Short Title:Video Drama Production
Full Title:Video Drama Production
Language of Instruction:English
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:The module aims to provide the graduate with in-depth declarative knowledge, extensive production competency and critical understanding of the technical, creative, theoretical and business disciplines , pertaining to live action drama production.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate versatility in the use of video cameras displaying technical knowledge, creative application and aesthetic considerations in the cinematography techniques applied in short drama narratives.
LO2 Develop specialist knowledge of digital video post production technologies used in narrative storytelling
LO3 Develop specialist knowledge of screencraft pertaining to live action drama production.
LO4 Demonstrate specialist knowledge in lighting for drama.
LO5 Undertake the development of a location/ studio based live action drama, to a set brief.
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) %
Camera Operations
Demonstrate the use of lightweight video cameras in a creative and aesthetic way.
Studio/ Location drama production
Undertake the development of a location/Studio based project to a set brief.
Editing & Post production
Understand the key concepts of screencraft in a post production environment (editing, continuity and sound).
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
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 may be documented using an On-Line journal with at least four entries. 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. 1,2,3,4 20.00 Ongoing
Laboratory The student will undertake a series of five 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 25.00 Ongoing
Project As part of a team, the student will plan, shoot and edit a short location / studio based drama scene. 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. The student can undertake a technical analysis of a video that mirrors the type of production under study 1,2,3,4,5 35.00 Ongoing
Practical/Skills Evaluation 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 20.00 Week 11
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 Media Production Techniques 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lab Camera, Lighting & Editing workshops 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Preproduction & Research 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Directed Learning Create a location/ studio based drama 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. 2017, Year Three Course Notes (Filming and Editing), IT Tallaght Dublin
  • Millerson, G. 2017, Video Production Handbook, 6th ed Ed., Focal Press Oxford [ISBN: 9781138841666]
Recommended Book Resources
  • 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]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources