Filmmaking 2: Project Development - FILM8200

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Shona Illingworth checkmark-circle


This module provides advanced technical, creative, and logistical skills required for students to produce their dissertation films. It is divided into two sections. The first half of the module focuses on development of distinctive film language building on key technical skills such as camerawork, sound recording, lighting, and editing / postproduction gained in FI819 (FILM8190) (Filmmaking 1: Key Skills). Exercises advance practical experience in each of these elements of the filmmaking process, and take place in tandem with seminars exploring their creative potential. The second half of the module prepares students for their dissertation project and their subsequent creative careers. Workshops provide a framework for students to commence pre-production on their dissertation films, and develop their projects through activities including research, outline and synopsis writing, location scouting, casting, shot listing, budgeting, and scheduling. These are complemented by weekly seminars which place short film production within a broader industrial context. Areas explored may include short film distribution, navigating film festivals, initiating feature and documentary projects, and developing a professional profile.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay (2,000 words): 25%
Creative Portfolio: 75%

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. Make proficient use of production equipment (camera, lighting, sound recording) and post-production software (editing, sound mixing, colour grading)
2. Understand the creative potential of each of the above elements of the film production process
3. Work in a range of production roles on short film projects
4. Co-ordinate and carry out pre-production on a short fiction or documentary film project
5. Position their work within the broader industrial context of no-budget and low-budget film production

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

1. Demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility.
2. Demonstrate sound decision-making in complex and situations.
3. Demonstrate independent learning ability required for continuing professional or educational development.
4. Communicate effectively in a group, showing abilities at different times to listen, contribute and lead effectively.
5. Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to develop creative ideas effectively and express them effectively.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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