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MA3003 Directing Screen Fiction

director's cut

 Tutors: John Roberts

Teaching: 20 hours Lectures 40 hours Workshops plus individual tutorials

Value: 2 units

Availability: Autumn and Spring


Each student director working at the head of small production team, will develop, shoot and produce a complete short film project.  All aspects of the director’s process will be addressed through practical workshops, lectures and individual and group tutorials.

Students will initially work with a screenwriter to develop an original idea through a series of drafts before taking the script forward into production. Students will study performance, the casting process, staging, directing dialogue, shot selection, internal action and external conflict, cinematography and camera operating, plus editing and post production. A study of film structure and the director’s approach to script will be used as the basis for a written paper.


 Video Assignment with accompanying production paper.

This year, Stephen Frears, Visiting Professor of Film in the Media Arts Department and renowned film director (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters) visited the college recently to give a master class in film direction to third year Media Arts Students.

The students worked with Stephen in staging scenes from their graduation films, which they then shot in early March.


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