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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: BUSM6218C

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

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6087 - Advanced 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

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

Teachers:
Mr Janis Lesinskis
Phone: 9925 4982
Email: janis.lesinskis@rmit.edu.au 
Ms Roz Williams
Phone: 9925 4974
Email: roz.williams@rmit.edu.au 

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

Teacher: Nicole McKinnon
Phone: 99254375
Email: nicole.mckinnon@rmit.edu.au
Teacher: Peter Kennedy
Phone: 9925 8079
Email: p.kennedy@rmit.edu.au
Teacher: Arthur Michalopoulos
Phone: 9925 4111
Email: arthur.michalopoulos@rmit.edu.au
Teacher: Darren Ballingall
Email: darren.ballingall@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA
This course covers all aspects of production management at the pre-production stage of a production.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C6087 Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media. This course includes a WIL experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)
This unit of competency, Plan and manage film and media pre-production CUFPPM601A is delivered in the class Design Studio 3, together with Realise productions CUETEM08B and Originate and develop concepts BSBCRT501A. This unit introduces concepts and practices of pre-production and project management, which include storyboarding, animatics, schedules, treatments and technical, safety and budgetary requirements.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPPM601A Plan and manage film and media pre-production

Element:

1 Confirm scope of productions.

Performance Criteria:


Performance criteria1.1 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 From script breakdowns, identify issues that have budget or shooting implications.
1.4 Prepare preliminary overall and pre-production schedules.
1.5 Prepare preliminary shooting schedule to confirm that length of shoot allowed in budget is accurate.

Element:

2 Finalise budgets.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish cost and availability of required resourcesfrom reliable suppliers and information sources, taking into account relevant considerations .
2.2 Re-time scripts to help prepare accurate estimates of production times and to identify whether scripts need pruning to meet budget constraints.
2.3 Liaise with relevant colleagues to clarify requirements, roles and responsibilities in different production and post-production areas.
2.4 Identify potential problems with conflicting production requirements, and take appropriate action to resolve.
2.5 Present cost estimates to relevant colleagues for discussion and negotiate changes and compromises as required.
2.6 Compile final resource schedule, including adequate contingency plans.
2.7 Ensure budgets reflect realistic achievement of creative and technical production requirements, availability of resources and personnel requirements.

Element:

3 Manage pre-production

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Oversee establishment of a production office, ensuring that it is fully operational for the start of pre-production activities.
3.2 Meet regularly with heads of departments to monitor expenditure against budget estimates, taking action as required to keep overall expenditure within budget.
3.3 Circulate scripts to relevant personnel and establish and monitor the process for communicating script changes.
3.4 Set up the financial organisation of the production and processes for reporting against budgets.
3.5 Ensure that all arrangements for access to locations are completed correctly.
3.6 Organise publicity and press briefings as required.
3.7 Commission safety reports from approved safety consultants and circulate reports to relevant organisations and personnel .
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.


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

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

You will participate in a range of:

In class activities
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshopping
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities
• research
• independent study and project work


C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• demonstration and practical application
• lab work
• screenings
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to,
• online research
• workshopping
• independent project based work


Teaching Schedule

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

Week Class content Elements
Week 1Introduction.
Review crew hierarchies, how each department works, requirements during pre-prod and prod.
 1.1
2.3
3.2
Week 2Case study: screening and discussion 

1.3
2.4
3.5 3.7

Week 3Case study analysis presentations.ASSESSMENT 11.3
2.4
3.5,3.7
Week 4Setting up a financial organisation.
Establishing a production office.
 3.1,3.4
Week 5Timing scripts.
Breaking down the script
 1.1,1.2,1.4,1.5
Week 6Cross-plotting and schedulingASSESSMENT 21.2,1.3,1.4,1.5
Week 7Preliminary budget 1.5
2.1
Week 8Preliminary budgetASSESSMENT 31.5
2.1
Week 9Identify budgetary problems with script.
Discussions with HODs on how to eliminate them
 1.3
2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5
Week 10Revised schedule and budgetASSESSMENT 42.6,2.7
Week 112nd AD and Continuity Daily Reports 2.5,2.6,2.7
Week 12Reporting to investors: Daily cost reports and weekly cost reports.
Keeping tabs on daily costs and projecting future costs.
 2.5,2.6,2.7
Week 13Hiring crew and cast. 2.3
3.2
Week 14Location surveys and Safety Reports (aka Safety Analysis Reports or OH & S). 3.5,3.7, 3.8
Week 15Prepare pre-production paperwork 3.8,3.9
Week 16Preparation for 2nd semester shootsASSIGNMENT 52.7
3.5, 3.8,3.9
Week 17Assessment and review  

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Week StartingClass ContentAssignment deadlines & HomeworkElements
Week 1
7/02/11
- Commencing the minor project
Present three rough ideas for minor project. (You will be working on these concepts in Originate and Develop Concepts and Develop Storylines and Treatments, in which the final choice of concept will be made). You will make your final decision on the concept you wish to complete.

- Analyse past student projects and review their strengths and weaknesses.
Assignment 1: Present three rough ideas for minor project

Present it as a PDF
Submit to the drop box

Homework:
Assignment 2: A
BUSM 6218C - 1, 2, 3

BUSM 6219C - 1, 2, 3
Week 2
14/02/11
Finish off Assignment 2 in the first two hours of the class. In the last hour present and discuss your concept.

Introduction to animatics and Prototypes (simple button and animation file created in flash)
Students need to be aware that final animatic / prototype is due in week 4 using the post-it note storyboard.

Introduction to Assignment 3
Present Assignment 2:

Homework:
Assignment 3
BUSM 6218C - 1, 3

BUSM 6219C - 1, 2, 3
Week 3
21/02/11
Assignment 3: Create visual designs for the following: character, element designs, and backgrounds,
write a brief technical requirements descriptions.

Introduce assignment 04: Finished animatic with rough sound. And a Production schedule, safety report and budget
Assignment 03:


Homework:
Assignment 4: Pre-production material

Must be completed for the commencement of Week 4 class.
BUSM 6218C - 1, 3

BUSM 6219C - 1, 2, 3
Week 4
28/02/11
Presentations of Assignment 4.Assignment 4: Due this week.

Homework: Assignment 5:
Submit as PDF to the drop box
BUSM 6218C - 1, 2, 3
BUSM 6219C - 1, 2, 3
Week 5
7/03/11
Present: Assignment 5

Commence production.
Assignment 5: Due this week.BUSM 6218C - 1, 3

BUSM 6219C - 1, 2, 3
Week 6
14/03/11
Work on project – receive feedback from teacher and students BUSM 6218C - 1, 3

BUSM 6219C - 1, 2, 3
Week 7
21/03/11
Work on project – receive feedback from teacher and students. BUSM 6218C - 1, 3

BUSM 6219C - 1, 2, 3
Week 8
28/03/11
Presentations of Assignment 6
Linear projects: Progress presentation of animatic with replaced finished production sections, Pal, including timecode.

Delivery: Authored DVD

Interactive projects: Progress presentation of prototype with replaced finished production elements and implemented action script.

Delivery: Burnt DVD
Assignment 6 due to be presentedBUSM 6218C - 1, 3
Week 9
4/04/11
Work on project – receive feedback from teacher and students  
Week 10
11/04/11
Work on project – receive feedback from teacher and students  
Week 11
18/04/11 and
25/04/11
Mid Semester Break:
21/04/11 – 27/04/11
Assignment 7: Completed Minor Research Project on Friday by 12 noon.
 
Week 12
2/05/11
Presentation of Assignment 8:
Presentation and feedback session.
  
Week 13
9/05/11
Commence on Major Research project pre-production
Present your major project script and commence working on rough thumbnail storyboard

Introduce Major Research project and Assignment 8: Final animatic, production schedule and examples of visual style and
report on technical requirements and budgets.
Homework: Finalise rough thumbnails and commence final storyboardBUSM 6218C - 1, 2, 3
 Week 14
16/05/11
 Work on Major Research Project pre-production

Present latest draft of storyboard to teachers
  BUSM 6218C - 1, 2, 3
 Week 15
Commencing:
23/05/11
 Work on Major Research Project pre-production  BUSM 6218C - 1, 2, 3
 Week 16
30/05/11
  Submit Assignment 8: BUSM 6218C - 1, 2, 3
 Week 17 Assessment and review  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

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

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA • Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) http://www.alliance.org.au 
• Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) http://www.spaa.org.au
• Film Scheduling, by Singleton, Ralph S., pub Lone Eagle 1997

Film Resources:
• Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (producers: Les Mayfield, George Zaloom, 1991)


Other Resources

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

You require access to the internet

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

Access to computers cameras and audio recording equipment.


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

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

ASSESSMENT TASKS:

1. Case study: 10%
Hearts of Darkness is a documentary depicting the notoriously out of control feature film Apocalypse Now, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola (1979).
Summarise the difficulties and their causes as shown in this documentary and present your findings to class.
Due: Week 3


2. Timing and breakdown sheets of short script: 10%
Due: Week 6


3. A – Z budgets: 5%
Where can they be found?
How many variations on the A – Z budget are currently available?
Name them. Submit findings for assessment
Due: Week 8


4. Notes from meeting with HODs on resolving budgetary problems with script, preliminary A – Z budget and schedule: 35%
This should include:
• Minutes of meeting/s with heads of departments on resolving budgetary issues with the script
• Script amendments
• Preliminary A – Z budget
• Preliminary schedule
Due: Week 10


5. Pre-production paperwork folio of short script (either your own for production in 2nd semester or from the one provided in class): 40%
This should include the following:
• Final script
• Final shooting schedule
• Final budget
• Breakdown of locations
• Breakdown of cast
• List of crew positions required
• Safety (OH & S) report
• Call Sheets
Due: Week 16

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to curriculum-based courses:
80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail
For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Ungraded assessment tasks must be completed in order to pass this unit. If ungraded assessment tasks are not completed they cannot be assessed and you will not be eligible to pass this unit of competency


Check Blackboard for full versions of all the assignment briefs.

Assessment summary

Assignment 1 Present three rough ideas for your minor project
Discuss the visual style you would undertake in the making of these three project ideas. This will include
- written descriptions,
- rough sketches, of visual styles and character designs (where appropriate).
- specify the technique each of your three concepts will undertake
For interactives a description of the kind of interactivity you would like to achieve in the three concepts.
Present it as a PDF and submit to the drop box
Due: Week 1
(ungraded)

Assignment 2: Very rough storyboards
Linear projects Very rough storyboard on post it notes (minimum of 20 to maximum of 40 frames)
Interactive projects create a user case scenario – a storyboard for the interaction of the user on post-it notes which show rough sketches of screen layouts.
Assessment will be through presenting storyboards to the teacher.
Due: Week 2
(ungraded)


Assignment 3: Present character and or element designs, backgrounds,
Also write a brief technical requirements report.
For interactives include User Interface designs (menus, interactive elements, widgets etc)
Present it as a PDF and ubmit to the drop box
Due: week 3
(ungraded)

Assignment 4: Pre-production material
Linear projects:
- Final animatic with rough sound design
- Production schedule
- Rough production budget
Delivery: A QuickTime and PDF for written material.
Interactive projects:
- Final prototypes with rough sound and graphics.
- Documented research/tests for programming features
- production schedule, and safety report
- rough production budget
Delivery: A Flash file and PDF for written material.
Put into a folder, name everything then zip it.

All projects:
Naming convention for the folder and the zip file (you need to name all your files. Unnamed files will mean automatic fail.
Naming convention: rp_a04_lastname_firstname

Due: week 4
(Graded value: 20%)

Assignment 5: Finalise your visual elements, character designs, backgrounds, and other visual elements.
All projects.
Submit as PDF to the drop box
Due: Week 5
(ungraded)


Assignment 6
Linear projects: Progress presentation of animatic with replaced finished production sections, Pal, including timecode.
Delivery: Authored DVD
Interactive projects: Progress presentation of prototype with replaced finished production elements and implemented action script.
Delivery: Burnt DVD
Panel presentation
Due: Week 8
(ungraded)


Assignment 7: Minor Project
Students will choose one of the following themes and create a linear or interactive project.

Themes:
1. Taking a journey
2. Stranger in a strange place
3. The box
4. Lost and found

Description:
Linear projects
The piece will be based on one of the themes and will be 45 seconds duration including opening titles and end credits. The piece may have a narrative or be an abstract piece. It will include one or more techniques in 2d animation, 3d animation, and motion graphics. A combination of these techniques is encouraged and welcomed. The production will also include original music and sound design.

Interactive
The size of the interactive project will depend on the kind of project it is (for example: game, interactive story, toy) and the scale of it will be determined by you and the interactive teacher.

Delivery:
Linear projects must be burnt onto an authored DVD.
Interactive projects must be burnt onto a CD or DVD

All disks must be clearly labelled with the student’

Assignment 8: Major Research project Pre-production requirements

Linear projects
The piece will be based a theme or concept of your own choice and will be a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 2 minutes duration including opening titles and end credits. The piece may have a narrative or be an abstract piece. It will include one or more techniques in 2d animation, 3d animation, and motion graphics. A combination of these techniques is encouraged and welcomed. The production will also include original music and sound design.
Interactive
The size of the interactive project will depend on the kind of project it is (for example: game, interactive story, toy) and the scale of the project will be determined by you and the interactive teacher.
(the completed Major Research Project is Due semester 2 week 14).

Student will prepare the pre-production requirements for their Major Research Project.

Linear projects:
Final animatic,
production schedule and examples of visual style and
report on technical requirements, safety issues and budgets.

Interactive projects:
Final prototypes with rough sound and graphics.
Documented research/tests for programming features
Production, schedule rough production budget

Due: Week 16
(Graded value: 40%)
Not sure why your grading is only 60% for the competency – you aren’t assessing any other competency with this are you? And if it finishes in Semester 1, all the assessment should be in semester 1.


Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to curriculum-based courses:
80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail
For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Feedback:
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions and plagiarism

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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