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Writing for the Screen (SCR200)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This is a unit for students who wish to hone their scriptwriting skills by developing a 7-10min script for a short film, using current screen industry guidelines and practice. It is recommended for students who wish to proceed to SCR320 Advanced Screen Production as scripts may be developed for production in this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Apply the foundational principles of dramatic structure to the short film
2. Create character development through plot and structure in the short film
3. Write basic short film screenwriting documents (synopsis, treatment, draft)
4. Analyse short film screenplays in order to identify problems and solutions
Timetabled Learning Activities The unit is devised of 8 lectures, and 11 x 2 hour workshops - spread over a 14 week semester. Note: Lectures and workshops/tutorials commence in Week 1 of the semester.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is devised of 8 lectures, and 11 x 2 hour workshops - spread over a 14 week semester. Close supervision is provided during workshops and students will work towards assessment goals during workshop time by producing synopsis, storyline, treatment and a draft script. There is, however, a requirement for much writing or story development out of class as success in this unit depends on your ability to take on board comments from your tutor and then rework your writing accordingly. It is acceptable for changes to occur in your screenplays; in fact it is desirable. Students will:
· Produce industry standard synopses, character breakdowns, outlines, treatments, and drafts.
· Participate in discussions regarding script development and analysis
Analyse screenplays by watching films and vice versa.
Assessment Students will produce according to industry norms in screenwriting and be assessed according to industry formats. These are a synopsis, storyline, treatment and first draft for a seven minute short film in any genre. The draft has the greatest weighting as it demonstrates the learning achieved in the previous assessments. Each item will be given written feedback and workshopped in class to enable progression to the next stage of writing.
Prerequisites SCR101 Screen production 1 or MCC128 Screen Production I (TV Studio) (or MED107 Screen and Sound Production I (TV Studio) or MED107 Screen Production I (TV Studio) OR permission of the Unit Coordinator (subject to proven ability to write with words and images).
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MED312 Writing for the Screen or MCC353 Writing for the Screen cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
SCR200
Mr Damian Fasolo
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6106
e: D.Fasolo@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.071 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
SCR200

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mr Damian Fasolo
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6106
e: D.Fasolo@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.071 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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