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Professional Project- Learning Agreement

February 7, 2011

Name: Sam Grierson

Course: FDA Digital Media Production Level: 5

Unit: Professional Project

Reference number: IMD513

Credit points: 45

Study hours: 450

Tutor(s): Phil Beards, Liam Birtles

Synopsis of study

For the Professional Project I will be working on a short film to be submitted to the Cannes FIlm Festival. The main purpose I am doing this is to get the chance to work on a production in a professional aspect using high productive values.

I plan to work on the project independently, writing, producing and directing the project myself while on the days i will be filming asking some people to work as production assisstants. The main focus of my project I will be looking at is to have my finished product to look and feel like a professional production. I will be putting alot more time into my pre-production such as having the script go through numerous drafts to have it feel like natural dialogue, scouting locations to film, casting actors for the roles and also creating an in-depth storyboard. I plan to experiment with the lighting to make sure I can get the right tone and feel I am wanting to get from the short.  In post im planning to edit my project in Premiere Pro whil also colour correcting and tweaking the film using After Effects. The sound will also be mixed and tweaked using Soundtrack.


A1 To develop your creativity and your knowledge and understanding of professional practice.
A2 To develop and produce a professional standard of creative work in response to a ‘live’ or simulated brief.
A3 To prepare you for employment, freelance work or further study.
A4 To develop your understanding of costing and invoicing in preparation for business.
A5 To encourage students to see critical reflection as a key element of creative thinking and practice.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of this unit you will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a professional standard of creativity and practical ability, including:

  • Work that is technically comparable to that made within a specified genre.
  • Work that shows an awareness of contemporary trends, styles and subject matter, within commercial contexts.
  • Work that shows a high degree of creativity and aesthetic judgement.

LO2 Respond appropriately to the demands of a professional/self initiated brief, including:

  • Appropriate creative outcomes to industry/work related briefs.

LO3 Demonstrate readiness for employment, freelance work or further study with confidence in the level of your creative, practical and professional knowledge and skills.
LO4 Demonstrate understanding of relevant costing and invoicing procedures, including :

  • The various costing and pricing scales and structures within relevant commercial contexts.
  • Timescales for payment.
  • Legal requirements, copyright and syndication rights.
  • VAT, National Insurance etc.

LO5 Reflect critically upon work and to use this as a springboard for the further development of ideas and creative practice.

Assessment Requirements

Body of professional creative work as identified in a learning agreement 100%

Each assessment requirement must be passed at a minimum grade of 40% to successfully complete the unit.

Assessment Criteria

Evidence of knowledge of concepts and contexts (a) – Project work that shows creative maturity and direction within a commercial context (LO1,LO2)
Evidence of understanding through research and analysis. (c) – Extensive research, and the application of it, used for the underpinning and final conclusion of project work (LO1,LO2,LO4)
Evidence of realisation through presentation (f)- Work is placed within a commercial context and appropriate methods of presentation used. (LO3)
Evidence of understanding through critical evaluation and reflection (e) – The objectives of the research have clearly been identified and used to inform project work. (LO5)
Evidence of realisation through technical application and skills (g) – A synthesis of creativity and professionalism is demonstrated in the conclusion of the project work (LO1)


I shall keep record of all my references on my blog:

Action plan/time plan

I shall be posting my schedule on my blog shortly.

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