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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2016 - 2017

Module Title Multimedia Digital Video Production
Module Code CM558
School School of Communications

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorMr William TukeOffice NumberC127
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of the module is to introduce the students to the necessary technical and creative skills required to produce original video material for multimedia use.

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

Weekly Breakdown
All content is detailed on a week-by-week basis, and is available for students to view within Loop (Moodle). N.B. the following is indicative only, and may change to reflect pedagogical considerations due to new developments in hardware, software, class sizes, or other considerations deemed necessary for the successful fulfilment of the module outcomes. Week 1: Introduction to module, inc. examples of prior student work within a variety of categories e.g. mini-documentary, interviews, drama, music video etc. Week 2: Camcorder familiarisation and class exercise. Week 3: Introduction to the Non-Linear Editing application environment. Week 4: Framing and Composition; Class exercise. Week 5: Three-Point Lighting. Week 6: Class Exercise - Shoot & Edit. Week 7: First exercise due (Reading Week). Week 8: Workshop - various technical topics e.g. file management within the NLE, editing procedures etc. Week 9. Colour Correction. Week 10: Camera Support Tutorials e.g. use of jibs/sliders. Week 11: Introduction to advanced camcorder techniques, including optional cinematic considerations for final/thesis projects. Will depend on class requirements. Week 12: Final post-production work on projects.

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
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Tom Ang: 2000, Picture Editing, 2nd, 10, Focal Press, Oxford, UK, 0-240-51618
  • Erik Barnouw: 1993, Documentary, 2nd, 6, Oxford University Press, New York, 9780195078985
  • Sheila Curran Bernard: 2004, Documentary storytelling for film and videomakers, 1st, 21, Focal Press, Burlington, MA, 0-240-80539-9
  • Arthur L. Gaskill and David A. Englander; photographs & drawings by Irving Levine; additional pictures by David A. Marlin, John Premack, and Dean Gaskill: 1985, How to shoot a movie and video story, 1st, 16, Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 0-87100-239-6
  • Michael Rabiger: 1992, Directing the documentary, 2nd, 23, Focal Press, Boston, 0-240-80126-1
  • Michael Rabiger, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier.: 2013, Directing, 5, 24, Oxford; Focal Press, New York; Oxford, London., 0240818458
  • David Rice: 1993, Rathmines Style Book, 4th, Blackwater Press, Dublin, 0861214382
  • Jeremy Vineyard; illustrated by Jose Cruz: 1999, Setting up your shots, 1st, 8, Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, CA, 0-941188-73-6
  • Peter Ward: 1996, Picture composition for film and television, 1st, 12, Focal Press, 1996., Oxford [England], 0-240-51421-1
  • William Strunk, Jr.; with revisions, an introd., and a chapter on writing by E. B. White: 1979, The elements of style, 3rd, 5 chapters, Macmillan, New York, 0-02-418200-1
Other Resources

23737, Website, bbcjournalism.oup.com, 2016, BBC Academy College of Journalism, London, UK., British Broadcasting Corporation, http://bbcjournalism.oup.com/coj, 23738, Website, channel4.com, 2016, Channel 4 Producers Handbook, London, UK., Channel 4 Television, http://www.channel4.com/producers-handbook/, 23739, Website, mediaark.com, 2013, mediaark.com, Dublin, William Tuke, http://mediaark.com, 23740, Website, microtutorials.com, 2013, microtutorials.com, Dublin, William Tuke, https://microtutorials.com/, 23741, Website, newsshooter.com, 2016, newsshooter.com, Online, Dan Chung, Matt Allard, http://www.newsshooter.com/, 23742, Website, nofilmschool.com, 2016, No Film School, USA, Ryan Koo, http://nofilmschool.com/, 23743, Website, thehurlblog.com, 2016, hurlblog educate, USA, Shane Hurlburt, http://www.thehurlblog.com/?_ga=1.118138560.898372135.1464991182,
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