Course Title: Create a drama series or serial
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2015
Course Code: COMM7320
Course Title: Create a drama series or serial
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: John Reeves
Phone: 03 9925 4895
Nominal Hours: 140
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
Required Prior Study
Enrolment into this course at RMIT this year requires the completion of Assess TV scripts and Write an episode of a TV series.
This course aims to develop and enhance the practical skills you need in order to work as a freelance writer on series and serial television, and assist you in the development of a concept, a series bible and a pilot script of your own to take to the marketplace.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
ASWSER607A Create a drama series or serial
1. Analyse current market
1.1 Market demographics are delineated
2. Produce series bible
2.1 Audience for proposed series or serial is identified
3. Create pilot episode
3.1 Scene sequences are outlined showing story and character arcs
4. Promote series to key industry persons
4.1 Key producers appropriate to project are identified
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to analyze trends in serials and series, develop and write scripts appropriate to TV genres, and identify and approach suitable markets for a series or serial concept, series bible and pilot episode you have created and developed.
Details of Learning Activities
In this course, you will learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• industry speakers & mentors
• teacher-directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• mentoring by industry professionals
• reading of script excerpts to provide examples of writing elements
• workshopping of students’ own projects
2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• online and other research
• independent study
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.
Semester 1: Week
Overview of course content and assessment requirements
Group presentation: discussion & drafting
Your premise: define a simple, compelling idea and a place to set it.
Your characters: use personal sourcing and ongoing research to create a key character.
|Assessment #1 (cont’d)|
What makes a successful TV series? Case study #2
|6||Pitch your key character/s, their story arcs, and one crucial sequence||Assessment #2|
|7||Pitch your key character/s, their story arcs, and one crucial sequence (cont’d)||Assessment #2 (cont’d)|
|8||Conflict & story development: do we break the rule?|
|Easter Break: 1 week||There are no classes from Friday 3 April through to Friday 10 April inclusive.|
Story arcs: develop involving stories for your key and secondary characters
|10||Your bible: key character/s, their story arcs, and the story arena|
|11||Your bible: drafting|
|12||Drafting and workshopping|
|13||Drafting and workshopping|
|14||Part draft script readings and draft bible pitch||Assessment #3|
|15||Part draft script readings and draft bible pitch (cont’d)||Assessment #3(cont’d)|
|16||Part draft script readings and draft bible pitch (cont’d)||Assessment #3(cont’d)|
|Semester break - There will be no classes from Monday 8 June through to Friday 3 July inclusive|
|Semester 2: Week||Content||Assessment|
|1||Redrafting: the key to successful drama and a rewarding career|
The full draft: group workshopping
|3||The full draft: group workshopping (cont’d)|
|4||Putting together a successful pitch .Is your project ready for the market? Planning for success|
|5||Visually pitch your project (including market-ready self assessment)||Assessment #4|
|6||Visually pitch your project (including market-ready self assessment) (cont’d)||Assessment #4(cont’d)|
|7||Editing your bible for maximum impact|
|8||Drafting: no class meeting|
|9||Final drafting: workshopping|
|10||Final drafting: workshopping|
|11||Final drafting: workshopping|
|Mid-semester Break: 2 weeks||There are no classes from Monday 21 September through to Friday 2 October inclusive.|
|12||Table readings: a professional approach|
|13||Table readings of full draft script/final bible pitch||Assessment #5|
|14||Table readings of full draft script/final bible pitch (cont’d)||Assessment #5 (cont’d)|
Table readings of full draft script/final bible pitch (cont’d)
|Assessment #5 (cont’d)|
You are strongly advised to make use of the listings of recommended reading and viewing posted on Blackboard, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.
You will require access to a computer, screenwriting software (Final Draft, Celtx or similar) and the internet for this course. RMIT will provide you with further resources and tools for learning through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have full access to the extensive RMIT library resources.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the year. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include: participation in class exercises, oral presentations and practical writing tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Assessment #1: Group presentation and report: Pilots, projects and popular success.
Assessment conducted: Sem 1 - Weeks 3 & 4 (Thurs 26 February and Thurs 5 March)
Assessment #2: Your key character/s, their story arcs, and one crucial sequence.
Assessment conducted: Sem 1 - Weeks 6 & 7 (Thurs 19 and 26 March)
Assessment #3: Part draft script readings and draft bible pitch.
Assessment conducted: Sem 1 - Weeks 14, 15 & 16 (Thurs 21 and 28 May, 4 June)
Assessment #4: Visually pitch your project (including market-ready self assessment).
Assessment conducted: Sem 2 - Weeks 5 & 6 (Thurs 6 and 13 August)
Assessment #5: Facilitate a table reading of your full draft script/final bible pitch, and submit material.
Assessment due: Sem 2 - Weeks 13, 14 & 15 (Thurs 15, 22 and 29 October)
Once you have demonstrated competency, your final assessment task (#5) will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric).
Grades used in this unit are as follows:
HD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (see above).
Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.
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.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.
Assessment and Feedback (web link)
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student Progress (web link)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)
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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you will need to apply for special consideration.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)
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
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