The first part of this module is dedicated to working with script and helping new directors to understand their role in terms of realising the vision behind the written word. In doing so, the directors must fully understand the complex creative relationships and practical challenges involved in translating a script to the screen. By addressing issues such as performance, blocking, framing, lighting, sound and production design, students will be challenged to produce visual narratives with depth, incorporating layers of storytelling that both compliment and enhance the original story. 

This module also aims to: 

• Provide directors with the skills and techniques to elicit the intended performance from an actor or actors 

• Cover a variety of approaches available to the director, informed by the interaction with experienced screen actors 

• Help directors to convey with clarity and conviction the intended vision of the project at hand 

• Instil the ability to objectively evaluate their own work and the work of their peers, within the context of contemporary professional practice 

By the end of the module students will have a comprehensive understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the writer’s intentions, the director’s interpretation, the actor’s instinct and the overall construction of a compelling visual narrative in order to deliver an engaging experience to an audience.

This module investigates how audiences read film, their expectations of film structure and film grammar and how directors can work with genre, visual storytelling, non-verbal performance, mise-en- scène, editing and sound come together to elicit the desired response from the viewer.

This module will also provide the aspiring director with a clear understanding of the creative collaborative needed between the director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor and other members of the creative team, in order to produce compelling visual narratives for an intended audience.

This module also aims to:

•   Expand students’ understanding of the social contract between the director and the audience

•   Investigate how to enhance all aspects of storytelling and audience engagement through non-verbal means

•   Strengthen the director’s ability to collaborate both creatively and technically with others in the pursuit of filmmaking

By the end of the module students will be able to articulate and postulate informed answers to deceptively simple questions such as, What makes a good film?  What makes a classic film?  What constitutes a ‘game-changer’?

This module aims to equip students with tools and concepts to engage in MA level research activities.  More specifically, within the context of the discipline, students will study the career options available for today’s director, investigating the professional skills deemed necessary to be sought-after and operate effectively within the contemporary creative industries.

This module also aims to:

  • Explore the relationship between the writer, the director and the script in terms of creative collaboration and story development
  • Explore the relationship between the director and producer in terms of creative collaboration
  • Provide and overview of the historic and current commercial infrastructure of the industry including key events and networking opportunities
  • Provide students with the academic writing and research skills to articulate their ideas appropriately and with clarity

By the end of this module students will have a clearer idea of how they wish to express themselves creatively as a director, be able to articulate with clarity the type of projects they wish to develop and have a minimum of 1 script proposal for presentation to a panel that represents their creative ambitions.

Television shows and continuing drama series using a single location often shoot two or more cameras. This is a fast and very flexible way of speeding up production. This module offers directors the opportunity to expand their skills and incorporate this additional shooting technique.

Those attending will learn how to plan, block and shoot scenes using two or more cameras, understand when to cross shoot or place cameras side by side and the consequences of using each method. Exercises will also require students to incorporate and direct background action, in scenes of increasing complexity.

This module also aims to:

  • Provide students with the skills to shoot in a multi-camera setting
  • Provide an overview of appropriate sound recording techniques
  • Introduce students to shooting action sequences
  • Introduce student to basic pre-visualisation skills
  • Cover relevant editing workflows when using multiple cameras

By the end of the module, students will have acquired a range of skills allowing them to tackle more complex production scenarios.

The aim of this module is to develop strategies for engaging with an audience using non-traditional interactive formats displayed on a range of digital devices. Through an analysis of existing examples in games and immersive media, students will develop scripts, consider strategies for staging, blocking and background action that tempt the participant to engage with the story as it unfolds.

This module also aims to:

  • Introduce student to basic and advanced workflows for producing VR content
  • Provide an overview of the related field of bi-neural audio
  • Consider audience preferences when creating interactive content
  • Define traditional film genres which could benefit from VR applications

By the end of the module, students will have developed a set of audio- visual cues, in order to guide and direct the observer through an interactive experience.

This module is conducted by 1-to-1 weekly sessions with a dedicated mentor. Students will be guided and mentored with regard to the graduation project they wish to develop and the steps involved in making these projects a reality.

This module also aims to:

  • Focus and define a students key areas of interest and/or aptitude
  • Allow students to clarify the aims and objectives of their final project
  • Allow students to engage in preliminary preproduction of their final project
  • Assist students to identify and approach key creative participants in their final projects, such as for example, writers and DoPs

At the end of the module, students will pitch their final graduation project proposal and how they intend to realise their vision, to a panel of industry professionals for discussion and feedback.

During this module students will have had the opportunity to realise piece of work that addresses an area of creative interest, relevant to their professional development. Taught through group seminars and mentored independent study, by the end of the module students will have shot a short filmed artefact (or several elements) that address a set of intended personal goals.

This module also aims to: 

  • Provide additional support in terms of production management
  • Build on directing skills gained earlier in the programme
  • Further develop organisation, discipline, teamwork and time management skills

By the end of the module, students will be able to present and defend their final project before a panel of experts for interrogation and feedback.