Course Title: Develop storylines and treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COMM5909C

Course Title: Develop storylines and treatments

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6088 - Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting

Course Contact : Program administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:Bredan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Cameron Clarke
Tel: 9925 4908
Email: Cameron.clarke.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

At RMIT you are required to have completed Assess a Film Script (COMM5920) before enrolling in Develop Storylines and Treatments (COMM5909C).
At RMIT Write Scripts (COMM5907C) is delivered and assessed together with Develop Storylines and Treatments.

Course Description

Develop Storylines and Treatments develops the skills and knowledge required to develop a narrative or storyline.
The unit Develop Storylines and Treatments is delivered and assessed within the course Write Film, which is made up of three competencies:
1. Assess a Film Script (COMM5920)
2. Develop Storylines and Treatments (COMM5909C)
3. Write Scripts (COMM5907C)
Assess a Film Script is delivered and assessed in Semester 1.
Develop Storylines and Treatments and Write Scripts are delivered and assessed together in Semester 2.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFWRT501A Develop storylines and treatments

Element:

1. Plan and prepare to write production material.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Define appropriate script-writing construction, style and formats for given type of production and clients.
1.2 Define and develop ideas and concepts of the given production material including analysis of genre, audience and purpose.
1.3 Develop elements of narrative, including visual and aural narrative components, dialogue, and other communication techniques, such as symbols an icons, to convey information in production material.

Element:

2. Develop storylines or treatments.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify components of script development required by concept proposals
2.2 Develop concepts to synopsis stage or equivalent as required by type of production format or genre.
2.3 develop treatment and scene breakdown as required by type of production format or genre.
2.4. Evaluate narrative development with relevant personnel as required and incorporate feedback
2.5 Develop material in appropriate format for story conferencing or pitch presentation to client

Element:

3. Finalise storylines or treatments.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Present materials for discussion to production teams
3.2 Redraft materials incorporating feedback from production teams
3.3 Ensure that relevant production material is ready for next stage of production and is completed within agreed timeframes and budget requirements.


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to develop a storyline or treatment in preparation for writing a film script.


Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• analysis/critique of students’ writings

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• writing and reading assignments
• online and other research
• independent study

In the second semester of the course, Write Film you will be working independently on writing the first draft of a screenplay. You will be expected to spend a minimum of 1.5 hours a week outside of class time working independently on this project, and to bring your work regularly to class for workshopping and to receive feedback from your teacher and your peers.


Teaching Schedule

WeekContentAssessment dueCompetency and Elements
1Originating and developing screenplay ideas CUFWRT501A Plan and prepare to write production material
CUFWRT601A Prepare to write the scripts

2The feature premise
Research and the screenplay
 CUFWRT501A Plan and prepare to write production material
CUFWRT601A Prepare to write the scripts

3Key genre elements CUFWRT501A Plan and prepare to write production material
CUFWRT601A Prepare to write the scripts

4The feature synopsis CUFWRT501A Plan and prepare to write production material
CUFWRT601A Prepare to write the scripts

5Character refresher CUFWRT501A Develop storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Prepare to write the scripts

6Character revelation and development Assessment 1 due
CUFWRT501A Develop storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Prepare to write the scripts

7Point of View  CUFWRT501A Develop storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Write draft scripts

8In-depth character breakdowns
Character arcs
Dialogue
 CUFWRT501A Develop storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Write draft scripts

9The feature treatment
The feature scene breakdown

CUFWRT501A Develop storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Write draft scripts

10Theme and subtextAssessment 2 due
CUFWRT501A Finalise storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Write draft scripts

11The feature first draft
Script conventions
Final draft workshop
 CUFWRT501A Finalise storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Produce final scripts

12Plots and subplots 
CUFWRT501A Finalise storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Produce final scripts

13Setups and payoffs
CUFWRT501A Finalise storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Produce final scripts

14Three act refresher
CUFWRT501A Finalise storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Produce final scripts

15Alternative structure
The hero’s journey
 Assessment 3 due
CUFWRT501A Finalise storylines or treatments
CUFWRT601A Produce final scripts

16Scenes and sequences
Creating a visual style
  
17Assessment Week (No classes)  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed reading material will be distributed in class


References

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


Other Resources

You will require access to a computer and to the internet


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.


Assessment Tasks

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.

Assessment 1. Synopsis and Treatment
Due date: Week 6
Percentage Weighting: 30%
Workshop and write a synopsis and treatment for a feature length screenplay.

Assessment 2. Character Arcs for three Characters
Competency addressed:
Due date: Week 10
Percentage Weighting: 30%
Describe character arcs for three characters drawn from a treatment (to be workshopped in class) based upon your feature synopsis. Include plot developments and how they affect your characters journey. Half a page per character.

Assessment 3. Analysis of Scene Breakdown
Competency addressed:
Due date: Week 15
Percentage Weighting: 30%
Identify and provide notes on thematic issues and subtextual layering inherent in a scene breakdown (to be workshopped in class) based on your feature treatment. Two pages.

Assessment 4. Class exercises
Due date: Ongoing throughout semester
Percentage weighting: 10%


Your assignments will be graded. The grades used in this unit are as follows:


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


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 both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Late Submissions
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 course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

Special Consideration Policy
Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;



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