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Reading the Screenplay (9672.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice


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    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (176280) - View
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    This unit introduces students to the screenplay firstly as a stand-alone text that is an example of a creative practice on its own right. Secondly the unit considers the screenplay as a technical document with multiple functions and as a template for making a film. The unit will identify these multiple functions and the associated readers, highlighting that each reader brings a different set of expectations and interpretations to the screenplay. The unit uses both short and long form screenplays will be read and analysed, in conjunction with screenings of completed films.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the different readers of screenplays and their roles;

    2. Identify how the screenwriter addresses those readers through their writing; and

    3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse a screenplay with a particular reader focus in mind.

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    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.





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