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|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Practical project 3-8 minute film||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Critical reflection (2,000 words)||25%|
|Semester Assessment||Project workbook||25%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Practical project 3-8 minute film||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Critical reflection (2,000 words)||25%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Project workbook||25%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced specialist skills in 16mm film production, from shooting on a Bolex camera to hand-processing in the darkroom.
2. Demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of the current technological landscape and the ways in which different art practices make use of ‘outdated’ media.
3. Reflect to a high intellectual level on the aesthetic approaches that have shaped alternative documentary modes and incorporate this into an individual creative practice.
4. Critically reflect on the relationship between film and digital and the scholarly discourses relating to them.
In particular, students will be encouraged to think across different formats in their research-led practice, and there will be opportunities to create hybrid works of Super 8, 16mm and digital film.
A brief history of the 16mm film format. Direct-on-film animation
Introduction to the Bolex camera. Test shoot.
Hand-processing in the darkroom
Exploring lenses and understanding depth of field
In-camera editing exercise
Tinting and toning
Flatbed editing and contact printing
Telecine and working creatively with digital transfer
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will be required to carry out numerical calculations for reading light meters and setting aperture. In-camera editing and special effects will also require the calculation of shutter speed and number of frames shot.|
|Communication||Students will develop verbal and written communication skills throughout the module. The practical workshops will rely to a large extent on the exchange of ideas and detailed discussion of concepts. Students will work through the basic technical components of 16mm filmmaking in groups, discussing these together before embarking on individual work.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||There will be a significant feedback component to the module, where students will have the opportunity to reflect on the results of specific techniques in order to refine their work for the final project.|
|Information Technology||Students will be encouraged to use electronic resources throughout the module. This will be a necessary part of the research for both the critical and practical assignments.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The module is part of an MA programme that requires students to consider their work within a context of professional practice. They will have the opportunity, throughout the module, to network with filmmakers and other industry professionals. They will be encouraged to think about how the skills they are gaining can contribute to future professional practice.|
|Problem solving||The module requires a high level of problem-solving skills when working with specialist technology. Students will be encouraged, throughout the module to work individually and in groups to find solutions to technical problems.|
|Research skills||The critical reflection and workbook components of the module will require the students to undertake background research into the field of analogue filmmaking and its relationship to documentary aesthetics. They will also be encouraged to seek out information, both printed and online, about the technical possibilities of the analogue medium.|
|Subject Specific Skills||The module incorporates a high level of subject-specific skills, and the techniques that students learn in relation to analogue filmmaking will feed into their digital practice and understanding of moving image art more generally.|
|Team work||Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and also individually. Team work will be central to the taught aspect of the module and students will shoot, process, tint and tone and edit short projects together in preparation for their final individual film submission.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7