MEDIA202-19B (HAM)

Film Production 2: Experimentation and Creativity

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies


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Film Production 2 serves to further develop students’ creativity and confidence with image construction and sound design with the aim of conveying concepts, ideas or themes that will elicit a different response from an audience. This stage of the Screen and Media film production strand is a practical exercise in creative development that intends to lead students to a stronger understanding of relationship between audio-visual work and an audience. It aims to instill in students a stronger awareness of how to engage, challenge and provoke an audience in a deliberate and appropriate fashion. Participating students will therefore use their practical work to spark a dialogue with both their peers and the teaching staff. Self and peer critique will constitute the main method of developing projects and creative practice. In doing so, students will learn that the making of any project is a process that continues well beyond the production of a first draft, and how work develops effectively through public presentation and critique. This paper will be graded on the level and quality of student participation, input and experimentation throughout this process - These factors will be given priority over the end product to a certain extent during assessment and evaluation.

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Paper Structure

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Through a process of constructing and refining short audio-visual works, students will develop the creative, organisational, critical & technical skills required to produce projects that engage and challenge an audience. The broad aims of the paper can be characterised as seeking to:

  1. Develop students’ ability to experiment with audio-visual expression via the creative use of either analogue and digital film and sound production tools,
  2. Facilitate a broader understanding of the various ways in which audio-visual work is able to communicate with audiences (beyond mainstream media), and
  3. Enable students to become more reflective as creative practitioners through introducing a framework for the formative critique as a means of extending audio-visual work.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • produce a series of audio-visual works that will explore and extend different aspects/techniques associated with filmmaking.
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  • critique their own and others work as a regular and common exercise designed to enhance and extend work (see assessment schedule for details).
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  • develop their ability to work effectively and collaborate creatively with others in the production of short audio-visual works.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. ASSIGNMENT 1: Demonstrating Your Knowledge from Film Production 1
2 Aug 2019
4:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
15 Sep 2019
No set time
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
14 Oct 2019
12:00 PM
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Audio/visual resources will be posted on Moodle
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Other Resources

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Details will be posted on Moodle
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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Much of what will be achieved in this paper will take place in the face-to-face context of sessions with teaching staff and peers.

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Students are expected to attend and contribute to all scheduled lectures/workshops and honor schedules/arrangements for self- directed projects in order to both pass the paper and receive the continued support of peers. Note that those with poor attendance and contribution records will often experience subsequent problems finding groups willing to accommodate them for subsequent assignments. Students should not expect teaching staff to intervene and force groups to accept another members if they have shown little prior commitment to the paper. Managing and handling yourself and others in a dignified and respectful fashion is key to this learning experience and success in this paper.

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Prerequisite papers: MEDIA102 or SMST112. Students will need to attain a grade of B or above in order to enrol in MEDIA202.




Restricted papers: SMST212

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