Critical Overview:

Critical overview – should be 2500 words and submitted both as a printed document and on your disc/memory stick as a single document.
Critical overview should include:

  • Project overview: tell us about your project (what it is, what your concept/main idea is and what form it takes e.g animation, sound etc)
  • Critical context: In this section, you want to situate your project critically. Tell us about the articles/debates/critical texts and/or thinkers that inform your work.
  • Connections with contemporary practice: In this section you want to reflect on how your project related to contemporary practice in your chosen medium. You might build on your writing from last term when you mentioned creative influences as a start for this section
  • Representation: You should reflect on representation within your work. How is your subject matter represented within your project and what does/might that mean?
  • Evolution of your idea: Discuss how your idea has progressed (referring back to the aims/goals you set in your submission last term). You might include the guest lectures section in this section or write it as its own separate section.
  • Engagement with guest lectures: You are required to reflect on a minimum of 3 guest lectures as part of this submission. As this stage in your degree you should be able to demonstrate the ability to make connections between different media and draw on influences and ideas from both within and outside the media form which you are working.
  • Information about your project and how it is situated critically (with specific focus on your role as appropriate)
  • Reflection on the relationship between your project and the contemporary field of practice within which it is situated.
  • A critical reflection on representation of your subject matter/within your project.

Marking criteria for the production critique:

  • Evidence of critical reading and viewing
  • Evidence of ability to reflect critically on own work
  • Ability to draw on relevant reading

What is a critical reflection?

  • An analysis of the elements of the process and the outcome
  • A synthesis of the elements of the process and outcome
  • Analysis = examination, investigation, study, scrutiny, taking apart
  • Synthesis = combination of components or elements to form a connected whole
  • A critical reflection relates theory to practice and practice to theory.
  • We can define practice as the film making process and the filmmaking outcome.
  • We can define theory as a set of ideas concerning a subject matter supported through research.
  • Theory makes connections between information and it links these through a certain kind of vocabulary.

Things to cover:

  • Context
  • Methods
  • Outcomes
  • Evaluation

Context:

  • What has been written/made before about this topic?
  • How was the topic approached by previous writers/film-makers?
  • What am I doing that’s new/different in relation to what’s done before?

Methods:

  • Interviews?
  • Archive material e.g BFI
  • Location footage?
  • Drama sequence?
  • Graphics, animation?

Outcomes:

Example: A 10 Minute film that combines interviews, animation and archive footage to reflect on the relationship between people and places

Evaluation:

  • What worked/what didn’t work?
  • How far achieved original aims or achieved something else because project had to change direction/emphasis (and explain why)
  • What does the film contribute to
  • a) innovations in form
  • b) understanding of topic, especially through the form/structure of the film

Tips:

  • Requires time and commitment
  • You have to read!
  • You have to reference correctly
  • Don’t use theory to ‘prove’ things – use it to inform your arguments and thoughts

Questions to consider:

  • What worked/what didn’t work
  • How far achieved original aims or achieved something else because project had to change direction/emphasis (and explain why)
  • What does the film contribute to
  • a) innovations in form
  • b) understanding of topic, especially through the form/structure of the film

Preparing for the critique:

  • 4 things about your production so far that you think you could write about in your critique [criteria: Evidence of ability to reflect critically on own work]
  • The films you’ve watched so far, and how you might discuss each one in reference to your own film [criteria: Evidence of critical reading and viewing]
  • Your critical readings so far, and how you might include each one in reference to your own film [criteria: Ability to draw on relevant reading AND Evidence of critical reading and viewing]

Putting it all together and mapping it out:

  • Include your ‘5 points about your production’ with your viewings and your academic references
  • Put these in ‘bubbles’ on a sheet of paper and try to link them together to find a structure for your Critical Overview
  • Start now, and finish at home: bring outline of overview next week
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