Media and film studies

Realisation and Visualisation: Directing actors and camera

Module code: 879P4
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Practical, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

This course will build and develop your skills and experience in the practice of visualising and realising concepts for fiction film. You will learn about visual conception and how to develop ideas through visually led exercises and tasks. You will engage with a range of approaches to visual composition and continuity filming evidenced in the 'Indicative reading' list. Informed by this and other reading, film screenings and close analysis, tutor-led discussions and group workshop exercises, you will work in close collaboration to a tightly scheduled structure over the course of the term.

In the first weeks you will learn about camera, lighting, composition and how to create meaning visually. Through exercises and demonstrations you will gain the practical skills and apply them in the completion of your first assessment. In later weeks, you will learn about directing actors. This includes casting, rehearsals, directing actors for camera and working with the script and actors. You will be required to cast for, and produce, a five minute scene from a script with emphasis on performance and visual realisation of the scene through camera and lighting. you will learn about continuity based pre-production, working with actors and continuity filming and editing.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the range of technical and organization skills and film language for a film research project on both an individual group basis.
  • Work collaboratively in a critical and creative context
  • Produce analytic and evaluative production documentation that engages critically in their own film practice
  • Demonstrate a developed knowledge of the relevant field of contemporary practice within which the project is situated
  • Demonstrate independent learning for academic study and development