Short Film Production (9671.3)
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|School Of Arts And Communications||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Whilst considering the broad structure of a film crew this unit concentrates on two key themes.
Firstly the unit looks at the methodologies and creative challenges of directing actors in a live action film production. Working with professional actors in studio-based drama productions, students explore the creative relationships and tensions between the script, the actor, the director, and the camera.
Secondly the unit considers the technical demands of a short film production from a Production Management perspective. The unit concentrates on the operational and logistical challenges of turning a script into a film.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Critically assess and evaluate different forms, styles and genres of drama production;
2. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in small creative teams, demonstrating advanced problem solving necessary to produce short drama productions;
3. Demonstrate a practical understanding of preproduction in the film making process; and
4. Demonstrate the ability to reflect upon and analyse the director actor relationship.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites7880 Introduction to Cinematography.
Incompatible units7885 Drama Production.
Equivalent units7885 Drama Production.
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There are no compulsory texts for this unit.
Below is a list of suggested reading from the library:
- Bordwell, D., Thompson, K., & Bordwell, P. D. (2007). Film art: An introduction (8th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill.
- Bowen, C. J., & Thompson, R. (2013). Grammar of the shot (3rd ed.). Oxford: Taylor & Francis.
- Corrigan, T., White, P., & Barry, P. D. (2012). The film experience: An introduction (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins.
- Eisentraut, J. (2009). Sound and music in film and visual media: A critical overview. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group.
- Hart, J. (2007). The art of the storyboard: A filmmaker's introduction (2nd ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier/Focal Press.
- Proferes, N. T. (2012). Film directing fundamentals: See your film before shooting (2nd ed.). Amsterdam: Focal Press.
- Small, R. (2000). Production safety for film, television and video. United Kingdom: Focal Press.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
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Penalties for Late Submission or Non-completion of Mandatory Assessment
TAFE Queensland applies the following amendments to the late submission procedures detailed in Section 9.12.48 of the Assessment Policy and Procedures handbook.
All work must be completed and submitted by the due date. Applications for an extension may be made on the grounds of verifiable circumstances and must be submitted formally via email to the unit convener using the Assignment Extension Form. Students should apply for extensions as early as possible before the due date. Applications made after the due date will only be considered under extenuating circumstances.
Work submitted after the due date without an approved extension will be assessed on a pass or fail basis without feedback. Assignments submitted over 7 days late will receive a mark of zero.
Weekly attendance at labs and lectures is expected. Students who do not attend classes regularly will miss out on important information. Data also shows quite clearly that students who miss class are at a higher risk of failing a unit, and statistically receive lower results than those who come every week.
This unit has only 3 hours of face to face classes per week. You are expected to put in additional hours outside class time (up to 7 hours a week) to get the greatest benefit from the unit and stay on top of the content.
Inclusion and engagement
We are extremely keen to ensure all our students are well looked after. If you have a disability or a mental health concern please contact Student Services who can help your tutor and lecturer help you better.
You are expected to attend all classes, but will not automatically fail the unit on the basis of attendance alone. Attendance below 80% may adversely affect your ability to complete the unit at a satisfactory level.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to know how to use camera and lighting equipment. In addition they are also expected to know how to edit their films and upload material onto the web and Canvas.
Students should consider actors, wardrobe, make up artists, location fees, catering, transport, as well as any technical items such as additional cameras that are not supplied on campus. Students are advised to budget their films carefully and discuss costly items with their tutor to be sure they are necessary.
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