Scriptwriting and Directing: Major film and TV productions
Unit code: HDFTV311
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||36 Hours per Semester|
Aims and objectives
- Create and write a script and ancillary production material for a major project;
- Explore communicating in the film and television language in the writing and directing of a longer form narrative, documentary or animated film, television show, series or promo for any of these, or equivalent production/s commensurate with a final major project;
- Apply the skills of their chosen area of specialisation through their collaborative contribution within a group dynamic;
- Apply pitching and selling ideas through the development of a proposal, screenplay and ancillary written production materials;
- Direct and shoot an individual project: a “dialogue” (two handed dialogue scene), music clip, set piece or TVC.
• Lecture-tutorials and workshops;
• Supervision and consultation of production based activity.
AssessmentNote: Percentage weightings are indicative. See Unit Briefs for full assessment details.
Part A. Writing: pitch, script, documentation (50%)
Part B. Individual Project (50%)
Generic skills outcomes
- Are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas;
- Are entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community;
- Operate effectively and ethically in work and community situations;
- Are adaptable and manage change;
- Are aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing.
- Pitching and selling ideas;
- Screenplay development;
- Production, scripts and directing paperwork;
- The practice of film and television through key elements of writing, directing, acting, cinematography, music, editing, and sound design;
- The emotional response, development and complexity of ideas.
Learning and Teaching Activities
Students should expect to engage in a wide range of learning experiences, which may include:
• Analysis of screenplays and directing technique;
• Post-screening discussions;
• Writing and directing workshops;
• Developing scripts, production and directing plans for individual and major group projects;
• Developing professional documents;
• Apply pitching and “selling” ideas;
• Production and direction of individual projects.
Clurman, H 1997 On Directing, Fireside, New York
Capra, F 1997 The Name Above the Title, DaCapo Press
Senses of Cinema website, The Great Directors