Short Film Production

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Short Film Production

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 points in FILM at the 200 level

    This course is very limited entry. Students interested in enrolling in this course should submit their Pre-Registration form as soon as possible as there may be additional documents required for consideration for entry into this course. 

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course involves a practical study of the creative and technical aspects of film production. Students will make a short dramatic film in small groups. This will develop their skills at scripting, photography, mise-en-scene, performance, editing, sound recording and mixing. Please note that in order to be considered for this limited entry course, your enrolment application must be submitted by 1 December in the year prior to enrolment.

    Course content
    The aim of FILM 310 is to develop students’ knowledge of the creative and technical aspects of film production. There will be a particular emphasis on encouraging students to develop a robust creative process based on understanding and respecting the fundamentals of dramatic narrative storytelling.

    Students will be given tools and strategies for developing their ideas, and ways to effectively present them. The course emphasises ‘hands on’ learning, with basic introduction being given on the use of cameras and audio recording. Students will learn basic techniques for working with actors and crew. All students will be given a practical introduction to non-linear editing equipment and editing techniques.

    Students passing the course will have demonstrated creative ability at an introductory level in the field of audio visual production, and a basic mastery of relevant technical skills. They should also have enhanced their analytical skills and gained a greater understanding of filmmaking as a craft and industrial process.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Demonstrate enhanced understanding of dramatic storytelling principles
    • Demonstrate enhanced ability to judge and develop creative ideas
    • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge of film production processes
    • Demonstrate enhanced critical and communication skills
    • Demonstrate enhanced ability to work collaboratively

Course Disclaimer

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