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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (FILM & TELEVISION)
Roz Williams
Ph: 9925 4974
roz.williams@rmit.edu.au

ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)
Arthur Michalopoulos
ph: 9925 4111
arthur.michalopoulos@rmit.edu.au

Peter Kennedy
ph: 9925 58079
peter.kennedy@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:

1.Consult with producer or director to clarify production expectations based on negotiations or decisions made during the development phase
2.Break down scripts scene by scene to establish detailed resource requirements
3.From script breakdowns, identify issues that have budget or shooting implications
4.Prepare preliminary overall and pre-production schedules
5.Prepare preliminary shooting schedule to confirm that length of shoot allowed in budget is accurate

Element:

2 Finalise budgets.

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

3 Manage pre-production

Performance Criteria:

13.Oversee establishment of a production office, ensuring that it is fully operational for the start of pre-production activities
14.Meet regularly with heads of departments to monitor expenditure against budget estimates, taking action as required to keep overall expenditure within budget
15.Circulate scripts to relevant personnel and establish and monitor the process for communicating script changes
16.Set up the financial organization of the production and processes for reporting against budgets
17.Ensure that all arrangements for access to locations are completed correctly
18.Organize publicity and press briefings as required
19.Commission safety reports from approved safety consultants and circulate reports to relevant organizations and personnel
20.Oversee pre-production activities of all departments, providing guidance and assistance as required
21. 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

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
* lectures
* peer teaching and class presentations
* group discussion
* teacher feedback
* elearning research & tutorials
* independent project based work
* teacher directed group activities/projects
* workshopping of students own projects and class presentations

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
* online research
* work shopping
* independent project based work
* self directed media production


Teaching Schedule

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

 ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (FILM AND TELEVISION)

WeekClass ContentAssignments
1Introduction.
Review crew hierarchies, how each department works, requirements during pre-prod and prod.
 
2Case study: screening and discussion 
3Setting up a financial organisation
Establishing a production office
 
4Review timing scripts.
Breaking down the script
ASSESSMENT 1: Timing and breakdown sheets of short script – IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT
5
Cross-plotting and scheduling - revision
 
6Preliminary budget 
7Preliminary budget 
8Identify budgetary problems with script. Discussion with HODs on how to eliminate them 
9Work integrated learning – industry panel feedback (date tba) 
102nd AD and Continuity Daily ReportsASSESSMENT 2 (integrated assessment with Animation & Visual Effects COSC5381C):
Preproduction paperwork for VFX shoot
11Revised schedule and budget
2nd AD & Continuity Daily Reports
 
12Reporting to investors: Daily progress reports and weekly cost reports. Keeping tabs on daily costs and projecting future costs 
13Hiring crew and cast.
location surveys and Safety Reports (aka Safety Analysis reports or OH & S)
 
 
14Preparation for 2nd semester shootsASSESSMENT 3-Part 1 (graded):
Group assignment leading to reduction of costs in shooting short script
15Preparation for 2nd semester shootsASSESSMENT 3-Part 2 (graded):
Team evaluations of group work carried out in Summative Assignment 1



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

WeekClass ContentAssessment TasksCUETEM08BCUFPPM601ABSBCRT501A
1Design Studio Intro - Production Workshop. 3 initial concepts & thoughts on possible visualizations discussion an analysis on Design project 3                                                                                                                          111, 2
2Production workshop; Non-Digital Game Design – group activity in the development of a complex game (pre-production aspects only) Group activity involved in the production within set timelines utilizing digital and non-digital means
 
1,2,3,4,52,33, 4
3Refining concepts towards one main idea for Design Project 3. Researching initial references
Review of Assessment task 1 observations for management improvement
 
 3,511, 2
4Design project 3 workshop. Developing work with initial art work, researching influences, working on storyboards based on scripts, flow charts and initiating production schedules 1,2,3,4,513, 4
5Design project 3 workshop. Developing work with initial art work, researching influences, working on storyboards or flow charts and initiating production schedules 1,2,3,4,511, 2
6Design Project 3 presentation and/or group discussions - analysing problems, monitoring and evaluating overall aspects of production

 

 3,4,52,31, 2
7One on one evaluation for Design Project 3 progress. Developing work with initial art work, researching influences, working on storyboards or flow charts and initiating production schedules 1,2,3,4,533, 4
8Design project 3 panel presentations-analysing problems, monitoring and evaluating overall aspects of production (week 1 with selected students)
 
1,2,3,4,52,31, 2
9Design project 3 panel presentations-analysing problems, monitoring and evaluating overall aspects of production (week 2 with selected students) 1,2,3,4,511, 2
10Design project panel presentation - analysing problems, monitoring and evaluating the completed production. Discussion and feedback on possible adjustments prior to final submission in week 12 1,2,3,4,51, 2, 33, 4
11Design project panel presentation and/or screenings. To review overall process and determine room for improvement on ideas, scripts, designs and technical realisation 1,2,3,4,51, 21, 2
12Screening presentation of completed Design project 3 with full analysis, discussion and feedbackAssessment task 1 - Fine cut (100% Completion for Design Project 3) (non graded)1,2,3,51, 21, 2
13Design project workshop
Begin work on Design project 4 emphasis on initial concepts and visualizations and production schedule with emphasis on building adequate contingencies
 1,2,3,4,51, 21
14Work on Design project 4 emphasis on storyboards and animatic & emphasis on technical/software
Planning & consideration for Aspects of the production & pre-production
 1,2,3,4,51, 21
15Work on Design project 4 - emphasis on design document and animatic. Review prior to presentation and submission of pre-production document and animatic in week 16 1,2,3,4,53, 43, 4
16Film screening and Folio panel presentation Full review of Semester 1 Folio pieces including discussion and feedback of overall work and considerations for the project 2Assessment task 2
Design Document & Animatic for Design Project 4, (graded
53, 43, 4


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching and developing creative concepts.


Other Resources

Students are required to observe demonstrated protocols for management of large media files and projects. Portable media rated hard drives, and data cards must be managed appropriately and subject to a weekly back up routine.


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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course. 

ADVANCED DIPLOMA SCREEN & MEDIA (FILM & TELEVISION): 

ASSESSMENT TASKS

ASSESSMENT 1 (ungraded)
Timing and breakdown sheets of short script:

In-class assignment – timing and breakdown sheets of short drama film script provided by teacher.
Due: Week 4


ASSESSMENT 2 (ungraded)
Preproduction paperwork for VFX shoot (integrated assessment with Animation & Visual Effects):

Students are to provide the following preproduction paperwork:

• Script and storyboard
• Signed location agreement
• Signed Hazard form
• Risk Management (OH & S) form
• Daily call sheet

Due date: Week 10

ASSESSMENT 3 (graded)
Team assignment:

This assignment is in two parts. Students will be broken into groups of 5, to include head of department roles – Producer, Director, Writer, 1st AD and Production Designer and asked to provide the following:

PART 1:
1.A As a team and working on the short script provided for formative assessment 1 and your breakdown sheets, compile a “wish list”
• Minutes of team meeting/s on the compilation of schedule and budget
• Schedule
• Preliminary A – Z budget

1B: As a team, work together on reducing the budge by one-third. Compile
• Minutes of team meeting/s to reduce the budget
• Script changes required to reduce budget
• Art department changes required to reduce budget
• Revised schedule
• List of budget changes and total amount of revised budget

Due date: Week 14

PART 2:
Team evaluations of group work carried out in summative assessment 1:

Students to provide evaluations direct to teacher. Blank evaluation forms on Blackboard.

Due: Week 15


Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course Blackboard site

ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

Overview of Assessment
Semester 1
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
- Practical tasks, and a  Design Research Project
- Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

Assessment will involve practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical projects. The overview for this competency will involve the development of pre production material ( design document and animatic for two design productions )

 
Semester 1
All Assessment Tasks will be based on a brief provided for each student, the following are the Assessment Tasks

Ungraded
Assessment 1 Production Milestone  Design Research Project 1 ( Due week 12)

Graded
Assessment 2 Design Document & Animatic for Design Project 4( Due Week 16 )
 

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course Blackboard site


Assessment Matrix

The Assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in 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:  www.rmit.edu.au/students

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
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Assessment and Feedback (web lnk)
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (web link)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)
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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you will need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity.

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