ACV288 - Introduction to Script Writing

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Subject Title
Introduction to Script Writing

Subject Description
This course introduces students to the basic principles in the construction of script. Using texts which serve as examples of different approaches to the development of effective characters, students learn writing techniques to engage an audience while applying the conventions of correct script format for various media (television, film, stage, graphic novels). Suspense, tension and an emotional response are all explored. At the end of the course students will have completed a basic script. 

Credit Status
Acting for Camera and Voice Diploma

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Develop a story with multiple characters whose roles inform and advance the plot.
  • Create effective and appropriate dialogue that contributes to the tone, intent and arc of both the story and the character
  • Identify the key elements of film structure in both written script and film.
  • Compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of various script media (television, film, stage, graphic novels)
  • Apply learned techniques to a completed short script.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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