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Introduction to the Screen (MCC116)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description An introductory unit which lays the groundwork for further analytical and practical units. Its objectives are: to familiarise students with the different ways in which screen texts are studied; to introduce students to concepts of narrative, style and genre in filmic texts ; and to introduce students to the basic terminology of visual language.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week; film screenings: 2 hours per week.
Note: Lectures and workshops/tutorials commence in Week 1 of the semester.
Unit Learning Experiences MCC116 tutorial discussions fall into two general categories: Issue-based and Technology-based topics. We will explore each week's film within the theoretical framework introduced in the lectures, by investigating form, cinematic styles and themes.

During each tutorial students will be required to offer a presentation on the topic for the day. Students will have 20 minutes for their presentations. While the tutorial presentation requires you to discuss the topic in conceptual form, it should also foreground your personal experience of the film. Use of presentation methods that support active class interaction will be rewarded. The presentations are followed by questions and open discussion before. Each student will be required to make a presentation during the Semester. Therefore, we encourage students to take every opportunity to watch films as learning moments thus questioning the means by which people learn.

Students are expected to attend all lectures, screenings and tutorials. The lectures introduce major theories, debates and issues in the discipline of cinematic representation. The films screened after the lectures range from classics to avant-garde productions, selected in terms of their relevance to the theoretical approaches chosen. Please note that attendance at screenings is to all intents and purposes obligatory. As most of these materials are not generally available for viewing, you will not be able to participate in the tutorial discussion nor have the foundations for essay writing without having seen these films.

Assessment Tutorial Presentation
* Analyse viewing position and application of interpretive strategies, from diverse historical, cultural, and linguistic contexts.
* Examine the difference between types of film aesthetics and stylistic distinctiveness
* Describe the development of the cinema by policy and industrial developments.

Assignment 1: Film Review
* addressing the issues in the film
* observe theoretical concepts
* aesthetic, examination of technical and cultural dimensions
* development of argument
* engagement with readings
* referencing; structure; grammar/language.

Assignment 3: Script writing - PITCH & TREATMENT
Describe and evaluate an episode from a TV drama. What are the principal themes of the episode? What are its chief formulas for plot and characterization?
Write a TREATMENT for a single episode of a contemporary drama, emphasizing its visual style, its treatment of character, its strategies of dramatization.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MED116 Introduction to Screen and Sound Studies or MCC116 Introduction to Screen and Sound Studies may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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