Course Title: Write animation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: COMM5927

Course Title: Write animation

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

Mr. Robert Stephenson

Nominal Hours: 70

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

First year.

Course Description

This course delivers the skills and knowledge required to write scripts for animation in both individual works and for an animation series.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU312 Write animation


1. Develop story.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Sustainable premise is created, suitable to audience, production requirements and any program brief
1.2 Story concept appropriate to animation is established for discussion
1.3 Story concept is refined in story meetings with appropriated personnel
1.4 Appropriate theme and story strands are formulated
1.5 Sustainable character arcs are plotted


2. Create scene breakdown.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Major dramatic beats are designed
2.2 Scene sequences are shaped to develop story or story strands
2.3 Beats of character arcs are designed and integrated into story
2.4 Character point of view is established
2.5 Visual and aural elements are integrated into narrative


3, Write script.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Script is documented in appropriate industry format
3.2 Scene breakdown is followed taking into account any requested changes
3.3 Visual elements are refined
3.4 Dialogue is developed in character
3.5 Drafts are revised where required and provided punctually

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

• lectures
• demonstrations
• guest lecturers
• peer teaching and class presentations
• exercises
• discussion
• group activities/projects
• workshopping

Classes will include planned lectures, class exercises to review what has been learnt in class, practical demonstrations, workshopping of students’ own projects, analysis/critique of screenwriters’ work.

Teaching Schedule

16/2Stages of Animation Production OverviewIdea Generation Exercise- Self Portrait Flipbook
Self Portrait Flipbook
23/2Animation LogisticsIdea Generation Exercise-Stop motion exercise with cut out or clayStop motion exercise with cut out or clay.1
9/3Introduction to StoryboardingUnderstanding Shot definitions and structureCreate a quick StoryboardCreate an Animatic1, 2
16/3Animating Intuitively
Under camera Exercise
Animating Intuitively
Under camera Exercise
Animating Intuitively
Under camera Exercise
Animating Intuitively
Under camera Exercise
23/3Finding a CharacterWriting and Designing a character- model sheets.Animation ActingAnimation Acting1
30/3Writing An Animated Short Film-Creating the worldCreating People for Your WorldStoryboard an Event in Your worldCreate an Animatic2
20/4Writing An Animated Short FilmWriting An Animated Short FilmTest Scene or animatic for your shortTest Scene or animatic for your short1, 2, 3
27/4Individual Animated Series DevelopmentIndividual Animated Series DevelopmentIndividual Animated Series DevelopmentIndividual Animated Series Development1, 2, 3
4/5Individual Animated Series DevelopmentIndividual Animated Series DevelopmentIndividual Animated Series DevelopmentIndividual Animated Series Development1, 2, 3
11/5Presentation ‘Bible’Presentation ‘Bible’Presentation ‘Bible’Presentation ‘Bible’1, 2, 3
18/5Presentation ‘Bible’Presentation ‘Bible’Presentation ‘Bible’Presentation ‘Bible’1, 2, 3
25/5Feature Animation OverviewUS Studio Animation SystemFeature OutlinesFeature Outlines1, 2, 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

You will assessed on your ability to provide story concepts suitable for animation, provide scripts and drafts to industry standard on time, work in a team and your knowledge of current animation trends and production requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Short film screenplay

TV Series Outline

Class exercises

Assessment Matrix

VPAU312 Write animationScreenplayTV Series OutlineExercises
Develop story
Create scene breakdownXXX
Write scriptXXX

• Visual conception skills

• Narrative writing skills XXX
• Animation techniques 
• Animation team roles and responsibilitiesXXX
• Typical production costs XXX
• Current audience requirements and industry trends XXX
• Production protocolsXXX

Other Information

These assessment tasks are designed for you to demonstrate competency in the required skills and knowledge of this unit.

This unit will also be graded. Your teacher will provide a grading guide for you at the commencement of the course.

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