Documentary Projects 1B

Subject FLTV70022 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 37.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 280
Total Time Commitment:

300 Hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Ms Sandra Sciberras


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Documentary Projects 1B further develops craft skills covering major aspects of filmmaking in the Second Semester. Each student assumes responsibility for writing, directing and editing his or her production. This work is completed both creatively and technically to a professional level. Students are required to crew on other student productions within this strand of study. Students may elect to produce their Semester Two production on or off campus depending on the necessary locations. Students are also expected, when crewing on fellow students productions, to work on or off campus.


This subject will enable students to:
• demonstrate a knowledge of documentary filmmaking techniques and use of equipment through creative and professional application to a production;
• effectively understand the intensity of the filmmaking process and its impact on leadership;
• effectively understand the leadership skills required when working with a filmmaking crew;
• develop the skills specifically of a director when applying to their own production;
• manage the pre and post-production requirements both creatively and professionally.


Students are required to crew on fellow student productions (20% of total assessment).

Production Folio
All industry standard pre-production, production and postproduction paperwork to be handed in at a professional standard to the Supervising Producer on due dates (20% of total assessment).

Semester 2 Production
This project shall be of a short duration - the specific details of the production length depend on the specialization and students will refer to their production guidelines handbook. Each student writes, directs and edits his/her own production (60% of total assessment). 1 internal staff assessor and 2 external industry assessors assess this production.

Students must submit all assessment items in order to be eligible for a pass in this subject. Students must attend 80% of workshops, classes and lectures in order to be eligible for assessment.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completing this subject students will be able to:
• plan and organise work and solve problems;
• demonstrate developed creative and technical skills in the area of film and television;
• effectively manage competing demands on time and deliver professional standards;
• exhibit the ability to lead a team as well as participate as a member or a collaborate group while respecting individual differences;
• exhibit a developing knowledge of the film, television and allied industries;
• communicate in oral, visual and written forms;
• contribute independent and creative thought towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Film and Television

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