Course Title: Plan and manage film and media pre-production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART5091C

Course Title: Plan and manage film and media pre-production

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6151 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

C6151:  Film & Television

Teacher:  Dr. Roz Williams
Tel:  9925 4974

Availability:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


C6151IM:  Interactive Media


Arthur Michalopoulos

Peter Kennedy


Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will cover skills and knowledge required to plan and manage all aspects of pre-production processes and facilities. It involves coordinating and supervising activities of the entire crew as well as administrative, financial and technical details of productions.

A complete course guide will be made available to students on the course learning management system, prior to commencement of classes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPPM603 Plan and manage film and media pre-production


1. Confirm scope of productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Consult with producer or director to clarify production expectations based on negotiations or decisions made during the development phase

1.2 Break down scripts scene by scene to establish detailed resource requirements

1.3 Identify, from script breakdowns, issues with budget or shooting implications

1.4 Prepare preliminary production and pre-production schedules

1.5 Prepare preliminary shooting schedule to compare with length of shoot allowed in budget, and adjust if necessary

1.6 Re-time scripts to estimate production times and to identify whether scripts need reducing to meet budget constraints


2. Finalise budgets

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Liaise with suppliers to establish costs and availability of required resources

2.2 Liaise with relevant personnel in different production and post-production areas to clarify requirements, roles and responsibilities

2.3 Identify potential problems with production requirements, and take appropriate action to resolve promptly

2.4 Present cost estimates to relevant personnel and negotiate changes as required

2.5 Compile final resource schedule, with contingency plans

2.6 Confirm budgets enable achievement of creative and technical production requirements and cover resource and personnel requirements


3. Manage pre-production

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Oversee establishment of pre-production processes and documentation before the start of pre-production activities

3.2 Set up the financial organisation of the production, and processes for reporting against budgets

3.3 Commission safety reports from appropriate sources and circulate reports to relevant organisations and personnel

3.4 Meet regularly with heads of departments to monitor expenditure against budget taking action as required to keep overall expenditure within budget

3.5 Circulate scripts to relevant personnel and establish and monitor the process for communicating script changes

3.6 Ensure all arrangements for access to locations are completed correctly and within required timeframes

3.7 Organise publicity and press briefings as required

3.8 Oversee pre-production activities of all departments, providing guidance and assistance as required

3.9 Finalise shooting schedules and circulate final production documentation to relevant personnel within required timeframes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to confirm the scope of a production, finalise budgets and manage pre-production.

Details of Learning Activities

This course covers all aspects of production management at the preproduction and production stages.  Learning activities include face-to-face classes including group exercises and assessments, discussions, peer learning, out-of-class research and group work.

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered into twoprograms:

C6151IM Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Media)

For your course guide go to myRMIT / my Studies and click on the link to your course VART5091C Plan and Manage Film and Media Pre-Production


C6151 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

For your course guide go to myRMIT / my Studies and click on the link to your program C6151 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Students are encouraged to make full use of University computer lab resources. Please consult the RMIT University web site for details of access times and locations.

Other required resources include broadband internet access, suitable digital media storage such as a portable hard drive or USB flash drive, with at least 32Gb capacity.

The University Library has extensive resources.  The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in a range of class workshops and on-location projects that will help equip you with the skills to successfully manage a film production, using industry procedures.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either ungraded or graded.  Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for graded assessment tasks.    You will receive feedback on all assessments.   For further information on the grading system please refer to the course Blackboard site.   Full assignment briefs will be on the myRMIT / my Studies: Blackboard site.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency.  These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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