Microbudget Filmmaking: Fiction - FI625

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 30 (15) MR L Jackson


FILM3130 Film Style
FILM3150 Film Theory or FILM3160 Film Histories
FILM3080/FILM3090 Introduction to Filmmaking





Students will engage with key aspects of microbudget filmmaking through technical exercises and the presentation of their own films. A series of practical projects will be contextualised through lectures drawing on a number of films, looking at examples from the history of the extremely low budget genres such as horror, crime, independent and experimental films. The exercises are an opportunity for students to develop their creative practice. The development of a screenplay for the final film project will use theory and critical analysis to develop students' understanding of microbudget filmmaking practice.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 264
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Creative Portfolio (65%)
Essay (2500 words) (35%)

Indicative reading

Carney, Ray (2001), Cassavetes on Cassavetes. London: Faber & Faber
Cox, Alex (2008), X Films. London: I B Tauris
Grove, Elliot (2013, revised edition), Raindance Producers' Lab Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking. Oxford: Focal Press
Jones, C. and Jolliffe, G (2006, 3rd edition), The Guerrilla Filmmakers Handbook. London: Continuum
Lumet, Sidney (1996), Making Movies. London: Vintage
Stone, Rob (2013), The Cinema of Richard Linklater: Walk, Don’t Run. London: Wallflower Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Draw upon and bring together ideas, both theoretical and practical, from different sources of film knowledge and from previous UG film practice modules.
- Produce work showing competence in the operational skills of moving images and sound production.
- Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms of writing and in moving images and sounds through individual and group work.
- Produce work which demonstrates a systematic understanding of, and an ability to critically evaluate, relevant theoretical debates students have studied within the programme as a whole.

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