Short Title:Advanced Digital Video Production
Full Title:Advanced Digital Video Production
Module Code:VDEO H3006
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:Joe Chalmers
Module Description:To build the student’s knowledge, skill and competence by increasing their familiarity with drama production techniques, and to be able to work creatively in a team following a set brief and deadline.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate competence in the cinematography techniques applied in short drama narratives.
LO2 Develop in depth specialist knowledge of digital video post production technologies used in narrative storytelling
LO3 Develop in depth specialist knowledge of advanced lighting techniques used in drama based production work
LO4 Undertake the development of a digital video project namely a narrative based drama project
LO5 Have a critical understanding of the camera & editing techniques in narrative based productions
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Project preproduction
Undertake the planning and preproduction of Creative Digital Narrative Project. Short Drama
Project production
Undertake the production and filming of Creative Digital Narrative Project. Short Drama
Editing & Post production
To be able to operate a non-linear edit suite and have a working knowledge of video editing concepts for drama requirements.
Students will document the production process outlining their personal input and offer a critically analysis of the process.
Students will critically analyise the work of director with a view to understanding the key components film drama in terms of camera placement, blocking, lighting etc
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other The project diary is an individual journal of the students work during the practical project. It will outline their role during the production phases, especially when extra-mural work is undertaken. The student will outline their role in the project at all stages of its development , show a use and understanding of terminology, display an awareness of health and safety and ethical issues, and evaluate the project and the skills that they have learnt. The production folder will contain all the production paperwork from concept to completion of the project. 1,2,4 20.00 n/a
Short Answer Questions Students will attempt 20 questions drawn from Course notes, Final Cut Pro Handouts and Milerson core Text book. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Project The student as part of a production team will produce a short Creative Narrative Digital Project (CNDP)of a defined duration to an agreed script. The script will be selected from a poll of scripts submitted to the lecturer in advance. The completed projects will be graded on its script and preproduction elements, camerawork, lighting, sound quality and audio mix, editing and graphics/titles. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
Assignment Technical Analysis (20%) The student will undertake a technical study of a dramatatic film scene that mirrors the type of production they are working on in their practical project such as a short film. The student will outline the codes and conventions of the chosen genre, secondly, the technical aspects that are used including cameras, sound, lighting, graphics, props and sets, thirdly, a short critical review of the programme, and finally a log of the programme including timecodes, audio, video and graphics content. They will base their assignmnent on a production supplied by the lecturer. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Other Technical proficiency Test (pass/fail) Each student will demonstrate their competency in using a digital video camera and Final Cut Pro edit suite. The test will feature a series of core tasks that the student must complete to a satisfactory level within tweleve minutes. 1,3,5 0.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Digital Media Production Techniques 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lab FCP Editing workshops 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Preproduction & Research 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial Camera & Lighting 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Chalmers J & Gilvary,G. 2005, Year Three Course Notes, ITT Tallaght
  • Chalmers J & Gilvary G. 2005, Final Cut Pro Manual, ITT Tallaght
Recommended Book Resources
  • Millerson, G. 2011, Video production handbook, 5th ed Ed., Focal Press
  • Walter Murch 2001, In the Blink of an Eye (Revised 2nd Edition) [ISBN: 1879505622]
  • 2005, Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know, Michael Wiese Productions [ISBN: 193290705X]
  • Weynand D., Final Cut Pro 5.0, Apple Pro training Series
  • Brenneis L. 2005, Final Cut Pro 5 for MAC, Peachpitt Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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