Course Title: Work with others to develop a script

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COMM5923

Course Title: Work with others to develop a script

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:Brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: John Reeves
Phone: 9925 4895
Email: john.reeves@rmit.edu.au


Teacher: Cameron Clarke
Phone: 9925 4908
Email: cameron.clarke@rmit.edu.au


Nominal Hours: 140

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Delivery of this course at RMIT requires you to have completed all first year courses.

Course Description

The unit Work with others to develop a script, is taught within the course Collaboration and Development.  This course will afford you the opportunity to develop skills and strategies to work productively with others in a team environment. This course will offer also you a space to work with others on your individual screen projects, and to take those projects, with the help of your colleagues, to the next level.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU308 Work with others to develop a script

Element:

1. Creative team is formed.

Performance Criteria:

A common vision for the project is developed and agreed upon by team.
An approach to writing is agreed upon.
Roles are clarified and agreed upon.
Fees are negotiated and agreed upon.
Where appropriate, contracts are drawn up and signed.

Element:

2. The exisiting draft script is analysed for areas needing attention.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The script is examined for problems related to premise, story, structure, character and genre.
2.2 Marketing issues are clarified.
2.3 Agreement on required changes is reached.

Element:

3. An approach to rewriting is agreed upon.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 An appropriate methodology is negotiated.
3.2 Changes for next draft are prioritised.
3.3 Clear, workable script notes are written up, a rewriting schedule drafted and deadlines set.

Element:

4. Creative disagreements are resolved effectively.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Disagreements are aired openly and appropriately and effective cooperation is sought.
4.2 Suitable compromises are found where necessary.

Element:

5. Re-write is achieved effectively.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Re-write incorporates agreed solutions.
5.2 Re-write meets deadlines.
5.3 Re-writing process is reviewed by team.
5.4 New draft assessed by team.
5.5 Next stage of development is agreed upon (external marking, financing, marketing).


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to work as a screenwriter with a creative team in order to develop a film or TV screenplay


Details of Learning Activities

Commitment to Collaboration
Because of the collaborative nature of this course, an ongoing commitment to tackling group work in a generous and all-embracing way is essential. While you will be introduced to concepts and theories of collaborative writing and script development by way of short lectures, screenings and class discussion, most class time will be devoted to the practical business of script analysis, writing and rewriting.

Specific activities include:
1. In-class activities:
lectures
industry speakers
teacher directed group activities/projects
peer teaching and class presentations
group discussion
class exercises to review discussions/lectures
reading of excerpts of writings and set texts to provide examples of writing elements
workshopping of students’ own projects
analysis/critique of writings of students’ choice

2. Out-of-class activities:
independent project based work 
discussion and comment via the class website, Blackboard
online and other research
independent study


Teaching Schedule

Week starting Class contentAssessment dueElements
Week 1
(7 Feb)

Introduction to course. Explanation of course content and assessment.. 1
Week 2
(14 Feb)
Individual research into: (a) possible group projects & (b) portmanteau screenplay construction 1
Week 3
(21 Feb)
Workshop #1: The business of teamwork and team building 1,2
Week 4
(28 Feb)
Workshop #2: Approaches to collaborative writing; includes roles, fees, contracts. Groups formed – choice of themes, initial pitches 1,2
Week 5
(7 March)
Workshop #3: Story development: a collaborative approach. Groups formed – choice of themes, initial pitches (continued)  1,2
Week 6
(14 March)
(Monday 14th is a public holiday – Wednesday class will continue with project work)  
Week 7
(21 March)
Working in groups: story conferences 1,2,4
Week 8
(28 March)
Group work/individual writing focussing on development of portmanteau screenplays 2,3,4,5
Week 9
(4 April)
Group work/individual writing focussing on development of portmanteau screenplays (continued) 2,3,4,5
Week 10
(11 April)
Group work/individual writing focussing on development of portmanteau screenplays (continued) 2,3,4,5
Week 11
(18 April)
Group work/individual writing focussing on development of portmanteau screenplays (continued) 2,3,4,5
 Mid-semester break (21/4 – 27/4)  
Week 12
(2 May)
 Workshop #4: writing for performance. Group readings/ feedback 1,2,3,4,5
Week 13
(9 May)
Group readings/ feedback (continued)

Group work/individual writing: second draft
 1,2,3,4,5
Week 14
(16 May)
Group work/individual writing: second draft (continued) 1,2,3,4,5
Week 15
(23 May)
Script readings  2,3,4,5
 Week 16
(30 May)
 Script readings Assignment 1 due 2,3,4,5
 Week 17
(6 June)
 Assessment Week  

 

SEMESTER 2   
Week starting Class contentAssessment dueElements
Week 1
(4 July)
Workshop #5: Analysis and reflections on the development process 1, 2,3,4,5
Week 2
(11 July)
Workshop #6: Finding your voice 3,4,5
Week 3
(18 July)
Projects pitched, teams formed Assignment 2 due1,2
Week 4
(25 July)
Groups locked off, projects decided 1,2
Week 5
(1 Aug)
Drafting of projects begins: Group workplans finalized 2,3,4,5
Week 6
(8 Aug)
Individual workplans finalized 2,3,4,5
Week 7
(15 Aug)
Workshop #7: Group readings/ feedback 1,2,3,4,5
Week 8
(22 Aug)
Group work: each group to work together in assisting individual members towards next stage of their project 2,3,4,5
Week 9
(29 Aug)
Group work: each group to work together in assisting individual members towards next stage of their project (continued) 2,3,4,5
Week 10
(5 Sept)
Group work: each group to work together in assisting individual members towards next stage of their project (continued) 2,3,4,5
Week 11
(12 Sept)
Group work: each group to work together in assisting individual members towards next stage of their project (continued) 2,3,4,5
Week 12
(19 Sept)
Group work: each group to work together in assisting individual members towards next stage of their project (continued) 2,3,4,5
 Mid-semester break  
Week 13
(10 Oct)
Group work: each group to work together in assisting individual members towards next stage of their project (continued) 2,3,4,5
Week 14
(17 Oct)
Script readings

 Assignments 3 and 4 due1,2,3,4,5
Week 15
(24 Oct)
Script readings

 1,2,3,4,5
Week 16
(31 Oct)
Script readings

 1,2,3,4,5
Week 17
(7 Nov)
Assessment Week  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Extracts, readings and additional references are provided throughout the course.


References

In addition to hard copy handouts, some readings are made available on Blackboard, and others can be accessed via the web. Recommended books will be discussed in class. You are advised to visit Blackboard for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

Students will require access to a word processing program and the facility to print hard copies of their work. These facilities are also available in the Carlton Library.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing 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. You will be assessed on your ability to work effectively with creative partners, consult and accept feedback, critique draft screenplays and successfully revise your own work. You will also be assessed on your knowledge of screenwriting techniques, terminology and formats and production processes.

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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:Script Editing Notes
Writing and delivery of script editing notes, demonstrating insightful and effective analysis of other team members’ contribution to the group project. Due Week 16, Semester 1 (25%)

Assessment 2 :Group project:
Report (including a work folio) detailing development of your project and partnerships, and the successful formation and operation of a creative team (minimum 1500 words) Due Week 3, Semester 2 (25%)

Assessment 3 :Your project:
Presentation of your completed and redrafted individual project. Due Week 14, Semester 2 (25%)

Assessment 4 : Writer’s Report                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A Writer’s Report (minimum 500 words), outlining and analysing effectiveness of the rewriting process. Due Week 14, Semester 2 (15%)

Assessment 5: Group Workshopping                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are assessed on your ongoing contribution to the group workshopping process (10%)

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

For further details on these assessment tasks and the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


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 spoken and/or written feedback by teachers on your work.  Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;



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