Module Identifier TF31020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Ms Janet Jones  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite TF10320 , TF21820 Desirable but not essential for joint honours students, TF21520 , TF31420  
Co-Requisite TF20420 Is strongly recommended. Incompatibilites: TF32230  
Course delivery Other   Intensive workshop including approx. 20 contact hours  
  Other   Students work in pairs. Each pair receives 4 tutorials lasting 45 minutes  
  Other   4 hour screening  
  Other   2 weeks with cameras and 2 weeks with the edit suite for self directed work  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Short video produced during the intensive workshop week  15%
Semester Assessment Scripting  15%
Semester Assessment Final Video and crewing contribution  60%
Semester Assessment Individual written two page self assessment For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at 10%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the basic directing styles for factual film making by reproducing these on video.

Experiment with alternative directing styles/graphic approaches

Present, in written and oral form, the structure, story and (where appropriate) arguments on which the final (12-15 minute) film will be based

Select and order material to maximize story telling and engage with concepts such as highlighting debate or tension within the film.

Be able to edit three or more sound sources to create a final sound mix.

Demonstrate an understanding of the use of visual effects and split visual editing.

Work effectively within a team environment.

Evaluate his/her own work constructively with a view to improving the outcome next time.


To provide students with a grounding in the editorial and technical skills required to produce of a 10-15 minute documentary/factually-based programme for broadcast.
To provide an opportunity to translate the portfolio work delivered in TF31420 (Production Research-Factual) into a finished film. (Where appropriate).
To introduce students to standard broadcast industry methods and expectations in order to prepare them for entry level positions within a factual televison environment.

Brief description

Through intensive practical work, this module will aim to provide students with advanced editorial and practical skills required in the production of a broadcast quality television factual programme.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Student manual containing documents including health and safety advice, legal and editorial policy information, directing tips, contractual and archiving data etc.
Rosenthal, A. (1996) Writing, Directing and Producing Documentary Films and Videos Southern Illinois Press
Thompson, R. (1998) The Grammar of the Shot Focal Press
Watts, H. (1992) Directing on Camera Aavo
Watts, H. (1997) On Camera - How to produce film and video Aavo


This module is at CQFW Level 6