Screenwriting (Drama)

Course code CMNS3180Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Deals with writing scripts for film, video, or television production. Students will be engaged in writing for a visual medium and develop an understanding of the relationship between images and sound. The elements of story telling will be examined including: structure; the dramatic act; plot points, characters, actions, dialogue and narration. Students will write concept documents, outlines, and treatments to gain an understanding of the stages of script production and the forms and conventions of television genres and the cinema.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. write and edit imaginative and creative scripts

2. understand and apply different styles and techniques to the screenplay form

3. critically analyse and evaluate films and other audio-visual forms of entertainment

4. conceptualise and engage with contemporary ideas and to realise these within the context and constraints imposed by budgets and time schedules.
ContentThe focus of this course is on the conception, research and writing of dramatic scripts which are presentable to a Producer for further development.

Topics will include:

1. Critical analysis and evaluation of films and television programs in terms of their narrative content and plot devices
2. Script writing and editing for various dramatic genres and the role of screen writing in the production of films and television programs
3. Narrative styles and techniques of the screenplay form
4. Planning of scripts within the constraints imposed by budgets and time schedules.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCMNS1090 or equivalent understanding of production, writing and analysis.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsStudent Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Studio: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks