DISC102-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Principles of Screen Production for Film

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course provides an introduction to film making. It aims to demystify the key concepts, technologies and methodologies used by practitioners in the field and to introduce students to the range of roles, skills and tasks required during preproduction and production. The course begins with ‘the big idea’ (where do we start and what is involved in getting an idea to the screen?) and ends with ‘the big day’ (the premiere). Along the way, the course explores the key steps in preproduction, production, postproduction and distribution, including the different roles involved (e.g. producer, director, art director, editor, grip, gaffer, runners), and the ethics and etiquette of being on a film set. Students receive hands on experience of the processes and technologies involved in the film industry and intersecting digital screen sectors.

The overarching aim of this course is introduce and demystify film making.  The course will cover the following topics, and include guest speaker from industry:

• Overview from Pre-production to Premiere
• The role of the Producer
• Pre-production scheduling Ethics and Contracts
• Start of the shoot, etiquette on set, roles on set
• The role of the 1st Assistant Director.
• Production scheduling, storyboarding, call sheets.
• The Art Department, Wardrobe, and Make-up
• The role of the Director of Photography
• The Camera department, Lighting, and Grips
• Post-production: Editing, Music Re-recording, Foley and Sound Mix
• Distribution, and Event management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the film pre-production process
2. Explain and demonstrate the production process, including set protocols
3. Discuss Māori and Pasifika cultural protocols relevant to film and film production
4. Plan and evaluate aspects of film and scene production, including legal, ethical and health and safety requirements
5. Reflect on their personal skillset as relevant to film and film production.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Course Coordinator

John Chrisstoffels


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Process, protocols and tikanga: Set Organisation. 30% Process, protocols and tikanga: Set Organisation. 1000 words.
On the Set. 30% On the Set. 30 min practical studio examination, followed by multichoice test and reflection of 200 words.
Essay and reflection 40% Essay and reflection. 1500 words.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Creative and Digital Arts .

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  • DISC102-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023