MEDIA302-19A (HAM)

Film Production 3: From Concept to Screen

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

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Paper Description

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This paper examines filmmaking as a “vehicle” that facilitates distinctive ways of thinking and distinctive modes of expression. It will focus on specific challenges such as the construction of CINEMATOGRAPHY, SPACE/TIME. NON-LINEARITY, NARRATIVITY and MATERIALITY. This approach will include the researching and testing, production, post production and critique of projects. This will provide the opportunity for all students to contribute their particular skills as well as experience to aspects of the production process that they might not have had experience of before.

The course will be developed around a number of film projects based on specific requirements that will be discussed in the first lecture. The idea is to challenge students into making content that they have not contemplated attempting previously. The projects will demand individual production and post-production skill sets, conceptual development as well as the exercise of interpersonal intelligence in relation to working together.

Learning outcomes

There will be a twofold approach to learning outcomes within this paper with an emphasis on both exploring the structuring processes of film production as well as the utilising of specific post-production software including – but not limited to - After Effects , Photoshop, Audition, Garage Band, and others.

Students will engage with key facets of film production that will be emphasised through their short projects. For instance, lighting and colour will be a key component of experimentation in one of the projects; movement and sound in another; short narrative structure and so on.

Students will develop key skills that will enable them to pursue a variety of careers in the film industry as well as enhancing their critical thinking from previous papers.

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Paper Structure

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PLEASE NOTE:

IT IS NECESSARY THAT STUDENTS ATTEND ALL LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS SO THAT THEY CAN GET SUPPORT AND UPDATE ON HOW THEIR PROJECTS ARE DEVELOPING. CRITIQUES ON WORK PRODUCED THROUGHOUT THE PAPER (INCLUDING IN THE LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS) REQUIRE MANDATORY ATTENDANCE FOR GRADING. LECTURES WILL COMBINE BOTH TAUGHT MATERIAL AND ASSESSED FILM EXPERIMENTS, PARTICIPATION OF WHICH WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL GRADE.

Production is demanding of time and it is expected that all students will invest in their projects well beyond the five hours of lectures and tutorials that have been allotted each week. Students will NEED to be able to commit to time outside of this formal period to contribute to production and post-production processes which they will need to organise as part of the learning experiences of this paper. Demand on equipment will be extreme as there are a large number of students in all of the production papers so it is advised that equipment is booked well before it is required. It will be expected that the students in this course will aspire to a professional level of working standards and that they will be committed to attending both the lectures and tutorials.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • - demonstrate a sophisticated grammar of expression through audio-visual media, indicating an awareness of pacing and ambience, and the distinctive tools needed to control them.
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  • - demonstrate an ease in using a concise analytical vocabulary for critiquing and analyzing audio-visual media, including an enhance awareness of the aesthetic dimension.
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  • - demonstrate a capacity to refine and rework initial project outputs as a result of personal reflection and critical feedback.
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  • - be adept at producing their final work in a format that is presentable in a commercial arena, including the appropriate file sharing in an industry-accepted format
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  • - create a portfolio of work of an industry standard
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Assessment

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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 One - Cinematography
13 Mar 2019
1:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Assignment Two - Sound Design, Soundtrack and Movement
27 Mar 2019
1:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Assignment Three - Writer/Director: Short Narrative Film
24 Apr 2019
1:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
4. Assignment Four - Professional Short Film
24 May 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
5. Assignment Five - Film Festival
24 May 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
6. Assignment Six - Film Experiments
16 May 2019
4:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
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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Required Readings

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Any required readings will be made available during the lecture sessions. It is expected that students will be exploring their own research in the development of their film projects.

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Recommended Readings

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Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin - Paul Cronin

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema - Laura Mulvey

A Writer's Diary - Virginia Woolf

The Story of Art - E. H. Gombrich

Cinematography - Patrick Keating

Room to Dream - David Lynch & Kristine McKenna

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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. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.

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Workload

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As mentioned above, production is demanding of time and it is expected that all students will invest in their projects well beyond the four hours of lectures and tutorials that have been allotted each week. Students will need to be able to commit to time outside of this formal period to contribute to production and post-production processes which they will need to organise as part of the learning experiences of this paper.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper will build on the experimentation in Film Production 2.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: MEDIA202 or SMST212

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SMST312

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