mss2scv shooting short productions




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will be introduced to basic skills in digital media production and will be provided with the opportunity to explore the production forms examined in theoretical media: screen + sound subjects. Working collaboratively in small production teams, students will be involved in producing short practical exercises and uploading them to the web. Students undertake roles in either; direction, camera operating, editing, sound recording or production management to produce a completed five-minute short film screened publicly at the completion of the semester.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAngie Black

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students will be required to have completed either 15 credit points of first-year level subjects in MEDIA or MST1MTN or co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects MST2SCV & MST3SCV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFilm Art: An Introduction, 9th edPrescribedDavid & Thompson, K. 2010NEW YORK: MCGRAW-HILL
ReadingsProducing Videos: a complete Guide 3rd EdPrescribedMollison, MarthaNEW YORK, MCGRAW-HILL 2010
ReadingsProducing & Directing the Short Film and VideoRecommendedRea, P. & Irving, D. 20104TH ED. FOCAL PRESS
ReadingsProducing Videos: a complete Guide 2nd Ed.RecommendedMollison, M.2ND ED, ALLEN & UNWIN, BORDWELL, 2003
ReadingsShort Site. Australian Centre for the Moving ImageRecommendedCrimmings, E. & Graham, R. 2004N/A
ReadingsWriting the Short FilmRecommendedCooper, P. & Dancyger, K. 20053RD ED. OXFORD ELSEVIER FOCAL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Produce work which demonstrates the effective use of techniques in the manipulation of image and sound.

Through creating practical field exercises, writing a short creative screenplay and participation in a short film project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

02. Demonstrate critical and practical knowledge of a range of media texts, genres, aesthetic forms and practices.

In class screenings and readings, research into a chosen genre and film analysis.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

03. Demonstrate the ability to work flexibly and creatively in one or more forms of media in response to project demands.

Pitching a creative project, communicating creative ideas both verbally and written, the ability to take instruction from peers and leading discussion. Initiate, lead, negotiate and interact with others in planning. Constructing, adapting to and executing creative projects.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

04. Work across a variety of collaborative and independent modes of practice, and within these demonstrate the capacity for critical self-reflection.

Through participation in creating a creative project, deconstructing in-class screenings and performing critical analysis of the screen project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size75

Enrolment information HUSS technical services and staff, production and editing equipment Preference given to ABM or ABMS or BA: Media: screen + sound major or BA: Media Studies major or BA: Cinema Studies Major or ABCA students.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAngie Black

Class requirements

Lecture/FilmWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1500-word equiv screenplay4002, 01
2500-word equiv participation in screen production6001, 02, 03, 04