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FTR3021 Major Film Production

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Major Film Production
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100703 - Journalism
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Leonie Jones


Pre-requisite: FTR2001 or MMS2031 or MEA2002


Major Film Production draws on skills and methods used in previous FTR film production pathway courses to create a more ambitious narrative cinema project. Students are able to specialise in a role that demonstrates their skills and abilities to focus on specific areas of the production process.


This course provides an opportunity to expand on the content and form of a short production for the single camera productions style. It requires students to build on knowledge and skills acquired in either MMS2023 Documentary Production and/or MMS2031 Short Narrative Production.


On completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of advanced short films and documentaries production from Australia and the World
  2. the capacity to explore the relationship between content and form and be able to successfully utilise them to create meaning within a media context
  3. enhanced critical and advanced level production skills, including management, planning and teamwork skills, for the single camera production style.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Workshop and research 20.00
2. Production 70.00
3. Production management. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

There is no set text for this course however, you are encouraged to explore and investigate other text and materials; however, students are required to purchase an External 7200 rpm Hard Drive with Firewire. This hardware will be necessary for use for the remainder of the program.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Aronson, ID 2006, DV Filmmaking: from start to finish (CD-ROM), O'Reilly Media, New York.
Dannenbaum, J 2003, Creative filmmaking from the inside out five keys to the art of making inspired movies and television, Simon & Schuster, New York.
Hamilton, J 1998, Special effects in film and television, Dorling Kindersley, Sydney.
Hoffer, A 1999, Digital guerrilla video: a grassroots guide to the revolution, Publishers Group West, Miller Freeman Books, Berkeley, California.
Jackman, J 2010, Lighting for digital video and television, 3rd edn, CMP Books, San Francisco, CA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT 100 20 09 Aug 2019
WORK IN PROGRESS 100 30 18 Oct 2019
MAJOR FILM PROJECT 100 50 25 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. In planning group assignments which involve production, students will be responsible for booking equipment, facilities and studio time for their own assignments.

  3. You are reminded that producing a Film is a GROUP activity. The success of some of your assignments will, therefore, depend upon your ability to work with, and through, a group of people. The development of that professional/social skill is a part of your training in this subject. In those kinds of assignments, therefore, a GROUP MARK will be awarded. However, it should be clearly understood that a student who, through default, causes a significant disadvantage to a group production, may NOT be awarded the group mark.