Microbudget Filmmaking - FILM6250

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 30 (15) Lawrence Jackson checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33
Private study hours: 267
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Creative Portfolio: 60%
Essay (2,500 words): 40%

Reassessment methods:
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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Draw upon and bring together ideas, both theoretical and practical, from different sources of film knowledge and from previous UG film practice modules.
2 Produce work showing an understanding of the operational skills of moving images and sound production.
3 Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms.
4 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.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources for exploring those questions.
2 Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-direction and the ability to reflect on one's own practices.
3 Communicate effectively using a variety of methods and, where undertaken, in other media.
4 Manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organisational skills.
5 Critically reflect upon their own work.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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