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Screen Writing and Development (SCR550)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description This unit focuses on conceptualising, writing, and developing film ideas for later production in the second semester of this course. Students will work towards finding stories that they are connected to and passionate about. They will then workshop these to create interesting worlds, characters with depth that engage audiences, and a cohesive, concise, and creative plot. This unit is aligned with industry processes and practices, and will benefit all film-makers, from producers, through sound recordists, to grips and directors.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Students will be capable of devising a story from themes and topics important to them.
2. Students will be able to create effective plots to support their story
3. Students will know how to develop interesting characters
4. Students will understand how to build interesting worlds to support their characters and plots
5 Students will be competent at screenwriting in an industry format and style
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit will be taught using one 2.5 hour workshop each week.
Unit Learning Experiences The weekly workshops will be led by a professional scriptwriter and consist of instruction, individual and group exercises, class discussion, individual presentation, and homework review. Students will bring ongoing work to class and submit drafts to their tutor for feedback. As self-learning is strongly encouraged for success in the professional film industry, the learning management system (LMS - Moodle) will be utilised to provide students with links to relative videos to further knowledge and prepare students for class discussions.
Assessment The main assessments in this unit focus on the conceptualisation, writing, and development of a professional quality film script, and act as checkpoints along the way where the tutor can provide feedback. Students will be taken through the screenwriting process in incremental steps, which include ideation, characterisation, diegetic worlds, the plot, tying it all together, etc., which provides an accumulation of knowledge about scriptwriting, that can be fed into the creative process.
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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