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Assemble appropriate elements of style, genre and narrative to devise and propose a long form concept for a performance text, film script or television series;
Construct a coherent and compelling long form narrative expressed in language consistent with the conventions used in storylines, scene breakdowns, synopses and treatments in theatre, film and television production;
Synthesise narrative elements and apply appropriate conventions of form and layout to create a coherent and compelling segment of a performance text, film or television screenplay;
Analyse and evaluate a script, identify its problems and suggest solutions for a redraft.
- • Contemporary scriptwriting practices in TV series, theatre and feature film.
- • Character making.
- • Treatments, concepts, pitches.
- • Narrative structures.
- • Genres.
- • Complex plotting.
- • Redrafting and script development.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 30 credit points of Level two subjects. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed CST2ADS (Screenwriting Project), or CST3ADS (Screenwriting Project), or MSS2ADS (Screenwriting Project) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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In this subject, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to develop a full length theatre performance text, series pilot or feature film script, by presenting a pitch, a critical treatment of concept, a folio of selected scenes, and workshopped readings. This subject explores script writing as a range of craft-based practices that are culturally and historically shaped. It combines critical readings of theoretical texts, plays and screenplays with the workshopping of your writing in a supportive, collaborative environment. We will also survey local and national script development and script production opportunities for emerging writers.
- A 500 word project pitch. (15%)
- 1500 word concept, treatment or scene breakdown. (35%)
- 2000 words of selected scenes for a performance text, feature film, or series pilot, together with a 500 word creative and critical reflective statement. (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.