Course Title: Establish the creative vision for screen productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5924C

Course Title: Establish the creative vision for screen productions

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

Teacher: Ms Barbara Gliddon
Phone: 9925 4072
Email: barbara.gliddon@rmit.edu.au

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

Teachers:

Arthur Michalopoulos
Phone: 9925 4111
Email: arthur.michalopoulos@rmit.edu.au

Nicole McKinnon
Phone: 9925 4375
Email: nicole.mckinnon@rmit.edu.au

Kieran Doolan
Phone: 9925 4110
Email: kieran.doolan@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

N/A

Course Description

This unit of competency, Establish the creative vision for screen productions CUFDRT601A is delivered in the class Design Studio 4, together with Develop a marketing plan BSBMKG609A and Manage the marketing process BSBMKG603B. The aim of this course is for students to concurrently develop a variety of screen based productions, both as individuals and as part of production teams.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDRT601A Establish the creative vision for screen productions

Element:

1 Review and interpret scripts.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Read available drafts of scripts and arrange meetings with appropriate creative personnel to discuss potential interpretations of the vision
1.2 Assess the intended creative aims of scripts, define proposed objectives and explore how they may be realised visually or through the use of sound.

1.3 Generate and consider a range of ideas for visualising scripts until a clear narrative emerges.

1.4 Identify research and reference materials to inform creative directions and to assist in providing the context for productions.

1.5 Review script drafts in collaboration with writers, agree on the need for any rewrites and organise timetables for completions

1.6 Prepare clear development notes for script writers to produce script to draft

1.7 Review script drafts in collaboration with writers, agree on the need for any rewrites and organise timetables for completions
Prepare clear development notes for script writers to produce script re-draft
Document perceived visual and dramatic elements in scripts as the basis for shot plans

Element:

2 Prepare shot plans to realise visual narrative.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Mark up working script into its component scenes and identify key dramatic elements and technical parameters within each scenic unit.
2.2 Plot key dramatic elements within each scene and between scenes to realise the transformation of the written narrative into its visual representation.

2.3 Consider the whole of the narrative and scenes to determine the location of characters and other elements for each individual shot.

2.4 Assess the photographic qualities of proposed shots and how they may impact on the interpreting the story overall and within each scene.

2.5 Ensure overall shot plans allow both narrative and visual aspects to be controlled and carried forward to meet overall production requirements.

2.6 Assess the photographic qualities of proposed shots and how they may impact on interpreting the story overall and within each scene.
Ensure overall shot plans allow both narrative and visual aspects to be controlled and carried forward to meet overall production requirements.
Discuss shot plans with relevant production personnel prior to development of any storyboards

Element:

3 Review and communicate proposed shot plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and document areas of productions that may be affected by script versions and discuss changes with colleagues.

3.2 Arrange sign-off for final script with producers if applicable and ensure it is distributed to relevant creative personnel.

3.3 Maintain an ongoing review of script and shot plans to organise for a further rewrites while production is underway.

3.4. Maintain an ongoing review of script and shot plans and organise for any further rewrites while production is underway.
Provide relevant production personnel with appropriate documentation, including latest version of script or script updates as applicable.


Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to develop the creative vision required for the production of a variety of screen based products. These include animations, short narrative dramas, interactive, mobile and web based productions.


Details of Learning Activities

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

Students will participate in observation, listening and writing exercises plus researching , discussing, viewings analysing material relevant to a variety of productions in order to develop and practise a high level of creativity and innovative thinking.
.

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

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

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

Learning activities will consist of
lectures
workshops
practical exercises
discussions
screenings
independent research


Teaching Schedule

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & 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.

WeekClass ContentElements
Week 1 Orientation evaluating screenplays 1.1.
Week 2 Discussion on previous productions and the role of
Visualisation.
 1.1-1.4
Week 3 Mise-en-scene in relation to visual narrative 1.2 -1.4.
Week 4 Briefing colleagues regarding dramatic intent. 1.2.,1.5,1.7
Week 5 Communicating with the writer. 1.6
Week 6 Marking up the screenplay. 2.1
Week 7 Plotting key moments in visuals 2.2
Week 8 Building the story through visuals 2.3
Week 9 Evaluating the style of the production 2.4
Week 10 Meeting production requirements; locations and casting 2.4, 2.5
Week 11 Discussing the production with the crew and other stakeholders 2.6
Week 12 The redraft of the screenplay, signing off on the screenplay 3.1-3.2
Week 13 Reviewing screenplay ahead of principal photography. production changes and communicating them. 1.4,1.5,3.1
Week 14 Production requirements; distributing the screenplay. 3.2
Week 15 Maintaining communications with all interested parties
and stakeholders
 3.1
Week 16 Reviewing pre-prodcutionand communicating changes 3.2,3.3.
Week 17 Assessment and review 

 

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


WeekClass Content 
Week 1Introduction to course

2D Group Project (Teachers: Nicole McKinnon, Darren Ballingall)
Production (script/shot/storyboard development)
1,2,3
Week 2Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 3Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 4Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 52D Project Presentations

3D Group Project (Teachers: Arthur Michalopoulos, Kieran Doolan)
Production (script/shot/storyboard development)
1,2,3
Week 6Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 7Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 8Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 93D Project Presentations

Compositing/Motion Graphics Group Project
(Teachers: Kieran Doolan, Arthur Michalopoulos)
Production (script/shot/storyboard development)
1,2,3
Week 10 Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 11Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 12Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 13

CMG Project Presentations

Interactive Group Project
(Teachers:Darren Ballingall, Nicole McKinnon)
Production (script/shot/storyboard development)

1,2,3
Week 14Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 15Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 16Production (script/shot/storyboard development)1,2,3
Week 17Interactive Project Presentations1,2,3


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A variety of screenplays.

To be advised in class


References

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


Other Resources

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

You will need access to a computer.

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

none


Overview of Assessment

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


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.

Assignment 1.Reviewing/ Feedback/Communication
You are to read another student’s screenplay and communicate in professional terms your notes for its production with regard to its dramatic intent. A copy of these notes are to be detailed in Week 14.


Assignment 2.Coverage:
You are to identify the emotional elements of various shots, frame sizes and chosen angles and its effect on narrative in a scene (of three minutes approximately) from a film of your choice .You are to speculate in professional terms as to why the director has chosen to tell the story in this way and present your findings to the class with support material of up to four minutes. These presentations will begin on Week 4 until Week 16 and  the text from your work is to submitted at the time of your presentation to the teacher with a signed and dated cover sheet attached.

Assignment 3.Mise-en-scene:
You are to select a feature film made before 1990 and examine closely its mise-en-scene.
You are then to reflect and comment upon the contribution mise-en-scene makes to the storytelling of this production. You are to research the social times and the film-making technology of the film’s era and discuss how these qualities may be different in these days.
Thorough examination and reflective practice are required in this assignment. The aspects you are to cover include but are not restricted to: rule of thirds, make-up, art direction, location, lighting, genre and scene composition.
You are to deliver your findings to the class with up to five minutes support material in a fifteen to twenty minute presentation.
This is an analytical and reflective assignment in which you are to demonstrate a well developed understanding of the role of mise-en-scene in story-telling. These presentations will begin on Week 4 until Week 16 and the text from your work is to submitted at the time of your presentation to the teacher with a signed and dated cover sheet attached.


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

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

Assessment tasks for each production will be as follows:

1. Script development (or equivalent) 20%

2. Shot development (or equivalent) 20%

3. Storyboard development (or equivalent) 40%

4. Final submitted Production 20%

To be eligible for assessment, the productions in each case need to be fully completed and presented on the designated date

NB specific details for each production /assessment will be determined by the designated teachers)

HD High Distinction 80% - 100%
DI Distinction 70%-79%
CR Credit 60% - 69%
PA Pass 50% - 59%
NN Fail under 50%


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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