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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Moving Image and Video Production
Module Code CM558
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tom Burke
Semester 2: Tom Burke
Autumn: Tom Burke
Module TeachersTom Burke
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Groups/individual will have to produce work on an agreed topic with their supervisor.

The aim of the module is to introduce the students to the necessary technical and creative skills required to produce original video material for a variety of mixed media uses.

Learning Outcomes

1. Working in a small team be able to originate and prepare a multimedia related, digital video proposal.
2. Originate, shoot and record a short interview, paying particular attention to audio quality, framing and composition.
3. Organise, develop and produce a five to seven minute video project on an agreed topic.
4. Compile the project into a logically edited sequence of events, including all necessary post-production work.
5. Generate a short report, which reflects on the production process, explaining reasons for decisions made and recommending changes based on lessons learnt. Include any academic or audio/visual references that influenced the production process [use of the Harvard Referencing System].

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture11Lecture-supervised learning period over one semester
Laboratory22Project exercises, project development, 'brain-storming' sessions, discussion over one semester.
Independent Study85Students are required to engage in independent video production practice throughout the semester; to update and familiarise themselves with all the requisite software applications and tools, and to review suitable exemplar video projects both online and via mainstream media.
Assignment Completion132Group production of two digital video projects on agreed topics.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
- Introduction to storytelling - Camcorder skills (using HD and 4K cameras with interchangeable lenses and tripods) - Introduction to non-linear editing through Adobe Premiere Pro. - Framing, composition and types of shots. - Three-point lighting in a TV studio environment. - File Management - Colour Correction. - Use of jibs for camera stabilisation. - Pre-production and post-production requirements.

General Note.
As per 'Full-time Workload' description, students will be expected to continue their laboratory work with their own research and self-taught tutorial materials in order to increase their understanding and competencies within the various software and hardware environments.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentStudent groups meet with the lecturer to discuss their proposed projects. Originate and produce a short two minute interview, with particular attention being paid to technical aspects of framing/composition and especially good quality audio levels.20%n/a
AssignmentStudents will work in small teams to research, develop and post-produce a five to seven minute video project. Project topics must be agreed with the lecturer, and can be in a variety of formats e.g. documentary, docudrama, drama or music video. Generate a short report, which reflects on the production process, explaining reasons for decisions made and recommending changes based on lessons learnt. Include any academic or audio/visual references that influenced the production process [use of the Harvard Referencing System].80%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Sheila Curran Bernard: 2004, Documentary storytelling for film and videomakers, 1st, 21, Focal Press, Burlington, MA, 0-240-80539-9
  • Carruci, John: 2013, Digital SLR Video & Filmmaking for Dummies, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken,
  • Jago, Maxim: 2018, Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Classroom in a Book, Adobe, San Jose,
  • Lancaster, Kurt: 2012, Video Journalism for the Web : A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling, Routledge, New York,
  • Pramaggiore, Maria and Tom Wallis: 2007, Film: A Critical Introduction, Laurence King, London,
Other Resources

35067, Website, bbcjournalism.oup.com, 2016, BBC Academy College of Journalism, London, UK., British Broadcasting Corporation, http://bbcjournalism.oup.com/coj, 35068, Website, channel4.com, 2016, Channel 4 Producers Handbook, London, UK., Channel 4 Television, http://www.channel4.com/producers-handbook/, 35069, Website, mediaark.com, 2013, mediaark.com, Dublin, William Tuke, http://mediaark.com, 35070, Website, microtutorials.com, 2013, microtutorials.com, Dublin, William Tuke, https://microtutorials.com/, 35071, Website, newsshooter.com, 2016, newsshooter.com, Online, Dan Chung, Matt Allard, http://www.newsshooter.com/, 35072, Website, nofilmschool.com, 2016, No Film School, USA, Ryan Koo, http://nofilmschool.com/, 35073, Website, thehurlblog.com, 2016, hurlblog educate, USA, Shane Hurlburt, http://www.thehurlblog.com/?_ga=1.118138560.898372135.1464991182, 0, Website, De La Pena, Nonny, 2014, Project Syria, http://www.immersivejournalism.com/ category/immersive-journalism/, 0, Website, 0, Adobe Premiere Pro Tutorials, https://helpx.adobe.com/ie/premiere-pro/tutorials.html,
In case of group difficulties the group must alert their lecturer as soon as issues arise, and complete a 'Peer Workload Review' report, detailing each member's participation over the course of both projects. Further details should be sought from the lecturer concerned.
Programme or List of Programmes
GDEMEDGraduate Diploma in Emerging Media
MSCEMMSc in Emerging Media
Date of Last Revision09-FEB-05

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