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Module Title
Creative Short Film Making

audio; editing; filming: digital media; film distribution; animation; video file formats

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2006
ApprovedJune 2006
AmendedJuly 2013
Version No.4

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 7 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To introduce students to the form, principles and techniques involved in planning, creating and editing short films. This will be in full video production and animation, filming/editing techniques.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Describe and demonstrate the main steps in sourcing, designing and building a short film/digital animation.
2. Develop an understanding of hybrid animation techniques.
3. Develop and improve their filming and editing skills.
4. Evaluate examples of animation/animators and short film/filmmakers designed for a range of purposes and audiences.

Indicative Module Content

Gathering and interpreting requirements; audience considerations; directing; narrative film; animation tools; storyboards; project planning; video editing; storage, distribution and platform issues; animation; audio file formats; video file formats; image file formats.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time
Lab Tutorials

Directed Study

Directed Reading/Lab-work

Private Study

Private Reading/Lab-work

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, workshops and supervised lab tutorials, background reading and practice in the design and build techniques that feature in the module. Students are expected to meet interim deadlines for planning and production steps, work carefully through the lab-work and interact regularly. In the labs, formative tasks are an important part of the learning process. Students can access out-of-class support via materials on the intranet, and can do so on the University network or from an internet-enabled home computer.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,3
Component 2 2,4

Coursework 1: an individual animation (50% weighting).

Coursework 2: an individual short film (50% weighting).

Indicative Bibliography

1.BROWN, B., 2011. Cinematography: theory and practice: imagemaking for cinematographers, directors, and videographers. London: Focal Press.
2.CHOPINE, A., 2011. 3D art essentials: the fundamentals of 3d modeling, texturing, and animation. Oxford: Focal. ebook
3.O'HAILEY, T., 2015. Hybrid animation: integrating 2D and 3D assets. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA.: Focal Press. ebook
4.PARENT, R. et al., 2010. Computer animation complete. Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann. ebook
5.THURLOW, C., 2013. Making short films: the complete guide from script to screen. 3rd ed. London: Berg Publishers.
6.VAN SIJLL, J., 2005. Cinematic storytelling: the 100 most powerful film conventions every filmmaker must know. London: Micheal Wiese.
7.WELLS, P., 2005. The fundamentals of animation. Lausanne: AVA Publishing.
8.WYATT, A., 2010. The complete digital animation course. London: Thames and Hudson.

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