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Assignment Brief

Unit 31: Film and TV Drama Production Assignment 1: The Pitch Brief Information Project Title: The Pitch Date Issued: 24

th

Year 2

September 2009

Mode of Assessment: Written Pitch

Submission Date: 2nd November 2009

Tutor: John Fagan

Result Date: 23rd November 2009

Brief verified: 22nd Sept 2008

This unit provides an introduction to the main production processes, styles, planning and techniques used Film and Television Drama Production. This unit is linked with the learning in Unit 1: Contextual Studies, Unit 2: Media Industries, Unit 3: Research Techniques, Unit 4: Media Project, Unit 5: Production Management, Unit 8: Practical Skills Moving Image, Unit 26: Camera and Lighting Workshop and Unit 30: Promotional Video Production.

Assignment Outline Many careers in Television and Film Drama begin with the production of short films - these are the staples of film festivals and late night television film slots such as 'The Shooting Gallery' on Channel Four and Film4. Writing, producing and directing a short film (indeed, designing, shooting and editing one etc) is an excellent training ground for practicing all the crafts needed to create a dramatic experience for film and/or TV audiences. Central to the success of any short film is an understanding of the format; it works best telling a strong, often simple (but not simplistic) idea, in a visually literate manner. You are asked to write an individual pitch for your own, considering the viewings we have done in class, your own viewings and your own interests and experiences. From these pitches we will decide which ideas will be developed and produced as group projects for Assignment 2 of the unit.

Presentation Format The following presentation formats are recommended when submitting your work for assessment: Written Pitch. This essay should be no more than 2000 words (minimum 1500 words). The project should be submitted printed out on A4 paper and in a folder; you must include a cover page that includes your name, class, tutor, unit and project title. Your project should be presented using the guidelines set out in your Course Handbook.

Assessment Components Title

Unit No.

Learning Outcome No.

Tutor

Film and Television Drama Production

31

1, 2

J. Fagan

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Deliverables You are asked to pitch an individual idea for a Drama. The completed pitch should be between 1500-2000 words and should adhere to the following guidelines: 1. Give a brief overview of your individual short film idea/Treatment (250-300 words) 2. Identify and discuss a style for your film. Do this in reference to existing productions, mentioning at least three. (They do not necessarily have to be those viewed in class.) -Genre -Lighting -Art direction -Camera shots and movements -Editing techniques (Jump cuts/linear or non linear structure) -Music and sound (artist/song/instrumental etc) -Narrative techniques(VO/Flashbacks etc) 3. Outlet/Target Audience -Who -When -Where (can this be viewed, online, festival, Broadcasts, ident sources ) 4. Identify Personnel -Production Team -Actors -Camera/Light/sound/make-up/vo artist etc -Who/How many in team 5. Technical requirements -Location/sound kit/camera -Lighting -Software -Edit suite -Radio studio -Other 6. Projected Production Timescale -Pre-production -Production -Postproduction For ease of writing please us the 6 headings above that appear in bold.

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Grading Criteria To achieve a PASS the learner must meet all the assessment criteria identified in the brief.

Assessment Criteria Outcome(s) 1. Demonstrate an understanding of film and television drama genres

Assessment Criteria Identify and analyse codes of film and television drama Identify and analyse narrative techniques in film and television drama

2. Plan the production of a film or television drama

Evidence

Pitch

Explain how film and television dramas genres vary Plan a film or television drama production Identify and recruit the production personnel involved in producing or television drama

Pitch

Grading Criteria To obtain a PASS grade, the learner must meet above outcomes and assessment criteria as indicated.

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BTEC HND MEDIA Evaluation Sheet Prompts 1. Understanding: Did you have a clear understanding of what was required for this assignment? Were there any aspects of the brief that you did not fully understand and if so what did you do about this? 2. Time Management: How effective was your management of this project? Were you able to plan work in advance? Did your plans change as the work progressed? Were there any unforeseen difficulties? Did you meet the deadline comfortably? 3. Research: How useful was your research? Which were the most useful sources? 4. Ideas: How did you ensure that your ideas were interesting enough to develop and appropriate to the brief? 5. Problem solving: How effective is your solution to the brief and why? Briefly describe your working method? How did your work turn out in relation to your expectations? 6. Technology: Comment on the appropriateness of the technology applied in meeting the assignment requirements. Were there any difficulties and if so how were these resolved? 7. Presentation: How appropriate is the presentation of your assignment with regard to organisation, annotation, and professionalism? 8. Review: What, if anything, would you do differently if you were to do this assignment again?

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BTEC HND MEDIA Assessment Outcome Form Year: 2 Unit 30: Film and Television Drama Production

Student: Brief: Assignment 1

Assessment Outcome 1 – Demonstrate an understanding of film and television drama genres

Assessment Outcome 2 - Plan the production of a film or television drama

Assessor

Internal Verifier

Submission Date

Staff Signature

Student Signature

Grade

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BTEC HND MEDIA Project Evaluation Sheet Year: 2 Unit 30: Film and Television Drama Production

Student: Brief: Assignment 1

Reflective Statement

Tutor Comment

Overall Grade: Assessor Staff Signature

Internal Verifier

Submission Date

Student Signature

Result Date

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