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COURSE OUTLINE AND APPLICATION INFORMATION
FEATURE FILM AND TV SERIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
CUF60107 Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media
Part-time option also available. 2011 Semester 2: March 21 to August 5. Directors. 790 hours over 30 weeks Orientation/Induction: December 1 to December 10. and will be offered to one applicant based on merit. Applicants who do not have a developed treatment or draft screenplay can undertake the accredited short course ‘Concept to Script’ as an alternative entry point (see page10) Applications close Monday November 15.30am – 4. 2011 Monday. discounted equipment hire during enrolment. Entry process Entry is selective and by application. Producers) to complete different parts of the program. however successful completion of the program leads to attainment of an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media qualification. Students enrolling under this option choose EITHER the creative lab (9 units) or business lab (7 units) and associated online courses. Each participant under a shared enrolment graduates with a Statement of Attainment (partial qualification) ALL participants enrolling on this basis from the same team share mentoring hours and production support which are provided on a per-project basis. and 15 days edit suite hire per project.500* Full fee: $9.30pm This is a blended learning program. Travel and accommodation are at students’ own expense.Teams encouraged to apply): Subsidised fee: $2.GENERAL INFORMATION This program is designed for filmmakers with prior education or experience. Fees Individual Enrolment (Producer or Writer or Director . Costs for materials related to individual project work is the responsibility of students. One scholarship place is available which subsidises fees. ** Full fee participants undertake all business and creative sessions.600 per person*** (no subsidised fee available under shared enrolment option) Student Fees include all tuition and assessment. An additional eight (8) hours per week is required for meetings with project mentor and online self-directed learning. 9. Students who enrol by mid-October are eligible to attend SPAA Fringe (October 22-23) for a registration fee of $150 (40% discount)to be booked through Open Channel. * This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding for eligible applicants. Full selection criteria and application details are on pages 7 to 9. student services. Class times Additional Costs Participants must have their own Portable Hard Drive. This is subject to standard hire conditions. ** This option allows two or more members in the creative and business team (Writers. Open Channel provides access to production equipment hire at discounted rates. Course title Course Code Delivery mode Duration Dates Feature Film and TV Series Development Program CUF60107-FS Full-time equivalent for 30 weeks. 2010 1 . There will be an additional twenty (20) days for production of a teaser trailer. 9:30am – 4:30pm Friday.200** Shared Enrolment for Creative & Business Team (minimum two people) Fee: $4. 2010 Semester 1: January 17 to March 11.
“You can have the best actors in the world and the best director and the best DOP. the industry should . And when you do.. Mao’s Last Dancer and The Notebook “Budgets need to be big enough to really work on a script. August 2008 2 . The Tumbler and TV’s Shock Jock. so that a film doesn’t go into production before it should – which happens too often” John Howkins. but if you’ve got a lousy script then it just doesn’t work. Director/Producer of feature films The Craic. Author The Creative Economy “In order to increase the number of high quality and market-ready scripts and game concepts it is generating. The Adventures of Lano & Woodley. “Usually. Industry and Regional Development’s Victorian Screen Industry Review. you get one shot at a project.” Jan Sardi. it needs to be ready” Marc Gracie. Screenwriter of Shine. ORIGINAL. devote resources to the skilling and training of Victorian screen industry participants in this area” Department of Innovation. Full Frontal. Take Away. NARRATIVE FEATURE-LENGTH THEATRICAL FILMS AND TELEVISION SERIES.DEVELOPING QUALITY.
participants workshop a screen project and develop scripts. technically and financially in their evolution from concept to screen–and always with the audience in mind. 3 . Developing Projects With expert industry mentors. It is designed for scriptwriters. Limited places are available. Participants develop an industry network. producers or creative teams with a specific narrative film or television series project in development.1. with a project I need to develop for the commercial marketplace. COURSE SUMMARY “I am an independent filmmaker/film school student or graduate. directors and writers with skills in creative and technical project development. and the business knowledge needed to get projects into production. My concept is a traditional narrative designed to be told as a linear story to its audience” The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Feature Film and Series Development) develops people and projects. Skills learned previously at film school or through independent production experience are developed and benchmarked against industry standards. Developing People This program equips emerging and graduate screen producers. Entry is selective by application. directors. Projects are interrogated creatively. Its aim is to foster script development skills and to increase the number of Victorian productions. Participants develop tools that will aid the commercial realisation of projects.
writing and editing • Actor-based development. teaser production Business Development lab 2 evenings per week The Business Development Lab workshops participants projects from a business perspective and involves: • Established and emerging business models • Case studies • Examination of budget levels and financing plans • Market research • Industry networking and partnerships • Business management and leadership • Strategic.openchannel. Creative Development lab 1 day per week The Creative Development Lab workshops participants projects from a creative perspective and involves: • Generating and using script documents as a development tool • Reading and analysing scripts • Case studies • Script development.org.au/training/addipfands. 4 . A full course outline can be downloaded from http://www.html The Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media (Feature Film and Series Development) is open to film and television makers who have: • prior production experience. and actor table reads • Pre-visualisation in FrameForge Previs Studio • An opportunity to collaborate in the creation of concept art • Development of pitch tools and pitching skills • Supported production of audio-visual materials where appropriate i. financing and marketing plan development The business development lab informs and guides the creative development of the project.2. and • a feature film or television series project at treatment or early draft stage.e. COURSE OUTLINE A brief course outline is included here. Interested persons without a treatment or draft script can undertake accredited short course ‘Concept to Script’ as an alternative entry point (see page 10). business. Creative teams are encouraged to apply.
advice and evaluation from mentor selected for the particular needs of your individual project. Participants are expected to commit a minimum of 8 hours a week outside face-to-face class time on blended learning activities and structured development tasks. business. plus production time 20 hours. Concept Artwork.html Sessional guests are brought in to work with participants on projects. Teaser Scenes • Market-ready projects • Pitching materials and strategies • Strategic. 8 hours per week. 3. Directors such as Alkinos Tsilimidos (Blind Company). and Riwia Brown (Once Were Warriors). for example of a teaser film. OUTCOMES Participants complete the course with: • Script at a subsequent draft stage • Concept documents • Selling tools such as Previsualisations. CAPABILITIES Participants complete the course with: • Advanced screenwriting and/or script development skills • Packaging skills and knowledge of casting process • Business and management skills • Critical project assessment tools • Collaborative development skills • An understanding of the relationship between business and creativity • Market insights 5. John Ruane (Dead Letter Office). Chris Langman (Water Rats).org. mentors and guest speakers. Blended learning activities Flexible hours. STAFF AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS The program is delivered by leading industry-based educators. An updated list of staff for the program can be accessed on the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media course page at: http://www. This includes components of online learning and supervised individual project work. Marilyn Tofler (Whatever Happened to That Guy). and Writers such as Chris Corbett (Blue Heelers). 5 . Past trainers of Open Channel have included Producers such as Marc Gracie (The Craic). 15 hours total per project (average 30 minutes per week) Ongoing coaching. Participants can participate in the selection of a mentor.openchannel. financing and marketing plan • Industry networks 4.au/training/addipfands.Individual project mentoring/coaching Flexible hours. trainers.
participants must achieve all 16 Units of Competency: BSBCRT501A CUFCRT07A CUFWRT602A CUFDRT602A CUFDRT501A CUFDRT502A CUFDRT601A CUFDIG508A BSBWRT501A BSBMKG605B BSBMKG607B BSBMKG609A BSBADV602B CUFCMP501A BSBREL502A BSBMGT617A Originate and develop concepts–core unit Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity–core unit Edit Scripts Audition and select performers (casting) Direct rehearsals of performers (script workshopping) Direct performers (teaser or scene production) Establish the creative vision for screen productions Design digital simulations (presvisualisation) Write persuasive copy Evaluate international marketing opportunities Manage Market Research Develop a marketing plan Develop an advertising campaign Manage and exploit copyright arrangements Build international business networks Develop and implement a business plan 30 hours 20 hours 50 hours 50 hours 50 hours 50 hours 50 hours 50 hours 50 hours 60 hours 50 hours 50 hours 100 hours 20 hours 50 hours 60 hours *Specified hours relate to nominal delivery hours recommended within the State of Victoria and may vary within the individual course. Skills learned previously at film school or through independent production experience are developed and benchmarked against industry standards. industry sector or enterprise. ASSESSMENT INFORMATION This program leads to a nationally recognised Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media [CUF60107] qualification. This is the highest-level screen industry vocational qualification. To achieve the full qualification. Please note Open Channel reserves the right to change advertised staff and delivery of program without notice. A “global industry” approach incorporates interaction with a number of international agencies as course partners.ntis. For more information on Units of Competency you can visit the National Training and Information Service at www.Individual Mentors are brought in to the program to mentor participants based on the type of project and needs of the individual script. Competency requires the application of specified skills and knowledge relevant to effective participation in an industry.au 6 . Industry partners such as Distributors. The broad concept of industry competency concerns the ability to perform particular tasks and duties to the standard of performance expected in the workplace. Exhibitors and Broadcasters meet with students to provide a real world perspective on project development. 6. providing input into project development and an international perspective.gov.
Assessment is contextualised A Candidate’s Assessment is contextualised to the industrial outcome related to the participant’s job role. All applicants must also meet the following prerequisites: • Hold a Certificate III in Media. Assessment is guided by the benchmarks of each Unit. • Have a screen credit for the capacity in which they are applying. • Hold an equivalent (related) qualification. or. • available to attend classes on the specified study days listed • persons with a disability are encouraged to apply. 7.Assessment in this program is unique in a number of ways: Assessment is formative The program recognises the individual skills and needs of participants. Assessment is flexible The specific evidence requirements for assessment are responsive to the participant and their project. all applicants must be: • 18 years of age or over • Australian citizens or permanent residents or be the holder of a Visa that permits fulltime study. 7 . but the means of assessment can vary for producers. Units are also contextualised to their role in project development. or. ELIGIBILITY General Eligibility In order to be eligible. No Student Visas are available. directors or writers. Assessable activities will be directly relevant to the program’s objectives and may include: • Treatments and synopses • Written and verbal pitches • Business planning documents • Observation of development work • Participation in program activities • Script at various stages • The creative and business package. Competency can be achieved at different times for different people. The focus of Formative Assessment is on improving rather than proving.
Seperation certificate.g. without a completed qualification higher than an Advanced Diploma. Demonstrated commitment to screen production as a career 2. High levels of interest in gaining and furthering development skills and knowledge 3. SELECTION CRITERIA 1.) OR iii) Unemployed as a result of redundancy or retrenchment without a completed qualification higher than an Advanced Diploma. Demonstrated commitment to completing the entire program 4. applicants: • Must be an Australian citizen. If you are currently studying but have not completed your Degree you are eligible for a funded place. or a holder of a permanent visa. or a holder of a Special Category Visa (sub-class 444). if you have completed a Bachelor degree. you are NOT automatically eligible for a funded place in this program.. or an East Timorese asylum seeker. ie. (E. Viability of screen project 8 . or a holder of a Temporary Protection Visa AND i) Must be under the age of 20 years on 1 January 2010 OR ii) A person aged 20 years or over on 1 January 2010. You will need to provide documentary evidence on request to substantiate this. Subsidised fees continue even if you complete your Degree before completing your Advanced Diploma.Funded Place Eligibility (Skills Victoria) In order to be eligible to apply for a Government funded place. 8.
or a complete first draft script for your project. Stage One Download.openchannel. Closing date for first round applications is Monday November 15. Check that you are eligible to apply and that you can demonstrate your suitability for the course with reference to the selection criteria. 2010. If you have any questions please contact us: Vocational Education and Training Manager Daniel Schultheis training@openchannel. Early applications are welcome. Stage Two All shortlisted applicants are interviewed over the phone or in person.org. attend an interview at Open Channel. Docklands.9.html Please ensure that you provide the documents and supplementary information as requested. This includes a treatment and sample script scenes. complete and submit the application form at: http://www.org.au/training/addipfands. If required. All applicants will be notified in writing on the outcome of their application.au 03 8610 9300 9 . A second round of applications may be offered after this date. HOW TO APPLY Read this course outline and application information carefully.
500 non members.au For Concept to Script component only Subsidised fee*: $270.au Applications close 10 . See www. 100 hours [approx.230 members $1. includes accreditation fee *Skills Victoria subsidises the fees of eligible students. submit a treatment or draft screenplay which meets the standard entry criteria for the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. Please see Section 7 for eligibility criteria. Course title Course Code Delivery mode Duration Dates/Times Fees Concept to Script (accredited option) C2S Part-time over five months.openchannel. Alternative Entry applicants must complete the accredited short course Concept to Script.org. The treatment or draft screenplay will also form the basis of assessment for two Units of Competency: CUFWRT501A CUFWRT601A Develop storylines and treatments Write scripts 50 hours 50 hours Competency in these units is a hurdle requirement for progression in the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. Applicants must have prior related qualifications or experience.ALTERNATIVE ENTRY . 3 days a week over 6 weeks] See www. but are not required to submit a treatment or screenplay on initial application. Alternative Entry applicants must also. Selective entry.org.00 Full fee: $1. and are completed in addition to another 16 Units of Competency packaged in the full program. within twelve (12) months of completion of Concept to Script. Additional Costs Entry process In order to protect copyright applicants are encouraged to register scripts with AWG (Australian Writers Guild) or another similar body. Applicants apply using the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media application process.CONCEPT TO SCRIPT The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media offers an alternative entry point for applicants without a treatment or draft screenplay suitable for submission.openchannel.