Learning Contract MAP

Section taken from the official learning contract submission.

To be undertaken for 600 hours (60 credits) between May 2017 and January 2018.

This section is a summary specification of the MA project. A full specification will be undertaken nearer the time of the module, as per course guidelines.

“ Develop the script created in NP1 to a final production utilising the production design of the NFP and following the project planning of NP2. ”

Rationale

The ultimate goal of the course is the creation of a dramatic production detailing stereotypical experiences of dyslexics through their education years and within a common dyslexic heavy occupation such as the film industry. NP1 dealt with the formation of a script, NFP the production design establishing the style, and NP2 undertaking pre-production and the development of a project plan for the final production.
This module is therefore a logical realisation of this process, learning and utilising filmmaking skills, blended with and enhancing existing skills in CG and VFX [MPLO2/3/5/7].

Theoretical Context

Up until this point, a greater part of the modules selected are either theoretical, research based or otherwise planning for production ‘on paper’.
As with my own primary occupation, final implementation of a solution is as research and learning intensive as the initial analysis, requirements and specification phases, yet also by definition also inclusive of additional practical requirements [MPLO1/7]. By finally implementing [MPLO5/6] the production plan developed in NP2, as well as bringing together all of the components that have resulted from NP1, the NFP and NP2, the MA Project provides the opportunity to learn, develop and practically experience the filmmaking skills required to complete a quality, commercially viable dramatic production [MPLO1/2/3/5]. The final aim of the process, probably post course, being to release the documentary to film festivals, or at the very least to the dyslexic community [MPLO5].

Methodology

The methodology utilised in the delivery of the MA project will include:
- Raindance and other training sources in documentary filmmaking and other contributing skills [MPLO5/7],
- Investigation of documentary film making practices [MPLO1/4/7],
- Investigation of existing documentary filming styles (practical implementation, as opposed to theoretical production planning) [MPLO1/4/7]
- Investigation of alternate methods of filmic production (e.g. the technical styles afforded by film, DSLR, digital film etc.) and its affect on the possible impact of the final documentary [MPLO1/4/7],
- Many of these will involve the investigation of existing productions aimed primarily at the television and/or film market places and how they differ [MPLO1/7],
- Final implementation of the techniques in filming, editing and delivering the final documentary production [MPLO3/5/7].

Deliverables

- Reflective report on the production process and delivery of the drama [MPLO4/5/6/7].
- Feature or mini-feature dramatic production (length to be determined during the initial research and development phases of NP1) [MPLO2/3/5].

Assessment

Assessment of the final module product is likely to consist of:
Quality of the final production [MPLO5],
Suitability of selection of the production techniques of the production, in relation to its content (though, in reality even a deviation from norms may work if implemented effectively as the work of any director is subjective - art is a environment where often the end does actually justify the means) [MPLO3]
Quality of the reflective report documenting the production process and choices made during its lifetime [MPLO4/5/6/7].
It may well be that the reception of the documentary by interested parties may well go some way to influencing the assessment.
As a guide only, assessment weighting may be roughly 80% in regards to the final production, and 20% in regards to the reflective report.