Course Title: Script and story edit television drama
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2015
Course Code: COMM7327
Course Title: Script and story edit television drama
School: 345T Media and Communication
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6125 - Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting
Course Contact : Course 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: 9925 4895
Nominal Hours: 70
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
Required Prior Study
At RMIT, you are required to have completed all first year core competencies before enrolling in this elective course.
This course delivers the skills and knowledge required by a professional script and story editor working in all facets of television drama production. It introduces you to the business and techniques of running a story meeting, working with the writer, editing a script to match the writer’s vision to various production requirements, and liaising with other screen professionals including fellow editors, directors and the production team.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
ASWSET614A Script and story edit television drama
1 Run a story meeting
1.1 Effective working structure for story meeting group is established
2 Edit a script
2.1 Series requirements are identified
3 Work with writer
3.1 Writer’s intentions are clarified
4 Liaise with production
4.1 Production meetings are scheduled and attended
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to story edit television series or serials.
Details of Learning Activities
In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises
• individual and group project work
• 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
|1||Skills inventory |
Final Draft - introduction
Role of the Story and Script Editor: history/overview
Our collaborative work – discussion and development
|3||Role of the Story and Script Editor (cont’d): Series and Serials|
Script editors – short list
Story editing/development/research exercise
Script editing: assessing script content and structure
Assessment task #1: Script Editor Visits (as scheduled)
|5||Story editing/development: Building characters |
Script editing: scene and sequence analysis
Story hooks and character transition
Story editing/development: Building stories
Writing character and story notes
Story conference debrief/feedback
|Assessment task #2: Story Conferences|
|8||Presentation of character and story notes|
Segment plotting (cont’d)
|Assessment task #2: Story Conferences (cont’d)|
|9||Delivery of written first draft sequences|
Script editing: script rewriting and polishing
|10||Delivery of written first draft sequences (cont’d)|
Script editing: Writer/editor meetings
|Assessment task #3: Working with Writer|
|11||Final day for Script Editor visits/reports|
Script editing: Writer/editor meetings (cont’d)
|Assessment task #3: Working with Writer (cont’d)|
|Mid-semester break - 21 September to 2 October|
|12||Delivery of written second draft sequences|
Reshaping skills: structure and rhythm
|13||Delivery of written second draft sequences (cont’d)|
Masterclass: Script Editing Intensive
|14||Delivery of final script||Assessment task #4: Edited Script
|15||Delivery of final script||Assessment task #4: Edited Script (cont’d)|
Any prescribed reading material will be distributed in class
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
Students will require access to the Final Draft word processing program and the facility to print hard copies of their work. These facilities are available in the Carlton Library.
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 class discussion and exercises and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written projects.
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) and where indicated, you will receive a grade.
Assessment Task #1: Script Editor Visit (Due date: as scheduled with your teacher)
Host a visit from a Script/Story Editor active in the industry, and discuss their role and working methods, using at least 3 scripted and/or visual examples of their editing work.
Assessment Task #2: Story Conference (Due dates: Weeks 7 and 8, 20 and 27 August)
Play your part in a story conference with other students at which episode stories will be plotted. You will lead the group in plotting a sequence, take meeting notes, and oversee the progression to scene breakdown and first draft script.
Assessment Task #3: Working With Writer (Due dates: Weeks 10 and 11, 10 and 17 September)
On delivery of first draft sequences, you are tasked to convene and participate in a meeting with the writers, at which the writer’s intentions are clarified, and the strengths and weaknesses of each writer’s sequence are discussed. Story restructuring and any other changes are negotiated. Your job is to make each writer’s task as clear and effective as possible, with particular regard to the sequence you plotted. Redrafted scenes will then be collated by the group.
Assessment task #4: Edited Script (Due dates: Weeks 14 and 15, 22 and 29 October)
A fully-edited final draft of a complete episode, including the sequence you plotted and progressed, and your editor’s pass on all other material. Your fully-edited script may be presented and discussed in a class debrief. Your fully-edited final draft should be accompanied by a brief synopsis, character notes and location lists, and contain both individual and cumulative scene timings.
All material is to be formatted in Final Draft, and submitted in hard copy as well as digital attachment emailed to your teacher.
A digital, signed cover sheet must be emailed with all digital submissions. In the program Blackboard site you will find a digital copy of the cover sheet together with instructions on how to set up and use a digital signature.
Once you have demonstrated competency, your final assessment (#4) will be graded (refer to Blackboard for grading rubric). The grades used in this unit are as follows:
CHD 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
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (see above).
The major learning experience involves studio-based exercises, demonstration and production-based exercises. 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.
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.
You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Academic progress
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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Academic integrity and plagiariam
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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