Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Producing for Film
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Portfolio  (2,000 words) Written portfolio of seminar material mapping out the route from inception to delivery of a film. Including case studies based on the work undertaken.   60%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   40%
Supplementary Assessment Written Portfolio  (2,000 words) Written portfolio of seminar material mapping out the route from inception to delivery of a film. Including case studies based on the work undertaken.   60%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   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 Sales and Distribution.

4. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the legal processes relevant to the field of study.

Brief description

The producer is the person who is responsible for and has overall control of the film making process, they steer the film from the beginning through production and post production to delivery and beyond to sales and distribution. Producers secure the underlying rights of a project, raise the development and production funding and supervise the development, production and delivery of the film.

Producing a film is a long and complicated business and the course will study in detail the film making 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.


Week 1:
Lecture: Aquiring the rights
Seminar: Aquiring the rights

Week 2:
Lecture: Developing the idea
Seminar: Developing the Idea

Week 3:
Lecture: Finance Structures
Seminar: Building the Finance Structure

Week 4:
Lecture: Breaking down the script
Workshop: Breaking down a script for costing and scheduling

Week 5:
Lecture: The principles of Budgeting and Scheduling a script
Workshop: Budgeting and scheduling a script

Week 6:
Lecture: The Legal Process
Seminar: The Legal Process

Week 7:
Lecture: Negotiating with Agents and crews
Seminar: Contracting the Artists and crews, SAG, Equity and
BECTU rules and regulations

Week 8:
Lecture: Completion Guarantees
Seminar: Completion Guarantors in action.

Week 9:
Lecture: Cost Reporting and controlling the Production
Workshop: Preparing the cost report and forecasting the cost

Week 10:
Lecture: Sales and Distribution
Seminar: Sales estimates and waterfall

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Use of the 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 emphasizes 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 5