their studies
  • develop an independent, organised approach to learning, and thereby practise time management skills through working to deadlines
  1. Subject-specific practical and intellectual skills and attributes.
  1. Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes.


Dr Brian Hoyle


H65n the Studio

 Week 7: Workshop 3: Lighting a Scene on Location + Training Session 2: Adobe Premier Editing Software

 Week 9: Breaking Down a Script + Workshop 4: Working with Actors

 Week 11: Basic Design + Workshop 5: Storyboarding and Pre-Production