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Unit information: Short Fiction Film in 2018/19

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Unit name Short Fiction Film
Unit code FATV20022
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jimmy Hay
Open unit status Not open

DRAM11007 Production Skills or FATV10001 Film Fundamentals



School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will explore short films through a theoretical and conceptual consideration of the short form, and how this can be understood as distinct from long form, ‘feature’ filmmaking. The unit will screen a wide variety of short films, and approach them from theoretical perspectives such as - but not limited to - philosophy, issues of representation, film authorship, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, post-colonialism, and transnationalism. The unit will culminate in the production of a short film that responds to a production brief that relates to such issues. The unit will also consider the role of short film festivals, ‘proof of concept shorts’, and the short form’s position within industry processes of film production. In doing so the unit will foreground the importance of the short film as a creative and distinct form of cinema.


1. To gain an appreciation of the creative and conceptual possibilities particular to the short film.

2. To understand how industry perspectives on the short film have evolved over time.

3. To demonstrate a conceptual understanding of how themes and ideas can be practically realised in a filmmaking project.

4. To demonstrate skills in direction, cinematography, and sound recording.

5. To critically reflect upon practical filmmaking in a written reflexive account.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the short film as a distinct creative form of cinema;
  2. appraise the role of the short film in contemporary industrial filmmaking practices;
  3. illustrate an ability to transfer theoretical and conceptual understanding into practical filmmaking;
  4. produce practical work demonstrating skill in operational aspects of film and television production technologies;
  5. work constructively and creatively in a collaborative filmmaking environment;
  6. evaluate and critically discuss their own work in a reflexive and analytical manner.

Teaching details

1 x 2hr lecture/seminar, 1 x 3hr screening/production workshop

Assessment Details

Short Film, maximum of 8 minutes in length (40%) ILO 1, 3-5

3000 word reflexive account of practical work (60%) ILO 1-3, 6

Reading and References

  • The Journal of Short Film Studies (Bristol: Intellect)
  • Figgis, M. (2007) Digital Film-making (London: Faber)
  • Frost, J. (2009) Cinematography for Directors: A Guide for Creative Collaboration (Studio City, Michael Weisse Productions)
  • Stump, David (2014) Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques and Workflows (Focal Press)
  • Mackendrick, Alexander (2006) On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director (Faber & Faber)