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DF3003

 

DF3003 Film Producing

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DF2000, DF2005; Academic Unit: 4.0]

Pre-requisite

:

DF2000, DF2005

Academic Unit

:

4 AU

Course Description

Learning Objective

To introduce to students a practice-based introduction to the functions and principles of management in the film business. To develop in students a competent understanding of the dynamics of the contemporary film industry.

Content

Filmmakers work within a team of managers, artists and businessmen. An awareness of these facts is critical if a nascent filmmaker is to make a success of their careers. Proper management of filmmaking processes and an understanding of the financial landscape of the film industry, is important to sustaining creative vision a within professional practice. Through a study of both local and international case studies, as well as different scales of production (studio vs independent), students will be introduced to the principles and processes of film production.

Course Outline

S/N

Topic​

1

• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Basic Theories of Film Business 

• Roles and responsibilities of a producer and the producing team

• Contemporary film industry analysis: 

- Local, regional and international case studies and research from industry reports

• Creating and understanding film financial models, 

- Revenue streams and distribution pathways

• Fundamentals of Pre-Production:

- The responsibilities and functions of various production management roles; breaking down a script, scheduling and budgeting

7

• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Fundamentals of Production: 

- Organizing efficient production, understanding set practices and protocols. 

• Fundamentals of post-Production: 

- Understanding post-production workflows and deliverables

• Fundamentals of film marketing, distribution and exhibition.

Introduction to the Industry

13

• Final review of assignments

 

Learning Outcome

The students will have a realistic idea of the role of production models, financial management and workflows in the creation of a film.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments

Textbooks/Referen​ces

  1. Jason Squire, The Movie Business Book, Fireside

  2. Michael Donaldson, Clearance and Copyright, Silman-James Press

  3. Anne Ciecko, Contemporary Asian Cinema, Berg

  4. Eve Light Honthaner, The Complete Film Production Handbook, Focal Press

  5. Lawrence Turman, So You Want to be a Producer? Three Rivers Press

  6. Peter Biskind, Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film, Simon & Schuster