Course Title: Script edit a feature film
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2015
Course Code: COMM7326
Course Title: Script edit a feature film
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: Chris Anastassiades
Phone: 03 9925 4514
Nominal Hours: 70
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
In this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills required by a script editor to work with a writer, either through a film production company or independently, to edit and develop a feature length script.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
ASWSEF613A Script edit a feature film
1. Build partnerships
1.1 A working relationship with the scriptwriter, producer and/or director is developed and maintained
2. Assist writer to develop script
2.1 The structure, themes and genre of the story are identified
3. Write a script report
3.1 A script report is written to specifications of the funding body or production company
On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements and will be able to edit a feature length film script. This is normally done in association with other screen professionals such as fellow editors, directors and a production team.
Details of Learning Activities
In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• industry speakers
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshopping of students’ own projects
2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent and group project based work
• online and other research
• discussion and comment via blackboard
• independent study
Note: while your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
INTRODUCTION. INTERVIEWING THE WRITER
How to interview a writer. Formulating questions for the writer. Listening. Seeking intent, identifying genre, themes, prospective audience, etc. Role of research.
GENERAL CRAFT ISSUES
CHOOSING YOUR GROUPS AND PARTNERS
Please note that there will be no class on Monday 9 March
|DUE: ASSESSMENT TASK #1|
|DUE: ASSESSMENT TASK #2|
|MID-SEMESTER BREAK |
Please note there will be no classes from Friday 3 April through to Friday 10 April inclusive.
EXERCISE: Interview the writer. What does the protagonist want? How is this reflected/affected by each scene? What are the key moments? Is there enough
Examines the characters other than the protagonist and their roles as allies and or obstacles and or both in the story. Clear characters with goals of
their own is where sub-plots are born. How they intersect with the narrative determines how effective they are.
WHOLE CLASS DISCUSSION – Examples chosen by teacher from class scripts to be examined.
|12||CAUSE AND EFFECT|
Stressing the importance of clear causal links from scene to scene. Now that all key elements have been explored individually and weaknesses have been
examined we look at the importance of logic in the story as an audience journey.
EXERCISE – “Now I’m here… why?” the Editor as the protagonist/audience presents a beat by beat examination of the script to the writer to detect logic problems.
|13||WRITING THE SCRIPT NOTES|
Briefing of final assessment task. (see Assessment Task #3)
Exercise – Drafting the Summary section (for your own script) and presenting in class.
REVIEW & RE-WRITE PLANS
|DUE: ASSESSMENT TASK #3|
|15||ONE ON ONES|
One-on-one sessions monitored by teacher. Editors to present summary of feedback to writers and then hand over notes.
ONE ON ONES
While there are no prescribed texts 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 are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.
You will require access to a computer and the internet for this course. RMIT will provide you with further resources and tools for learning through our online systems and access to specialized 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 semester. 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 and script editing tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment (refer to Blackboard for assessment criteria).
In this course, you will work with another writer’s feature film script, to assist in its development to a subsequent draft.
There are three assessments in this unit.
1. Identify the dramatic question and logline of the script. Due Week 6, Monday 16 March
As an editor you will work with the writer to negotiate and cement in place the dramatic question of their script and from this, you will identify the dramatic question and create a logline that describes the script. This then becomes the ‘baseline’ for any further work on the script. On consultation with your writer, you will write and present for assessment a description of the dramatic question and logline.
2. Synopsis of screenplay. Due Week 8, Monday 30 March
As an editor you will work with the writer to negotiate and create a one-page synopsis of the script. You will write a one-page synopsis of your writer’s script.
3. Script editor’s report. Due Week 14, Monday 18 May
You will produce a script editor’s report of 1500 words, outlining the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for further development of the writer’s script. This should be a comprehensive document that reflects your work with the writer.
Once you have demonstrated competency, your final assessment task will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric).
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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