RTV142 - Script Writing

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Subject Title
Script Writing

Subject Description
The backbone of all media is the script. Without a strong script communication is difficult if not impossible. In all media writing the storyline or narrative must clear. But in writing for Visual Media there must be a strong awareness of the power of the Image. In Writing for Visual Media not only are storylines important but how the story and story line is visualized is also paramount.
Writers must learn to think visually, allowing images to tell the story as much as allowing voice-over, dialogue, narration or talking heads to tell the story or carry the storyline. A scriptwriter has to understand the power of pictures. This understanding must begin at the concept stage If a scene can be told with pictures there is no need for narration etc. If images are self-explanatory there is no need for narration or dialogue to repeat the obvious.
Writing for Visual Media will explore the various forms of visual writing ? whether writing for television news, documentaries, newsmagazines or film or TV dramas - on screens large and small as well as the Internet. The student will be expected to understand how scripts/narratives and images work together. RTV142 Writing for Visual Media will prepare the student to understand the process of writing for visual media.
All students are expected to participate in class discussions, put forward their ideas, and, during debates and discussion, respect the ideas of fellow students even when there is philosophic disagreement.

Credit Status
Journalism Diploma Program

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

Students will:

1. Critically assess various non-fiction formats in TV
2. Write proposals for current affairs; documentary and dramatic scripts
3. Consider a wide variety of sources for non-fiction TV programming
4. Write a singly, fully-fleshed out proposal for a non-fiction or reality based fictional TV ?one-of? drama or continuing series
5. Understand the nature of adaptation in scriptwriting
6. Evaluate drama
7. Utilize scriptwriting software as required

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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

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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