SCRIPTWRITING PROJECT

MSS3ADS

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to initially develop a full length theatre performance text, series pilot or feature film script, by presenting a pitch, a critical treatment of concept, a folio of selected scenes, and a rehearsed reading. This subject explores scriptwriting as a craft-based, industrialised and creative practice, and combines critical readings of theoretical texts, plays and screenplays with the workshopping of your writing in a supportive, collaborative environment.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNoel Maloney

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWriting pitch or concept documents, storylines, treatments, theatre texts or screenplays. Writing and workshopping of a theatre text or screenplay. Rehearsing performers, managing a presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

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 subjectsCST2ADS OR CST3ADS OR MSS2ADS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Secret Life of Plays

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorWaters, S.

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherNick Hearn Books

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Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDancyger, K. & Rush, J.

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherFocal Press

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21st Century Screenplay: A comprehensive guide to writing tomorrow's films.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorAronson, L.

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAllen & Unwin

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Choose appropriate elements of style and narrative in the creation of a performance text, film or television project
02. Construct a coherent long form narrative expressed in language consistent with the conventions used in concept documents, storylines, scene breakdowns, synopses and treatments in theatre, film and television production
03. Create a compelling argument for a long form theatre text or screenplay idea to be developed and produced
04. Write a performance text or screenplay segment using industry conventions of form and layout
05. Produce a rehearsed reading of a performance text or screenplay segment

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoel Maloney

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

A 500 word project pitch, to be presented in class

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

1500 word concept, treatment or scene breakdown

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

2500 words of selected scenes for a performance text, feature film, or series pilot.

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5