Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Film Production
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
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 1.5 Hours   Written examination (90 minutes)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Written portfolio of seminar material (2,000 words)  60%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Written examination (90 minutes)  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the production process and the roles and responsibilities of those involved.

2. Develop an understanding of the development and financing structures used in the film industry.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pre-production process.

4. Demonstrate good team skills whilst working in a group.

5. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the legal processes relevant to the setting up of a film.

Brief description

Getting a film off the ground, fully financed, shot, delivered and sold is a long and complicated process. You will learn the fundamentals of film production on this course. The Module will give an overall understanding of the business of film production by following the film production cycle from acquiring the original rights to the underlying material, the legal and financing process through the pre-production and shoot to its completion, its delivery, both physical and legal, the sales and marketing and distribution of the film. The course will provide a unique overview of the whole production process.


Course Delivery:

10 x 1 hour Lectures
10 x 1 hour Seminars

The course content will focus on the following:

Introduction: The Stages of Production: who does what and when.







Post Production

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Use of professional software packages will develop the ability to interpret statistical and mathematical information.
Communication Managing the filmmaking process is all about communication. Effective communications skills - oral, written and visual, will be developed throughout the module.
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 Specialized professional software is used and students’ skills will be developed through the module. They will prepare and input data, manage systems and interpret information.
Personal Development and Career planning The module articulates production work in professionally defined roles, it establishes on a basic level the professional procedures in production.
Problem solving Filmmaking is a continuous process of problem-solving. Students are tested on this individually and as part of a team.
Research skills Students undertake research as part of the seminar program and will be assessed on their ability to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use their knowledge to apply to the issues that arise.
Subject Specific Skills Film production skills will be developed throughout the module.
Team work Seminar work will be divided into groups to resolve production issues based on ‘real life’ incidents. These groups will be required to work effectively as a team to deliver the group based exercises.


This module is at CQFW Level 4