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Advanced Topic in Media Production (SCR510)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 6
Description The aim of this unit is to empower students with the ability to further develop film ideas from scripts written in semester 1 of this course. This includes learning many of the crucial aspects of film producing, such as budgeting, financing, legals, marketing, distribution, etc. It also involves learning to direct actors, as well as crew, camera, and coverage, within the filmic process.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. To be competent in developing a film project
2. To understand the financing side of film projects
3. To be knowledgeable in film legals and insurances
4. To know the intricacies of the role of a production manager
5. To understand the many aspects of entrepreneurialism
6. To comprehend and appreciate the issues involved with marketing and distributing a film
7. To become competent at directing film actors
8. To become competent at directing a film crew and the camera
Timetabled Learning Activities Students will attend intensive seminars and workshop sessions for professional instruction and guidance. Each topic will run for four days of 3-hour sessions. Students will often be expected to undertake homework outside of seminar/workshop times.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit employs intensive seminars run by industry professionals to impart knowledge and experience in the relevant aspects of film-making. Students will work with hypothetical film projects, engage in practical exercises in the television studio, and apply real-world concepts and practices to their prospective films.
Other Learning Experiences The collaborative conception and development of ideas and projects is encouraged in this unit, and will more closely align students with an industry experience.
Assessment Students will be assessed on homework set within each of the weekly topics, which includes a variety of aspects of film producing and film directing. Also assessed is a student's participation in, and comprehension of, industry seminars.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Media Production.
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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