Course Title: Develop storylines and treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: COMM5909C

Course Title: Develop storylines and treatments

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5216 - Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher:

Name:      Roz Williams
Phone:     9925 4974
Email:       roz.williams@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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

none

Course Description

In this course you will be writing storylines and treatments suitable for a short screenplay.
The competency covers the skills and knowledge required to develop a narrative or storyline.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFWRT501A Develop storylines and treatments

Element:

1 Plan and prepare to write production material.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Define appropriate script-writing construction, style and formats for given type of production and clients.

1.2 Define and develop ideas and concepts of the given production material, including analysis of genre, audience and purpose.

1.3 Develop elements of narrative, including visual and aural narrative components, dialogue and other communication techniques, such as symbols and icons, to convey information in production material.
 

Element:

2 Develop storylines or treatments

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify components of script development required by concept proposals.

2.2 Develop concepts to synopsis stage or equivalent as required by type of production format or genre

2.3 Develop treatment and scene breakdown as required by type of production format or genre

2.4 Evaluate narrative development with relevant personnel as required and incorporate feedback

2.5 Develop material in appropriate format for story conferencing or pitch presentation to client.
 

Element:

3 Finalise storylines or treatments.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Present materials for discussion to production team responsible for story conferences or pitching to clients

3.2 Redraft materials incorporating feedback from production team

3.3 Ensure that relevant material is ready for next stage of production and is completed within agreed timeframes and budget requirements
 


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to use a range of industry-current software applications to create and refine digital visual effects.
 


Details of Learning Activities

In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:

lectures
workshops
practical exercises
discussions
screenings
independent reading and research
writing
screenings

Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to :

reading
research
writing
attending screenings and festivals
independent project based work
 


Teaching Schedule

WEEKCLASS CONTENT ASSIGNMENTSELEMENTS
WEEK 1
Feb 13
Introduction to course. 
Story spine (main basic story) - main plot, subplots. Writing the synopsis/outline
 1.1 - 1.3
2.1 - 2.5
3.1 - 3.3
WEEK 2
Feb 20
Writing the synopsis/outline, structure: 3-act, turning points 1.1 - 1.3
2.1 - 2.2
WEEK 3
Feb 27
Visual language - showing, not telling. Exposition, narrative techniques of foreshadowing & planting information 1.1 - 1.3
2.1 - 2.2
WEEK 4
Mar 6
Creating screen characters, motivation, character arcs & character biographies 1.1 - 1.3
2.1 - 2.2

WEEK 5
Mar 13

 

Workshop synopsis & character biography

 

ASSIGNMENT 1: 
WORKSHOP SYNOPSIS & CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY

 

2.1 - 2.5
3.1 - 3.2, 3.3
WEEK 6
Mar 20
Discuss treatments
Screen dialogue
Script layout
ASSIGNMENT 2:
SUBMIT SYNOPSIS & CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY FOR MARKING
 
2.1 - 2.5
3.1 - 3.2, 3.3
WEEK 7
Mar 27
Discuss treatments
Screen dialogue
 
 2.1 - 2.5
3.1 - 3.2, 3.3

Mar 29 - April 5
EASTER BREAK  
WEEK 8
Apr 10
Discuss treatments
Script formatting, create scenes, write stage directions & dialogue
 2.1 - 2.2
2.3 - 2.5
 
WEEK 9
Apr 17

Workshop treatment

ASSIGNMENT 3:
WORKSHOP TREATMENT

 

2.1 - 2.5
3.1 - 3.3

WEEK 10
Apr 24

Production

 ASSIGNMENT 4:
SUBMIT TREATMENT FOR MARKING

2.1 - 2.5
3.3
WEEK 11
May 1
Production 
3.3
WEEK 12
May 8
Production 3.3
WEEK 13
May 15
Production 
3.3
 
WEEK 14
May 22
Workshop scriptsASSIGNMENT 5:
WORKSHOP SCRIPTS
2.3 - 2.5
 
WEEK 15
May 29
Workshop scriptsASSIGNMENT 5:
WORKSHOP SCRIPTS
2.3 - 2.5
 
WEEK 16
May 30

Scripts

SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT 6:
SUBMIT SCRIPT FOR MARKING

2.1 - 2.5
3.1 - 3.2
    


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You are expected to make full use of the Carlton library in accessing scripts and will also be expected to view films and TV programs in their own time.


References

Cooper, P. and Dancyger, K., 1994, Writing the Short Film, Focal Press xx.

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through a combination of written exercises and drafting, workshopping and re-drafting written assignments.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.  Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.  Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfacotyr standard.

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT TASKS

1. Originate, develop and write 500 word story synopsis and 250 words character biography of main character from synopsis.  Present work to class for workshopping.
Due dates:  Wk 5 (13 March)

2.  Submit story synopsis & character biog for marking.
Due date: Wk 6 (20 March)

3.  Develop and write 2-page treatment from story synopsis and workshop.
Due date: Wk 9 (17 April)

4.  Submit treatment for treatment.
Due date: Wk 10 (24 April)

5.  Develop & write script (draft screenplay) from treatment, set out in industry-accepted format only. Workshop.
Duration of script:  3 - 5 minute narrative.
Due dates: Wk 14 (22 May) and Wk 15 (29 May)

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT TASK

6.  Submit script (draft screenplay) for marking.
Due date:
Wk 16 (June 3/5)

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course blackboard site.

Your assignment will be assessed using the following grades:

CHD             Competent with High Distinction
CDI               Competent with Distinction
CC                Competent with Credit
CAG             Competency Achieved- Graded
NYC             Not Yet Competent
DNS             Did Not Submit for Assessment 


Assessment Matrix

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through a combination of written exercises and drafting, workshopping and re-drafting written assignments.

Other Information

Ethics and your work:
In this course you are required to submit work which could be broadcast to a majority audience and would meet a rating of between G and MA (follow the links on The Office of Film and Literature Classification Website - oflc.gov.au) to inform yourself of criteria and also meet RMIT’s

Ethical Conduct requirements (follow the links on the RMIT Website - rmit.edu.au) and Australian law with regard to vilification.
It is each student’s responsibility to acquaint him/herself with these regulations before submitting work for assessment.

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Copyright
All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration/online

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees
 

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