Moving Image 1: Setting the Scene

Course Level: 1 (HE4) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


This unit will equip you with the fundamental skills in the conceptualisation, production and editing of narrative digital video sequences. Through a series of projects and assignments, you will be guided through the key aspects of video production, to enable you to realise your own moving image works.

You will use ideas of ‘identity’ and ‘place’ as an exploratory conceptual ground for developing an awareness of different forms of storytelling. You will be introduced to a range of visual and narrative techniques and use them to respond to a series of short exercises that demonstrate their use. You will use a Learning Log to document your coursework and to reflect on the success of your own, and other productions, in achieving your stated aims.

The exercises will involve the creation of short moving image sequences and so must have access to equipment and software to record and edit digital video. A DSLR camera with good quality video capabilities and interchangeable lenses would be an advantage.

This unit is a requirement for all students studying on the BA(Hons) Moving Image pathway.

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The aims of this course are to:

  • A1 Introduce you to the technical and visual skills for moving image practices.
  • A2 Explore methods for researching and developing your narrative ideas and producing moving image work.
  • A3 Experiment with narrative storytelling through your moving image practice.
  • A4 Develop your understanding of the media and moving image practices and reflect on your practice.


On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of technical and visual skills for creating moving images develop and present moving image work. (A1)
  • LO2 Produce original moving image work. (A2)
  • LO3 Demonstrate your understanding of media and moving image practices and reflect on your own learning. (A3)

Course content

  • Basic Camera functions – from frame rate to white balance
  • Effective framing for film and video
  • Using camera movement
  • Composition and mise-en-scène
  • Working with sound and editing strategies
  • Creating atmosphere meaning, and narrative strategies
  • The expressive properties of light
  • Storytelling strategies – from storyboard to shoot

Unit Leader

Robert Enoch

Unit Leader for Moving Image 1: Setting the Scene

“My creative interests are broad and range across the arts: music and filmmaking, photography and sculpture, writing and installation. So, although my main studies have been in film and photography, art for me is a manifestation of process with multiple materials and tools, not a ‘specialism’…”

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