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MMED6018 - Storytelling

Long Title:Storytelling
Module Code:MMED6018
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Multimedia
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: VALERIE RENEHAN
Module Author: PHILIP CURTIN
Module Description: This module develops the learners understanding and application of cinematographic principles and language to tell stories. By addressing short feature or documentary production for example, the module develops the learner’s ability to function as a storyteller through the use selective capture and editing of material. Thus communicating ideas and information in a structured and coherent manner
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Select appropriate cinematographic production techniques for different genres
LO2 Create a detailed storyboard and/or script for a video production;
LO3 Use a range of camera and editing techniques to compliment narrative style;
LO4 Record/capture quality footage under a range of different circumstances
LO5 Produce a finished piece of video work.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The basics of storytelling. How stories are structured. The purpose and role of stories in society
Editing & Theory
- Scripting, pre- production, camera techniques; - Montage vs. editing: The shot Montage vs. mis-en-scene Rhythm Continuity vs. “montage of attractions” Picture and sound Emphasis, a synchronism, counterpoint Strategies of montage: perspective, backbone, tone; - Video Post Production; - Non-linear editing.
The role of the storyboard. Techniques for creating and developing visualisations. The requirements of a storyboards . Their use in production and post production editing.
The above listed content of the lectures will be accompanied by various hands-on practical assignments designed to convert theoretical knowledge into applied use of cinematographic language.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Production storyboards 2 20.0 Week 8
Written Report Project planning documentation 1 10.0 Week 9
Project Film/Video project submission 3,4,5 70.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Cinematic theory (Camera Lighting etc) 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Review and discussion of theory in relation to practical work 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Work on Planning/Storyboard/ Video 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Chris Wadsworth 2016, The Editor's Toolkit A Practical Guide to the Craft of Film and Video Editing, Focal press [ISBN: 978113890337]
  • Gael Chandler 2009, Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know [ISBN: 1932907629]
  • Karen Pearlman 2016, Cutting Rhythms Intuitive Film Editing, 2nd Edition, Focal Press [ISBN: 978113885651]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bruce Block 2008, The Visual Story, Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media [ISBN: ISBN: 9780240807799]
  • Carolyn Handler Miller, Digital storytelling [ISBN: ISBN: 9780240809595]
  • Rick Young 2015, The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, 2nd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138785533]
  • Tom Wolskey 2012, Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users, Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240823669]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HMMED_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media 4 Elective
CR_HPHNM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography with New Media 4 Elective

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