Introduction to Practical Non-Fiction Filmmaking, Stage 5 module (EN52048)
Week 1: Introduction: What is Non-Fiction Film
Week 2: Lighting at Interview
Week 3: Interviewing on Camera
Week 5: Editing an Interview
Week 6: Scripting Non-Fiction Films
Week 7: Researching and Filming the Archives
Week 9: Finding, Clearing and Editing Found Footage
Week 11: Preparing a Rough Cut: Music and Sound
The students will also attend weekly screenings of important non-fiction films and fortnightly one-hour discussion sessions for reflection about theory and practice.
The intended learning outcomes of the module are assessed by a finished scene of around five or ten minutes, directed, shot, scripted and edited by the student. This will count for 70% of the module grade. They will also produce a reflecive essay in which they assess their working process. This will count for 30% of the grade.
The intended learning outcomes are as follows:
Knowledge and understanding
- to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of non-fiction film production
- to understand and apply specific film language, concepts and terminology
- to demonstrate an ability to apply practical skills by making a short documentary
Subject-specific practical and intellectual skills and attributes.
- 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
Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes.
- 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
Upon completion of the module, the successful student will be have gained:
- The ability to produce and direct a short documentary or essay film
- An appreciation, and practical experience of non-fiction filmmaking
- Experience interviewing subjects and building the art of screenplay from interviews and research
- A practical understanding and experience of the basic techniques of cinematography and film editing
- A deeper understanding of the aesthetics and grammar of the non-fiction film
Dr Brian Hoyle
The teaching will be all be face-to-face and will involve workshops, tutorials, seminars and training session. The students will have the opportunity to learn practical skill and reflect upon their practice.