module specification

CU5008 - Moving Image and VFX (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Moving Image and VFX
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
 
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group Coursework 10%   Moving Image Project Development (group work)
Group Coursework 40%   Moving Image Project Production (group work)
Coursework 50%   VFX Project Development and Production (individual work)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

In this module students are introduced to the aesthetics and conventions of digital moving image making, as well as the processes of pre-production, production and post-production for digital video and VFX work. Students will collaborate in small production teams to make digital videos, they will also work independently on visual effects projects.

Prior learning requirements

CU4002 Digital Design and Image Making

Module aims

This module will introduce the processes, skills and working practices involved in digital moving image production and the techniques of VFX practice. Students will study the use of digital moving images and will learn to work collaboratively to achieve shared aims.

Syllabus

  • The language of moving images.
  • Moving image production
  • Recording video in teams by taking on roles and responsibilities for: direction, production, art-direction, camera, lighting and sound, within a team context.
  • Understanding of the development, production and post-production processes.
  • Development of skills required for teamwork and project management.
  • Documentation of experimental, creative and technical methodologies and investigations.
  • Development of software skills in editing, post-production and VFX techniques, including rendering, compression and export, compositing, motion tracking, matte painting, layering, masking, keying, colour space.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning will be carried out through weekly seminars (1 hour) and workshops (2 hours).

During seminars students will be introduced to new knowledge and relevant issues of debate. During workshops students will work with industry standard software on practical projects and work in small groups to create professional standard presentations, and discuss subject matter introduced during the seminars. 

In addition to taught classes students are expected to spend a significant number of hours carrying out research connected with the subject, visiting exhibitions and expositions, reading bibliographic and course literature and practising their practical skills.

Appropriate blended learning approaches and technologies, such as, the University’s VLE and online tools, will be used to facilitate and support student learning, in particular, to:

• Deliver content;
• Encourage active learning;
• Provide formative and summative assessments, and prompt feedback;
• Enhance student engagement and learning experience.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module and through work submitted for assessment students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of digital video technologies, specifically;

• Knowledge and understanding of the language of film and video [LO1]
• Skills in digital video production techniques, including: camerawork, lighting, editing, [LO2]
• Effective teamwork skills; [LO3]
• Digital composting skills, including; creating and using titles, matts and masks, motion tracking, layering, puppeting, lighting, keying effects, colour space and colour correction, [LO4]
• Effectively manage own time and workload [LO5]
• Skills in post-production techniques including; rendering, compression and export for a variety of end purposes [LO6]

Assessment strategy

Coursework 100%.

This module will be assessed by three coursework components. These components will provide an opportunity to assess students understanding of the principles of Digital Moving Image, and VFX, their ability to work both individually and in teams to produce high quality practical projects.

Component one will be assessed in week 8
Component two will be assessed in week 15
Component three will be assessed in week 28

Assessment criteria for this module will include:

Component one will consist of a digital video project produced by teamwork (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO6)

Component two will consist of an individually produced VFX project (LO1, LO4, LO5, LO6)

Bibliography

Bibliography:

Useful reference manuals;

Visual Quick start guides And Adobe Classroom in a book for Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects

Essential reading:

Bordwell, D. and Thompson, K. (2001) Film Art an introduction. McGraw-Hill.

Lancaster, L. (2011) DSLR Cinema Crafting the Film Look with Video. Amsterdam, Focal Press

Simon, M. (2007) Storyboards : motion in art, Amsterdam, Focal Press

Van Sijll, J. (2005) Cinematic Storytelling California, Michael Wiese