At the Centre for Languages and Literature (Division of Film Studies).
Start: Autumn 2013
Full time/daytime in Lund
Language of instruction: English
Selection: Based on academic qualifications, a letter of intent and on occasssion an interview of the foremost candidates
This master's programme aims to strengthen the student's knowledge and understanding in areas that are fundamental to the production of film, television and modern media within a contemporary and particularly European environment. Offered for the first time in 2008, the programme was a result of the increasing audiovisual production activity of features, television, documentaries and computer games in the South Swedish region of Skåne during the last decade. The programme was previously located to Ystad, centre for regional feature film production and home to the regional film authority, Film i Skåne. However, tuition and students' activities are now in Lund from where the programme is also administered and co-ordinated. The programme encompasses modules centred on manuscript construction and the manuscript from the producer's point of view, film history, an introduction to entertainment law and IPR (intellectual property rights), entrepreneurial studies and financing. Furthermore and somewhat depending on the student's ability to ensure contacts within the production sector, the programme includes a period of internship within a professional environment. The programme will be taught by academic scholars as well as industry professionals. Members of the latter category will also be invited for regular guest spots. The forms of study involve lectures, seminars, case studies and projects, pursued either individually or among a group of students. As a final examination, the student will produce a Master's thesis. This may be done as a practical project or as more theoretical/academically oriented thesis. In the latter case and depending on the quality of the finished work, the student has the option to apply to the PhD programme in Film Studies or similar areas.
Basic admission requirements and Bachelor degree in any of the following subjects (or in equivalent subjects from other Swedish or foreign universities): Film Studies, Journalism, Communication, Economics, Business Administration, Comparative Literature, Art History or Visual Studies. English B (advanced) language proficiency shall be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
Please check the full list of English language proficiency requirements and exemptions at www.universityadmissions.se.
a. The Anatomy of the Manuscript
An introduction to the producer's craft. In what ways are manuscripts, ideas and stories developed and pitched? How does one work with and guide writers, directors and other creative staff. What does the producer do? What does it mean to raise budgets and to setup a production and so on? The course is based on case studies and thought by professional producers.
b. Swedish Cinema in a Global Perspective
In depth the course introduces historic, aesthetic and economic perspectives on a particular, national cinema and its place within a larger trans- and international context.
c. Media Structures and Financing
What are the financial and institutional structures that surround media such as film and television in Sweden, Scandinavia and Europe? How does private and public funding mix and how are layers of financing constructed? What does the national and international market look like and how is a project marketed? What role has distribution in ensuring a project's success?
d. Entertainment Law and Accounting
Introduction to the field of law and particularly entertainment law which involves questions of employment law, labour law, immigration, securities law, security interests, agency, intellectual property (especially trademarks, copyright), and insurance law. The course also gives an introduction to the field of production based accounting and answers questions regarding how financial information about a media production is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted, and communicated.
e. Internship with an Assigned Mentor
Subject to availability, students undertake a fulltime internship in a production company, on a shoot or with an individual producer. In most cases this internship lasts between six and ten weeks. Guidance and assistance is offered to students in their efforts to obtain industry internships. However, students should be aware that it is impossible to guarantee such internships. Ultimately it will be the responsibility of the student to secure an attachment that is acceptable to him or her. A report summarizing the experience and the area encountered is mandatory.
A film producer is most often a kind of project manager as well as an entrepreneur. Managing projects involves planning and execution. How does one ensure the success of a project and minimize risk? As many media projects is managed as a one of a kind project the activities of the producer also includes entrepreneurship, or in other words, starting a new organization or revitalizing a mature one. The course gives in depth knowledge to areas of knowledge in regard to both of these fields as well as introduces students to a range of issues that arise in planning and managing small and medium sized enterprises.
g. Master Thesis
Students, either individually or in pairs, undertake an assessed dissertation, a media research project or other forms of work on a chosen topic to be agreed with the supervisor. The dissertation is intended to provide an opportunity for the student to investigate a chosen area in real depth. The dissertation will have a clearly defined aim of study and arrive at a carefully argued set of conclusions derived from original research or production experience. The dissertation is expected to reflect thorough research, investigating print, internet and first hand interview sources.