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Pictures, Sounds, Words (FLTV10014)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeFLTV10014
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject asks the student to consider the cinematic effect of the use and juxtaposition of pictures, words and sounds in film. Through a series of workshops and tutorials, students will examine the dramatic possibilities of these screen fundamentals, both as they have been used in the cinemativerse and in their own writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On completing this subject students will be able to:

-Demonstrate an awareness of the dramatic possibilities and limitations of film as a visual and aural medium;

-Understand that it is possible for screen stories to be effectively told in the absence of words, and how such creative choices may qualitatively affect the audience;

-Improve the cinematic quality of their writing;

-Practice evocative, cinematic writing for the screen.

Generic skills

On completing this subject students will be able to:

-Apply theoretical knowledge to practical tasks;

-Formulate and present opinions in a group context;

-Begin to understand a process of researching, drafting and redrafting documents to a polished outcome;

-Develop an ability to work in a self motivated way;

-Communicate in oral and written form.

Eligibility and requirements




Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
FLTV10012 Screenwriting Practices 1A
Semester 1
FLTV10013 Industry Perspectives
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

1. Short script (2000 words) (60%)- due: week 11;

2. Short script (1000 words) (20%) - due: week 5;

3. Critical reflection blog (1000 words) (20%)- due: week 12.

Late submission:

*Unless an extension has been granted, for essays/assignments submitted after the due date, the mark a student is awarded for their work will be reduced by 10% for each day the work is late.

*Unless an extension has been granted, assignments submitted later than 5 working days after the due date will not be marked, and will receive no marks.

Hurdle requirements:

Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorLuke Devenish
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours41
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Mr. Luke Devenish

    T: +61 3 90353096

    E: luke.devenish@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details


Further information

Last updated: 18 July 2019