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Module Guide DFPR1001: Directors on Screen

Semester Two February 2010

Thursday 2:15pm - 6:15pm EE 1026 Module Leader Reuben Irving BB.113 01905 85(5295)


INTRODUCTION The module will provide students with the opportunity to research the work of a range of directors and to consider links between the films, the working practices of the directors and their philosophies. There will also be the opportunity to focus on a particular director or directors of the students’ choice. Sessions will normally include the screening of a film.

COURSE CONTENT The module introduces the work of particular directors of both factual and fiction film. Through consideration of working practices, thematic and aesthetic preferences, students will be introduced to notions the auteur. The module also provides a context for production work that students might undertake in other modules. Examination of the work of key directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, John Huston, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Ingmar Bergman, Jean luc Goddard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Roger Graef, Donn Alan Pennebaker, Michael Moore. Research collection and application

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES On successful completion of the module, student’s should be able to: 1. demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the working practices and approaches of selected directors; 2. negotiate learning within a structured framework of module delivery; 3. engage in an appropriate level of academic study and research skills; 4. evidence an understanding of auteur theory via the films of particular directors

TEACHING AND LEARNING Sessions will normally be 4 hours. Teaching will be through lectures, seminars, tutorials and discussion. There will be screenings of films, the relevance and context of which will be the subject of research and discussion. Learning Teams will form an important part of the process and there will be opportunities for formative peer assessment.

ATTENDANCE The expected level of student attendance is 100%, however there is an allowable minimum attendance requirement of 75% in any given module. Failure to meet this minimum renders grades for all assessment items for the module null and void.



ASSESSMENT DETAILS Summative Assessment Items

Indicative Word Limit or equivalent


Learning Outcomes Assessed

Anonymous Marking

Research project

1500 words


1 and 3


Negotiated essay

2000 words


1, 2, 3 and 4


1. Research Project Gather a body of research around the working practices and philosophy of one director from supplied list. Present this information to an audience. 2. Negotiated Essay Negotiate an essay title focussing on the philosophy and working practice of a particular film director or directors.

SUBMISSION DETAILS Research Project: Date of Presentation: Thursday 25 March 2010 2.15am – 17.15pm Place: EE 1026 Negotiated Essay: Submission Deadline: Thursday 20 May 2010 3.00pm Place of submission: IHCA Dropbox in Bredon REASSESSMENT o

In the event of a student not completing the assessment successfully, an appropriate reassessment opportunity will be designed. GRADES AND FEEDBACK: As the final assignment is summative assessment no feedback can be offered by the tutor until the work is officially submitted. The exact dates for the receipt of feedback and grades are dependent on other assessment demands and the availability of internal and external exam boards. The provisional dates are: Feedback on assignments provided by the 7 June 2010. Official grades available in the week beginning 5 July 2010.



COURSE OVERVIEW The precise content of this module will be agreed by negotiation in response to discussion and established preferences within the group. The timetable page of the Module Site contains an up to date breakdown and will be updated regularly. The table below provides an outline which may be useful when planning your time.




Introduction to the course • Structure • Assignments • Key themes

4 February 2010

Is this module about Auteur Theory ? Discussion - How to identify the work of an auteur. Screening

FOLLOW-UP / PREPARATORY WORK (circa 6 hours per week) Thinking of films you would like to present.… How would YOU define an auteur? Reading on week 2 director

Discussion of screening Discussion of Research Group practice 2

11 -Feb

Forming Research Groups Further discussion of Auteur theory Screening


Discussion of screening Intro to research exercise (film Presentation)

Planning your film presentation.

Introducing assessment ie Research Project Assignment and Essay 3

18 - Feb

Group 1 Film Presentation and discussion

Reading Planning your film presentation. Work on Research Project


25 - Feb

Group 2 Film Presentation and discussion

Reading Planning your film



presentation. Work on Research Project 5

4 Mar

Group 3 Film Presentation and discussion

Reading Work on Research Project


11 Mar

Group 4 Film Presentation and discussion Work on Research Project


18 Mar

Presentation and discussion Practice Research Project presentations .


25 Mar

Defining your essay title

Work on Research Project

Research Project presentations (Assessment Item 1)

Essay research

29 Mar – 9 April

Easter Break

Work On essay Produce final title and essay outline + introduction.


15 April

Writing better essays Looking at outlines, Peer support Guidance

Work On essay


22 - April

Deadline for agreeing final Essay Titles Negotiated Presentation / Screenings

Work On essay


29 - April

Negotiated Presentation / Screenings

Work On essay



Peer Assessment – Essays

Work On essay



Negotiated Screening / Presentation

Work On essay

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Submit completed essays by 3.00pm IHCA Dropbox - Bredon Building


READING LIST Viewing: As the screening sessions are negotiated a full Viewing List will develop on Blackboard. Please consult this list for guidance on useful additional viewing as the course progresses. This list may offer a starting point. Peter Greenaway

The Draughtsman's Contract A Zed & Two Noughts The Belly of an Architect Drowning by Numbers The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock

1982 1985 1987 1988 1989 1973

Birds Psycho North by Northwest Koyaanisqatsi Wings of Death

1982 1985

Citizen Kane Touch of Evil

1941 1958

Kathryn Bigelow

Point Break Near Dark

1991 1987

Jane Campion

An Angel at My Table The Piano Holy Smoke

1990 1993 1999

Maya Deren

Meshes of the Afternoon


Samira Makhmalbaf

Sib (English title: The Apple)


Youssef Chahine et al.

11'09''01 - September 11


Sally Potter

The Man Who Cried Orlando The Grapes of Wrath The Fugitive Eyes wide Shut A clockwork orange The Shining Titticut follies Basic Training Secrets and Lies Naked Ladybird Ladybird My Name Is Joe Don’t Look Back Farenheit 911 Bowling for Columbine Bladerunner Thelma and Louise

2000 1992 1940 1947 1999 1971 1980

Richard Schickel Alfred Hitchcock Godfrey Reggio Nicola Bruce and Michael Coulson Orson Welles

John Ford Stanley Kubrick Frederick Wiseman Mike Leigh Ken Loach D.A. Pennebaker Michael Moore Ridley Scott


1967 1982 1991


Bibliography: Key Texts Cook, Pam (ed) Keit, Grant


The Cinema Book



Auteurs and Authorship: A Film Reader

Wiley Blackwell

Suggested reading: The examples below give you some idea of the type of texts to look for. In practice most of the reading you are required to do for this module will be dictated by your choice of films, research project and essay title. Aitken, Ian (ed) Brill, Lesley Cowie, Peter

2005 1997 1998

Encyclopedia of the documentary film John Huston’s Filmmaking Coppola

Fuller, Graham Gottlieb, Sidney Sarris, Andrew Saunders, David


Loach on Loach

Skerritt, David TrostleJones, Edward


Hitchcock on Hitchcock 1976

The John Ford Movie Mystery


Direct Cinema: Observational Documentary and the Politics of the Sixties The Film of Alfred Hitchcock


All or Nothing: The Cinema of Mike Leigh: A sense of the Real

Routledge CUP Faber and Faber Faber and Faber Faber and Faber Secker & Warburg Wallflower Press CUP Peter Lang Publishing

Websites Video: The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock (on Google video) Referencing: Link to download MHRA style guide (free): Study Skills Self Help Information www.ucc.vt-edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html 30.01.07



dfpr1001 Module Guide 2010  

dfpr1001 Module Guide 2010