Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students will develop the skills, knowledge and ability to create a live-action short film. Working in groups students will take on the role of either a screen-writer, a director, a cinematographer, an art director, a sound recordist/composer or an editor. Emphasis in this course will be focused on original treatment of the story through crew collaboration and creative processes for location film production.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop skills, knowledge and understanding of short film production through collaborative filmmaking practice;

2. Develop and critically analyse short film scripts for location based productions;

3. Identify and critically reflect on the creative process related to short film production practices;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of industry expectations in regard to WHS, risk assessments, budgeting, ethical and moral issues, and safe working practices.


Topics to be covered are:

  • Professional production practices and creative processes for screen-based practitioners working in collaborative groups.
  • Industry expectation for short film productions including budgets, planning and scheduling, risk assessments, legal and copyright issues.
  • Editorial, technical and aesthetic content development for short film productions.
  • Planning and realising a short film production on time and within a limited resource base

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 2000 level including CMNS2035

Assessment items

Professional Task: Short film production exercise (20%)

Presentation: Present Crew role paperwork for a short film (20%)

Professional Task: Short film 6 minutes (40%)

Journal: Exegesis about Short Film practice (20%)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - Compulsory Requirement: Induction Requirement - Students must pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction (equipment usage).

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Film Screening

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 13


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1-6 and Week 13


Face to Face On Campus 19 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks (weeks 2-5) 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting Week 6

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