Genre Filmmaking - FI631

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15) MR L Jackson


FILM3080/90 (FI308/9) Introduction to Filmmaking





The key themes of this module are contextualising the work of students by gaining a historical overview of genre filmmaking, and guiding students towards making a short film within the parameters of a chosen genre(s). From seminars and a series of instruction sessions in camera, sound and editing, students will develop, shoot and edit in groups an original short fiction film idea in a genre chosen from or combining, but not exclusive to, the following: crime, musical, horror, melodrama, western, science fiction, road movie, romantic comedy. This idea will be brought to fruition in a series of seminars designed to develop students' creative potential, alongside screenings of relevant genre films. Secondly, students will be asked to write an essay in which they analyse a feature film in a chosen genre and relate it to their own project idea.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact hours = 55
Private Study Hours = 245
Total learning hours = 300

Method of assessment

Creative Portfolio: 65%
Essay (2,500 words): 35%

Indicative reading

Clover, C.J. (1992)Men, Women and Chainsaws, Princeton University Press
Dyer, R. (2002) Only Entertainment, Revised Edition, Taylor & Francis
Gledhill, C. (ed) (1987) Home is Where the Heart Is: Studies in Melodrama and the Woman's Film, BFI Publishing
Grant, B.K. (ed) (2004) Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film, Scarecrow Press
Kitses, J. (2007) Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood, BFI Palgrave
Neale, S. (2000), Genre and Hollywood, Psychology 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 genre knowledge and from previous UG film practice modules.
- Produce work showing competence in the operational skills of moving image and sound production.
- Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within genre-related forms of writing and in moving images and sound 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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