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Directing and Producing (SCR222)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit teaches students how to Direct and Produce at the development stage of film-making. A thorough knowledge of the workings of these is vital for any student wishing to create screen productions for any purpose, though for Screen Production students it will specifically support the conceptualisation and preparation of films for their final year capstone unit: Advanced Screen Production. It is a guided creation and development process for students who wish to make traditional drama productions.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of choosing and re-writing a script for production.
ULO2. Detail the importance of knowing your audience.
ULO3. Demonstrate an understanding of style in directing.
ULO4. Display a comprehensive knowledge of film style and tone
ULO5. Describe the importance of casting.
ULO6. Detail the relevant issues in film legals, copyright & insurance.
ULO7. Demonstrate the ability to create a complete budget from a film script.
ULO8. Display the ability to create a film festival and distribution plan.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2.5 hours per week as two distinct 5-week modules over 10 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is taught across two separate modules: directing and producing. It is usually taught by industry professionals, with a different tutor guiding students through each module. It runs in a 2.5-hour workshop each week over 10 total weeks, where students are taken from the professional development process of script breakdown, budgeting and scheduling, and determining style, to distribution, casting and location scouting. It is important for film-makers who wish to specialise in any craft to learn and understand the basis of both these developmental roles in Screen Production. This enables all film-makers to have insight into what is the foundation of all commercial production, and thus maximise their value to directors or producers in this process. It also empowers those who wish to commence their own production company, or even work as contracted staff, to undertake these practices in an informed and professional way. Students are expected to work on developing their individual productions in their own time; and self-learning, as always, is crucial to success. The industry professionals tutoring this unit are always a wealth of knowledge, and students should engage with them as much as possible in an effort to attain the benefit of their experience.
Assessment Students will be individually assessed on their progress through the two stages of production development. Thus, the assessments usually consist of a Producer's package (50%) and a Director's package (50%). Tutorial attendance and participation is also assessed within these.
Prerequisites SCR101 Screen Production 1 or MCC128 Screen Production I
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC312 Media Projects may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Professional Development'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCommun)+(BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
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.


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Dr John McMullan

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2576
e: J.McMullan@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr John McMullan

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2576
e: J.McMullan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.062 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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