Course Title: Establish the creative vision for screen productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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 - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976

Course Contact Email:adam.lovell@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

None

Course Description

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

Establishing the creative vision for screen productions is the responsibility of the director. In this course you look at different ways of bringing a creative vision to fruition through using sound and visual images to transform screenplays into production .

This course is co-delivered with Write Scripts.

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

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the creative vision and is  co-delivered with BSBMGT502B Manage people performance.


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


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to interpret and use key elements of scripts as the basis for developing the creative vision for relatively large-scale productions. These could include feature films, short films or television.


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)

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
* lectures
* peer teaching and class presentations
* group discussion
* teacher feedback
* 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
* work shopping
* independent project based work

Learning outcomes
 
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to interpret and use key elements of scripts as the basis for developing the creative vision for interactive or linear narrative projects and products.


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 Elements
Week 1Group Project 1: iPhone/Android App development
Team and role allocations. Concept development workshop
1,2
Week 2A01 - Concept presentations - Pre-production – Research, analyse and define1,2
Week 3Pre-production - budget and schedule – script, designs & prototyping1,2
Week 4Pre-production – designing & prototyping1,2
Week 5A02 – Progress presentation
1,2
Week 6Pre-production – develop and build deliverables1,2,3
Week 7Pre-production – develop and build deliverables1,2,3
Week 8A03 - Final deliverables presentation1,2,3
Week 9Group Project 2: Animated Media Branding/ID
Team and role allocations. Concept development workshop
1,2
Week 10 A04 - Concept presentations - Pre-production – Research, analyse and define1,2,3
Week 11Pre-production - budget and schedule – script and designs1,2,3
Week 12Pre-production – designs & animatic1,2,3
Week 13A05 – Progress presentation1,2,3
Week 14Production animation tasks1,2,3
Week 15Post-production editing and composite1,2,3
Week 16A06 - Final deliverables presentation1,2,3
Week 17Assessment


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.

Interactive Digital Media

Field, 1994, Screenplay: the foundations of screenwriting, Dell Publishing

Field, 2006, The screenwriter's workbook, Delta Trade Paperbacks

Vorhaus, 1994, The comic toolbox: how to be funny even if you're not, Allen & Unwin

Andrew Rollings, Ernest Adams, 2003, On Game Design, New Riders

Scott Rogers, 2010, Level up! : the guide to great video game design, Chichester : Wiley

Tracy Fullerton, Christopher Swain, Steven S. Hoffman, 2008, Game design workshop [electronic resource], Elsevier Morgan Kaufmann.


Other Resources

C6087- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA

You will need access to a computer.

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

Students are required to conduct and document extensive research activities at the university library, and online.


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 which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded)
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment


DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA)

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessments.

Formative Assessments

A01 – Concept presentations – iPhone/Android App project
    Present 3 project concepts. Due in class week 2.

A02 – Progress presentation
    Present work accomplished by the team up until this point.
    Due in class week 5.

A04 – Concept presentations - Animated Media Branding/ID project
    Present 3 project concepts. Due in class week 10.

A05 – Progress presentation
    Present work accomplished by the team up until this point.
    Due in class week 13.

Summative Assessments  

A03 – iPhone/Android App project - final deliverables
    Present the final deliverables for the iPhone/Android App project.    Due in class week 8.    

A06 – Animated Media Branding/ID project - final deliverables
    Present the final deliverables for the Animated Media Branding/ID    project. Due in class week 16.

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

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded)
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment


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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