Course Title: Write scripts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COMM5907C

Course Title: Write scripts

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Barbara Gliddon
Phone: 9925 4072

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


Course Description

Write Scripts looks at the skills and knowledge required to write scripts for a creative production. During this course you work collaboratively with others to develop a concept into a draft script.

This course is co-delivered with Establish the Creative Vision for Screen.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFWRT601A Write scripts


1 Prepare to write scripts.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate existing narrative form in preparation for developing scripts for specified productions
1.2 Identify audience and purpose, and requirements for genre,structure and format
1.3 Evaluate script concepts and ideas, narrative and structural framework in relation to stipulated source material , as required
1.4 Review, discuss and obtain feedback about narratives from relevant personnel , as required
1.5 Establish criteria to provide an effective measure of the success of scripts in their context


2 Write draft scripts.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop scripts using a range of appropriate script-writing tools and techniques
2.2 Use collaborative techniques to refine and redraft scripts until they meet creative and artistic requirements
2.3 Ensure factual information is accurate and relates to the results of research and agreed existing narrative, as required
2.4 Ensure final drafts of scripts meet stipulated production and performance requirements


3 Produce final scripts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Document and incorporate feedback from relevant personnel
3.2 Evaluate draft scripts against criteria established at the outset to determine whether they successfully meet production requirements
3.3 Make final adjustments to scripts and submit to relevant personnel by agreed deadlines

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to write a short screenplay, understand copyright for this screenplay, apply effective interpersonal communication techniques, work to deadline and work in collaboration with others including a professional attitude to feedback and its possible incorporation.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in observation, listening and writing exercises plus discussions, viewings analysing material.
Research workshop simulations filed work and excursions will also be included.
In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Observation
• Listening and writing exercises
• screenings
• group discussion
• analysis of material
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

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

Teaching Schedule

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.

WeekClass ContentElements

Week 1


 Orientation evaluating screenplays 1.1.

Week 2


 Discussion on previous productions and the role of writing 1.1.

Week 3


 Silent films, short films and mise-en-scene and genre 1.2

Week 4


 The roles of listening and observing in screenwriting 1.2.,1.3

Week 5


 Characterisation – back stories and internal logic. 2.2,

Week 6


 Working in teams- storylining to brief and deadline. 1.4, 1.5

Week 7


 Structure -Acts and turning points 1.3

Week 8


 Fine structure –the shape of scenes. 1.3, 2.1,

Week 9


 Budget and writing. 2.4,

Week 10


 Copyright and legal obligations in screenwriting. 2.3,

Week 11


 Writing the screenplay. Writing the first draft. 2.1

Week 12


 One to one meetings with the teacher. 1.4, 2.4,

Week 13


 Script editing and feedback 1.4,1.5,3.1

Week 14


 Production requirements, the logistics of the shoot. 3.2

Week 15


 Evaluating and reflecting upon feedback from eg a producer 3.1

Week 16


 Re drafting to deadline 3.2

Week 17


 Assessment and review 3.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A variety of screenplays


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

Other Resources

A computer and access to screenwriting software.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester and involves practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and written projects.

Assessment Tasks

1. Reflective practice

You are to prepare and deliver a two to four page (double speced) reflective piece on your observations and reflections on producing your most recent production (eg your Diploma film) and te positive and negative aspects of brining the screenplay to the screen. Due Week 3

2. Writing

You are to write a seven to twelve minute screenplay for the productionin second semester. Due Week 13


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.
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

Other Information

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

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

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