Module Details

LT932-7-SP-CO: Film And Video Production Workshop

Year: 2017/18
Department: Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Mr Nic Blower
Teaching Staff: Nic Blower
Contact details: LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This ten-week module provides practical skills required for further work in fiction film production, including pre-production, camera, lighting, sound, storyboard and editing. This script-to-screen course, taught by an industry professional, will allow students to have hands-on experience in film and to utilise concepts gained in their theoretical seminars. The module will cover conceptual research, script development, visual language and practical realisation. Each week the session will be split between intense practical sessions and ongoing work towards the final project.

Technical training will involve working with the Canon 5D HD camera and location sound recording. There also will be sessions on auditioning and directing actors, lighting for cinema and art direction. Towards the end of the module the focus will be film editing.

The aim is to practically translate an original idea developed from theoretical film concept, into a short film. The group film aims to provide students with a significant piece of practical work to evidence their academic studies.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Each session will combine practical demonstrations, theoretical discussions and practical exercises. The course tutor will lead all the sessions and will be available for ongoing advice during the production of the group film. Each student must be prepared to attend every session. It is also expected that students will spend time out of class working towards this module.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


The assignment for this module is to produce an original short fiction film. Assessment will be equally split between the mark for the group film and an individual participation mark. The latest date by which the coursework will be returned will be not more than four calendar weeks after the deadline.

Other information

All equipment outside of classes to be booked from the Media Centre by email ( The office hours are 9-5 Monday to Friday. For any equipment queries their number is 01206 87 2468.

Editing is available Monday to Friday until midnight in the Media Lab. Access to the lab is by security fob, available from the Media Centre. If working at the weekends the Media Centre must be informed. Students shoot with a full HD DSLR camera, the Canon 5D.


  • Bruce Block, The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV And Digital Media (Oxford: Focal Press, 2007)
  • Mike Figgis, Digital Film Making (London: Faber and Faber, 2007)
  • Sam Kauffmann, Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users (Oxford: Focal Press, 2012)
  • Robert McKee, Story (London, Methuen, 1999)
  • Michael Rabiger, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (Oxford: Focal Press, 2007)
  • Laurent Tirard, Moviemaker Master Class: Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors (London: Faber and Faber, 2003)
  • The British Film Institute,
  • Film London,
  • Withoutabox,

Further information