Competency Based Qualification

Producing - Pre-Production

Film and Television Production

Unit Aim

The unit is designed to educate the student in the process of feature film and long form television production from the initial concept of the story, through script development to completion of the project.

Unit Content

1 Understand the production process and roles and responsibilities of the producer

  • Stages of film and video production e.g. pre-production, production, post-production
  • Pre-production stage e.g. concept development and proposal, create storyboard, script breakdown, screenplay, establish budget, create shooting schedule and shot list, hire crew and agree contracts, location scouting, casting, set and costume design, rehearsal
  • Production e.g. filming at the relevant locations, lighting, props, sound
  • Post-production e.g. cut and edit footage, adjust colour grades, mix audio, add visual effects, add animation and simulated objects, fixing mistakes, shooting pick-up-shots
  • Role and responsibilities of the producer e.g. production schedule, deadlines and shooting schedule, location check, logistics and risk assessments, cast list and contact details, equipment and studio/location hire, working with actors 

2: Understand pre-production requirements for film and television productions

  • Finance e.g. sources of finance, requirements of finance.
  • Logistics e.g. time: deadlines, availability of equipment, availability of personnel, timescales.
  • Facilities e.g. production equipment, post-production equipment, facility houses, prop houses, sourcing and costs of facilities.
  • Locations e.g. identification, facilities, access, weather, light, permissions
  • Personnel e.g. technical crew, actors, extras, contributors
  • Materials: type, e.g. original materials, archive and library materials, photo-library materials, sound library materials, internet assets, costumes, properties, recorded music, sources, costs, clearances.
  • Legal and regulation e.g. copyright, health and safety, the importance of legislation and regulation
  • Trade unions and professional bodies, 

3 Be able to develop pre-production for a television or film product

  • shooting schedules
  • lighting test shots
  • prop/costume/make-up list
  • location information e.g. check photographs
  • script drafting
  • permissions for filming
  • personnel details (names, contact details)
  • equipment booking
  • health and safety (risk assessment)
  • copyright clearances.

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