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The Post Industrial Media Project is a collaborative teaching and learning research project undertaken by Adrian Miles, Allan Thomas, David Carlin, Glen Donnar, Paul Ritchard, Rachel Wilson and Seth Keen of the RMIT Media program.
TV1 is an introduction to key aspects of professional film and television production, with a specific focus on fiction: drama and comedy; their forms, structures and conventions.
It is designed to enable students to begin to position themselves as critical practitioners within the field through a learning process combining theory and practice, debate, experimentation and reflection.
Students work individually and in collaborative teams upon script and production projects. They develop an understanding of the inter-dependent creative, organisational, theoretical and technical elements of film and television drama production processes, and attain and apply skills in constructing and communicating a story using sound and vision.
Alongside the development of these basic professional competencies, students learn to analyse and critique their own and each other’s practice within wider socio-cultural and theoretical contexts, challenging assumptions and fostering innovation and creative risk-taking.
We teach them how to use the tools of the professional screen industry – high-end video cameras, sound mixers and field microphones, industry-standard editing software. We teach them the conventional modes of collaborative practise within screen production: the standardised divisions of labour between directors, producers, cinematographers, etc, and how these roles interact before, after and whilst shooting; ‘correct’ methods of script layout; standard pre-production documents such as call-sheets, shotlists and schedules; post-production procedures such as logging of their footage, transcriptions (for documentaries), first assemblies, rough cuts, fine cuts, etc.
Individual as well as group participation is crucial to the production of most media product – essential in video production. Whilst tutors have a fair idea of a student’s participation the student has a more accurate sense of their own and their fellow group members’ participation. Included in participation is your work in your group, you contribution to other groups and your work in class.
In line with practice established in other Media courses in the Professional stream, the establishment of film-tv journals is intended to develop reflective and analytical skills relevant to professional creative practice. Accordingly, students are expected to use their journals for reflection on the ideas and problems they encounter during the course, and to document what they have learned during the course – in terms of both creative practice and technical work. While assessment will focus on the six selected blog entries, it will also include consideration of the frequency and quality of blog entries throughout the semester. The entries selected for assessment should be submitted to your tutor via email which will include links to the specific URLs for each post. Teaching staff will distribute detailed guidelines for weekly blog entries early in the first week of semester.
Serendipidity Lateral thinking Artistic developement
At this part of the degree students will have developed research, finding out skills, which enable them to problem solve and cross any hudles that arise.
The staff as Media practitioners know how to research for, produce, collaborate in the production of and edit media artefacts. It is up to us to facilitate the students development of these skills.
In the spirit of collaborative work, student centred learning, problem and process based learning and constructive thinking we have developed a teaching philosophy that facilitates this development of skills.
In other words across a semester through the process of:
the iterative loop process of writing, recording, editing, reviewing reflecting - then doing it again
Using the digidoss -at this stage a DVD collection of clips to illustrate aspects filmmaking, to be online sometime paperdoss - a collection of articles, manuals and procedures film-tv blog - a collection of links, documents, procedures and blog primers by staff and students.