SCREENWRITING PROJECT

MSS3ADS

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to initially develop a series pilot or feature film script, by producing a logline, synopsis, a treatment or a scene breakdown, and a folio of consecutive scenes. 


This subject explores screen writing as a craft-based, industrialized and creative practice, and combines critical readings of theoretical texts and screen plays with the workshopping of your writing in a supportive, collaborative environment. 

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNoel Maloney

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolled in ABCA, or completion of 30 credit points in second year subjects, or by arrangement with the subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CST2ADS & CST3ADS & MSS2ADS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAlternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood FormulaRecommendedDancyger, K. & Rush, J. (2013)Focal Press
Readings21st Century Screenplay: A comprehensive guide to writing tomorrow's films.RecommendedAronson, L. (2010)Allen & Unwin

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Choose appropriate elements of style and narrative in the creation of a specific film or television project

Activities:
Writing pitch document; writing screenplay and writing storyline
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

02. Construct a coherant narrative expressed in language consistent with the conventions used in storylines, scene breakdowns, synopses and treatments in the film and industry

Activities:
Writing and (voluntary) workshopping of a storyline
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Create a compelling argument for a screenplay idea to be developed and produced

Activities:
Writing and (voluntary) presentation of a pitch document
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

04. Produce a screenplay segment using industry conventions of screnplay form and layout

Activities:
Writing and (voluntary) workshopping of a screenplay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoel Maloney

Class requirements

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

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
A 500 word pitch document, comprising a logline and synopsis20 01, 02, 03, 04
A 1500 word treatment for a feature film or a partial scene breakdown for a series pilot30 01, 02, 04
2500 words of consecutive scenes from a feature film or series pilot script50 01, 02, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoel Maloney

Class requirements

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

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
A 500 word pitch document, comprising a logline and synopsis20 01, 02, 03, 04
A 1500 word treatment for a feature film or a partial scene breakdown for a series pilot30 01, 02, 04
2500 words of consecutive scenes from a feature film or series pilot script50 01, 02, 04