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Overall the course was excellently planned with a diverse but relevant range of speakers, activities, and locations. It is probably the best training course I've attended during my 4 years of PhD study and felt like a real privilege to be granted the opportunity.


This course, led by Senior Tutors Vikram Jayanti in term one and Havana Marking in term two, focuses on the single-person multi-tasking and observational style of filmmaking in which students shoot, record sound, edit and direct their own film, responding to an undirected actuality and learn how to structure shot footage. Both courses also allow space for students who wish to work towards a more pre-scripted and televisual style of filmmaking.

You will acquire the technical skills needed to complete a 15-minute video project (or a 5 minute video in the case of the 3 week course) to broadcast standards using the cameras, workstations and facilities in the department's visual laboratory. Students will acquire practical, analytical and intellectual skills in using moving image and sound recording equipment and discover how new technologies create new methodologies.

During the course students will examine and deploy a range of the technical, stylistic, aesthetic, and representational dynamics involved in video construction. By doing so, participants will become more informed as well as practically experienced commentators on the 'truths', 'fictions', styles, genres, ethics and modes of filmmaking. You will recognise the potential of film to document research, and have explored issues of representation and audience reception. Structure of the Course:

  • This being a practical course, the reading load focuses on technical handouts and equipment manuals. The usual reading requirement is exchanged for the compulsory hours each student spends on practical work and editing their own project, estimated at a minimum 100 hours and a maximum of 150 hours for a 15-minute film.
  • The tutor and assistant are available to students outside term-time during the vacation break to assist and comment on the final editing stage of student's video projects.
  • The course is assessed 80% on the student's final 15-minute video project, devised, shot and edited during the course, and 20% on a Project Diary.
  • Weeks 1-3 of the course focus on hands-on exercises and appraisal sessions aimed at preparing the student in manual control of camera image, synchronous sound and techniques of sequence building and shooting to edit.
  • Weeks 4-5 concentrate on synopsis, treatment, location, characterisation, narrative structure, scripting, storyboarding, logistics, legal and ethical responsibilities, narrative structure, aesthetics, character and location research.
  • Weeks 6-8 are concerned with developing editing skills using the student's own digitised footage, through assembly, to rough cutting and on to fine cutting and picture lock.
  • The final 9th week deals with outputting, DVD authoring and finding an audience.
  • During 5 weeks of the subsequent vacation and the last four weeks of post-production training (weeks 6-9) student should be working on the rushes/footage that they have successfully filmed. The possibility also exists for the student to shoot and complete the post-production editing during the Christmas break and the first weeks of the spring term having already gained proficiency to work alone.

Students undertaking the 10 week film production course in either term 1 or term 2, will have full access to the UCL Anthropology Audio Visual Lab with 15 Adobe Premier Pro enabled edit machines as well as camera kits (shared one between two students) for the duration of the course. Participants in the 3 week intensive filmmaking course in July 2015 will also have access to the same equipment.

Students using UCL Anthropology cameras are responsible for any loss, damage or repair costs.  Any failure to reimburse the department will result in a debt to UCL with the standard consequences.

For further information please contact Tom Harrington

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