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Planning & research theory
Unit 1: Pre-Production, Unit 3: Research Techniques
What is pre-production & research? 8.10.15
The assignment gives learners the opportunity to use production skills already gained from previous units, and develop them further to
produce a production on their own.
Health and safety issues will also be addressed in both location and studio shoots, with learners producing risk assessments prior to any
You will explain research, pre-production and working to a brief in 3 well written reports. You will be able to analyse your own experiences
and reflect on these in your reports.
You will learn how to conduct research from a variety of sources, to aid you in your report.
You will learn how to communicate and present ideas and information confidently and with consistent clarity.
You will learn how to plan a video in depth and detail, and present your planning in an intelligent ‘live’ document.
You will produce a video, operating cameras and directing talent & contributors.
You will edit footage together to produce a final edit using FCP X.
You will learn how to collate research, and present your findings in different formats – acting on feedback and continue to improve your work.
You will learn how to proof read and correct documents to improve their clarity.
Assignment 1: Pre-production & research theory
Through a series of lectures and workshops you will learn about the pre-production & research.
You will then need to write an essay explaining pre-production, planning and research techniques for video production, using examples to
justify the points you are making and consistently using the correct terminology of video production.
What you need to include (at a minimum);
You have been asked to explain the following areas (with illustrative examples):
- Locations: finding them, recces, risk assessments, permissions etc….
- Equipment & facilities: studios, edit suites, camera hire houses, equipment lists, costs etc…
- Crew: job roles, sourcing crew, availability, costs, skills etc…
- Contributors & cast: different types per production, availability, finding them etc…
- Funding and costs: different types of funding, budgeting for costs etc….
- Extra materials: archive footage, soundtrack, props and costumes etc….
- Legal issues: filming permissions, consent forms etc…
- Time planning: scheduling, deadlines, forward planning etc…
- Creative planning: coming up with ideas, scripts, storyboards, creative job roles and responsibilities etc…
- The purpose of research: audience research, production research, market research
- Different types of research: quantitative versus qualitative research
- Research methods & sources: primary, secondary, self generated, data gathering agencies
- Research techniques: web, BARB, newspapers, film archives, questionnaires, focus groups etc…
Remember to use examples to help you explain everything.
By the deadline you will need to produce:
- A written report, either as a PDF or .DOC
You will need to submit your report to moodle under the assignment “What is pre-production”
Unit 1 – P1, M1, D1
Unit 3 – P1, M1, D1