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Film Production

Code 13099
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements .
Mode of delivery -- Face-to-face
Work placements -- No
Learning outcomes In the realm of this Course the student should acquire knowledge that will allow him/her to identify, select and implement the most appropriate strategies and production methodologies to the nature and requirements of each one of the projects. Thus, one should be able to:

1. Understand the various stages of film production, from concept development to the strategy of promotion, distribution and circulation of the piece
2. Frame the production in a specific social, political, cultural and economic context
3. Experiment with different approaches in film production, and with the tools meant for technical production procedures
4. Prepare a production dossier
Syllabus 1. What is production
1.1 History, systems and production contexts
1.2 Production team
1.3 Production stage

2. Development and Pre-Production
2.1 Development of a concept and script/treatment
2.2 Financial Packaging and Budgeting
2.3 Partnerships, co-productions, funding

3. Production
3.1 Production mapping: planning and preparation
3.2 Shooting management: planning and tools
3.3 Technical and Human Resources

4. Post Production
4.1 Image and Sound
4.2 Masters and versions
4.3 Rights clearance

5. Distribution and Screening
5.1 Platforms and screening “windows”
5.2 Promotional strategy
5.3 Territories
5.4 Sales and contracts
5.5 Sales agents, publicists, “Entertainment Lawyers”

6. Documentary Film Production: attributes and nature, funding, circuits, markets. Case studies.

7. Portuguese Cinema: economic, institutional and corporate context of film production in Portugal
Main Bibliography APPLETON, Dina; YANKELEVITS, Daniel (2018). Hollywood Dealmaking. NY: Allworth Press
LYONS, Suzanne (2012). Indie Film Producing. UK: Focal Press
OBST, Lynda (2013). Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business. NY: Simon & Schuster
SCHREIBMAN, Myrl A. (2012). The Indie Producers Handbook. NY: Watson-Guptill Publications
VACHON, Christine (2002). Shooting to Kill. NY: Quill


Burden of Dreams (1982), Les Blank
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991), Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
Lost in La Mancha (2002), Louis Pepe e Keith Fulton
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988), David Hinton

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Through the analysis and discussion of case studies, laboratory practices and tutorial sessions, students will be provided with useful knowledge to develop their production skills. By simulating several practical exercises, students will be able to improve their critical sense, their autonomy, and their adaptation to specific contexts and situations.

1) Individual work 1 (Research on film production history) + Presentation
2) Individual Work 2 (Production Simulation Exercise) + Presentation
3) Attendance and participation
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-07

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