Course Title: Industry Overview

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: COMM7112

Course Title: Industry Overview

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6045 - Advanced Diploma of Arts Professional Screenwriting (Film,Television and Digital Media)

Course Contact : Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Vicki Molloy
9925 4160

Nominal Hours: 68

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

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Screenwriting 1 and at least one level 1 elective.

Course Description

This course develops skills required to research and understand the structural complexities of the industry, including the role of key organisations and players, the professional and legal roles and responsibilities of screenwriters and current industry issues, through the presentation of a series of forums with leading industry personnel.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBM385 Industry Overview

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and evaluate key features of the industry.
2. Identify legal, contractual and copyright issues relevant to screenwriters.
3. Evaluate the impact of non-legal issues identified as issues for screenwriters.
4. Identify requirements for presentation, organising and managing a forum or seminar with industry representation. 

Details of Learning Activities

Each student will work in a group to research, organize and present a forum comprising industry guest speakers on a topic relating to the business of being a screenwriter in the contemporary industry.  

Class lectures and discussions provide the context for planning and analysing the topics of the forums.

Students consolidate their understanding of issues by maintaining a journal to record  information and impressions about the industry gained from class forums, and by regular reference to internet sites, trade journals and the daily press and specialist media programs.

Teaching Schedule

Weekly Schedule Industry Forums 1.30 – 4.30pm
( Following Seminars 12.00 – 1.30 weekly)

1    16 Feb        Introduction                Vicki Molloy

2    23 Feb     Identifying key questions
        The silent era – industry issues    Vicki Molloy

2    2 March    Organising forum groups.
                        Scope and state of Australian Industry
                        The reign of the Hollywood
                         Blockbuster     Vicki Molloy
3    9 March    Forum preparation and planning
                        The role of Government
                        in the screen industries    Vicki Molloy
4    16 March   Forum# 1
                        Government Agencies
                        Guest Speakers
5    23 March Forum# 2
                        Guest Speakers
6    30 March Forum #3

7    6 April    EASTER BREAK

8    13 April     Shaun Miller – Legal Issues for Screenwriters
9    20 April    Guest Speakers

10    27 April   Legal test
                        Guest Speakers

11    4 May    Guest Speakers

12    11 May    Guest Speakers

13    18 May    Guest Speakers

14    25 May    Industry Issues Speech assignment due
                           Guest Speakers

15    1 June       Guest Speakers

16    8 June      Guest Speakers

17    16 June    Guest Speakers

18    23 June    Course Review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

 Suggested reading material will be provided in class by teacher.
Handouts provided in class by teacher
Internet access through RMIT Library
Final Draft program on several computers in RMIT Carlton Library and Main Library
Publications & dvds/videos through RMIT Library, community libraries, video libraries and other sources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course includes:
- Attending industry forum
- Writing a forum report
- Writing a paper on issues affecting the industry

Assessment Tasks

1.  Forum Presentation and report 50%

Work with a group of students to organize and present a forum with industry guest speakers on a topic relating to key industry sectors, the work of screenwriters and other key professionals,  or current issues.

Your group’s task is to:

Define and research your topic, select and invite appropriate speakers, plan the format and presentation of the forum, brief speakers and confirm arrangements

Promote the forum to the class and to others in the screenwriting program who may be interested

Present the forum.  Introduce speakers, host or moderate, present audio-visual support materials and/or background documentation such as speaker biogs, field questions, thank speakers.

Each organiser is to submit a brief  individual report on the forum, explaining his or her contribution to it, and evaluating its effectiveness.   (Report forms will be provided.)

2.    Industry Issues 30%
The LA Screenwriters Foundation is planning a forum about screenwriting in ‘foreign’ countries for the foundation’s annual conference.  The conference attracts some 1000 professional and aspiring Hollywood  writers.
So far they’ve confirmed speakers from the UK, France and Canada.  Now they want you to present a 10 minute account of the state of the film and television industry in Australia from a screenwriter’s point of view.   What is the production slate like, what are the  current issues for writers,  what does the future hold?

You’ll need to write up your speech, making use of your Industry Journals, for  inclusion in the conference papers and attach copies of any overhead slides you’ll be presenting to illustrate your talk.   It should be no longer than 1500 words (excluding tables and attachments).   You may or may not wish to include jokes for the amusement of the audience.

Please be sure to double space. 
And beware that the conference organisers are very strict about deadlines and may cancel your airline booking if you don’t hand in copy on time.

3.    Legal and copyright issues 20%

Test in class to assess understanding of definitions, application and implications of relevant legal issues for the screenwriter.

Assessment Matrix


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