1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 Admission into GDPSM-Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Production
1a Admission into MSM-Master of Screen and Media Production
1b Admission into MSMA-Master of Screen and Media Production [1 year]
1c Admission into GCMC-Graduate Certificate in Media and Communication
1d Admission into GDPMC-Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication
1e Admission into MMC-Master of Media and Communication
1f Admission into MMCI-Master of Media and Communication [1.5 years]
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SCME2071, SCME3051 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic provides graduate students with skills in script development and writing, and development skills in script writing to be used in the major project.

The topic explores elements such as story, narrative, plot and character. A number of genres will be covered, including the development of scripts for documentaries and short films.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop students' abilities in manipulating narrative structures and assessing and interpreting characters for the develop of script writing for documentary and other short film
  • Explore issues related to symbolism, genre and plot development in script writing
  • Allow students to work both individually and/or in a collaborative setting to develop a script for their major project
  • Examine the role of script writing, and the script writer, in the production of documentaries and other short films
  • Examine the construction of classic narrative and alternative narrative form in short and long format films
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically analyse story, script structures, drama and character in documentaries and other short film form
  2. Identify, research, analyse and manipulate symbolism, motif, genre and film construction in the short film form
  3. Demonstrate technical and theoretical skills for script writing for short projects
  4. Analyse the role of scriptwriting and the scriptwriter as they relate to a range of film production contexts
  5. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of classic narrative and alternative narrative form in short and long format films
  6. Develop a synopsis, treatment, character breakdown and script for a short film
  7. Apply their knowledge of scriptwriting to write a short film script