Course Title: Write animation
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2011
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 Email:Brendan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Teacher: Ann Shenfield
Nominal Hours: 70
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
Enrolment in this course at RMIT requires you to have completed all first year courses.
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.
Sustainable premise is created, suitable to an audience, production requirements and any program brief.
2. Create scene breakdown.
2.1 Major dramatic beats are designed.
3, Write script.
3.1 Script is documented in appropriate industry format.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop a story and write a script for an animation
Details of Learning Activities
In this course you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
teacher directed group activities/projects
peer teaching and class presentations
class exercises to review discussions/lectures
workshopping of students’ own projects
analysis/critique of your work
2. Out-of-class activities:
independent project based work
writing and reading assignments
online and other research
|Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
|Week starting||Class content||Assessment due||Elements|
| Week 1 |
| Introduction to animation production process
| Week 2 |
| Is there a preferred animation story?
Visual storytelling and thinking, ||1|
| Week 3 |
| Distilling simplicity in animation ||1|
| Week 4 |
| Character: Creating effective, memorable characters
| Week 5 |
| Analysing techniques: toon/cel ||1|
| Week 6 |
| Week 7 |
| Analysing techniques: Stop motion ||1|
| Week 8 |
| Analysing techniques: under the camera ||2|
| Week 9 |
| Analysing techniques: computer graphics ||1, 2, 3|
| Week 10 |
| Analysing techniques: rotoscoping ||1, 2, 3|
| Week 11 |
| Analysing techniques: cut out/collage ||1, 2, 3|
|Mid-semester break (21/4 – 27/4)|
| Week 12 |
| Animation for Children ||1, 2, 3|
| Week 13 |
| The documentary animation ||1, 2, 3|
| Week 14 |
| Creating a surreal world ||1, 2, 3|
| Week 15 |
| Writing for Animation vs. writing liveaction ||1, 2, 3|
| Week 16 |
| Working with animators, establishing connections etc... Guest speaker
||1, 2, 3|
| Week 17 |
Extracts, readings and additional references are provided throughout the course. In addition to hard copy handouts, some readings are made available on the class website, Blackboard, and others can be accessed via the web.
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course
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, workshopping, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing 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.
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, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.
1. Research presentation
Research presentation on an animator or area of animation to be chosen by the student (Due date to be arranged with teacher) 25%
2. Animation script and script synopsis
Write a final draft animation script and script synopsis. Students will need to also provide 1st and 2nd drafts alongside their final draft (Due May 20) 50%
4. Class exercises 15%
Drafting and workshopping of script 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.
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are
available through the course contact in Program administration
You will receive spoken and /or written feedback from your teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions and 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:
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