FILM 2006 - Making Movies: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2022

Today, filmmakers are everybody: we all record and transmit audio-visual materials with our smartphones. The more we can learn about the art of motion pictures, the better we will be able to make meanings out of the world around us using captured images and sounds. This course immerses students in the practicalities, the aesthetics, and the contingencies of movie-making; it actively guides students in the production of their own short `films? using contemporary digital technology. Ideas like framing, cutting, setting, movement, composition, colour, texture, filtering, cropping, zooming, close-ups, and so on, are fundamental to the art of motion pictures. Here you will learn the fundamentals and help shape your own artistic approach.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FILM 2006
    Course Making Movies: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description Today, filmmakers are everybody: we all record and transmit audio-visual materials with our smartphones. The more we can learn about the art of motion pictures, the better we will be able to make meanings out of the world around us using captured images and sounds. This course immerses students in the practicalities, the aesthetics, and the contingencies of movie-making; it actively guides students in the production of their own short `films? using contemporary digital technology. Ideas like framing, cutting, setting, movement, composition, colour, texture, filtering, cropping, zooming, close-ups, and so on, are fundamental to the art of motion pictures. Here you will learn the fundamentals and help shape your own artistic approach.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Julian Murphet

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop a practicable storyboard for short film production
    2. Reflect critically on the decisions behind a final shot sequence
    3. Work collaboratively with fellow students on a short film production
    4. Use editing software to cut shots and mix sounds
    5. Produce a short digital ‘film’
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3, 5

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    N/A

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    3, 4, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2, 3, 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching is centred specifically on active and engaging two-week workshops on mobile filmmaking with hands-on classroom activities - within tabled groups, face-to-face teaching. Students will be tasked with producing and completing a 1-5 minute film either as an individual videographer or as a film crew outside of scheduled classes in order to complete assessment pieces.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    • The tutored workload for the class workshops will be 8 hours over one week.
    • The approximate workload for individuals and/our groups outside of class workshops can be 30 hours for the completion of film and film-making assignments.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Sections - Topic
    1 - Storytelling, narrative, tropes, subject matter, niches
    2 - Teamwork, Delegation and responsibility, positions
    3 - Mise-en-scene - setting, costume, lighting and movement/direction
    4 - Storyboarding, shot lists
    5 - Locations, scouting, looks
    6 - Framing, composition, direction
    7 - Shooting 1 - Camera movement and support
    8 - Shooting 2 - Lighting
    9 - Editing - import process, platforms, shot selection, narrative, branding, transitions
    10 - Mixing - colour grading, levelling
    11 - Exporting and delivery
    12 - Sharing, distribution, marketing
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Storyboard 10%, Storyboard critical reflection 10%, Short 1- 5min film 60%, Film production critical reflection 20%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Class attendance in all sessions is required to achieve competency with introductory filmmaking principles necessary for completing assignments successfully.
    Assessment Detail
    Storyboard:
    Create a storyboard with ideation towards the finalised production of the 1-5 minute film to be presented. This can be produced individually or as a group, however, each student must make a submission.
    Assessment: Analysing storyboard's inclusion of narrative, description of composition and direction, and production. Drawing capability is not considered.
    Value of assessment: 10%
    Due Date:
    Storyboard Critical Reflection
    Individual reflection upon the completed storyboard is vital for understanding the direction the final film production will take. Consideration will be given to teamwork analysis within the understanding of film roles and responsibilities.
    Assessment: the basis of process and state of the storyboard inclusive of direction, detail, decision-making process, achievements and downfalls of the storyboard production, readying the individual or the group for filming.
    Value of assessment: 10%
    Due Date:
    Short 1- 5min film:
    Shoot (on mobile phone), edit and present a short one minute to five-minute short film as an individual or a group, exhibiting techniques and skills from the course.
    Assessment: Assessment of the short films will be based upon film production competencies of camera techniques, mise-en-scene, style and aesthetic and sound quality. Short films may be presented how desired.
    Value of assessment: 60%
    Due Date:
    Film production critical reflection:
    Taking into consideration the final film production, provide a critical reflection upon the film's impact, style and place within film. Analyse the performance of you as an individual filmmaker and/or your role within the crew. Assess what you would do differently next time with the same resources.
    Assessment: Projects will be assessed individually on technical competencies, style and understanding of lighting requirements and audio acquisition and basic editing principles using transitions, corrections and titles to enhance. Total marks achieved will be awarded to both participants equally.
    Value of assessment: 20%
    Due Date:
    Submission
    Written and drawn assignments are to be submitted electronically through MyUni.
    Short film is to be presented as desired to tutor.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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