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					Master of Fine Arts
in Film, Television and Digital Media



Production Handbook
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Project
(September 2005)




Academy of Film
School of Communication
Hong Kong Baptist University
CONTENT

1. INTRODUCTION



2. THE MFA THESIS PROJECT



3. SCHEDULE


    A.   PRODUCTION TRACKS
    B.   SCRIPT WRITING TRACK



4. OPEN PRODUCTION PRESENTATION



5. PRODUCTION APPROVAL



6. THE PROCESS



7. TECHNICAL SUPPORT



8. ASSESSMENT



9. APPEAL



10. PLAGIARISM/ BREACH OF COPYRIGHT



11. COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP
1.   INTRODUCTION

1.1 The Master of Fine Arts in Film, TV and Digital Media is a terminal degree in
    creative production. In the final year of study, every student must produce an
    MFA Thesis Project to fulfill the requirement for the completion of the MFA
    degree.


1.2 This Handbook outlines essential guidelines for the preparation documents and
    production of the MFA Thesis Project.


2.   THE MFA THESIS PROJECT

2.1 The MFA Thesis Project must be a creation during the final year of study. It
    carries a total of 9 units and runs over two semesters.


2.2 The MFA Thesis Project reflects the student’s aesthetic sense, cultural sensibility,
    and displays the student’s professional competence in a specific area of work.


2.3 The MFA Thesis Project is a natural development of the student’s study.
    Therefore, the student is required to take a minimum of two subjects of the
    respective media as pre-requisites.


2.4 Academy of Film accepts MFA Thesis Projects in the following forms:
        i) film/video drama production;
        ii) film/video documentary production;
        iii) animation production; and
        iv) film and TV script


2.5 The requirements of the MFA Thesis Project length are as follows:
         i) film/video productions, 20 - 30mins each;
         ii) animation productions, 3 - 5mins each;
         iii) film scripts, 40,000 words (Chinese or English), or when realized, will
              come up with a full length film (i.e., 90 mins);
         iv) TV scripts, an outline of a television series (i.e., at least 13 episodes for
              magazine or documentary, and 20 episodes for drama), and finish
              writing the pilot(s), the script time of which summing up to 1 hours of
              broadcasting time.
2.6 Other submission requirements of the MFA Thesis Project includes:
     A.   Production Tracks
          i) Production Folder consists of Chinese and English synopses,
               treatments, production credits, captions of production stills, and
               production stills;
          ii) Two copies of the MFA Thesis Project, one copy with English subtitle
               and one copy with Chinese subtitle.
          iii) All written material must be typed, and should meet professional
               writing standard.
     B.   Script Writing Track
          i) Production Folder consists of Chinese and English synopses,
               treatments, production credits, captions of production stills, and
               production stills;
          ii) Two copies of the MFA Thesis Project, one copy with English subtitle
               and one copy with Chinese subtitle.
          iii) All written material must be typed, and should meet professional
               writing standard.


3.   SCHEDULE

     A.   Production Tracks
          i) Submission of the first draft of the script to be produced to the
               Programme Director, before 5:00pm on the second Friday of
               September, or in case it is a holiday, the next working day. The first
               draft of the script for animation and drama project should include also
               a description of the major characters; while that for documentary
               should include a description of the subject matter to be shot, compiled,
               or re-enacted. Students may also include any content related to the
               project, e.g., character study, story outline, description of locations,
               pictures, images…etc.
          ii) Submission of the final script to the Script Supervisor(s) before
               5:00pm on the last Friday of October, or in case it is a holiday, the next
               working day. The final script should include a story outline, a
               description of the major characters for animation and drama production;
               and a framework of the flow of the project, and research report related
               to the theme of the Project for documentary production.
          iii) With the written approval of the Script Supervisor(s), a student may
               attend the Open Production Presentation, normally held in the first
               week of November, to be arranged and chaired by the Programme
         Director with the assistances of the Script Supervisors and all the
         Production Supervisors.
     iv) Submission of the finished MFA Thesis Project to the Programme
         Director, before 5:00pm on the first Friday of May, or in case it is a
         holiday, the next working day.
     v) Normally, the Assessment will be taken place in May or June, and the
         Examination Date is decided by the Programme Director.


B.   Script Writing Track
     i) Submission of the proposal of the script to be written to the
          Programme Director, before 5:00pm on the second Friday of
          September, or in case it is a holiday, the next working day. The
          proposal must state clearly the idea of the creative project with a
          statement of purpose. Normally, description of the creative drive is
          expected. Students may also include any content related to the project,
          e.g., character study, story outline, description of locations, pictures,
          images…etc.
     ii) Submission of the creative framework to the Creative Supervisor(s)
          before 5:00pm on the last Friday of September. The creative
          framework should include:
             a)      a concrete story to be depicted with audio-visual language;
             b)      a description of the major characters;
             c)      an explanation of the narrative structure;
             d)      a research report related to the characterization and the social
                     context.
     iii) Submission of the first draft of the script to the Supervisor(s) before
          5:00pm on the last Friday of October, or in case it is a holiday, the next
          working day.
     iv) With the written approval of the Supervisor(s), a student may attend
          the Open Production Presentation, normally held in the first week of
          November, to be arranged and chaired by the Programme Director with
          the assistances of the Script Supervisors and all the Production
          Supervisors.
     v) Submission of the finished MFA Thesis Project to the Programme
          Director, before 5:00pm on the first Friday of May, or in case it is a
          holiday, the next working day.
     vi) Normally, the Assessment will be taken place in May or June, and the
          Examination Date is decided by the Programme Director.
4.   OPEN PRODUCTION PRESENTATION

4.1 Students are required to formally present the ideas of the MFA Projects in front
    of an audience in the MFA Project Presentation Day.


4.2 The presentation should be clear and concise, in the language both the supervisor
    and the student think fit.


4.3 Each presentation lasts for 15 minutes, including questions and answers.


4.4 Students are encouraged to attend fellow students’ presentations.


4.5 A student may be asked to present the MFA Project again if the presentation is
    not satisfactory.


5.   PRODUCTION APPROVAL

5.1 Formal Production Approvals by the Programme Director, together with the
    Production Supervisor(s) or the Creative Supervisor(s) will be granted to the
    students who have satisfied all the requirements, including the open presentation.


5.2 Once an MFA Thesis Project production is approved, the framework cannot be
    changed.


5.3 In exceptionally circumstances, normally unpredictable and uncontrollable, if a
    student really needs to change the framework of the MFA Thesis Project, the
    student must go through the creative process again. The student must submit a
    new proposal, with all the necessary materials and an explanation of the
    necessity of the change.


5.4 The Programme Director and the Supervisor(s) will decide whether the
    application of the change of the Project is granted.


5.5 A new open presentation will be arranged in due course.


6.   THE PROCESS

6.1 The creative process of the MFA Thesis Project is motivated by the Student, with
     the supervision of the Programme Director, the advices of the Script Supervisors
     and the Production Supervisors (Production Track) and the Creative Supervisor
     (Script Writing Track), and the assistances of the CTV Technical Office.


6.2 The student is responsible to generate a feasible project idea, prepare the
    required materials, and submit them to the Programme Director.


6.3 The Programme Director will assign Script Supervisor(s), Production
    Supervisor(s), and Creative Supervisor(s) to the students.


6.4 Production Students are obliged to consult with their Script Supervisors to come
    up with the first draft of the script, or other required materials as stated in this
    Handbook or suggested by the Script Supervisors.


6.5 Once the production is approved, the student is responsible to execute the
    production plan, and realize the MFA Thesis Project.


6.6 Production Supervisors and Creative Supervisors may require students to report
    the progress orally, verbally, or audio-visually.


7.   TECHNICAL SUPPORT

7.1 Academy of Film Master of Fine Arts program, will provide the majority of
    equipment necessary for the production (i.e., shooting and editing).


7.2 Students should follow the Guidelines of the Technical Office, which is set by
    the CTV Technical Committee.


7.3 The Programme Director will regulate the operation of the Technical Office to
    support the production of all MFA Projects.


8.   ASSESSMENT

8.1 The MFA Project will be evaluated by an Examination Committee. It consists of
    at least 3 but not more than 5 members.


8.2 The Examination Committee includes:
        i) the project supervisor;
          ii) one faculty member in the related fields;
          iii) the remaining member(s) from or outside of Baptist University.


8.3 The Examination Committee should be nominated by the Programme Director
    and should be approved by the Programme Management Committee at least two
    weeks before the Examination Date.


8.4 Students may suggest any person to the Programme Director to be considered as
    a member in the Examination Committee.


8.5 Evaluation of the MFA project stresses on the following:
        i) originality;
        ii) form and expression;
        iii) technicality;
        iv) time management.


8.6 Assessment breakdown is as follow:
        Process                                        20%
        Final Work                                     80%


9.   APPEAL

9.1 Any appeal will follow the University guideline.


10. PLAGIARISM/BREACH OF COPYRIGHT

10.1 The MFA Project should be an original creation by the student in the final year of
     the study.


10.2 Students are fully responsible for clearing any music copyright used in their
     film/video/animation prior to final screen. Any authorized image, music, video
     and footage must be acknowledged. If the student contravenes any copyright law,
     the student will be held liable


11. COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP

11.1 Students obtain full copyright to their final projects. Nonetheless, Academy of
     Film possesses un-conditional rights to exhibit the MFA projects for educational,
promotional, and research purposes. Two final copies of the MFA project should
be submitted to Academy of Film; one of which is to be kept by Academy, while
the other by the University library.

				
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