Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Cinematography and Sound
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Workshop 10 x 2 Hour Workshops
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written portfolio of seminar material (2,000 words)  60%
Semester Exam 0.5 Hours   Practical examination  40%
Supplementary Assessment Written portfolio of seminar material (2,000 words)  60%
Supplementary Exam 0.5 Hours   30 minute assessment  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key processes in sound and cinematography.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of how choices in shots and sound affect the visual expressivity and clarity of storytelling through images in film production.

3. Demonstrate dexterity and technical understanding in the use of cameras and production sound recording equipment.

4. To understand the need to work in a professional manner and to apply this to all aspects of the production process.

5. To understand the importance of clear and effective communication.

6. To understand the value and importance of reflecting upon what you have learnt.

Brief description

Cinematography and sound are the core technical processes of the film production period. Students will learn the role of the Director of Photography, Camera operator and production sound recordist. Introduction to cinematography will concentrate on practical hands on learning of camera skills, lighting and composition; both practice and technique. These skills are combined with the working ethos for the crew, and from this platform we encourage cinematography as a visual means of storytelling. During the course we will discuss and provide background principles of use to anyone dealing with cinematography and sound, especially sound accompanying a picture, and, by example, demonstrate the utility of principles put into practice. We will follow through a course of a production, from the initial discussions on program content, the practicalities and pitfalls of pickup of sound by microphones on set, to the reproduction of sound in cinemas and homes at the end of the chain.


Course Delivery:

10 x 1 hour Lectures
10 x 1 hour Seminars


The role of the Director of Photography, the Camera Operator and the camera crew
The basics of operating the camera
Framing and composition
The use of lighting


Understanding a script and a film’s sound requirement
The basic physical properties of sound
Microphones, the various types, their properties and differences
Connecting up and operational requirements
Synchronisation and post production

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Use of the camera including lens work and sound recording involves application of number skills.
Communication Written communication as well as the process of communicating a concept through a particular medium is directly assessed. Oral communication skills are developed through exercises, seminars and feedback on creative concepts for cinematography and sound.
Improving own Learning and Performance Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module which will help students to improve their own learning and performance.
Information Technology As part of the module Students will required to use industry standard software involved in camera and sound production work.
Personal Development and Career planning The skills gained from this module will enhance the employability of film students.
Problem solving Cinematography and sound recording on location is a continuous process of problem solving. Students will be tested on this individually and as part of a team.
Research skills Students will be expected to research the variety of cinematography and sound skills used to resolve issues that arise in real life situations and will be assessed on their ability to evaluate and effectively use their knowledge to apply these skills to the issues that arise.
Subject Specific Skills Camera and Sound production skills will be developed throughout the module.
Team work nteraction of the Cinematography and sound components of the module will require students to work effectively as a team to deliver media content by specific deadlines.


This module is at CQFW Level 4