MEDIA302-21A (HAM)

Film Production 3: From Concept to Screen

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School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies

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Paper Description

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Film Production 3 is designed to focus on the key stages of filmmaking, including pre-production, principle photography, and post-production. The idea is to challenge students into making content that they have not attempted previously. The final project will demand individual production and post-production skill sets, conceptual development as well as the exercise of interpersonal intelligence in relation to working together.

As the final paper of the Film Production pathway, students will be expected to utilise and strengthen their hard and soft skills acquired throughout the various practical papers. For instance, it is anticipated that students will individually cement their skills on 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 examination of key short films that have acquired an international audience. Group discussions will enhance critical thinking and knowledge of techniques.

The paper is workshop orientated, i.e. students will experiment and practice during the scheduled workshop hours. With guidance, students will have the confidence to produce the audio-visual stories they wish to tell.

The final outcome for the paper is one high-quality short film, no more than 5 mins in duration. Students will work toward a rough cut in the first half of the semester. Then, with feedback, refine the rough version to produce a final cut suitable for festival submission by the conclusion of the paper.

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, SCREENINGS AND WORKSHOPS SO THAT THEY CAN GET SUPPORT AND UPDATE ON HOW THEIR PROJECTS ARE DEVELOPING. 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 workshops 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 workshops.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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 an industry-standard professional short film
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  • - understand the key facets of film production
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Assessment

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All films must contain the following:

  • Opening credit sequence with production company name, director, writer, producer, and actors
  • Closing scrolling credits with the above details and appropriate location information (e.g. Filmed in Hamilton Gardens)
  • Credits must be designed in After Effects with an appropriate font
  • Subtitles if the film is not in English
  • Actors who are not enrolled in the paper
  • All actors must have professional training or at least 3 acting credits
  • Clear audio tested prior to screening
  • A musical score that is originally composed (students are encouraged to collaborate with the Music programme at the University)
  • A running time of no more than 5-minutes (excluding credits)

Films must not:

  • Contain cliché scenarios (e.g. students running late, ghost stories, stalker films etc)
  • Be filmed on campus
  • Be handheld (if films are to be handheld there must be test footage provided)
  • Contain copyright material (especially websites offering "free music" or " free sound effects" - these are not free!)
  • Contain offensive themes or imagery
  • Deal with subject matter if the filmmaker has had no experience (i.e. mental illness)
  • Contain characters as inanimate objects (i.e. no POV from fruit, cuddly toys, footballs etc!)

Finally, when students screen their films, a Question and Answer session will follow. It is mandatory that you attend all screenings to answer questions as it is part of the overall grade from rough cut to final cut.

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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 - Rough Cut (Pre-Production, Production, Draft Edit)
12 May 2021
2:00 PM
30
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Assignment Two - Final Cut (Post-Production, Festival Submission)
10 Jun 2021
2:00 PM
40
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Assignment Three - Director's Commentary
2 Jun 2021
2:00 PM
30
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
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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