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. ”
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].
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].
- 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].
- Feature or mini-feature dramatic production (length to be determined during the initial research and development phases of NP1) [MPLO2/3/5].
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.