BMA0F200 – Moving Image: Technology 1

Module code
Module title
Moving Image: Technology 1
This module aims to give a practical understanding of the technical skills and knowledge required to begin producing moving image and sound. The student will develop an understanding of the fundamental technical processes and skills relevant to documentary practice.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Understand and apply a process for developing and refining ideas
discuss, identify and evaluate issues presented in lectures
discuss, identify and evaluate issues extracted from relevant texts
complete self-directed research and reflect upon working processes
Show evidence of drawing together and applying skills and knowledge from previous and concurrent courses

2.2Understand the technical translation of a storyboard into a moving image sequence
explore the functions of advanced camera techniques
develop an understanding of exposure controls
conduct practical exercises in image control and manipulation
discuss the theories of camera movements
explore camera placement, lens sizes, angles, delineation.

2.3Acquire practical knowledge in the translation of sound onto image
understand the reasons behind sound engineering
discuss and interpret theories
develop skills in control of recording 3 dimensional sounds
exhibit and demonstrate an understanding of post producing audio.

2.4Recognise the technical aspects of illumination
discuss theories behind the electromagnetic spectrum and relate onto image, demonstrate the ability to control
identify the problems behind illuminated scenes
begin to understand the methods of manipulating basic illumination
test and resolve specific needs
demonstrate the ability to control and manipulate natural illuminated scenes.

2.5Develop an understanding of technical aspects of post production
discuss the reasons behind rhythm control and how to refine solutions
acknowledge the technical aspects of post production
apply and control processes involved in editing, post image control
demonstrate an understanding of how to merge image and sound
independently generate, align, manipulate, merge, and refine technical abilities of post production into narrative structures
understand the cross flow to the television industries.

2.6Understand basic documentary functions and delineations
delineate documentary from other non-fiction forms
discuss the historical, social and technical developments within documentary
consider the impact of classical narrative devices on documentary structure
discuss the racial, sexual and gender power relations behind the act of representation

2.7Comprehend the process of graded assessment
employ a vocabulary for describing work
consider and reflect on research processes and decisions
participate in on-going formative assessment
consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for graded assessment

2.8 Understand relevant aspects of the critical discourse surrounding a contemporary practice
produce written and oral analyses of selected texts, identifying relevant issues
use writing and research strategies to analyse and describe selected texts.
develop critical synergies between representative texts, examples of work and self practice
produce oral and written interpretations of and comparisons between selected works
develop and test rationales for self practice
conduct conventional presentations of outcomes
3.1 Initial explanation of structure and processes
- Intermediate video camera introduction
- Camera handling techniques
- Devise methods of composing scenes, framing, lens angles, camera angles, depth of field.

3.2 Lighting workshops / practical exercises
- Direct lighting techniques
- Bounced illumination
- Exposure measurements in camera and control by monitor
Colour temperature control.

3.3 Basic sound recording
- Directional microphone control
- Interior / exterior sound recording
- Post producing sound sync dialogue, effects, music tracks
- Systematically become proficient in postproduction constraints of regenerating sound at a uniform level.

3.4 Develop postproduction skills
- Avid digitising and out-putting
- Grading
- Time-code
- Editing

3.5 Documentary production
- Produce documentary
- Concept development
- Planing and scheduling production elements
- Work through pre- to post-production
- Analyse final edit

3.6 Film and Television Industry Research Project
- Select area of Industry to analyse
- Research & Analyse data from Film & TV Industry production
- Present Data in seminar
- Write analytical and historic essay on Selected area of Industry
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Tutor supports students developing autonomy in working processes and methods
students initiate researching
students participate in summative assessment
tutor directs student research presentations
tutor / student discussions oriented toward process - potential paths and developments.

Each unit will comprise of assignment-led tutorials and technical workshops in the moving image modes relevant to narrative, documentary, and video skills. The students ability to collaborate and cooperate with peers and tutors is forefronted in all class activity and assignments.
Basic of Assessment
Purpose of the assessment is to evaluate students technical understanding and its application to a major assignment.
Students must pass all assignments to pass the course.
Technology Assignment30
Documentary assignment40
Film & TV Industry Research Project30

To pass this course students must pass all assignments and accumulate
an overall course mark of no less than 50