Course Title: Edit scripts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COMM5912C

Course Title: Edit scripts

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ian Pringle

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

In the course Edit Scripts, you explore the process of assessing, analysing, editing and refining scripts. The skills you learn will equip you to edit your own and other people’s scripts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFWRT602A Edit scripts


1. Assess scripts for editing.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify relevant story elements appropriate to the type of production
1.2 Assess relevant script writing tools and techniques applied to scripts
1.3 Confirm original required script concepts and document canes to original concepts
1.4 Schedule timelines and plan for the completion of the editing process


2. Edit scripts.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 In collaboration with writers, define and analyse the purpose of stories to ensure all story elements contribute to this purpose
2.2 Identify story elements, structure and intent
2.3 Use collaborative techniques to identify and assist in defining and refining the writer’s vision and clarity
2.4 Offer feedback to meet conceptual, narrative and production and performance requirements
2.5 Negotiate amendments to scripts as required.


3. Finalise scripts.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Liaise with relevant personnel to validate edited scripts
3.2 Discuss and agree upon final changes with relevant personnel
3.3 Refine scripts as required and confirm that they meet all requirements and are ready for production.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to edit a range of scripts

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

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass content Assessment dueElements
1Introduction: Practise and protocols of script editing.

Breakdown “The Roarty’s” short feature script.
Read twice and complete 1 page assessment & 1 paragraph synopsis.
Full breakdown, assignment due: 23rd August
2Class exercise: breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
Story, structure
3Class exercise: breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
Plot, character – moral determinates
4Class breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
POV, tone, genre,
5Class breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
Evaluation of project
6Class exercise: Adapt sequence from “Smiley’s People”  1
7Class evaluation “Smiley’s People”  1
8View: “Smiley’s People” sequence

Class evaluation “Smiley’s People”
9Class viewing: “Syriana”  Assessment 1 due1/2
10Class discussion “Syriana” script to screen – significant changes  2/3
11Class discussion “Syriana” script to screen – significant changes  Assessment 2 due2/3
12Class discussion “Syriana”  3
13Viewing: “Lake Mungo”

Class discussion: “Lake Mungo” Treatment to first draft
14Class discussion: “Lake Mungo” Treatment to first draft  Assessment 3 due3
15Class exercise: “Kyneton Gothic” Script set-ups/openings  1-3
16Class exercise: “Escape” Script structure/concept  Assessment 4 due1-3
17Assessment Week   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed reading material will be distributed in class


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

You will assessed on you knowledge and ability to edit scrips by agreed deadline, analyse scripts for editing and edit scripts to final draft ready for production.

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.

Assignment 1. Breakdown of Feature Script
Complete a breakdown of assigned short feature script – ‘ The Roarty’s’ Due Week 9 (25%)

Assignment 2: Editing Sequence
Adapt and edit sequence from a novel into a screenplay format – ‘Smiley’s People’.
Due Week 11 (25%)

Assignment 3: Appraisal of screenplay
Appraisal of screenplay, genre, tone, historical background – ‘Syriana’.

Assignment 4: Feature Appraisal
Appraisal of designated contemporary Australian Feature.
Due Week 16 (25%)

Your assignments will be graded. Grades used in this course 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

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.;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
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