Course Title: Assess a film script during development
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2013
Course Code: COMM7315
Course Title: Assess a film script during development
School: 345T Media and Communication
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting
Course Contact : Program Administration
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815
Course Contact Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Teacher: Ian Pringle
Tel: 9925 4514
Nominal Hours: 70
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This course looks at the skills and knowledge require to assess a film script.. It involves assessing script construction, style and content, evaluating script changes and writing a script report.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
ASWAFS602A Assess a film script during development
1. Assess script construction, style and content
2. Evaluate changes made in various drafts
2.1 Any changes occurring in premise, theme or subject are delineated
3. Write a script report
3.1 Overview of script’s strengths and weaknesses is prepared
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to assess a film script and provide constructive feedback on construction, style and content. You will be also be able to evaluate changes that are made and write a script report.
Details of Learning Activities
In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• analysis/critique of students’ writings
2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• writing and reading assignments
• online and other research
• independent study
|Week||Class Content||Assessment Due||Elements|
|1||Introduction: Practise and protocols of script editing.|
Breakdown “The Roarty’s” feature script.
Read twice and complete 1-page assessment & 1-paragraph synopsis.
Discussion of assessment due Week 8
|2||Class exercise: breakdown of “The Roarty’s”|
Examination of story and structure
|3||Class exercise: breakdown of “The Roarty’s”|
Examination of plot and character elements. Analysis of moral determinates.
|4||Class breakdown of ‘The Roarty’s”|
Analysis and discussion of point of view, tone and genre
|5||Class breakdown of ‘The Roarty’s”|
Evaluation of project
|6||Class exercise: adaptation of a sequence from “Smiley’s People”||1|
|7||Class analysis and evaluation of “Smiley’s People”||1|
|8||View “Smiley’s People” sequence|
Class evaluation “Smiley’s People”
|Assessment #1 due||2|
|9||Class viewing: “Zodiac” and “Mr. Wolf”||1,2|
|10||“Zodiac” and “Mr. Wolf” script to screen – analysis and discussion of significant changes||2,3|
|11||Continued analysis and discussion around significant changes made to the scripts of “Zodiac” and “Mr. Wolf” for the screen||Assessment #2 due||2,3|
|Mid-semester break - two weeks|
|12||Class discussion and exercises set around analysis of “Zodiac” and “Mr. Wolf”||3|
|13||Viewing “Lake Mungo”|
“Lake Mungo”: analysis of the treatment to first draft
|Assessment #3 due||3|
|14||Class discussion “Lake Mungo” treatment to first draft||3|
|15||Class exercise: “Kyneton Gothic”. Looking at script set-up and openings||Assessment #4 due||1-3|
|16||No classes: Cup Day weekend|
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 written script assessment tasks.
Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks, which are graded.
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 assessment.
Assessment #1: Breakdown of feature script
Complete a breakdown of assigned short feature script, “The Roarty’s”. Due to be submitted in class of Week 8
Assessment #2: Editing sequence
Adapt and edit sequence from a novel into a screenplay format – “Smiley’s People”. Due to be submitted in class of Week 11
Assessment #3: Appraisal of screenplay
Appraisal of screenplay, genre, tone, historical background – “Zodiac” and “Mr. Wolf”. Due to be submitted in class of Week 13
Assessment #: Feature Appraisal
Appraisal of designated contemporary Australian feature. Due to be submitted in class of Week 15
The competency Assess a film script during development is graded. The grades used are as follows:
HDI Competency with high distinction
CDI Competency with distinction
CC Competency with credit
CAG Competent graded
NYC Not yet complete
DNS Did not submit
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. This is available through the course contact in Program Administration
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
Feedback You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT
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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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline
Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work-related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short-term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.
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