Course Title: Edit scripts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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 Email:Bredan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ian Pringle
Email: ian.pringle@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None.

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

Element:

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

Element:

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.

Element:

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 contentAssessment dueElements
1

Introduction: Practise and protocols of script editing.

Breakdown “The Roarty’s” short feature script.
Read twice and complete 1 page assessment & 1 paragraph synopsis.
Analysis of what i involved in a full breakdown

Discussion of assignment due: Week beginning August 27

 1
2Class exercise: breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
Examination of story and structure
 1
3Class exercise: breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
Examination of plot and character elemnts. Analysis of moral determinates
 1
4Class breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
  Analysis and discussion af point of view,  tone and genre,
 2
5Class breakdown of “The Roarty’s”
Evaluation of project.
 2
6Class exercise: Adaptation of a sequence from “Smiley’s People” 1
7Class analysis and evaluation of “Smiley’s People” 1
8View: “Smiley’s People” sequence

Class evaluation “Smiley’s People”
 2
9Class viewing: “The Legend Maker” Assessment 1 due1/2
10 “The Legend Maker” script to screen – analysis and discussion of significant changes 2/3
11Continued anlysis and class discussion around significant changes made to the script of  “The Legend Maker”  for the screen – Assessment 2 due2/3
12Class discussion and exercises set around analysis of “The Legend Maker” 3
13Viewing: “Lake Mungo”

 “Lake Mungo” Analysis of the treatment to first draft
 3
14Class discussion: “Lake Mungo” Treatment to first draft Assessment 3 due3
15Class exercise: “Kyneton Gothic” Looking at script set-up and openings 1-3
16Class exercise: “Escape” Script structure/concept Assessment 4 due1-3
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

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 to be submitted in class week beginning August 27 (25%)

Assignment 2: Editing Sequence
Adapt and edit sequence from a novel into a screenplay format – ‘Smiley’s People’.
Due to be submitted in class week beginning September 10 (25%)

Assignment 3: Appraisal of screenplay
Appraisal of screenplay, genre, tone, historical background – ‘The Legend Maker’.
Due to be submitted in class week beginning October 14 (25%)

Assignment 4: Feature Appraisal
Appraisal of designated contemporary Australian Feature.
Due to be submitted in class week beginning October 29 (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

Submission of Assessment Tasks
You are required to submit all written assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Late Submissions
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the program blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

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

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