Short Title:Location Production Techniques
Full Title:Location Video Production Techniques
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code: 1930 VDEO H2003
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:Gerard Gilvary
Module Description:To introduce students to Location Video Production, providing a foundation knowledge of core skills to develop a set of competencies; technically, artistically and editorially, and instil an appreciation of the form. Students may select to specialise in either camera or editing techniques. Students may opt to follow a theory strand in lieu of the practical project/ exercise.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Outline the principles of Single Camera location operations and why it is different to studio TV based productions.
LO2 Research key concepts of location filming including editorial areas and filming approaches.
LO3 Develop the specific skills of sound and lighting techniques for location filming.
LO4 Employ threshold concepts on location material acquisition, continuity and editing principles.
LO5 Undertake the development of a location based exercise project to a set brief; or undertake a critique of a similar type of industry grade production by investigating the technical composition of a similar video genre.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal The student may keep a reflective journal on all their work in the module including research, experience, terminology, extra-curricular work, team working, ethical and safe working practices. These class based sessions can be documented using an On-Line journal with at least four entries. 1,2 10.00 Ongoing
Laboratory The student will undertake a series of four minimum practical simulations/ exercises simulations to mirror key technical skills acquisition. This could include a technical proficiency test on designated equipment. At the end of each session, the student can complete a short questionnaire identifying what they have learnt plus a short reflective comment on the lab. 1,2,3,4 20.00 Ongoing
Short Answer Questions The Short Answer Paper will be an in class assignment based on material from the core textbook course notes, recommended reading and lab report notes. It may contain up to twenty five questions in a mix of multiple choice or short answers to be completed within a set timeframe. 1,2,3,4 15.00 Ongoing
Assignment The student will be presented with a minimum of two typical scenarios for which they must identify the problem, and then consult the core text book and course notes to research potential solutions. Technical Research: The student will be expected to analyse the theory and synthesise the research with their practical experience in order to write the assignment. 1,2,4 15.00 Week 4
Project As part of a team, the student may create a simulated location feature “package” with a defined brief (subject, structure, duration, resources). The work will be graded on the quality of its script and editorial, technical elements (camera, sound, lighting and graphics); and the editing both editorially and technically of the filmed material. An option of following a theory based assignment in lieu of the practice based project exercise is available. 3,4,5 20.00 Ongoing
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will undertake three components, self assessment (personal evaluation of their own practical project work), peer assessment (critique two other student projects, and Lab reports ( a short report evaluating their skills acquisition at key stages in the module). 1,2,3,4 20.00 Ongoing
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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
Practical Location production 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Research 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories Labs and clinics 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Learning workshops 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture lectures 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • IT Tallaght 2017, Year Two Course Notes, in house publication Ed., all, IT Tallaght Dublin
  • Jim Owens 2017, Video Production Handbook,, 6th ed Ed., Focal Press Oxford [ISBN: 978-11-386-93]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HAVAB_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media 3 Mandatory