Course Title: Establish the creative vision for screen productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5924C

Course Title: Establish the creative vision for screen productions

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: 50

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

Course Description

Establish the creative vision for screen productions (VART5924C) covers the skills and knowledge you need to transform written scripts into screen productions through the use of sound and visual images. Through working on a practical project, you learn what is involved in the different aspects of creating a screen production. The unit is delivered and assessed along with Create storyboards (COMM5917C). Together these units form the course Story to Screen.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDRT601A Establish the creative vision for screen productions


1. Review and interpret scripts.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Read available drafts of scripts and arrange meetings with appropriate creative personnel to discuss potential interpretations of the vision
1.2 Assess the intended creative aims of scripts, define proposed objectives and explore how they may be realize visually or through the use of sound.
1.3 Generate and consider a range of ideas for visualizing scripts until a clear narrative emerges.
1.4 Identify research and reference materials to inform creative directors and to assist in providing the context for productions
1.5 Review script drafts in collaboration with writers, agree on the need for any re-writes and organise timetables for completions.
1.6 Prepare clear development notes for script writers to produce scripts re-drafts as required.
1.7 Document perceived visual and dramatic elements in scripts a the basis for shot plans.


2. Prepare shot plans to realise visual narrative.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Mark up working script into its component scenes and identify key dramatic elements and technical parameters within each scenic unit.
2.2 Plot key dramatic elements within each scene and between scenes to realise the transformation of the written narrative into its visual representation.
2.3 Consider the whole of the narrative and scenes to determine the location of the characters and other elements for each individual shot.
2.4 Assess the photographic qualities of proposed shots and how they may impact on the story overall and within each scene.
2.5 Ensure overall shot plans allow both narrative and visual aspects to be controlled and carried forward to meet overall production requirements,
2.6 Discuss shot plans with relevant production personnel prior to development of any story boards.


3. Review and communicate proposed shot plan.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and document areas of productions that may be affected by script versions and discuss changes with colleagues,
3.2 Arrange sign-off for final script with producers if applicable and ensure it is distributed to relevant creative personnel.
3.3 Maintain an ongoing review of script and shot plans and organize for any further rewrites while production is underway.
3.4 Provide relevant production personnel with appropriate documentation, including latest version of script or script updates as applicable.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to transform written scripts into screen productions through the use of sound and visual images.

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 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

WeekContentAssessment dueCompetency and Elements
1Explanation of course content and assessment requirements
Discussion of goals
Experience inventory
Overview – previous class films
 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’d) 
 CUEMAR03B - 1
4Script development
Discussion of storyboards and their purpose
Storyboarding a short script  
 CUEMAR03B – 1
CUFPPM404A – 1,2
5Studio – intro to camera, lighting, sound, switching for drama  CUFDRT601A-1
6Studio – single camera operation CUFDRT601A-1

Forum Guests #1 & #2
Script development

Storyboard presentations

 CUFDRT601A- 1

Forum Guests #3 & #4
Script development (cont’d)

Storyboard presentations 

 CUFDRT601A- 1
9Forum Guests #5 & #6
Pre-production Week #1
 CUFDRT601A- 1
CUFPPM404A -1,2
10Forum Guests #7 & #8
Pre-production Week #2
 CUFDRT601A- 1
CUFPPM404A -1,2
11Studio – refresh camera and crew production skills prior to shoot
Pre-production Week #3

12Film Shoot: Studio/Location (attendance may also be required on Friday of this week) CUFDRT601A

13Second Unit/Film Editing CUFDRT601A
14Film EditingAssessment #1: all forums due to have been completed by this dateCUFDRT601A
15Film EditingAssessment #3: all storyboard presentations due by this dateCUFDRT601A
16Film ScreeningAssessment #4: Production reports due on this dateCUFDRT601A

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 assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments.

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 - all presentations to be completed by Week 15, October 25
Percentage Weighting: 20%

At a screening of the produced collaborative project, 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: 1200-1500 words.
Due date: Week 16, November 1
Percentage Weighting: 20%

The unit Establish the creative vision for screen productions is graded. The grades used are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

The unit Create Storyboards is assessed as :

CA     Competent

NYC  Not yet competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. This is 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.

Special Consideration Policy
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

You will receive both oral 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 in a manner 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

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