FILM3080/90 (FI308/9) Introduction to Filmmaking
OverviewThe 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 = 55
Private Study Hours = 245
Total learning hours = 300
Method of assessment
Creative Portfolio: 65%
Essay (2,500 words): 35%
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
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.