|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Research Plan||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Research findings document||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Oral presentation of conclusions||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resits of assignments, when necessary, will follow the same structure but be on a different topic/creative structure.|
On completion of this module, students should be able:
- To develop practical research methods.
- To carry out effective independent research, and present the findings in an organised manner.
- To demonstrate deep knowledge of their chosen genre or medium
- To deliver a coherent and interesting oral presentation.
- To apply their knowledge to the creation of their own work of fiction: film or broadcast.
This module feeds into the Portfolio module (TFM 1860) expecting students to research both their methodological and styalistic approach and also their backstory.
- Introduction to research methodologies.
- Library and online skills utilising the Wales National Sound and Screen Archive.
- Genre, as it relates to narrative and characterisation. Suggested avenues to explore in individual research
- Advanced plotting skills: the common surface journeys and the underlying profound journey.
- Advanced outlining skills, and related topics: log lines, pitching ideas.
- The Expanded Scene Breakdown: the middle stage between story development and scripting.
- Scriptwriting 1: description and dialogue
- Scriptwriting 2: techniques including image systems and non-linear narrative.
- Script editing, working with a script editor, rewriting techniques.
- Career progression and self-employment skills
Students to present their research conclusions
Students will carry out research into a chosen genre, to enhance their understanding of the conventions of that genre, and the ways in which it influences such script elements as plot points, character and characterisation, dialogue and description.
This module provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of writing within a specific genre or media format, primarily through a project of individual research.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Writing to a brief, perhaps more than any other form of writing, is entirely about communication skills.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students are expected to drive their own learning and to develop their own unique creative approaches.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to make full use of the library facilities, web research, and master the computer-based script formats.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students will come into contact with industry professionals through the course of their research, and will develop new skills within a particular genre, which will aid them in future career planning. Students also attend one lecture on career planning and employment skills.|
|Research skills||Research plays a significant part in this module.|
|Team work||Students are expected to drive their own learning and to develop their own unique creative approaches.|
Reading ListRecommended Text
Gerahgty, C., (1991) Women and Soap Opera: a study of prime time soaps Polity Primo search Hobson, D., (1982) Crodssroads:the drama of Soap Opera Methuen Primo search Hobson, D., (2003) Soap Opera Polity Primo search Perret, Gene (1982) Comedy Wrting Step by Step Samuel French Primo search Wolff, Jurgen (1988) Sucessful Sitcom Writing St. Martin's Press Primo search Nochimson, M.P., (2002) Film Quarterly Waddya Lookin' At?: Re-reading the Gangster Genre Through "The Sopranos" 56.2.2 Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 7