Course Title: Establish the creative vision for screen productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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:mctafe@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)

Kieran Doolan
Phone: 9925 4110
Email: kieran.doolan@rmit.edu.au

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

Arthur Michalopoulos
Phone: 9925 4111
Email: arthur.michalopoulos@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

Discussions

Research activities

Presentations

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (Interactive)

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


Teaching Schedule

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (Interactive)

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CUFDRT601A

BSBMGT502B
 1Group Project 1: Animated Media Branding/ID
Team and role allocations. Concept development workshop and presentations
 1,2 1
 2A01 - Concept presentations - Pre-production – Research, analyse and define 1,2 1,2,3
 3Pre-production - budget and schedule – script and designs 1,2 1,2,3,4
 4Pre-production – designs & animatic 1,2 1,2,3
 5A02 – Progress presentation 1,2 1,2,3
 6Production animation tasks 1,2,3 1,2,3
 7Post-production editing and composite 1,2 1,2,3,4
 8A03 - Final deliverables presentation 1,2 1,2,3,4
 9Group Project 1: iPhone/Android App development
Team and role allocations. Concept development workshop
 1,2,3 1
 10A04 - Concept presentations - Pre-production – Research, analyse and define 1,2,3 1,2,3
 11Pre-production - budget and schedule – script, designs & prototyping 1,2,3 1,2,3,4
 12Pre-production – design & prototyping 1,2,3 1,2,3
 13A05 – Progress presentation 1,2,3 1,2,3
 14Pre-production – develop and build deliverables 1,2,3 1,2,3
 15Pre-production – develop and build deliverables 1,2,3 1,2,3,4
 16A06 - Final deliverables presentation 1,2,3 1,2,3,4

 

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 and evaluating screenplays.

 

 1.1.
Week 2

 

Discussion on previous productions and the role of
visualisation including mis-e-scene, blocking, rule of thirds, lighting etc.

Performance theory.

 

 1.1-1.4
Week 3

 

Mise-en-scene and dramatic intent.

For example: why this location, this time of day, this costume,these colours?

 

 1.2 -1.4.
Week 4

 

Performance and coverage. Crossing the line.
 

 

 1.2.,1.5,1.7
Week 5

 

Exploring coverage in two specific films. 

Brief for  Reviewing, Feedback and Communication assignment.

Responding to another student’s screenplay.(This is also an assignment for Write Scripts, to be done once only.)

 1.6
Week 6

 

Working on Reviewing, Feedback and Communication  assignment in class time. 

Presentations begin.

 2.1
Week 7

 

Presentations continue. (It is expected that the majority of presentations will be made this week and next. )

 

 2.2
Week 8

 

Presentations continue. (It is expected that the majority of presentations will be made last week and this week. )

 

 2.3
Week 9

 

 The short film and the budget. Making up (invention) and making do ( resourcefulness) and the short film.

Presentations continue.

 

 

 

 2.4
Week 10

 

On the page and on the screen. How much visual information to include in the screenplay.

Presentations continue.

 

 2.4, 2.5
Week 11

 *One to one screenplay meetings with teacher.

(One half of the class has a one to one scheduled meeting with the teacher, the other half writes and does not attend.)

 2.6
Week 12

 *One to one screenplay meetings with teacher.

(*The other half of the class has a one to one scheduled meeting with the teacher, the other half writes and does not attend.)

 3.1-3.2
Week 13


Reviewing, Feedback and Communication assignment due.

Presentations continue.

 1.4,1.5,3.1
Week 14 Presentations continue. 3.2
Week 15 Presentations conclude.  3.1
Week 16 Feedback as requested and required by either individual students or production groups. 3.2,3.3.
  

 


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.

C6087DIGIT- ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN & MEDIA (Interactive)

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)

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Other required resources include suitable digital media storage such as a portable hard drive or USB flash drive, with at least 4Gb capacity.


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 assessments to a satisfactory standard. 

Assignment One: 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 delivered to the teacher in week eight of the TAFE semester.


Assignment Two : 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 five until Week thirteen 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 Three: 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 five until week thirteen  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 
 
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 essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive verbal feedback on all assessment from either your teacher or peer (student) feedback. NB: All assessments are COMPULSORY

Formative Assessments

A01 – Concept presentations - Animated Media Branding/ID 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 – iPhone/Android App 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 – Animated Media Branding/ID project - final deliverables
Present the final deliverables for the Animated Media Branding/ID project.
Due in class week 8.

A06 – iPhone/Android App project - final deliverables
Present the final deliverables for the iPhone/Android App 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


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

Attendance
The major learning experience involves class 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
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Copyright
All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:
www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration/online

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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