Course Title: Create storyboards

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COMM5917C

Course Title: Create storyboards

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: John Reeves
Tel: 9925 4895

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Pre-requisites – None

At RMIT Create Storyboards (COMM5917C) is delivered and assessed together with Establish the creative vision for screen productions (VART5924C)

Course Description

The creation of storyboards is a critical skill in the design and development of a broad range of digital content including video, film animation and interactive media. Create storyboards (COMM5917C) covers the skills and knowledge you need for this process and the unit is delivered and assessed with Establish the creative vision for screen productions. (VART5924C) Together these units form the course Story to Screen, which covers the skills and knowledge you need to transform written scripts into screen productions through the use of sound and visual images.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPPM404A Create storyboards


1. Plan storyboards.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 In consultation with relevant personnel, clarify storyboard requirements for productions with reference to scripts and stories.
1.2 Identify factors that affect type of storyboard to be created.
1.3 Contribute ideas in pre-production meetings to help refine storyboard requirements
1.4 Research and select suitable amount of storyboard tools for a given purpose.
1.5 Obtain sign-off form relevant personnel on the type of storyboard to be created.


2. Draft storyboards.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Break down content, scripts and stories into frames
2.2 Specify storyboard elements for each frame
2.3 Specify the logical linear or non-linear frame sequence, showing the connection between each frame.
2.4 Provide descriptions for each frame.
2.5 Seek feedback on work in progress form relevant personnel and incorporate ideas and feedback as appropriate.


3. Finalise storyboards.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Present draft storyboards to relevant personnel for discussion and feedback
3.2 Refine storyboards as required to incorporate feedback
3.3 Ensure that final storyboards present accurate visual interpretations of scripts, stories or text and meet all agreed specifications
3.4 Make back-up copies of storyboards as required according to organizational procedures
3.5 Submit storyboards to relevant personnel by agreed deadlines
3.6 Review the process of creating storyboards and note areas for improvement.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to visualise a screen production through the creation of a storyboard.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• industry speakers
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent and group project based work
• online and other research
• discussion and comment via blackboard
• independent study

In this course Story to Screen, you will be working in self-managed teams to establish the creative vision of the script writer, through the completion of a practical project. This will involve working outside class hours on planning, filming and editing the nominated film script. You will spend a minimum of 18 hours outside class time working on this team-based project with the support of your teacher.

Teaching Schedule

WeekContent Assessment dueCompetency and Elements
1Introduction – Explanation of course content and assessment requirements.
Discussion of goals

Experience inventory

Overview – previous class films

Explanation of storyboards and their purpose.
 CUEMAR03B - 1
CUFCMP501A 1,2

2Overview – previous class films (cont’d)

Initial script discussions

 CUEMAR03B - 1

3The short film – briefing

Possible production roles

Script discussions (cont.)

 CUEMAR03B - 1
4Script development.

Storyboarding a short script

 CUEMAR03B – 1
CUFPPM404A – 1,2
5EMS Main Studio – Building 56 – intro to camera, lighting, sound, switching for drama

Expert: Craig Young


6EMS Main Studio – Building 56 – single camera operation

Expert: Craig Young

7Guests #1 & #2

Script development

 CUFDRT601A- 1

8Guests #3 & #4

Script development (cont.)

 CUFDRT601A- 1

9Guests #5 & #6

Intro to storyboarding


 CUFDRT601A- 1
CUFPPM404A -1,2

10Guests #7 & #8

Storyboarding (cont’d)

 CUFDRT601A- 1
CUFPPM404A -1,2

11EMS Main Studio – Building 56 – refresh camera and crew production skills prior to shoot

Expert: Craig Young

Storyboarding (cont’d)


12Pre-production (Week 1) CUFDRT601A

13Pre-production (Week 2) CUFDRT601A

14Film shoot: EMS Main Studio – Building 56: studio shoot from 9.00pm – 8.00pm (Studio also booked 9.00am – 8.00 pm Friday 21/10/09)


15Second unit/film editing


16Film editing (cont’d)

17Film Screening

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

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in practical projects, oral presentations 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. CLASS FORUM
Organize and present a one-hour class visit, workshop, excursion or demonstration with an industry professional in a key production role.

Your work may include:
- Research production role and guest
- Develop brief for the class including aims and format of the visit
- Select and present material for workshopping, case study or use as examples
- Manage the presentation of the event, including class participation, so as to illuminate the relationship of each professional role with the writer and the script throughout the production process
Due date: As scheduled throughout semester
Percentage Weighting: 20%

Assessment 2. PRODUCTION
Collaborate effectively with all other members of the creative team in the creation and realisation of a script into a visual format.
Due date: As scheduled
Percentage Weighting: 40%

Assessment 3 STORYBOARD
Create a storyboard for a short film, and present it to other team members in a way that effectively conveys your vision for the project.
Due date: In class as scheduled with teacher
Percentage Weighting: 20%

Screen the produced collaborative project and report to class on your role in the process and outcomes of the group production including:
- The challenges and concerns of the various roles in interpreting and realising the script
- The input and cut-off points for the writer in the collaborative process
- The transformation of the script through the production process, and the value added by other players at the various levels of creative input

Written report to be supplied: 1500-1800 words.
Due date: Week 16
Percentage Weighting: 20%

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

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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