Course Title: Write content and/or copy

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: COMM5416C

Course Title: Write content and/or copy

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4112 - Certificate IV in Screen

Course Contact : Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Barbara Gliddon
Tel:  9925 4072

Diane Charleson
Tel:  9925 4350

Nominal Hours: 45

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

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the craft involved in writing proposals, treatments and narration for fiction films and television.
It also includes the skills and knowledge required to write content and copy for other forms of industrial writing for production within the cultural industries.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFWRT05A Write content and/or copy


Plan and prepare to write the content and/or copy.


Write content/copy.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Classes will include planned lectures, weekly class exercise to review what has been learnt in class, workshopping of students’ own projects, screening of video/DVD excerpts to provide examples of screenwriting elements, analysis/critique of films and television programs of students’ choices.

Teaching Schedule


Week 01: Orientation
Week 02: An introduction to storytelling
Week 03: The evolution of the short film.
Week 04:Particular requirements of short screenplay writing.
Week 05: The role of image and sound in film storytelling
Week 06: Characterisation: theory and practice
Week 07: Mise-en-scene, text and sub-text
Week 08: Visualisation exercises
Week 09: Is it drama? Exercises in dramatic strategies.
Week 10: Researching the idea, shaping it into a story
Week  11:Developing original ideas .Writing an original screenplay; accessing ideas
Week 12: Tone voice and style in screenwriting. Delivery of first draft
Week 13: Revising written work. Negotiating feedback
Week 14: Timing and cutting scenes.
Week 15: Experimental narrative
Week 16: One on one feedback sessions with teacher
Week 17: Group workshops and reading of the current draft.
Week 18: Finessing the final draft. Delivery of final draft.

Week 1

Week 2
What is a documentary?
Different types of docos

Week 3
History of the Documentary

Week 4
Documentary viewing

Week 5
Doco proposal
Practical exercise

Week 6
Practical Exercise continued

Week 7
Writing the proposal

Week 8
Screening and pitching proposals

Week 9
Documentary viewing

Week 10
Practical exercise the interview

Week 11
Interview project

Week 12
Interview project

Week 13
Screening interview project

Week 14
Documentary viewing

Week 15
Documentary viewing

Week 16
Alternate forms of documentray

Week 17
Ethics and the documentary

Week 18

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Classroom – AV facilities.
All relevant education/administration fees with this course are to be met by student (as outlines in RMIT invoice/s), plus any film/tv viewing and texts.

Overview of Assessment

- major writing project 1, 25%
- major writing project 2, 25%

- Documentary Proposal Class presentation 25%
- In-class exercises & workshopping 25%

Assessment Tasks


There are two major writing projects worth 50% each:  a first draft worth 25% and a final draft worth 25% of a screen play of up to seven (7) minutes duration. Assessments requirements are: the delivery of a first draft screenplay of up to seven (7) minutes duration for review and feedback and the delivery of a screenplay of up to seven (7) minutes duration for final assessment. Each draft should demonstrate an understanding of characterisation, dialogue, action, subtext and mise-en-scene. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to the teacher to ensure that relevant competency standards are met.


There are two major projects each worth 50% : filming and pitching of the documentary proposal :  Filming and presenting the interview subject

Assessment Matrix

Not applicable

Other Information

Handouts given out in class by teachers

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